Olympic dual medalist Hayden Roulston credits Reiki with his success.
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Subject: Olympic dual medalist Hayden Roulston credits Reiki with his success.
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posted by PeacefulWarrior on Thursday, August 21st 2008 @ 2:41 PM

Two years ago Hayden Roulston was knocked for six by a heart scare that medical experts said would end his potentially brilliant career.

Hayden had been diagnosed with arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia, a condition which left him short of breath, pushed his heart rate to dangerous levels and put him at risk of dying every time he rode his bike.

He then had a "chance meeting" with a woman who practised Reiki, a Japanese hands-on healing process for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing.

Reiki is based on the idea that an unseen life force energy flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If your life force energy is low, then you are more likely to get sick or feel stress. If it is high, you are more capable of being happy and healthy.

Hayden fully embraced Reiki, along with eating healthier and staying out of bars, and was back on the bike less than two months later, winning the national men's road title and Tour of Southland.

He finished a superb fourth in the individual pursuit at the world championships in Manchester last March, rocketing into gold medal calculations for Beijing.

Along with his partner Angelique and family, his Reiki healer is in Beijing: "Reiki is the the be-all and end-all for me ... it's pretty amazing stuff."

There have been no signs of any heart problems.

"I've had no trouble at all. It doesn't even enter my mind now. It feels like so long ago that it's a waste of energy even thinking about it."

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Olympic dual medalist Hayden Roulston credits Reiki with his success.