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Try kiatsu classes at WLACC to improve your health

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Volunteer kiatsu practitioner Karen Lewis uses kiatsu to relieve stress in Tom Bradys neck.

This month, the West Linn Adult Community Center is hosting four one-hour sessions of kiatsu, a hands-on class in self-healing promoted by the Oregon Ki Society. The name kiatsu, means “ki pressing,” and it allows a practitioner to improve circulation, reduce tension and relax muscles.

Karen Lewis, a 10-year practitioner and Oregon Ki Society volunteer, will introduce the class to the notion of ki, which is the generally untapped psychic energy of the universe. By using your mind, you can access this energy and use it as a healing force.

Lewis tells a personal story about slamming her thumb in a car door. She was certain the nail would turn black and fall off. But by focusing ki on her injured thumb, she was able to prevent the nail from turning black and allow a new nail to grow beneath it.

The “pressing” that’s administered in kiatsu is very light. It’s not at all like deep tissue massage — there’s no discomfort — but when Lewis directs the ki through her fingers, some people experience a warm sensation more intense than a simple transfer of body heat, but far from unpleasantly hot.

The idea is that once you learn how to use it, you can direct ki to heal yourself and perhaps other family members.

Lewis’s class will be held every Wednesday in April from 1 to 2 p.m. at the WLACC. The cost is $10 per class. And in case you find yourself seized by skepticism, you will be reassured by Lewis’s admonition that “it doesn’t require that you believe in it for it to work.” Call or stop by the WLACC with questions.

The monthly calendar of events for the WLACC is now available online, and it includes lunch menus. Go to City of West Linn, Departments, Parks & Recreation, Adult Community Center, Newsletter.

Questions? Want lunch menu information? Call the WLACC at 503-557-4704. We are located at 1180 Rosemont Road, West Linn 97068.

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