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Energy Healing Class Is Popular in Hospital Fitness Center

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Jan 17, 2011

Mind-Body-Spirit News

IDEA member Diana Czekalski teaches an energy healing class at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital’s Center for Fitness in Melrose Park, Illinois, and will be offering Reiki classes in the future. Energy healing therapy involves the channeling of healing energy through the hands of a practitioner into the client’s body to restore a normal energy balance and thereby promote health, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Reiki is an energy medicine practice that originated in Japan and involves a practitioner using his or her hands to transmit “qi,” believed to be life-force energy.

Over 200 students have taken the class that Czekalski has offered for 2 years. “At first, the only people attending were ‘healthy’ members. Then I started to get a few rehab patients. They recovered faster than those who weren’t doing any energy work. Then many nurses and a few doctors started to attend [the classes]. The hospital has videotaped me doing the routine. It’s available throughout the hospital for patients to learn.”

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at