I’m often asked what Energy Medicine is and how it helps people. My usual response is to address how Energy Medicine can help rebalance the imbalances at the root of physical, emotional and mental issues, because the energy systems are foundational to our health on every level. After working with many people on a myriad of issues, it’s my expectation that physical and emotional symptoms will lessen greatly and often disappear completely as we peel away layers of traumas, emotions and limiting beliefs, and, that they will experience an increased level of wellness and vitality, many times reporting that they “haven’t felt this good in 10 years.” These improvements are wonderful, but there is something else, something infinitely more beautiful, happening on a deeper level.
As I’ve worked with clients for extended periods, I’ve observed that as people release old patterns, and the stuck emotions around experiences that have shaped their perceptions of life and of themselves, many subtle foundational shifts take place simultaneously. The process can best be described as a gentle unfolding of the self, not unlike a flower that slowly opens to the sun, and reflects back the light that it absorbs.
As clients move through this process of unfolding, they become more in touch with who they are at their core, more attuned to their own higher consciousness, and more at ease with themselves and with life. Peaks of joy are experienced, sometimes for the first time, and the little stresses of life don’t have as much impact. People who had once walked in with visible tension in their faces and their bodies move with a relaxed ease, and tension is replaced with smiles and laughter.
For some people these changes happen relatively quickly, for others they take longer. Regardless of how long it takes, the process itself is a joy to watch, and always brings moments of awe, inspiration and gratitude to both client and practitioner.
This case study was published on the Innersource website in April of 2017. Click here to be taken to the Innersource webpage where it resides.
Helen and her husband John had been trying for years to conceive. Helen came to see me at the age of 37, two years after having miscarried, with complaints of infertility, lack of passion, “overall” pain that came and went, and insomnia. She had received acupuncture off and on for years and was aware that she had a Kidney deficiency. She and John had given up on trying to get pregnant, and they had changed their life plan from starting a family to building their careers and focusing on physical/emotional/spiritual healing. They were interested in trying new therapies to heal past traumas and for personal development. In Helen’s first session she said “I’m not here to work on fertility, I just want to feel happier.” I had a premonition at the time that she would get pregnant through the course of the work, but that it would be a few months before we got there. I kept this to myself however, and we began our assessments.
The two things that stood out immediately were Helen’s Triple Warmer, which was highly reactive, and her K1 point (beginning of Kidney meridian line on the bottom of the foot), which was closed shut. It was as if the doorway to the Kidney meridian (and connection to the earth, grounding, yin cycle, et cetera) was closed with a huge heavy door and bolted shut. I probably spent about 20 minutes in the first session using magnets to open the K1 points and correct their polarity, as well as her overall polarity. Not surprisingly, Kidney meridian was quite weak. Helen decided to come in for a session every other week. Her homework for the first few weeks, in addition to the Daily Routine, was to use the Mellow Mudra hold for Triple Warmer reactivity and to bolster Kidney meridian by holding its acupressure strengthening points. As we progressed, we added emphasis to the Penetrating Flow, Belt Flow, polarity, grounding, cross-overs, and strengthening Spleen meridian, both during the sessions and in her self-care.
Over the next few sessions, Helen’s Triple Warmer reactivity calmed, Kidney meridian strengthened and held its energy, and her K1 points shifted from feeling like a door with iron bolts to a closed door, then a swing door, and finally to a door that would stay propped open! This was supported by her diligence with her daily self-care.
Her big shift, and one of the most amazing things I’ve felt in my work, came in the fifth session with the Deep Healing Electrics protocol. Near the end of the session, after about 45 minutes of holding the main electric points, a beautiful radiant energy started pushing up from underneath, marked by an undeniable will to live, and to be connected to this physical experience. As it pushed up, I held the space open for it to move, as if I were holding open heavy doors and waiting for it to pass through. Just as I was wondering how much longer I could hold this opening, it expanded into the field, releasing the need to hold the space, and shifting the energy into a beautiful encompassing glow. I knew we were complete. At the time, I interpreted this as Helen’s own will to live a full, joyous life coming through.
After the Deep Electrics session, the Triple Warmer reactions stopped. Two weeks later Helen attended a retreat where a psychic took one look at her and said “when are you due?” When she responded “what do you mean?” the woman said, “well, you’re pregnant, didn’t you know?” She recounted this one month after the electrics session, with some discouragement. She had gone to get a pregnancy test that came back negative. My thought was it wasn’t quite time yet, but maybe we were close. Again, we focused on healing her system and emotions.
One month later, and four months after starting Eden Energy Medicine, Helen came in and announced with a smile that she was pregnant! In the subsequent months, she continued to do EEM and worked with TRE Trauma and Tension Release Therapy, which she’d begun just before the pregnancy. She experienced deep trauma release in the first trimester, and the EEM techniques were important in stabilizing her system through these releases. We focused on keeping Kidney and Spleen meridians strong, chakras clear, and clearing out residual energies from old traumas. The pregnancy was smooth and painless, without any nausea or other discomfort, which Helen believes to be the result of the ongoing EEM work. Their beautiful baby girl was born in March (exactly one year to the day after beginning EEM), and mom, dad and baby are all doing well!
It’s clear to me now that the radiant energy that pushed through during the electrics session with such a strong will to live was the energy of the baby moving into the physical plane, and that this energy was already accompanying Helen before the biological reproductive process was fully underway. What a wondrous experience it was, and such a gift to have been a part of it!
A few months ago a client of mine gave me the “Earthing” book (Ober, Sinatra and Zucker, 2010) and dvd (both of which came free with the purchase of an Earthing Kit), and I was intrigued. The book is full of interesting information on the discovery of health benefits that resulted from reconnecting to the earth’s energy, so that free radicals in the body would be neutralized. This is said to reduce inflammation in the body and balance cortisol levels, essentially decreasing stress and increasing relaxation, which helps to regulate the immune system response. Many people claim to have had positive health benefits, not the least of which is better sleep, from the use of earthing sheets and pads, and some say they have recovered completely from chronic conditions.
Earthing essentially means grounding the body by reconnecting to the earth’s energy, in the same way that appliances are grounded by the third prong on the outlet. This can be done by walking barefoot on the ground (not on concrete or other surfaced floors), by lying down on the ground, or by using an ‘earthing’ product that connects to a grounding wire and is run through a standard indoor electrical outlet, or is connected to a grounding rod that is placed in the ground outside.
Having developed a keen sensitivity to the movement of energy in my body and my client’s bodies, I was curious to find out what it would feel like to lie down on an Earthing sheet. I also wanted to know if this was something that might be good for some people, and not so good for others, which can often be the case, depending on a person’s energetic constitution.
So I bought the basic kit, which comes with a half sheet and a grounding pad. They did not disappoint in terms of quickly moving energy! Both had an immediate effect on my system when I used them - the pad under my feet and the sheet on the full length of my bed, head to toe. The sheet felt a bit gentler than the pad, which still feels almost buzzy when I use it and can cause an unpleasant reaction in my system.
Even though these two products serve the same purpose, they really do have distinctly different effects, so I’ll talk about them separately. First, the sheet. I love this sheet. That’s all. I never want to sleep without it again. As far back as I can remember I’ve been a light sleeper, waking every time I turn over and at even the slightest noise - the breathing of the person next to me, barking dogs outside my closed window and two streets over, etc. I would estimate that in the past I slept well and felt truly rested about 10% of the time. Sleeping on this sheet, I feel really rested when I wake up at least 70% of the time.
As for the pad, I tried it under my feet while at the computer a few times, but it caused what we call in Eden Energy Medicine, “Triple Warmer reactivity”. That means my Triple Warmer meridian (governs fight or flight response) went into alarm mode, and as a result I felt worse. Now, it is possible to get out of TW reactivity and calm the system, and after a few rounds of using the pad and calming the system, the reactivity stopped, but then started again the next time I used it. So I’ve decided not to use the pad for the time being and to stick with the sheet.
In addition to my own use, I’ve used a plush throw with clients during sessions and each time they’ve commented on how relaxed they feel. There’s a certain calm to the system after earthing that I notice in clients as well. To me it feels the same way I feel when I’ve spent a day on the beach – a ‘good’ tired, refreshed and deeply relaxed.
Beyond my own experience, I wanted to find out what other energetically sensitive people had experienced with these products, so I put the question out to a forum of Energy Medicine practitioners, and it turned out many of them have used these and swear by them. There were also some who said these products are just too much for their systems, and tend to ‘blow the circuits,’ but the majority of responses were favorable.
I’m hesitant to recommend products to clients, or to sound like I’m endorsing a particular product, but because these have a 30 day money back guarantee (they aren’t cheap), and the potential to do a lot of good, I don’t feel uncomfortable saying that it’s certainly worth giving them a try. There are some amazing healing stories from people with chronic issues of all kinds who’ve used them, and if nothing else they could just be the best sleep aid ever invented!
I’ve just moved to a new office space at Tallahassee Chinese Medicine. I’m looking forward to working alongside Craig Thomas, DOM, AP, and Rachel Kelley, DOM, AP. And, I’m very excited about the new community acupuncture clinic that they’ve started at this location. This is based on a model from Chinese Medicine, in which multiple patients are treated simultaneously in a large room, with a physician’s station in the middle. The community room at Tallahassee Chinese Medicine isn’t as large as what you would typically find in China, but it does have three tables set up and is ready for use! This is such a positive move towards making alternative healthcare options more affordable and accessible to people who might not otherwise take the risk of trying them. Community clinic session fees are determined by the patient, based on a sliding scale, please see the website for fee information.
When I did an online search of community acupuncture I found that clinics like these already exist all over the United States. Here’s to another sign of progress in Tallahassee! We are slowly but surely moving forward like the rest of the country, even though it may not feel that way sometimes.
Together we are creating a new paradigm for healthcare, based on treatment of the energy body, which is foundational to physical, emotional and mental health. For most people who are new to energy therapies, feeling is believing, so I invite you all to come try something new under our roof – you won’t be disappointed!
It was a big night for Tallahassee on March 24th when Donna Eden and her husband David Feinstein gave a three-hour class at the Leon High School auditorium. My Energy Medicine colleague, Amy McDowell, was the event organizer and grand master, but as always Donna was the luminary of the evening.
Donna inspired event participants with her contagious enthusiasm for the body's ability to heal and our ability to heal ourselves simply by changing our energetic patterning. Here are a few photos from the evening:
It was an evening of lively demos and lots of surprises for audience members as they learned the exercises of the 10 minute daily routine, which bring a number of important systems into alignment and ensure that your energy anatomy is strong and resilient. According to Donna, on the path to healing a body that is out of balance, getting the daily routine exercises balanced on a regular basis is 70% of the work., a compelling reason to do it faithfully if you are committed to regaining your health or preventing health problems.
I've since heard from a number of people who attended the class who have been doing the routine daily and are already feeling the benefits. I'm not surprised, in fact, I would be surprised if they were not feeling the benefits, as just about everyone seems to notice positive changes within a week or two, from a sense of being more relaxed, more patient, and less fatigued, to more dramatic results for individuals dealing with health issues.
All told, this was a great night of community and learning new skills for a variety of age groups. Everyone who came had a chance to speak with Donna and some even had their life colors read! Thanks to everyone who came out and participated!
These days not a week passes without more news of mindfulness entering the mainstream, is it possible it's here to stay? Wouldn't it be lovely...
You can get a glimpse of the article by clicking on the image to the left, for the full article you'll need to subscribe, but you can get a quick look at an intro to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and the famous raisin exercise.
Rather than using my newsletter to review 2013 and look for take-aways (which is always valuable, mind you), I chose to focus on the turbulence we've been experiencing in one of the more mundane areas of life - the weather.
I simply could not pass up the opportunity to address such cool weather occurrences as the Polar Vortex and the Bombogenesis, and of course, make some observations on how similar turbulence can exist virtually unnoticed in our energy fields and thoughts. Click below to find out what vortexes may exist in your life and what you can do about them, then share some of your vortexes in the comments section!
Read the 2013/2014 Winter Newsletter
The Vortexes of our lives...
Some common vortexes observed in clients and others:
Facebook Vortex – Being sucked through the portal of an endless newsfeed to a virtual reality free of the constraints of time and space.
Sugar Vortex – The magnetic force in your hand that attracts all things sweet, often unnoticed, only to be discovered mid-bite.
Vortex of Despair – The stirrings of panic that explode if given too much attention, accompanied by thoughts of ‘this will never work’ ‘I’ll never get it all done’ ‘my life will never change…’, etc. - note the prominence of ‘always’ and ‘never’ in these moments.
Sent in by a reader:
The Vortex of Frustrating Board Volunteering with the message: "your tips have arrived at just the right time as I'm composing my resignation"
Share some of your vortexes below!
Time magazine presents some of the latest research and questions about the effects of meditation on overall health.
There's a nice short piece on the BBC News website about a public health counselor who uses EFT very successfully with patients who suffer from depression and anxiety. Out of 36 patients, all but one made huge improvements. Here's the link if you're interested: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-25738689.
Just another triumph for EFT!
1. Stop trying to be perfect and be unique
If you are still functioning under the delusion that perfection exists, wake up!
It doesn’t! Being imperfect is a beautiful thing, it’s like the difference between an exquisitely
handcrafted piece of artwork and a mass produced item you might find at
Walmart. One is unique and intriguing, the other is boring.
2. Stop caring about what others think
When you boil it down, you are either living for yourself, or living for others, who,
incidentally, may not even be aware of you or your actions.
3. Do more of what you love
This one speaks for itself, it is so obvious, so life changing, and sadly, so overlooked.
4. Do less of what you dislike
The obvious and often overlooked counterpart to tip number 3.
5. Spend quality time with people you love
Relationships with people you love (who love you back) are foundational to emotional wellness.
Feed them and you will feel better!
6. Practice gratitude
Practicing gratitude lights us up on the inside, and literally lights up the self-healing energies in your
body. These same energy circuits connect us to true joy and a deep sense of well-being.
It’s no mystery why being grateful makes us happier and healthier!
7. Focus on effort over achievement
It’s too easy to overlook the amount of work we put into something and the growth we achieve from it when we don’t get the results we want. This is especially relevant in parenting. If we teach our children that the only value is in the outcomes they will often give up without even trying. But if we emphasize that we are proud of the effort they put forth regardless of the results, they will be encouraged to repeat the process the next time they face a challenge.
8. Take good care of yourself
You take good care of your kids, your pets, your plants, your yard – but are you taking the same good care of yourself? Do you see to it that you eat three nutritious meals every day, don’t watch too much tv, exercise and get fresh air on a regular basis, and get plenty of sleep every night? In short, are doing what
you should to be healthy, happy and thrive?
9. Keep your energy balanced
This is so easy, just practice Donna Eden’s 10 minute Daily Energy Routine. When your energy is balanced you just feel good!
Take advantage of any excuse to celebrate life – birthdays, anniversaries, good report cards, professional accomplishments, holidays, Fridays, a beautiful Sunday afternoon with nothing to do, etc. Celebrations don’t have to be loud and accompanied by balloons or alcoholic beverages, they can also be quiet and sweet, like walking hand in hand with your child down a quiet path in the woods, quietly celebrating being together.
Paige Continentino is a Transformational Life Coach and Energy Medicine Practitioner, who also teaches Meditation and Mindfulness.
This website, www.paigecontinentino.com, www.soulslightenergyhealing.com, does not purport to diagnosis, treat, operate on, or prescribe for any human disease, pain, injury, deformity, or other physical or mental condition. Paige Apgar is not a licensed mental health professional and does not practice, or purport to practice, medicine.
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