Complementary Therapies at Chrysalis

I am pleased to offer our Chrysalis students (and parents, when they’re on campus!) Reiki and Craniosacral Therapy sessions. These bodywork techniques involve gentle and non-invasive hand placements that promote the body’s innate ability to heal physically and emotionally. Bodywork has been shown to reduce pain levels, increase mobility, restore energy levels, and improve mental clarity. It addresses the mind-body connection that is often forgotten in non-Western, and non-therapeutic, health care environments. I am so grateful to Chrysalis for allowing me to share these relaxing complementary therapies with our students and families! Keep reading for additional details about Reiki and Craniosacral Therapy.

Reiki is a Japanese healing technique that reduces stress and promotes healing. Through chakra-focused and gentle hand placements, the body will tap into its innate ability to heal from the inside out. Reiki helps remove emotional blockages and can give you a “clean slate” feeling after a session.

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) utilizes what I call “gentle chiropractic techniques” to realign the spine and release restrictions in order to enhance the functioning of the Central Nervous System. CST is an effective complementary therapy for a wide range of medical issues that are associated with pain and dysfunction, including stress-related illnesses, immune disorders, migraine headaches, orthopedic issues, chronic fatigue, and more.

For Reiki, NYU has done several studies on the benefits of Reiki and other types of therapeutic touch. Several hospitals including Mt. Sinai and NYU Langone have implemented Reiki/therapeutic touch programs for their patients, and have witnessed amazing results. As an NYU College of Nursing graduate and student in clinical rotations at Mt. Sinai, I am proud to say that nurses have led this grassroots effort of bringing Reiki and therapeutic touch to the forefront. On a personal note, this work has helped me fill in what I felt was a major gap in my more Western-focused health professional training. Both Reiki and Craniosacral Therapy focus on maintaining health and wellness on a holistic level, with the basic premise that the body is a self-healing organism. This idea has helped my nursing practice grow; I am better able to see individuals on a holistic level, in lieu of focusing on a single “dis-ease.”

References:

“Therapeutic Touch.” Mount Sinai Health System, Mount Sinai Health System, www.mountsinai.org/health-library/treatment/therapeutic-touch.

“Mind–Body Patient Bedside Program.” Patient Care at NYU Langone Health, nyulangone.org/patient-family-support/integrative-health-services-for-adults/mind-body-patient-bedside-program.