1. What is this “energy” that you work with?
Everything in the world is made up of energy, particles of information (“bits”) that are moving or vibrating. Everything, whether it be something something we hear (a doorbell), or something we see (a tree), or something that we can’t see (an emotion, a thought) — each thing has its own unique energetic vibration.
There are some “bits” of energy are vibrating either too low or too high in frequency to be easily measured by the 5 basic senses and the traditional scientific method of inquiry. If we consider these elusive energies as those that travel faster than the speed of light and transcend space and time, we enter into the realm of quantum physics.
When we consider the human body in terms of energy, we have the visible and measurable:
- physical: cells and tissues that make up bones, muscles, organs, blood, etc.
- electrical: measured by medical tools such as the electroencephalogram (EEG) and the electrocardiogram (EKG) which measure the electrical activity of the brain and heart
We also have an invisible and harder to measure energy, the life force energy. This is the vital energy that lives in every part of us, extends past our physical bodies, and transcends time and space. This energy is measured by magnetic devices and by intuition. This is the focus of energy medicine.
2. What is energy medicine?
Energy medicine refers to various treatment modalities that seek to balance an organism’s life force energy. We are healthy when the life force energy flows freely, nourishing our bodies and minds. We feel physically and emotionally well, our eyes are bright, we live with a sense of purpose and joy in daily life. Bruce Tainio (of Eastern State University), who built the first frequency monitor in the world in 1992, has determined that a healthy body frequency ranges from 62-72 MHz. While energy medicine is relatively “new” to North America, it has been practiced for thousands of years in Eastern traditions.
When the life force energy is unbalanced or blocked over the long-term, disease and illness of the body, mind and soul result. When the body’s frequency drops, the immune system is compromised. Colds and flu start at 57-60 MHz, disease starts at 58 MHz.
3. How can my thoughts, feelings, and past experiences affect my physical body?
Thoughts, feelings and memories are powerful forms of energy. They shift your body physically into either a state of survival (feeling threatened) or a into state of wellness (feeling safe and calm). If you feel threatened (i.e., stressed), your body responds with increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, increased respiration, dilated pupils, slowed digestive functioning, increased blood flow to the extremities, increased release of hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. Our bodies store these stressful experiences in the brain (as memories), in the body (as cellular memories), and in the energetic body. Our life force energy flow is disturbed. Chronic stress is linked to the most common causes of death including heart disease, cancer, and lung diseases.
For more information on the mind-body connection, visit Dr.Nadine Burke Harris’s TED talk on adverse childhood events, and the book “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma” by Dr. .
4. How do you assess energetic information?
I use higher sense perception and intuition. We are all born intuitive. As we develop and spend increasing amounts of time in “thinking” mode (beta frequency of the brain), it becomes habit for us to only move into the slower brain wave states while falling asleep or in deep sleep. It is in these slower states that the thinking mind takes a backseat and our intuitive perception emerges. With dedication and practice, anyone can learn to use these slower brain frequencies during waking hours. It was helpful to me that I was born a highly sensitive person.
5. How do you treat someone over the phone or at a distance? Does it still work?
I am working with the person’s energetic body. The energetic body exists both within and outside of the physical body, transcending time and space (see question 1). The treatment is not “watered down” or any less than an in-person session. The reason my fees are lower for phone or distance sessions is that I can work from home without the added cost of renting office space.
6. Are you a healer?
It depends how you define healing. If healing means an instant cure that happens by some magical act by a “healer,” then I am definitely not a healer! If you view healing as the process of becoming whole, then maybe I am a healing “helper.” The true healer is the person seeking wellness. I use the title “Integrative Health Practitioner” as I consider all aspects of the person: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and energetic. I am like a giant flashlight–I can bring into awareness aspects of the person and offer treatment modalities that the person may not have previously seen or considered relevant to his/her health. I practice compassionate and non-judgmental presence in which clients can access their unique path to healing themselves. Sometimes clients report that energy work feels “magical.” This is because we are working with the “invisible” energetic body, yet they are feeling tangible changes in their physical bodies or powerful shifts in their conscious awareness that defy the laws of physical existence.
7. What will my first session be like (for adults)?
The session will take place in a private and quiet room. I will ask you what you wish or intend to get out of the session. I will fully explain the assessment and treatment process to you, and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions before we begin. Once you have given your consent, my assessment will include listening carefully to your story and tuning into the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and energetic aspects of your unique situation. Depending on what treatment modality is needed, you may be more comfortable lying on a treatment table; however, this is not necessary. I am able to accommodate and adjust to what is best in the moment for you.
8. What will my first session about my child be like? (Note: Child does not attend the first session.)
The session will take place in a private and quiet room. One or both parents may attend, or any other significant adults in your child’s life. I will ask you what your concerns are about your child. I will listen carefully to your story of your child and will consider the physical, sensory, emotional, mental, spiritual, developmental, social, situational (family and environmental) and energetic factors that are contributing to the issue(s). Based on what I find, my recommendations may include one or more of the following: an in-person session with your child, a follow up session with parent(s) only, phone consultation, or referral to another practitioner. If future sessions are recommended, I will explain the treatment plan and process to you. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions before you give your consent to proceed with the proposed treatment.
9. Why doesn’t my child attend the first session?
A few reasons. It is difficult for children to hear their parent(s) talk about their challenges in their presence. It is easier for parents to concentrate and be insightful when they do not need to attend to their children at the same time. By listening carefully to the parent’s story and intuitively accessing the child’s energetic body, I have access to all of the information “bits” I need to create a whole picture of the situation and a proposed treatment plan, when necessary.
Exception: If the child is coming specifically for a feeding assessment, then s/he attends the first visit so I can observe the physical skills of eating and the feeding relationship.
10. Can I stay in the room with my child if you need to work directly with him/her in future sessions? What would a session be like?
Parents can be a great source of comfort for many children. In this case, parents are most welcome to stay. If there is stress within the family, some children benefit from having a private session with me so they have an opportunity to fully express themselves. I am flexible to whatever works for each individual child.
A session with a younger child (developmentally 6 years old or younger) might look like I’m “just” playing and talking with your child. What is actually happening is that I am tuning in to your child’s needs, feelings, thoughts, actions and worldview. It is from this place of deep understanding that we can address the issue(s) at hand. For older children, the session would look more like an adult session (see above) with age-appropriate language and interaction. If parents are present, sometimes I will ask them to take part in some aspect of the treatment.
11. How many sessions do I (or does my child) need?
It depends. I know that’s not the answer you want to hear! I have had clients meet their goals in a single session, others I have seen more than once for a certain period, and others come back every now and then. There is no “recipe” or “treatment protocol” because people are unique, with individual preferences and experiencing the changing seasons of life.
In terms of some general guidelines:
- I typically don’t see the same client more than once a week to allow time for the physical body to adjust to the changes from the previous session
- The amount of time the client has been suffering with some issue does not necessarily mean that more sessions will be needed
- I typically don’t recommend a time frame within which clients “should” come back. Instead, I encourage them to listen to their own wisdom around the timing of sessions.
- Feeding therapy clients who are following a specific treatment protocol may require weekly sessions, as per protocol.