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Hi Everyone,

After taking a much needed sabbatical I am back in the office part-time. I am once again offering Bowen Therapy, Therapeutic Massage, Reiki Healing, and Natural Healing Consults.

It’s great to be back and I hope to see you soon!

Peace & Blessings,

Penny

Dark Night of the Soul

If you have ever experienced a dark night of the Soul, you know it. There is no doubt in your mind. And congratulations! You made it! You are still standing and I am certain that you are more formidable than ever!

If you are going through the dark night of the Soul, I am sending you Big Love, high vibrational healing light, and all of the encouragement and support I can muster- and I can muster a lot! because I have been there and it is indeed the darkest and scariest place I or any of us have ever been!

When you are in the midst of it for your Soul’s own personal reason, know these things: it is a very long, very arduous and very frightening journey. It is also temporary although it absolutely does not feel that way. It feels like it will never end, it feels like there is no way out, and it feels like there is no way you have the strength, fortitude, or perserverence to make it through to the other side.
I am here to tell you that you do.

Another thing about the dark night of the Soul is it is a SOLO journey. I don’t care how many people are there to love and support you. It is an inside job, and it rattles everything inside of you. Every piece of everything- every experience, every memory, and even some things you don’t understand or can’t remember. It shakes you like you have never been shaken before.

Very scarey stuff for sure…very scarey. But you can do it. I promise you can. Even if you don’t think so. At the moment you are reading this going through it, I am hoping that knowing that somebody else made it through and believes you can too, helps in some small way. I applaud you for having the courage to face it and damn everything that thinks it can stand in your way of success!

~You Got This.~

Herbal versus synthetic drugs

Since I will be writing about plant-based medicines I thought I would start with this article explaining the difference between plant-based medicines and synthetic drugs.

I have listed where to find the full article. Below are some excerpts regarding the differences between herbal and synthetic drugs and some reasons why people are finding herbal remedies much more appealing.

J Nephropharmacol. 2015; 4(1): 27–30.
Published online 2015 Jan 1.
PMCID: PMC5297475
PMID: 28197471

Herbal versus synthetic drugs; beliefs and facts

Herbal therapy is a holistic therapy, integrating emotional, mental and spiritual levels. Life style, emotional, mental and spiritual considerations are part of any naturopathic approach. The use of herbs does not generally involve “drug” actions or adverse effects. Although medicinal plants are widely used and assumed to be safe, however, they can potentially be toxic.

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Where poisoning from medicinal plants has been reported, it usually has been due to misidentification of the plants in the form, in which they are sold, or incorrectly preparation and administration by inadequately trained personnel.

About 8% of hospital admissions in the United States of America are due to adverse or side effects of synthetic drugs. Approximately 100,000 people each year die due to these toxicities. It means that the killed people in the U.S. by pharmaceutical drugs are at least three times more than the killed by drunken drivers.

Each year also thousands of people die from supposedly “safe” over-the-counter drugs. Deaths or hospitalizations due to herbs are so rare that they are hard to find. Even, the National Poison Control Centres of the United States does not have a category in their database for side or adverse reactions to herbs .

The mechanisms by which the herbs generally act are not established, however, most of medicinal plants possess antioxidant activities. The plants have been shown to effective by this property is various conditions including cancer, memory deficit and Alzheimer, atherosclerosis, diabetes and other cardiovascular diseases. Antioxidant activities of herbal medicines are also effective in reducing the toxicities of toxic agents or other drugs.

The herbal medicines contain a lot of different compounds which some of them have great complexities. Plants substances such as polysaccharides, mucilages and tannins may modulate and modify the effects of “active components”.

It has been shown that the whole plants extracts cannot be mimicked by administering purified and isolated constituents of the herbs.

The sciences believe that the whole plant is greater than the sum of the parts which reflects the inherent conservatism of the medical establishment.

Acceptance

ACCEPTANCE
Kubler-Ross writes: “Acceptance is often confused with the notion of being “all right” or “OK” with what has happened. This is not the case. Most people don’t ever feel OK or all right about the loss of a loved one.

This stage is about accepting the reality that our loved one is physically gone and recognizing that this new reality is the permanent reality. We will never like this reality or make it OK, but eventually we accept it. We learn to live with it. It is the new norm with which we must learn to live. We must try to live now in a world where our loved one is missing.

In resisting this new norm, at first many people want to maintain life as it was before a loved one died. In time, through bits and pieces of acceptance, however, we see that we cannot maintain the past intact. It has been forever changed and we must readjust.

We must learn to reorganize roles, re-assign them to others or take them on ourselves. Finding acceptance may be just having more good days than bad ones. As we begin to live again and enjoy our life, we often feel that in doing so, we are betraying our loved one.

We can never replace what has been lost, but we can make new connections, new meaningful relationships, new inter-dependencies. Instead of denying our feelings, we listen to our needs; we move, we change, we grow, we evolve.

]We may start to reach out to others and become involved in their lives. We invest in our friendships and in our relationship with ourselves. We begin to live again, but we cannot do so until we have given grief its time”.

“It has been forever changed and we must readjust” is my favorite part here. Nothing will ever be the same. That’s for sure. What we once thought was a permanent, a staple in our lives, is not and never will be again. Boom. Swallowing just got really hard.

A hard concrete truth. Nothing you can do about it. It’s just the way it is. The permanency of it slashes us to pieces, but what are we to do? We go on. We engage. We keep saying yes.

Do we ever forget? Hell no we don’t . We can’t. It is now part of our personal history. But do we want to keep our personal history? That feeling of being a victim? Again, hell no! This is where I found gratitude seeping in. Gratitude for that time we had with them or that.

Gratitude that we had that experience of relationship, of love, of success. And perhaps hopeful that we will find more of that. Maybe in a different way- probably in a different way.

Hope. So many songs written and sung about that beautiful emotion- how it keeps us going, keeps us breathing, keeps us entertaining the thought that there just might be something good in front of us.

And there is- I promise you, there is.

~Peace & Blessings~

“Where It Hurts Ain’t Where It’s At”

I was recently reminded of the famous quote from bodyworker Ida Rolf (inventor of the Rolfing system of bodywork): “Where it hurts ain’t where it’s at”. She was referring to the idea (and indeed the fact) that where the pain in your body is is rarely the location of the problem.

Odd idea for us Westerners (well most of us). We are taught to believe that if the knee hurts, the knee is the problem. There is some damage there, and only there. However, oftentimes (most times) this is not the case. Allow me to demonstrate.

I recently injured my knee. As a bodyworker and especially as a Bowen Therapist, I understand the concept of the actual problem being elsewhere. So, I go about investigating where the problems may be surrounding my knee pain and dysfunction. But I was in pain and that kind of distorts your thinking, so I became too focused on the knee.

I reached out to another bodyworker, who like me is really and truly interested in what is going on in there (there being the entire body). What he found is that every muscle, tendon, ligament, and retinaculum from the hip to the bottom of the foot was involved causing the knee to be out of alignment and in serious jeopardy.

Now that I have had all that worked on (and let me tell you it’s intense!) the knee is without pain and much more stable. Understand this people! It will keep you from having unnecessary and unproductive surgery! And it will return you to normal activities with normal function and no pain!

~Thanks Aaron! Great Reminder!~

An Intelligent Discussion on Medicines (Natural and Pharmaceutical)

My go-to medicines are natural, meaning they are plant-based so they don’t come with the side effects that pharmaceuticals do. First, let’s talk about why pharmaceuticals have side effects and what to look out for when considering the use of essential oils or other natural remedies. I found this article from Biologist Vieri Failli to be very educational:

Biologist Vieri Failli explains the details.
Undoubtedly necessary, pharmacological treatments have often undesired secondary effects. That much is true in any field. Cold remedy makes you sleepy, sinus decongestant makes your heart race and even aspirin can cause serious side effects including bleeding and gastric ulcers. Why are medications having such side effects?

The body is an immensely complex structure built from chemicals that must be regulated in order to function smoothly. Molecules such as hormones usually make these adjustments and if something disturbs them, as for example during a disease, medicines often work by taking the place of one of the body’s regulating chemicals to readjust the balance.
However, it is not so simple.

Unfortunately, two things complicate this ideal picture. First, the body often uses the same chemical to regulate more than one process. This means that a medicine might readjust one balance while disturbing others that would normally not need retuning. The drug prednisone for example turns off inflammation, but also raises the blood levels of sugar and causes thinning of bones.

Secondly, medicines are not always as discerning as we would wish. This means that the medicine may alter other unrelated molecules at the same time. For example, the drug amitriptyline is commonly used after spinal cord injury to manage neuropathic pain by acting on serotonin receptors. Amitriptyline however, can also cause blurred vision, dry mouth and constipation by blocking acetylcholine receptors, lower blood pressure by affecting norepinephrine receptors and produce sleepiness and weight gain by binding to histamine receptors.

The following is a rightful warning about herbal medicines- they ARE medicine! So if you are taking prescription medications, you should check with your physician or pharmacist about potential interactions.

Biologist Vieri Failliany goes on to say that many patients and even some physicians wrongly assume that herbal medicines are harmless since they do not come with a drug label that contains a long list of potential side effects. In fact, many such products, including aloe vera, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, garlic and green tea, can interact with conventional cardiovascular drugs and lead to serious adverse reactions.

Since these remedies are “natural”, their potential dangers are not considered the same way they would be if they were “real” medications. For many reasons, patients tend not to disclose to their doctors if they are taking herbal remedies, including fear that their doctors will not approve or that they will be told to stop them. This is the reason why it is important to disclose as much information as possible while setting up any medical treatment.

One size does not fit all- This is important too!

An astonishing aspect of medications is that their effects vary greatly from person to person. This is true for the desired effect (for example as painkiller) but mostly for the side effects. One person may have little to no side effects, while another may have severe or troublesome problems that make the medicine intolerable. This surprising effect mostly accounts for the genetic variability of each individual, in which regulated mechanisms can be slightly or dramatically different.

Another aspect comes from the problem of drug interaction. A given medication has the potential to interact with other molecules, which could either be another medication that the patient is currently taking or simply compounds found in the food or beverages. This interaction can boost the positive effect of a medication while in some cases it can potentially increase the undesired side effects. By considering the variability of response and the fact that millions of people are using a medication over several years, the list of observed side effects can become horrendously long.

Biologist Vieri Failli’s article helps us get the big picture. This is a very complex subject and the two most important items Dr.Vieri Failli mentions, in my opinion, is (1)that one size does not fit all, and (2) it is vitally important that if you are on any medications at all, you should discuss the use of natural supplements with your doctor. We all need to be responsible for our own health and safety!

Ok, so that being said, I have used natural medicines, supplements, and food for my health and wellbeing for a very long time. I have been my own lab rat. My own petri dish so-to-speak. And by doing so, I have learned much. I am one of those people that if there is a side effect to a medication, I will most certainly have it- in spades.

That is what initially led me to grant myself the permission to be my own guinea pig. It has not been an easy or straightforward journey to say the least. But it works for me.

On this journey of healing yourself from whatever ailment, you MUST first educate yourself first and foremost. For many people, this is a daunting task. For me it is not. I am a researcher. Always have been, always will be. There are always different ways of looking at things. There are always alternatives, whether the change be a change in thinking or a change in approach. Nobody has all the answers- you just delve into it and decide what resonates for you, find out what works for you. If you should need some help in deciphering what essential oils may be beneficial for a particular ailment, let me know if I can help!

~Here’s to Your Natural Health~

PAIN

PAIN IS EXHAUSTING. Chronic pain is even worse. It robs us of the joys of life and makes us wonder if we will ever feel vibrantly alive and happy again. I have been there! And I can certainly empathize with all of you that are going through it right now.

My work addresses musculoskeletal and nerve impingement pain in all its forms. Back pain, joint pain, all forms of nerve impingement whether it be sciatica, tennis elbow, plantar fascitis, or TMJ just to name a few.  When it comes to these kinds of problems in the body nothing, and I mean NOTHING, works like the form of Bowen Therapy that I practice.

Nobody knows better than I do as a practitioner in the USA that this work deviates completely from the Western understanding of how the body works. Here in the US if the knee hurts it is the knee that is the problem. And the answer is to address the knee. This is an example only, simply to demonstrate a point. So the knee is treated.  An MRI probably happens. A diagnosis is made,  There is deterioration in the knee. The knee needs to be repaired.  Maybe physical therapy is recommended- again targeted at the knee. Physical therapy does not resolve the issue and you end up in an orthopedic surgeon’s office to determine the options. Surgery is typically the answer. So you get arthroscopic surgery to repair some damage. Or a total knee replacement is recommended. When surgery and rehab are completed, you find yourself having other problems: either the pain has moved to the other knee or to a hip. You see where I am going with this: one problem becomes another and another and more surgical interventions are recommended. And the saga continues seriously affecting your quality of life.

What if the knee wasn’t the problem? Could it be that the knee is just taking the brunt from some problem somewhere else in the body? This is where Eastern and western medicine go in different directions. Western medicine looks at the body as compartmentalized pieces and parts. If the knee hurts, it’s the knee. It is not looked at as intimately connected with the rest of the body. The idea that a problem in the neck can serve to disturb the function of the knee is ludicrous. From an eastern view although all parts are connected intimately- one part serves another regardless of how far apart they are. So, with this in mind- yes, a pinched nerve in the neck can and may well affect the knee (or other distant areas of the spine).

In Bowen Therapy (which was developed by an Australian Osteopath that studied acupressure and Meridian theory, Thomas Ambrose Bowen) one learns just how intimately widely distant areas affect each other. For instance, connections in the jaw and just under the jaw are directly connected with the opposite end of the spine- the coccyx or tailbone. Western medicine does not recognize this. I like to use the analogy of a wet towel being wrung out and clamped at both ends. As long as the clamps are on the remainder of the towel remains twisted. Releasing those clamps, the rest of the towel (or spine) can unwind. Therein lies the “magic”. Release both ends of the towel (ie spine) and the whole thing unwinds! Nerve impingement is released,  bones and joints are allowed to move to their neutral position, function is restored, and pain is no more.

The other beautiful thing about this work is once it’s done, it’s done! Maintenance is always a grand idea. but once the dysfunctional pattern is eliminated from the body (and we have visual and tactile assessments for this), it is done! There is no need for weekly (or more often) treatments.  Given the proper signals in the proper locations, the body most readily responds.

This is what I do and it is my passion! It is brilliant remedial medicine and I thank my mentor physician Graham Pennington in Australia for enlightening me and showing  me how to help people restore form and function and live happy lives everyday.

God Bless.

Case Study #5

I chose this case because it turned out to be quite complicated and took me more sessions than is normal- 6 total. Usually done 1 week apart sessions are unique- whatever presents the day of the session is what we address, This case showed me how the same symptoms can be caused by widely varying distortion patterns in the body:

60 yr old female client was bed-ridden with severe “sciatic-type” pain after traveling on business. She had had 2 knee replacements in which during  one surgerygthe quadriceps was cut through to pull the hip down,

The first session assessment showed left short leg with symptoms appearing not only in hip and leg but opposite shoulder pain as well. Patient had severe pain on standing.  During treatment knees showed no response until more lateral palpation was done. In addition, palpation of right mid deltoid showed significant adherence. Appropriate maneuvers were employed.

On the second session different areas of the shoulder showed problems and were treated as well as ankles. pelvic, and knees.

The third session the client reported pain less, hip better, but pain in ankles.. No sciatic type pain. The client showed tonal symmetry. The shoulder pain had moved to the anterior deltoid. Appropriated protocols were employed including ankles and knees.

The fourth session included more ankle work. At this point there was no sciatic type pain and the client was moving around more comfortably for short periods of time.

The fifth session included 1/2 hour deep tissue massage for continuing shoulder restrictions.

At the sixth session the client presented with no pain and complete functionality- able to walk and resume normal activities including tennis. A final “tune up” session was performed and the client has been totally functional and pain-free since the, – checked 5 months later.

THE BOWEN TECHNIQUE

The Bowen Technique

The Bowen Technique is a soft tissue therapy developed in Australia in the 1980’s by an Osteopath named Thomas Ambrose Bowen. Today the technique is practiced in over thirty countries and taught in more than twenty.

The four basic tenets of Osteopathy may be summarized as follows:

1-The human body functions as an integrated, interrelated whole unit.

2-Structure and function share a reciprocal relationship.

3-There exists in the human body an innate capacity for self-regulation and healing.

4-Therapeutic intervention is based upon an understanding of these three points.

Structure and Function

In his book A Textbook of Bowen Technique Mr. Graham Pennington, Australian Bowen therapist, Naturopathic physician, and Acupuncture physician writes:

From the perspective of a Bowen therapist, we are particularly interested in recognizing the interrelationships that exist between the nervous system, muscle tension and the skeletal system, and how the interplay of these factors can create or compromise the structural integrity of the spine and its related structures. The following points illustrate this complexity:

-The tension within a muscle or tendon is produced by the nerve which supplies it. The nervous system is ultimately responsible for the tension of the muscles and tendons.

-The muscles and tendons exert force upon the bones and joints and thus abnormal tensions in the body may lead to joint dysfunction.

-Joint dysfunction at the spinal level (vertebral subluxation) may result in changes in the way the nervous system operates. The resulting nerve dysfunction may generate abnormal tensions in the muscles and tendons…and so the cycle continues.

-On the one hand, the structural integrity of the spine may be disturbed by the presence of a vertebral subluxation, but, on the other hand, dysfunction of the related tissues can result in the development of a vertebral subluxation.

The relationship between function and structure is particularly important to the Bowen therapist, who seeks to identify and correct dysfunction within the various systems of the body. Observation of symmetry forms the basis on which the therapist can develop  specific therapeutic interventions and target them to resolve any abnormal tissue tensions. Correctly applied, these interventions restore function and associated symmetry.1

Fascia

Fascia is currently being widely researched as it is now evident that it plays a key role in the structure and function of the body.  French surgeon Jean-Claude  Guimbertear’ s ground breaking discovery that fascia, due to its piezoelectric nature, governs thousands of processes throughout the body- a true engineering system. ‘Strolling under the skin’ 2, a documentary made by Dr. Guimbertears and his colleagues, visually depicts the tremendous array of processes that occur in the human tissue simply due to the pressure of the scalpel. Blood vessels disappear and others appear, fluid exchange occurs- all due to the piezoelectric nature of the fascia.

The Bowen Technique relies heavily on this fascial system.  Piezoelectricity is defined as the electric polarization in a substance resulting from the application of mechanical stress.  The fascia consists mainly of collagen and elastin- both peizoelectric materials.   For bodyworkers this translates to the application of pressure applied to the fascia creates an electrical impulse that is sent to the brain.  The brain in response sends a host of chemical messengers back to the origin of the electrical impulse with the result being the restoration of homeostasis. During a Bowen session the client is visually and tactally assessed.  Functional asymmetry is determined followed by treatment.  At the end of the session a reassessment is performed to determine that functional symmetry has been restored.  Structure and function have been restored.  Pharmaceutical and surgical intervention is no longer required.

The work of Tom Myers , author of the book Anatomy Trains3, maps out the main fascial lines in the body teaching us the important connections throughout the body.  In recent years due to several important discoveries it has become evident that the meridian system may in fact run through these fascial lines.  This work is evolving our knowledge of how the human body is put together and how it truly functions on an anatomical, mechanical, chemical and energetic level.

As Mr. Myers quotes in his book, “the close relationship between acupuncture and  similar meridians and the anatomical basics of these continuities is inescapable.”   Significant overlap between fascial lines and energetic continuities of the various meridians are obvious. Additionally, Mr. Myers states that Dr. Helene Langevin and others have shown that connective tissue winds around the end of the acupuncture needle when it is rotated in place, creating detectable mechanical tissue effects.  3Drawing these fields of study together we find a “unified field” theory appears and we begin to understand the intricacies of the body’s self-regulation with proper mechanical stimulation.

Meridian Theory

Graham Pennington’s evolution of the Bowen Technique resulted in his most recent class titled “Targeting Primary Dysfunction” in which he introduces meridian theory  into the technique.  As an acupuncture physician he understands how deeply connected these bodies of work are.  As he states “meanwhile East and West continue to collide…”   Many scholars now believe the meridians of Chinese medicine are actually ‘pathways’ through the fascia.  In his book, A Textbook of The Bowen Technique,  Mr. Pennington declares that fascia serves to provide structures which transmit mechanical tensions, whether generated by muscular activities or external forces through the body.   Andrew  Taylor Still “Philosophy  of Osteopathy” (1899)….”all… nerves go to and terminate in that great system, the fascia.”  Osteopathic theory holds that, in a state of health, fluids  flow freely from one fascial compartment to the next states Mr. Pennington.  As a result of traumatic injury the fascia may twist, constrict, and compress.  The exchange of fluids through the fascial medium becomes compromised.  Osteopathic treatments (as in the Bowen Technique) attempt to unravel these fascial strains to re-establish fluid continuity throughout the body.

By its action (the fascia) we live and by its failure we…die” Andrew Taylor Still, founder of Osteopathy

The Bowen Technique

Many Bowen therapists follow a standardized approach to treatment. Today however, the technique has evolved because of some brilliant therapists such as Mr. Pennington. Mr. Pennington teaches these advanced techniques worldwide and has a handful of students who also teach his work. The first vast difference between the original Bowen method and today’s technique used by Mr. Pennington and his students is the visual assessment which allows for a more intelligent approach and effective outcomes. Fascial strains occur in the body and result in asymmetrical patterns. These asymmetries can be seen visually as leg length discrepancy. Leg length discrepancies are a key aspect of this visual assessment. As we now know the fascia dictates the stresses and strains put on the various tissues. These stresses and strains result in functional asymmetry throughout the body. Mr. Pennington’s technique uses this information to determine where in the body the restrictions are so that they can be targeted and released using the Bowen “move.” The Bowen “move” is unique in its simplicity and complexity. It is a very simple move across muscles and tendons yet the complexity comes with palpation skills which develop over time with intention and practice. This tactile recognition skill is the second difference between the original technique and that used by Mr. Pennington and students. Tactile recognition is the ability to delineate between various conditions of the tissue being palpated. The condition of the tissue determines the speed and depth of the Bowen move that is required. Tissue that has become hardened or stuck requires more time and depth than tissue that is soft and pliable. Differences in temperature of the tissue also lend information. The quality of the move determines the quality of the electrical signal sent to the brain and Central Nervous System. Every “move” is an assessment. Continual assessment during the treatment is a must to determine the course of treatment. Being able to put the pieces of the puzzle together along the way during treatment is what allows the therapist to determine the appropriate approach to treatment and to achieve desired results. Applying these skills to the practice exponentially increases the success of the therapy.  Once identified, the asymmetry can quite simply be remedied using The Bowen Technique. Important fascial connections are addressed in a hierarchal order and the body is systematically brought back into balance, aka symmetry.

“We seek to find the site at which we can deliver a targeted intervention that will activate and benefit the nervous system and illicit a profound healing response from the body.” –Graham Pennington

The pathology (examples: disc herniations, torn meniscus, tennis elbow, plantar fascitis, migraine, back pain, knee pain) results from compressions in the fascial system clamping down on nerves creating pain, dysfunction and deterioration. Restoring symmetry using The Bowen Technique balances the tensional forces in the various planes of fascia and releases the compression on various nerves eliminating pain. The result visually is leg length symmetry validating the therapists success in restoring symmetry to the body. The number of treatments required to remedy a chronic or acute situation vary but often a handful of treatments is all that is necessary to remedy the condition. This is another remarkable trait of The Bowen Technique. Once a client comes in for treatment (once per week typically) with no pathology and visual assessment shows symmetry is still in tact, the condition is remedied. The pathology no longer resides in the body and the condition no longer exists. There is no need for further treatment. This distinguishes The Bowen Technique from virtually all other therapies. Most therapies in practice today provide only temporary relief treating symptoms but never accomplishing healing. With The Bowen Technique a true remedy is accomplished. Maintenance appointments are encouraged to keep the body in alignment.

Notes

1. Graham Pennington, A Textbook of the Bowen Technique, 2012, A Comprehensive Guide to the Practice of Bowen Therapy. Www.bowenseminars.com

2. Dr. Jean-Claude Guimbertears, “Strolling under the skin”, 2015 , www.youtube.com.

3. Thomas W. Myers, Anatomy Trains, 2014, Myofascial Meridians & Movement Therapists.www.myersmyofascialmeridians.com

 

About Penny:

As an engineer, educator and bodyworker for thirty seven years Penny Michaels brings a unique combination of science, technology, and bodywork skills for an intelligent conversation on the state of bodywork. She teaches nationally as an NCBTMB Approved Provider for Continuing Education to massage therapists through The Cortiva Institute. She holds private practice in Vero Beach, Florida. Visit her website at www. pennymichaels.com to read more of her articles and email her.

Distance Healing

 

To most of us the idea of being able to heal or be healed by someone who is not physically touching us is strange. It is difficult for us to wrap our heads around the idea as we are physical bodies. We only identify with being physical flesh and bone. Consider for a moment, though, that energy moves through our physical body. Movement of energy through our body is what allows us to digest food or run a marathon or heal from an illness. Even if we are taking medication for an illness that medication as it runs through our body is exchanging energy with what is already there inside.

Our energy also extends beyond our physical body. Have you ever felt somebody behind you in the line at the grocery store before you ever saw them? This is evidence that you feel them energetically. An energy field exists around each of us and if we are in close enough proximity to another person we can feel them.

Many practices and traditions exist for manipulating energy through intention. Prayer is one that everyone knows and is comfortable with. Reiki, Shamanic practices, therapeutic touch, quantum touch are a few others. Mass meditation has shown to be a powerful tool and no one is touching anyone. Intention is incredibly powerful. If you intend to get well, for instance, your chances of getting well are much better than if you stayed in a fearful state.

In quantum physics space and time don’t mean much. In studying the quantum field it becomes quite clear that things aren’t as they appear in the physical 3rd dimension. Physicists have determined and shown experimentally that two particles can exist in two different locations at the same time. How crazy is that? Without going too deep down the rabbit hole, you can see that everything is energy.

Energy can be manipulated through thought alone. Anyone can do this. Those of us who have studied distance healing have extra tools and practices to help us with distance healing. We practice and practice and it becomes natural and normal. Our successes speak for themselves.

We all need healing on some level and these days no one is touching anyone. Perhaps the time is ripe to open our minds to the idea of distant healing.

Give me a call, I would be happy to help.

Much Love,

Penny