What is Acupuncture? Is Reiki healing an evidence-based practice?
Issue 41 - March 2015
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Improving Life, Improving Experience                                  Issue 41, March 2015
Hove StressBusters
From  talks about the brain, emotions and behaviour to practical demonstrations of different approaches giving you tools to reduce your stress level, Hove StressBusters is a community programme dedicated to wellbeing and stress management. 
Visit our website for the calendar of upcoming talk & demonstration evenings, classes, and workshops, a directory of Hove StressBusters practitioners, library of useful articles and more...
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Just like to say thanks for last week's brilliant presentations. Jelena kicked off with a review of the scientific studies relating to Reiki, really informative. Did you know the electromagnetic frequency measured coming out of Reiki healers' hands is the same as Earth? Fascinating stuff. The second half was a live demonstration and talk by Ian Stones on acupuncture. He talked us through some interesting principles of Chinese medicine and the importance of visiting a qualified practitioner. With some selected highlights from various case studies too, we were all keen to jump up at the end and get a tongue diagnosis. :) 

Reiki Healing: An Evidence-Based Practice?
Reiki Through the Eyes of Science     The first half of the event was dedicated to the discussion of Reiki healing. Dr Jelena Nesic, experimental psychologist at University of Sussex and the co-founder of INNERNATION Training & Development, presented an overview of the research which evaluated the benefits of this healing practice.
     A number of controlled studies have shown that Reiki and the related clinical practices called the Healing Touch and the Therapeutic Touch have significant positive effects on mood (particularly anxiety) and the physiological stress response in healthy individuals as well as in clinical populations. In particular, a lot of research has been conducted with cancer patients and, in addition to the positive effects on mood and stress levels, one well-controlled study showed that Reiki helps preserve immune function which is usually suppressed by chemotherapy.
     The physiological and psychological effects of Reiki were found to be significantly greater than the effects of placebo treatments not just in many studies with human 
In vitro studies
participants but also in two studies conducted with rats! Even more surprising were the findings from the test-tube (in vitro) laboratory studies which showed that Reiki suppresses the development of human osteosarcoma (bone cancer) cells while it promotes the development of human osteoblast cells that are necessary for bone formation and growth.
     While scientists were able to detect and measure the frequency of the pulsating electromagnetic field emanating from the hands of Reiki and Qigong practitioners, the mechanism by which this can bring about the beneficial effects seen in the studies we discussed is not yet understood within the framework of the scientific approach. The question is: Do we need to understand the underlying mechanism if we can measure an objective outcome?
     Two Reiki practitioners as well as people who have been on the receiving end of Reiki healing contributed to our lively discussion by sharing their experiences and insights. We also had the opportunity to see a brief Reiki demonstration by one of our audience members, Marijana Dragojevic. It's important to note Marijana's final comment though. Reiki was just a starting point in her development as a healer and she feels that other forms of energy healing are much more powerful for healing others (as opposed to self-balancing, where Reiki does a good job). A couple of studies that Jelena mentioned also found another form of healing (Reconnective Healing) to be more effective than Reiki. It will be interesting to see more studies in the future examining the effectiveness of different forms of energy healing in a variety of contexts. 

Acupuncture: More Than Just Needles
     Acupuncture is a system of healing that has been used in China and the Far East for thousands of years. According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the smooth flow of our body’s energy. This energy, referred to as Qi, can easily become disturbed or imbalanced and there are many aspects to people’s lives which cause these imbalances. Acupuncture aims to address the imbalances using the insertion of very fine needles along the channels of the body encouraging the body to return to a state of balance and health.
     During the second half of last week's event, we had a unique opportunity to observe an actual 
acupuncture session!  Ian Stones, experienced acupuncturist and one of the founding members of the Zita West fertility network, started his presentation surrounded by his clinical equipment: the treatment couch, sterile needles, needle disposal and other bits and bobs he might use in his everyday practice.
Acupuncture with Ian Stones     After showing a brief video that summarizes really well what this ancient Chinese healing system is all about, Ian set out to dispel some myths and fears by showing what an acupuncture treatment actually involves. His guinea pig on this occasion was Jelena, who previously had just two acupuncture treatments in preparation for this event (braving her fear of needles!). After painlessly inserting several fine needles into Jelena's face, arms and legs, he left her to rest and started explaining all the different aspects of acupuncture treatment, from the initial consultation to diagnosis and intervention. He discussed the different approaches to treating a wide range of clinical conditions, illustrating his points with interesting case studies from his clinical practice.
     Read more about Acupuncture
    Acupuncture is always focused on the individual rather than just their main complaint: the symptoms are viewed within the wider context of the patient's entire medical history, physical and emotional wellbeing, diet and lifestyle.
Because every patient is unique, two people with the identical Western diagnosis will each receive different acupuncture treatments. This is why acupuncture done in hospital settings by specially trained medical staff (NOT professional acupuncturists), or during controlled clinical trials, is very rarely effective: instead of determining insertion points for each individual patient, a specific protocol of needle insertion is always followed for that particular health complaint. We hope that over the coming years, as the medical community is beginning to recognize and accept acupuncture as an effective complementary treatment, the quality of research studies as well as clinical interventions available via NHS will improve!
Special Offers
Discounted Coaching
FREE ticket to the introductory Life Strategist workshop
Tuesday 24th March 7pm-9pm @ myhotel Brighton, 17 Jubilee Street, Brighton BN1 1GE

Event attendees will be entitled to special discounted rates when booking the 6 week Life Strategist course. 

This event is organized by INNERNATION. FREE tickets can be booked via Eventbrite .
Discounted Acupuncture
50% OFF
the initial consultation

90 minute long session; 
Standard price: £50; Offer price: £25
Please contact Ian directly for more information and booking: 
To qualify for the discount, the session needs to be booked by 31st March. The offer cannot be used in conjunction with the Hove StressBusters Card discount. 
Research News
REM Induction Therapy Study
3 FREE Rapid Eye Movement Induction Therapy (REMitâ„¢) and/or NLP sessions are offered as part of a randomized controlled study conducted by Dr Jelena Nesic (INNERNATION Coaching & Development) and Dr Susan Sullivan (University of Sussex). This study aims to validate and extend the REMitâ„¢ method, a novel therapeutic approach which combines NLP, EMDR and hypnosis techniques. The study is open to volunteers who wish to address specific anxiety-related issues, including fears, phobias and mental blocks.
Just 2 more participants (1 male and 1 female) needed!
Read more & request a study information pack

Stress-Busting Library

Stress & Anxiety: When Our Survival Mechanism BackfiresThe emotional experience of fear and the physiological stress reaction (the 'fight or flight' reaction: increased heart rate, faster breathing, sweating etc.) are very useful responses to dangerous situations or objects: our ancestors had it, apes and mice have it, even reptiles do. If it wasn't for this unconditioned response to danger, most species - humans included - would not have survived the natural selection. Apart from enabling us to fight, freeze or flee in the face of danger, the physiological stress reaction also enables us to learn to avoid the same dangerous situation or object in future.
But what happens when this useful survival mechanism backfires on us as it inevitably does now that we live in an environment where there are very few real dangers to our survival?... 
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Hove StressBusters Classes & Workshops
Jo Turner

                          with Jo

Joodles - Mindfulness, Meditation, ZendoodlingOur world is a very stressful place and although we cannot get rid of stress completely - it is an intrinsic part of our lives -, we can learn to cope with it and to alleviate some of the acute physical symptoms of stress (the 'fight or flight' reaction) by focusing our attention on the place of inner calm using Mindfulness and meditation. ...

Mindfulness workshop (drop-in)Mindfulness Workshop with Jo Turner
Monday 30th March @ 7.30pm-9.30pm
@ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove
                          Drop-in, £10 *
                         (suitable for all levels)                                          More information         


Em Burnett
                       with Em
Tuesdays, 8.15-9.15pm
@ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove
Wellspring Internal Energy Arts

Qigong to Self-Heal classes 
with Em Burnett 

Boost your natural healing ability by learning to connect with and harmonise your Qi ('chee' ~ life-force energy)...

               Drop-in, £7 * / £6 conc., or £27.50 * for 5 sessions  
               (suitable for all levels)                    More information

     ***First class FREE if it's your first time learning with Em***

* 10% OFF all events with the Hove StressBusters Card

Next Event

Sedona Method with Maya Zack
Jin Shin Jyutsu 
with Carmen Dolz

Wednesday, 1st April @ 7.00 - 9.30pm
Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove

Keep spreading the word: the more people get involved in our community programme, the more diverse and interactive our events are going to be!
Hove StressBusters Card

Introducing the New Hove StressBusters Card
This card is available for purchase at our monthly talk & demonstration evenings. The card costs £15 and is valid for 6 months from the day of purchase, during which time the card holder will be entitled to:
- 4 FREE talk & demonstration evenings
- 10% off all other HSB events (talk & demo evenings, classes, workshops)
10% off therapy sessions, classes, workshops with any of the
   practitioners listed in the StressBusters Directory

Wishing you all a stress-free weekend and looking forward to seeing you at our next event!

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