The Record (North New Jersey's largest circulation Newspaper)

Jan 28, 2008

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Harnessing energy's healing powers
Monday, January 28, 2008
BY EVELYN SHIH

 One week recently, Nancy Vislocki of Dumont went to the gym every day. She took yoga, pilates, aerobics and even weight training. Strange thing is, she hadn’t been to the gym in 17 years.

Vislocki was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome 10 years ago, and with an inflammatory auto-immune disease called Sjögren’s syndrome five years ago. She shouldn’t have been able to drive to the gym every day of the week, let alone attempt lunges and presses.

But that week, “my energy level was so high,” said Vislocki. “That’s why I thought I could do all this stuff!”

Vislocki believes that dramatic change in her well-being was the result of two weeks of intensive treatments with energy healer Shoe-Zen Shin (known as Osamu Kamiyama when not healing). She went every other day to lie fully clothed on a table so that Kamiyama could briefly prod and pinch her problem areas, then infuse her with universal energy using his hands for the better part of an hour. She emerged relaxed, refreshed — and, miraculously, energetic.

Skeptical? Vislocki didn’t buy any of it, either, when she first heard of energy healing.

 

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Despite anecdotal testimonials, finding a qualified practitioner is almost entirely experiential for the consumer. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a division of the National Institutes of Health, defines the forces used in hands-on energy healing as “putative,” or defying measurement.

“We rely on scientific proof without paying attention to our own gut feelings,” said Kamiyama. “But our brains are much more precisely designed than any man-made machines — MRIs, CAT scans, X-rays included. Oftentimes, science or medical testing cannot find problems until they are a certain size, but our brains can recognize it.”

Vislocki listened to the explanation, but did not get in line for a treatment when Kamiyama visited the chronic fatigue syndrome support group for a free demonstration last November.“People were saying, ‘Wow, I feel great! My neck was hurting, but now it’s not hurting me anymore!’” she said. “I was thinking, I don’t know … this all seems a little odd to me.”

Despite her misgivings, Vislocki had a terrible pain in her neck and shoulders when the healer visited the group a second time. So she decided to give it a try.

For a few days afterward, she waited for the pain to come back. It never did. That’s when Vislocki took the plunge: Kamiyama’s two-week intensive treatment. By the end of the two weeks, she had more energy than she knew what to do with — and a bunch of gym class coupons from a gym that was about to close down for good.

What followed was a manic week of exercise — and then a small crash as Vislocki recovered from the muscle pains. “I’m good, but I can’t take you back 17 years in two weeks,” joked Kamiyama.

 

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