Crouse Hospital continues its popular Integrative Medicine series with “Energy Balancing with Reiki” on Wednesday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. Joyce Appel, RNC, and Mary Riposo, PhD, will discuss and demonstrate the applications and benefits of the Japanese healing system in everyday life. The seminar, free and open to the public, will be held at the Marley Education Center, 765 Irving Ave. The seminar is free; call 472-2464 to register. Complimentary free parking is provided in the Marley Center and Crouse Hospital garages.
Reiki is widely known and accepted as a complementary practice. It is believed to have existed for several thousand years, although it officially began in Japan in the middle of the1800s. This form of integrative medicine is an energy healing technique that involves a series of hand positions on or near the body. The technique can be used by anyone, anywhere, with no special training or equipment. In health care settings, Reiki is used to reduce stress and promote healing and relaxation.
Appel graduated from the Crouse-Irving Memorial School of Nursing in 1973, and has worked in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit at Crouse Hospital for the last 34 years. She earned a national nursing certificate in intensive care neonatology and is a permanent charge Registered Nurse. She is also a Reiki Master, receiving her title in 2004. She maintains her own Reiki and Essential Oil practice, and is spearheading a volunteer corps of Reiki practitioners at Crouse.
Riposo received her doctorate in Child and Family Studies from Syracuse University. She is a licensed mental health counselor and certified school psychologist. She is employed by University Hospital at the Margaret L. Williams Developmental Evaluation Center. Riposo also practices and teaches energy healing techniques and is a Usui Reiki Master and a Registered Polarity Therapist. In addition to her certifications, she is the owner of the Center for Integrated Energy Healing in Syracuse.