“Have you ever heard the phrase “trust your gut” or “gut instinct”?
I believe that we are all highly intuitive beings, for example have you ever been thinking about someone and then they call you? Like any muscle some people have trained to tap into their intuition and really tune in.
Some people call it the Holy Spirit, some people refer to their Guides, or Angels, ESP, others simply The Universe. Please do not get caught up in the name, this pseudoscience cannot be boxed in to a simple explanation. It has taken me years to “open up my third eye” and be able to trust this intuition.
I think this is an awesome resource that through meditation and yoga, coming more in to balance and building awareness to being present and mindful that anyone can access. Please note that I will never impose my spiritual beliefs on to you and will meet you where you are. As a social worker I pride myself in remaining culturally competent, open and accepting to all faiths.”
What is Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key)? is a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the client by means of touch (not massage and definitely not sexual), this powerful channeled energy is used to activate the natural healing process in the client’s body.It can be used to restore physical and emotional well-being.It was developed in 1922 by Mikao Usui and originated in Japan.In my experience and professional opinion Reiki is a great supplement to any treatment you are currently on – this should not replace conventional, modern treatment but can definitely have the ability to enhance.
I offer in-session treatments and remote healing sessions (as effective).In person sessions will be on a yoga mat and please wear comfortable, layered clothing.I will send you an update of when your session has begun and when it is completed, I like to work with a picture of you so that I can tune into your energy.
Love is in the Earth – Crystals & Grounding
So if you were to take a super duper microscope and get down to beyond the cellular level of any object you would see that there is space between each cell, and in that space there is a vibration.
It is believed that everything in existence today vibrates at a certain frequency, including our human bodies and its internal organs (as well as energy systems like chakras and auras). When everything is vibrating at its own optimal and unique frequency we return to balance and function in complete health.
I am a firm believer and have seen the awesome power and energy of accessing these vibrations to align ourselves at the cellular level. You can access this from a variety of ways.Crystals have a very unique energy and vibrate differently than say sound does. I often use crystals in my meditation and work with them for different intentions. Through an assessment and intuitively checking in with your energy I can determine various crystals/stones that may be beneficial for you.I use the word “work with” as these can be tools for you. I am definitely not saying this is magic or that their is some secret power that you are going to tap into (well maybe you will) but I am saying that intention is a strong influencer in our ability to return to stasis and achieve goals. Think of working with crystals as a daily reminder, a totem, an energetic guide that gently says “I support you” or “You’re on the right track, keep going!”My last point on working with crystals is it will not hurt you and if you go into the experience with the mindset of “This is dumb, it’s not going to work” – then guess what, your wish is my command and it will not work for sure.
Grounding (sometimes called Earthing) is the concept of connecting with the earth. Humans have gone from sleeping on the floor to sleeping in elevated beds, walking barefoot to wearing rubber soled shoes, and having concrete/wood/tiled floors.Over time as humans have evolved we have lost connection as we have entered modern society.There is a belief that because the earth has a magnetic core that there is a natural polarization that occurs.This ability to discharge negative energy into the earth can have a strong effect on one’s emotions.If anything there is a tranquility about being outside in nature.Something as simple as standing barefoot in the ground for as little as 15 minutes can help improve mood.Even if it is simply because you are getting fresh air and sunshine, but I chose to believe there is this added benefit.
As mentioned earlier there is a healing power with vibrations.I highly recommend having a few healing sessions to really see the benefit. I have been trained to work with Himalayan singing bowls, gongs, tuning forks, Tingshaws, and chimes. Most people ask, what is a sound therapy session and what is it like?
Sound therapy has a profound effect on the body and mind. The massage of the sound vibration is a method of relaxation, and most people will reach this state of relaxation quickly, even during the first session. During a sound session the body will go through noticeable changes as it responds to deeper and deeper states of rest. Relaxation is not only a physical state but also a state of consciousness, and a sound session will have a very strong effect on alertness and perception. Relaxation during a sound session brings on the same kind of brain states as yoga, tai chi, and meditation.It is very important to understand the physiological responses to relaxation, and how they relate to the state of mind in order to react and respond to your client. This kind of observation is part of the greater system of communication and feedback that is so vital to any form of sound therapy.
Most clients will start to relax as soon as the session begins.Their muscles will lose tension, and they may even start to slip into the alpha brain wave pattern within the first minutes. The alpha wave pattern is associated with daydreaming and pre-sleep.At this point the breathing and heart rate will start to slow down, and the body will begin to absorb the waves of vibration into its tissues. The slowing of breath and muscle tension are both signs that the metabolism is slowing.Insulin levels will rise, and the cholesterol levels will fall.As the heart rate slows, blood pressure falls, and arteries expand giving rise to a feeling of warmth. This relaxed state allows the body to repair itself instead of responding to outside concerns. The immune system is at its best when we are relaxed.Sound therapy is so gentle and relaxing that almost all people will fall asleep at some point during the session. The theta brain wave state is associated with meditation, sleep, and deep relaxation. The delta brain state is a deeper form of sleep and associated with hypnosis and ritual. During normal sleep, people will oscillate between both delta and theta states. The brain wave state of clients will fluctuate naturally in reaction to the modality, as positions are changed, and different bowls are introduced.Small tremors, and shakes are common as people enter and exit the theta and delta brain rhythms. Some of the movements may be sudden, and strong.
Those who undergo a state of deep relaxation often report a feeling of mental freshness that they carry with them after the session is over. Relaxation and meditative states of the mind have also been shown to increase the threshold for emotional response, meaning they can help us control our emotional response to outside influences. Like other kinds of mediation, sound therapy can help us be more internally aware, while being more present in the moment and more connected with our surroundings.
Tarot – a Jungian Approach
Famous and influential Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl Jungstudied under Sigmund Freud and later formed an intense collaboration until a rift between the two over their views on human development and the psyche. Jung was all about exploring the collective unconscious- he looked at the thematic archetypes that develop throughout lifetimes and are passed on to individuals. When Jung was 38 he started to experience what he described as “confrontations with the unconscious” – he saw visions and heard voices. Rather than run from this he decided this experience was valuable and would actively go into “active imaginations” as he referred to them. Carl Jung was known to access tarot and explore the messages provided.
I personally think that Carl Jung was highly intuitive. As such, I was inspired to learn more about Tarot – it has a very rich history and explores aspects of Kabbalah, numerology, Greek/Roman mythology, Christianity, and even color, nature, zodiac, and the four elements. I utilize one of the original style decks known as the Waite Rider, when I read from these cards (or Keys) I feel so much connection to that history (now there are over a thousand different decks based on the original). Arthur Edward Waite commissioned Pamela Colman Smith (aka “Pixie”) to do the art for the cards. There are 21 Major Arcana cards that depict a Fool on his journey to enlightenment, these cards when pulled typically represent something that is in “Spirits” hands. The Minor Arcana are 56 suits (Cups, Swords, Wands, Pentacles) – these cards became our modern day playing cards! Cups became Hearts, Swords became Spades, Pentacles became Diamonds, and Wands became Clubs.Again, I do not think this is the only way to approach a client’s situation but I have always been surprised with the accuracy, especially when you consider the odds of the cards being drawn in a particular order. I am not able to bill insurance so if you wish to have a reading completed the cost is listed in my pricing section and will include a written explanation of your specific question with the card spread and meaning is included.
I am a huge proponent of treating holistically – the whole YOU. I am so amazed with the advancements we have made in modern medicine but would feel remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the wise ancients that didn’t have the same technology we do today. I have worked in health care for over 10 years and have witnessed miracles in the ICU.
I have also witnessed patients suffering from long term chronic illnesses and a dependence on medications. I will never advise someone to go against medical treatment or what their doctor has told them, however I will advocate for you to explore all options. Often times when I get sick now it is related to lack of sleep, stress, poor diet. I have been able to watch how those simple things can have huge impacts on my health and well-being. I purposely want to include my personal team of alternative medicine associates that I trust implicitly. I have found that if I visit one of them at the first sign of imbalance I can usually get back on track with a natural way.I am not opposed to antibiotics when necessary I just do not feel that it should be the first course of treatment. Again, something to consider as you are going through this change process and adding to your self care regimen.
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