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NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2019

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If you've read the headline and are sitting there scratching your head, know that you're not alone. It's the same place I was when I first started talking to longtime Reiki Master and educator Pamela Miles about this concept over a year ago. From there to here goes something like this: I sent a message to Miles in 2018 about including a reiki article in an energy-themed issue of Massage & Bodywork. The problem with that idea? "Reiki is not energy work." Wait, what? It took a few moments for Miles's words to resonate. We quickly scheduled a phone call. I had not heard this reiki perspective expressed before. Had I been wrong throughout my nearly 22-year career with this magazine in thinking reiki was energy work? Hadn't other experts over the past two decades conveyed to me those same thoughts of reiki being energy work as we discussed article ideas? Was I not receiving and perceiving reiki as a client over the years within the paradigm of energy work? Confused and intrigued, I left head space for this concept to meander. And, with the expert on the subject ready to guide me through this reiki-as-spiritual-practice perspective, I wanted to understand further. So, back to the question at hand: If reiki isn't energy work, what is it? ENERGY MEDICINE IS NOT By Karrie Osborn Photos by Elena Ray Photography. Ta k e 5 a n d t r y A B M P F i v e - M i n u t e M u s c l e s a t w w w. a b m p . c o m / f i v e - m i n u t e - m u s c l e s . 65 REIKI

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