Cyclist Hayden Roulston is an Olympic silver medalist from New Zealand (I’ve heard such people refer to themselves as Kiwis, but wonder if Yanks are allowed that pleasure), so it was not all that surprising when he placed third at Stage 14 of the Tour de France.
What was surprising — or some say, miraculous — was that in 2006, the then 26-year-old athlete was told to stop cycling after being diagnosed with arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia (ARVD), aka Naxos Disease.
This genetic disease often leads to sudden death from cardiac arrest, particularly in young people.
Four months after his diagnosis, Roulston connected with Julie Reid. New to Reiki practice, Reid offered the cyclist a 5 minute treatment. The experience was unremarkable, at least until Roulston next got in the saddle. He continued receiving Reiki treatments and learned to practice himself.
While we salute our Reiki champion, let’s keep it in mind that the benefits of Reiki for athletes are not limited to such dramatic turnarounds. Even weekend warriors who receive Reiki treatment note that it seems to improve their recovery time. Beginning research has shown that Reiki can, in fact, normalize heart rate.
My (no longer) secret dream? To be the Reiki master for the Yankees.
Even the Mets.
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