Nov 24, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT
OK, that’s not my favorite Ricky Williams photo … this is. But anyway, that’s not why we’re here today. We’re here to discuss vegetarian diet. Daily breathing and meditation, acupuncture, therapeutic massage. Yoga. You know; all the things that it takes to be a successful running back in the NFL.
Ricky Williams is a new man, averaging 5.3 yards per carry for the Dolphins and having just delighted fantasy owners with three touchdowns this past Sunday. And he owes it all to the stuff listed above. Who would have thought that a person would grow more wacky after he gives up weed? He did give it up, right? (Adjusts propeller beanie, continues writing letter to Santa).
But those aren’t the only weapons Williams has in his new-age arsenal. He also employs a pranic healer. And you’re not going to believe what a pranic healer does.
Like most mystical healing methods developed in China 4,000 years ago, pranic healing is not covered by your HMO. But Williams swears by it. His pranic healer, Daniel O’Hara, lives in Orange County, Calif. Whenever Ricky has a ailment, he calls or texts O’Hara and is treated remotely. And you probably thought this would be weird.
“Ricky will send me a text message saying, for example, to work on his ankle,” O’Hara said. O’Hara will then “visualize Ricky’s ankle as if he’s standing in front of me. I visualize him glowing. I make a sweeping motion over my ankle to remove the dirty energy from his ankle that’s creating an abnormality and give his body fresh, revitalizing energy.”
“Ricky could be doing anything when I’m doing this — watching TV, sleeping,” O’Hara said. “It’s like a voodoo doll. I know it sounds strange.”
Williams, in his Charlotte, N.C., hotel, called O’Hara on Wednesday night and O’Hara said they visualized “Ricky having three touchdowns and 184 rushing yards” against Carolina. (He had three touchdowns and ran for 119 yards.) He also worked on Williams’ slight arm numbness.
O’Hara said when Williams sprained an ankle in the first Jets game, “The second I saw that on TV, I started working on him, and when he got back to the sideline, he was fine. He figured I was doing something. I can feel what is going on in his body.”
On his web site, O’Hara explains that he discovered pranic healing while trying to find ways to battle the stress of being a financial consultant. He now claims to have three black belts, and “on the weekends when not coaching his children’s soccer games, he is teaching the likes of, and consulting with medical professionals, nuns at Notre Dame, Ultimate Fighting Champions, publicly traded corporations, business executives and children.”
Daniel, if you’re reading this, I have a slight sprain in my left wrist, which I think is carpal tunnel-related. Can you check it out and invoice me? Thanks.
Alternative healing helps Miami Dolphins’ Ricky Williams stay fit [Miami Herald]
The ancient art and science of pranic healing [Pranichealingoc.com]
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