Body Sense

SUMMER | 2016

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 12 of 15—your resource for all things bodywork 13 CASE STUDY #1 Rebecca,* a serious runner, came to see me for sciatic pain that prevented her from running or even touching her toes—something she could do easily before being injured. She rested on the treatment table while I lightly placed my hands on her body, holding them in various positions to balance her energy for about 30 minutes. After one session with specific focus given to her lower back, she was able to bend over 4–5 inches farther than at the beginning of the session and touch her toes without pain. CASE STUDY #2 Kaitlyn* requested Healing Touch before and after her wisdom teeth were extracted. When she returned home from the surgery, I gently placed my hands on her cheeks and also brushed my hands in a sweeping motion a few inches above her face to clear energetic congestion. The work reduced her pain to a zero (representing no pain) from a 5 on a pain scale (with 10 being highest) in a matter of minutes. She also experienced no swelling. How are results like this possible? Energy medicine. As Albert Szent-Györgyi, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work in discovering vitamin C, said, "In every culture and in every medical tradition before ours, healing was accomplished by moving energy." With training, we can influence our own or others' energy systems in positive ways. BODY, MIND, AND SPIRIT The human energy system is comprised of energy centers (chakras), energy fields (auras), and meridians (energy channels). Our energy systems are influenced by the environment and our own thoughts, emotions, and actions, as well as the people around us. 1 When energy becomes congested, or blocked, in any of these parts of the system, we experience "dis-ease." This can look like physical disease or pain, emotional reactivity, mental cloudiness, or spiritual turmoil. In other words, a disruption in our energy system can affect our whole being—body, mind, and spirit. Imagine a stream flowing through the forest. When it flows unobstructed, it is a source of power and energy. But if Learn, Find, Try, Repeat! National Qigong Association— Healing Touch— American Polarity Therapy Association— The International Center for Reiki Training— Zero Balancing— To find a practitioner near you, visit and search by modality in the To Find a Practitioner box. it becomes blocked, it can form a stagnant pool, lose its strength, and even start breeding mosquitoes that carry disease. When our energy is balanced and flowing, we feel grounded, calm, vitalized, and ready to handle whatever life throws our way. This balanced energetic state encourages self-healing. In fact, another tenet of energy medicine is that all healing is self- healing. Although a doctor may stitch up a deep cut on your arm, it is your own body that heals you, building new tissue to replace that which was damaged. You may use other tools to support the process, such as prescriptions, ointments, or other remedies, but the actual healing occurs from within the body itself. This is where energy medicine plays its most vital role—encouraging the natural healing ability of the body, mind, and spirit.

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of Body Sense - SUMMER | 2016