Energy Work & Breathwork
I have found that the physical and energetic body of the individual is a highly effective way to work with my clients to facilitate the healing process and create change. I often use these approaches along with experiential psychotherapy and/or EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Most people rely on their mind and intellect to find a way out of emotional pain, anxiety and intrusive negative thoughts. Changing the way we think helps, but has limitations. I have found that following the energetic body including the breath is a great way to bypass our mind, which is often the culprit of our suffering. These approaches hold a certain amount of mystery that is hard to explain and must be experienced to appreciate their benefits. I have found that my clients (even the most skeptical) benefit greatly from energy work and/or breathwork including an increased feeling of being grounded, or centered. These energetic/somatic approaches assist in connecting with the authentic self/higher self as well as our Divine Source/Higher Power.
Therapeutic energy work is based on the premise that we have an energetic body as well as a physical body that is impacted by environmental chaos, trauma, disruptive thoughts, and emotions. Emotional, mental, and spiritual disruptions can be accessed energetically through intuitive healing touch. Energy work can be used in conjunction with psychotherapy and other medical interventions and are not intended to replace these traditional approaches. The healing touch of the practitioner works with the body’s own healing capabilities in removing energetic blockages interfering with optimal health and emotional/mental/spiritual well being.
Sessions are fully clothed and lying on a massage table. All healers work a little differently. I tune into my client’s energy as I apply light touch to the body and also work with the energetic field surrounding the physical body. My clients generally report a sense of deep relaxation following a session. I like to call it an energetic “reset button” that puts us back in alignment with our highest self. The healing is adapted to support any goal or intention related to physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well being. The process is guided intuitively, pathways are cleared in the energy system, and vital energy is restored and redistributed allowing for personal as well as transpersonal integration and alignment.
There are many forms of breathwork and meditation practices that utilize the breath = prana = life force energy. I teach my clients breathwork practices they can use on their own to assist in managing anxiety, emotional and physical pain. I offer assisted breathwork sessions for the purpose of healing, integration, and freedom from energetic and emotional blockages. The integrative breathwork practice utilized in these longer facilitated sessions is similar to the breathing technique used in Holotropic Breathwork, Rebirthing and Shamanic breathwork. In this energizing altered state, the client can more easily surrender to a full connected breath and achieve healing states that are difficult to attain in normal consciousness. Much like energy work, the body and breath guide the process. Carefully selected music enhances the experience and supports the client on their breathwork journey. The client is in full control of the process while being coached through places of resistance in the breath and body. It is common for clients to come out of a breathwork session with a feeling of renewal, presence, connectedness, and embodiment.
Energy Work & Breathwork