Researching Reiki – Moving Energy Forward in the Scientific Realm

With its simplicity and gentleness, Reiki is capturing the attention of the traditional medical field as a practical, effective component of integrative care. Not all complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches are without contraindications, and some not so easily adapted to administration during procedures such as in acute trauma situations or surgery. Reiki, a subtleContinue reading “Researching Reiki – Moving Energy Forward in the Scientific Realm”

Creating Spirit Through Structure and Energy – Is It Part of Our Future?

Looking at the evolution of modern massage therapy over the last 40 years shows both an exponential growth and subsequent factioning of modalities within the larger parent field. We need only look at the internally divided camps of certain bodywork genres (i.e., Rolfing and Reiki to name but a few) to see a micro-cosmic representationContinue reading “Creating Spirit Through Structure and Energy – Is It Part of Our Future?”

Flower Essences – Bouquets of Emotional and Life Path Support

The harmonizing and healing properties of flowers have been acknowledged and utilized throughout history. The ancient Egyptians as well as the Australian Aboriginals made use of flowers to heal the emotions. In the 16th century, Paracelsus described collecting dew from flowering plants, diluting it and using this essence to treat various disorders. Now, in theContinue reading “Flower Essences – Bouquets of Emotional and Life Path Support”

Grief and Degrief, Part 4 – Releasing Grief with Somatic Techniques

The use of somatic treatments to address grief is both the unique factor and the integral part of the success of the Degriefing process. Treating the physical body is what differentiates Degriefing from other therapies that rely solely on talk to affect the healing of grief after loss. Grief is the body’s innate reaction toContinue reading “Grief and Degrief, Part 4 – Releasing Grief with Somatic Techniques”

Grief and Degrief, Part 2 – Degriefing the Body & Mind with Psychosomatic Semantics

The language of our culture is full of sentiments acknowledging how we feel after a loss. The term “heartache” and the phrase “I’m so sad, it hurts” immediately come to mind. Grief is the body’s response to loss, and we attempt expression of physical, emotional and mental feeling with words or displays of emotion toContinue reading “Grief and Degrief, Part 2 – Degriefing the Body & Mind with Psychosomatic Semantics”

Revisiting Our Trauma

Grief is the most available, untapped, emotional resource for personal transformation. –Lyn Prashant One of my favorite professional endeavors is teaching a class on the somatic aspects of grief. I present my Degriefing work at the University of California Berkeley, the Mayo Clinic, as well as at hospices, hospitals, and clinics. I often start myContinue reading “Revisiting Our Trauma”

Free the Body of Sadness – Putting the Pieces Back Together After a Life-Changing Event

Job loss, death, divorce, break-ups, financial strain, and the many challenges life presents are painful and tramautic. Sadness is stored within our bodies, sometime long after we think we’ve moved on. Addressing the issues in the tissues can in fact help individuals move more quickly through the grieving process to help reclaim stability and, ultimately,Continue reading “Free the Body of Sadness – Putting the Pieces Back Together After a Life-Changing Event”

A Pilgrim in Your Body – Energy Healing and the Spiritual Process

Whether you use energy work as part of your personal practice or as a healing modality in your work with others, it can evoke changes in consciousness and perspective that are best understood in the context of the human spiritual journey. At its core, energy work–basically, anything you do in a knowledgeable and purposeful wayContinue reading “A Pilgrim in Your Body – Energy Healing and the Spiritual Process”

Remedies from the Earth – Medicinal Muds and Healing Clays

Mud is one of the oldest beauty treatments in the world. Not the kind washed into the street after a rainstorm, but the medicinal mud and healing clay varieties found in estuaries or harvested from underground veins. In fact, healing clays “have been used by indigenous cultures since before recorded history,” according to Jason R.Continue reading “Remedies from the Earth – Medicinal Muds and Healing Clays”

Essential Elixirs – Herbal Oils for Health, Healing and Happy Clients

On a sunny windowsill are rows of glass containers. The liquid within them glows in delicious shades of smooth yellow, warming amber and fiery red. Some jars contain fluids that look like they were squeezed directly from the earth — juicy greens and dense ochre. The contents resemble something an ancient alchemist whipped up withContinue reading “Essential Elixirs – Herbal Oils for Health, Healing and Happy Clients”