Article Published in the Woodstock Times



24   April 16, 1998

HEALTH & FITNESS / Sandra Gardner


Can "big energy" make you better?

When Laura Chkhetiani was a 19-year-old music student in her native Tbilisi,Georgia, in the Former Soviet Union, she began to have severe headaches.  After x-rays revealed a brain tumor and local doctors wanted to operate, her father took her to Moscow for another opinion.  But before they left Georgia, they met a well-known healer, who had reportedly helped former Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev so much after a stroke paralyzed him on one side, he built an institute for healers onto the medical school in Moscow.

    "She told my father I had healing energy that if I didn't use to help people, it would make me sick," says Chkhetiani, who now lives in Barrytown, in Dutchess County.

    When Chkhetiani and her father arrived at the Moscow hospital, a new set of x-rays showed no tumor.  She says Moscow doctors tested her with equipment which supposedly showed she had "big energy," and advised her to study healing because she had a gift.  Chkhetiani gave up her musical career and honed her skills for three years at the institute for healers.  Then she began working as a healer on the hundreds of patients who came to the institute from as far away as Ukraine, Siberia and Poland, making appointments years in advance.

    In 1991, a journalist from New York City who came to the institute to make a documentary about


"I'm putting in good
energy and taking out
the bad."


healers invited Chkhetiani to visit her in New York.  Because their home and all their possessions in Georgia were burned during a civil war, Chkhetiani and her husband and children were eventually able to emigrate to the U.S. as political refugees.


   Since moving to the Hudson Valley, Chkhetiani has diagnosed and treated many people, finding her patients mostly through word-of-mouth.  David Tate, a Loudenville attorney, claimed in Venture Inward magazine in 1992 that 10 sessions with Chkhetiani helped open his blocked coronary arteries.

    Laura Colan of Woodstock says Chkhetiani got her through pneumonia and a cancer scare.  "I spent $2,000 on doctors and biopsies and Laura knew it wasn't cancer," Colan says.  "She has an ability to almost diagnose.  She feels it in her hands."

    Two years ago, Ruth Cook, a Woodstock sculptor, dragged her architect husband, Cary Cook, to Chkhetiani when he was suffering from painful bone spurs on the hip.  "Disbelieving all the time," says Ruth Cook.  By the fourth session with Chkhetiani, Cook says, her husband began to feel better.  By the fifth, he was walking normally.  Ruth Cook herself goes to Chkhetiani on a regular basis to get her body into balance and feel more energetic.

    It generally takes five sessions spread over five days for her to be able to help people, Chkhetiani says.  First she diagnoses your problem, which takes about 15 minutes.  Then she will ask you to rest for a short period, "because too much of my energy at one time isn't good for you," she says.

    After the rest comes another 15-minute session, in which she claims to take out your bad energy and recharge your batteries with her healing energies.  Two healing sessions a day dispense as much of her energy as a person can usually handle, she says.  " Some people feel fantastic after the first sessions, others feel worse at first, then better," Chkhetiani says.


    Recently Chkhetiani and I were in the Cooks' living room and she was eager to get to work on me.  She tells me to stand up and take off my glasses and watch.  "Close your eyes and think of 'good,'" she says.  Then she stands behind me and runs her hands up and down quickly and lightly a few inches from the front and back of my torso, my head, hair, eyes.


    She directs me to sit again and takes a seat across from me.  Leaning forward, she tells me that four or five years ago, my body had a "very big stress.  " As a matter of fact, in the fall of 1994, I underwent a double surgical procedure on an ankle I had badly sprained.  The operation had gone smoothly, but I'd been given an overdose of anesthesia and ended up with severe neck pain for more than a year.  She says I have low blood pressure, which is true, and assures me my breast area was clean.  "You never have to worry about this area," she says.

    She also tells me I need more protein.  It's true I haven't been eating much meat lately.  Then she says to remain sitting in the chair but to close my eyes.  As she runs her hands up and down near the front and back of my torso, this time I hear loud snapping sounds.  I ask her what I'm hearing.

    "I'm putting in good energy and taking out the bad," she says.  "When you get rid of the bad energy, sometimes there's lots of noise."


    Whatever it is she was doing, I found it to be so relaxing, I might have fallen asleep in the chair, except for the periodic crackling noises my bad energy kept on producing.


    Chkhetiani will be holding healing sessions during the week of April 20-24 at the Cooks' home.  For information or to make an appointment, call 679-6261.



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