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Trauma and Fibromyalgia - Ottawa Holistic Wellness

Emotional, Physical and Sexual Trauma and Fibromyalgia

Many people living with fibromyalgia can trace their symptoms back to a particularly traumatic event such as a car accident or injury. Others have experienced short or long term emotional, sexual or physical trauma as a child or adult.

Understanding the link with trauma may help bring some relief.

Fibromyalgia and trauma

Until more recently the relevance of traumatic experiences and stressors, especially during childhood, have been overlooked as predisposing factors in the development of various chronic pain disorders and psychiatric conditions. These include fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Physical, emotional and sexual abuse all trigger high levels of cortisol and adrenaline in our bodies. Chronic or long term stimulation of these fight/flight hormones weakens the immune system, and affects the health of the digestive system, energy production, and heightens our pain perception.

According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the most common traumatic stressors affecting children include accidents, physical or sexual trauma or abuse, neglect, and exposure to domestic and community violence. Other impactful stressors include

Other impactful stressors include the death of a family member, divorce, drug or alcohol abuse, and natural disasters.

These traumatic stressors precondition the neurological system and the stress response system to produce exaggerated responses to normal stimuli (hypervigilance), especially when they are experienced during childhood.

Fibromyalgia and the irritable bowel syndrome associated with it are examples of hyper vigilant neurological responses. Normal stimuli such as clothing rubbing against the skin, or even wind on the face, can produce painful sensations in those with fibromyalgia, indicating an exaggerated pain response.

Normal stimuli such as clothing rubbing against the skin, or even wind on the face, can produce painful sensations in those with fibromyalgia, indicating an exaggerated pain response. Also, the muscles of the intestine are inappropriately stimulated by normal stressors, leading to alternating constipation and spastic

In addition, the muscles of the intestine are inappropriately stimulated by normal stressors, leading to alternating constipation and spastic diarrhea, classic signs of irritable bowel syndrome. The heightened pain response will also cause abdominal pain.

The link with PTSD

John D Otis, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry at Boston University, has studied the link between PTSD in veterans and fibromyalgia.

He has found that a large number of them experience fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions which are unrelated to any physical injuries.

Physical traumas

There is a great deal of evidence that physical injuries such as those sustained in a car accident or fall will trigger fibromyalgia, often developing some time after the event.

It is believed by some scientists that the physical trauma may actually cause biochemical changes in the brain. For example, accidents, injuries, or sudden trauma to the central nervous system may result in the different symptoms of severe muscle pain, fatigue, sleep problems, depression, and other conditions associated with fibromyalgia.

However, these events also cause emotional trauma, so it is not fully understood whether it is the physical or emotional stress that triggers the response, or a combination of the two.

It is apparent, therefore, that consideration of emotional trauma is essential when assessing and seeking to treat fibromyalgia.

Disclaimer

This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Are emotions triggering your IBS symptoms - Ottawa Holistic Wellness

Are emotions triggering your IBS symptoms?

It is not uncommon for clients of mine to tell me that their IBS is worse when they are stressed.

But did you know that often deeper issues may be the problem?

Do you find that your IBS seems to strike at random?

That you cannot identify particular foods that trigger an attack?

Emotions and memories held within your body may be to blame.

I want to share my story

In my mid-30s I was diagnosed with IBS. Before that, I had very few digestive issues, beyond a known intolerance to lactose.

It was a particularly stressful time. I had been severely let down by my then partner, and also by my manager at work who had let me take the blame for something that was, in fact, their doing.

My doctor was of little use. He prescribed some meds to control the symptoms and when asked what could have caused these symptoms he vaguely said: “Oh, could be almost anything..” Very helpful!

I had an allergy test through a naturopathic doctor, which did identify a few food triggers, and I was better for avoiding them. However, the symptoms persisted.

A couple of years later I met my now husband, who was trained in the natural allergy treatment, NAET. He successfully desensitised me to the foods that had been identified, and some others too. Again, this helped, but .. the symptoms persisted.

My reactions seemed to be almost random, I would have changed nothing in my diet, but the IBS would flare up.. it was a very frustrating time.

Organs and emotions

It was when I met with a Shaman and Energy healer that I finally found some answers.

He taught me that each of our organs holds particular emotions.
The large intestine (Colon) is associated with loss, sadness, loneliness, grief.

The small intestine to betrayal, abandonment, insecurity, being lost and vulnerable, deserted.

This made absolute sense to me. I had been betrayed and abandoned by my former partner and then betrayed by my manager.

The Shaman also told me that the reason for my extreme reaction to these more recent events was due to emotions and memories held within my body from a difficult childhood, and also my mother’s experiences as a child, which was attached to my genes; a “genetic memory”.

The recent events had triggered these memories and stored emotions, leading to actual physical symptoms of IBS.

So how can we resolve these issues?

The simple answer is that we need to release these emotions from our bodies.
We cannot change events that have happened to us, but we can effectively “file these away” in our past, so they are not so raw and able to impact our current state.

However, achieving this is not so simple as snapping your fingers, and it is done… if only it were!
It is a process through which we have to work. So how can we do this?

In my case, I was led to work with the Shaman using hands-on energy work to release the trapped emotions and bring balance.

I also had many sessions of Shamanic journeying where I learnt to let go of the memories passed down by my mother.

And now?

This is still a work in progress, and I do occasionally get triggered by events in my life. However, my IBS is almost entirely resolved, and on the odd occasion I do have a flare up, I am always very well able to identify the particular incident that has triggered my emotional response, and I can work to resolve the situation.

This experience has also led me to study NAET allergy therapy and to become a hands-on energy healer.

Come and find out more about how your emotions may be triggering your IBS and other health concerns

I offer a free meet and greet to discuss your questions.

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Can Reiki and Energy Healing Treat My Headaches

Can Reiki and Energy Healing Treat My Headaches?

Can underlying energetic blockages and imbalances cause headaches and migraines?

The simple answer is ‘yes’ they are one of the possible triggers or causes.

Both an excess of energy in the head or deficiency can lead to pain. This can be the result of an issue within the head itself, or disruption further down the body which obstructs the free flow of energy.

So a blockage in the throat will prevent the flow of energy into and out of the head.

A blockage at the root or 2nd chakra, so in the pelvis or lower abdomen, will affect how much energy can move into the body or be released.

It is not uncommon with our daily lives to become focussed in our head. We are continually busy, using our minds nonstop, and often allow little time to decompress and ground ourselves. This leads to an inability to let go of the stresses of the day, to drain the excess out of our heads and to become grounded.

Almost all of my clients come in needing to open their lower chakras, reconnect to the earth, and to release some of that pent-up energy.

This disruption in energy flow may result in many different headache symptoms including a dull ache, pressure, throbbing or pain spikes.

An energy healer, whether practising Reiki, Chakra balancing, Pranic Healing, Angel Healing, or one of the many other approaches will be able to assist your body to better balance and to bring relief effectively.

During a session, they may work on your head or any other part of the body. If there is an excess or stagnation of energy in the head, there is little benefit to treating the head. What is needed is to open up the channels throughout the body so that the energy can move and the pressure in the head can be released.

They may also bring about longer term healing by addressing the underlying reasons for your energy imbalance. This can be by releasing trapped emotions or by bringing you more into balance, so you are no longer as reactive to daily stresses.

Clients who receive energy healing report that they feel better in many ways emotionally and physically.

Dispelling some energy myths

Energy is not some mystical, magical element. Science shows that it exists all around us; energy and matter are interchangeable and that everything is connected energetically.

Science also shows that the human body has an energetic component. It is possible to produce an image of the body’s aura and to identify acupuncture points scientifically, however, we do not currently have the science to show what these points are or what they do.

There are many healing approaches worldwide that address imbalance or blockages in our energy, many of which are very ancient. These include Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Reiki, Chakra Balancing, Shamanism, Eastern Tantra, Pranic Healing, Angel Healing, the Laying on of Hands and much more. 

Whichever approach is used by the healer the intention is the same; they will seek to bring balance and flow, to release stagnant or congested energy, to channel energy into areas that are deficient and to assist with letting go of any trapped emotions which are interfering with correct balance.

When channelling energy, the healer is tapping into the universal energy that is all around us. Depending on the approach they may consider this energy to be from Mother Earth, from the Father, from God, the Angels, the Source, the One or the Light. Or they may have another name for it.

There have been scientific studies that show the healer is affecting energy when healing is taking place. The book “The energy healing experiments” by Dr Gary Schwartz details some of these studies.

Book a complimentary introductory session with me to find out more about energy healing and how it could help you.

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Energy Healing and Reiki for Seasonal Allergies

Energy Healing and Reiki for Seasonal Allergies

Allergies are an overreaction of the immune system to an otherwise harmless substance.

In the case of seasonal allergies, you are reacting to pollens which do not pose a threat to your body. This reaction creates a continual state of ‘fight or flight’ in the body, weakening your immune system, increasing the risk of other infections or health problems and leaving you red and worn out. It can also impact your sleep, adding to your fatigue.

Reiki and Energy Healing work to rebalance and calm your body, activating the parasympathetic nervous system, eliminating the state of ‘fight or flight’ and allowing healing to occur. It can be used to help symptoms and to release underlying emotional issues which trigger the allergic response.

When using Energy Healing and Reiki, there are two parts to treating your seasonal allergies, and they are most effective when you commit to a short course of treatments.

Controlling your symptoms

The first part is to assist in managing your symptoms. The practitioner will focus on the affected areas of your body, so in the case of seasonal allergies your head, face, throat and chest.

The focus is on bringing balance and relaxation, unblocking the energy in the affected areas, releasing sinus pain, headaches, and resolving itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing and wheezing. It is not uncommon to initially feel a little worse after the treatment; however, this will shift within a day or two leaving you feeling better.

Reiki and Energy Healing also bring relaxation, allowing your body to rest and recuperate and improving your sleep. Many clients report feeling able to breathe more freely and that their sinuses and eyes are more comfortable following treatment.

Releasing underlying triggers

The second part involves addressing the underlying reasons for your allergies. Most of us, especially adults, carry a certain amount of emotional baggage; from our childhoods, from our parents and previous generations (genetic memory), and some say from past lives.

Releasing these emotional memories from your body will help to bring about long lasting relief from your allergies. We cannot change what has happened in the past, but we can shift the way in which we react to these memories.

By allowing you to become less triggered and controlled by these previous issues you become more balanced, grounded, centred, relaxed which ultimately makes you less reactive to allergens and also to daily stressors in your life.

Energy Healing and Reiki are not usually a complete cure for seasonal allergies, but they can assist your body to function in an optimal way. Following treatments clients will comment that they feel better in many ways, including their allergic reactions. Everyone can benefit from this type of healing so book now and enjoy enhanced health and well-being.

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Fatigue and Trapped Emotions - Ottawa Holistic Wellness

Fatigue and Trapped Emotions

As a Reiki practitioner and energy healer, I see many people who have trapped emotions in their bodies. Those emotions can be from physical traumas and emotional events that they have experienced during their life, from their parents (genetic memories) and, some believe, from past life experiences.

Whatever your belief system, or the origin of those trapped emotions, they can become lodged anywhere in our bodies, cause a disruption in our energy and lead to physical dysfunction.

They weigh us down and can trigger many issues including aches and pains, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and often fatigue. They sit like a heaviness inside us, creating lethargy and despondency and an inability to live life with the joy we deserve.

The first, most important step, to resolving this fatigue is to acknowledge the fact that it can be emotional. We are often afraid to admit to weakness and expose our vulnerabilities. Many of us would rather seek a physical reason as it is more comfortable than looking for an emotional cause.

Meet Bill

At 41years old Bill came to me suffering exhaustion, pressure and pain in his chest, palpitations and digestive issues. Up until a year before he had been fit and healthy.

Despite extensive testing, the medical profession could find no reason for his symptoms. His work and family life were suffering, and he was desperate to find some relief.

A friend who had been to see me recommended that he ‘give Reiki and energy healing a try’. He was very sceptical but willing to see if I could help.

I found that he carried a tremendous amount of sadness and grief, along with some fear. These emotions were mostly sitting in his chest, heart and large intestine. He said that his life had been great; loving parents, no major traumas or events that he could remember.

I then asked him about his parents. He told me that his aunt had died of a terminal illness a couple of months before his birth. His mother had nursed her for several months before she died. He said she had never really got over the death.

He also said that not long before his health declined their child’s pet rabbit had died. It was a sad day. However, it caused an extraordinary amount of grief in him. He said he couldn’t understand why he had reacted so strongly.

This observation made sense to me as he was carrying his mother’s fear and grief, which he had soaked up while in utero. The death of the rabbit had then triggered that memory in his body, causing an excessive reaction. He was still living in that memory.

Over several sessions, we worked to release that fear and grief. Bill gradually felt lighter, felt the joy coming back into the world. His fatigue lifted, his mood changed and his digestion returned to normal. He no longer has palpitations or the pressure and pain in his chest.

He still comes to see me once in a while ‘for fine-tuning’ as he puts it, to address life’s everyday stresses.

Do you know someone like Bill? Reiki and Energy Healing may be just what they need!

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Reiki and Energy Healing for Anxiety and Depression

2 Ways Reiki and Energy Healing May Help Your Anxiety and Depression

We are all familiar with Western Medical methods for dealing with anxiety and depression.

The standard medical approach is usually pharmaceutical medications, possibly combined with psychotherapy, counselling and other behavioural therapies depending on what sort of anxiety you have.

Initially, medications may be essential as a means of support, enabling you to get everything under control and to manage your symptoms, however, it is never ideal to be on medication long term.

I always encourage my clients to consider the reasons for their anxiety and depression and how natural approaches can help resolve these issues.

So how can Reiki and Energy Healing Help?

Trapped Emotions

One way to look at anxiety and depression is to consider trapped emotions in the body. Perhaps you experienced traumatic or stressful events during your life, or you hold ‘genetic memories’ of events that your parents, grandparents, etc. experienced, or you may believe that our soul comes through some lives and carries memories from those past lives.

Whatever your beliefs, and wherever those trapped emotions originate, they will impact your life here and now. Reiki and Energy Healing assesses the feelings you hold and works to release them.

In my job, it does not matter where those emotions came from, only that you carry them now, in the present, and we will work to release them from your body’s memory gently.

Energy Imbalance

Another way to look at anxiety and depression is through the Chinese Medicine approach to energy in the body.

Chinese Medicine works with meridians/energy lines within our body. Each meridian is related to a particular organ and will be associated with certain emotions; e.g., the Lung and Large Intestine hold sadness, grief, loneliness, loss; the Kidney contains fear, anxiety, shock, trauma.

Any imbalance in your energy can trigger the appropriate emotions for that meridian.

Joanne’s story

Joanne had been through a lot when she came to me.

Her parents broke up when she was five years old. Her mother did remarry to a man who did not like the expression of emotion.

When she was 12 years old, her 14-year-old brother died in a skating accident. They were not allowed to show any grief, and her stepfather forbade the mention of his name in the house. They were to forget that he had existed simply.

She came to me at 21 years old with depression and anxiety. She said she often felt like crying at some insignificant trigger but was unable actually to cry, and she had a persistent feeling of dread, expecting something bad to happen at any moment.

She also complained that she frequently had laryngitis (lost her voice) which could last for a couple of weeks at a time and that any time she had a cold, it would ‘go to her chest’ and be hard to shift.

I found that she held all that grief and sadness in her lungs. A feeling of heaviness and weight on her chest. She was also completely blocked energetically in her throat, an indication of her repressing her emotions and her inability to express herself, speak and out and be heard.

Over the course of several sessions, we worked to open her throat and bring a sense of safety and acceptance to the expression of emotions.

During the 4th session she began to cry, a huge step forward. She finally felt able to express all that sadness and loss that she had held for so long.

As we continued to work together, she found that her chest gradually felt lighter and she no longer had that sense of doom. Her chest infections and laryngitis became less frequent and ceased altogether.

She was more able to express herself in all ways, not just to cry and she felt so much lighter in her general mood and outlook.

Do you hold trapped emotions? Whether big or small? Reiki and Energy Healing can help!

Book a free meet and greet with me and find out more about Reiki and Energy Healing.

Reiki and energy healing for the winter blues

Reiki and energy healing for the winter blues

Are you one if the people who suffer from the winter blues in the winter? Or perhaps you just feel tired and run down? 

Many of us experience reduced energy, sadness or even full-blown depression during the long winter days. Some also have increased pain and insomnia.

During this time there are several ways in which to improve your winter blues.

Reiki and the winter blues

I have many clients who find no need for my services during the spring and summer but who will seek me out during the late fall and winter months. I know once the days start to shorten their mood will darken, their energy levels decrease and they come to me for rebalancing and recharging.

The lack of sunlight and decrease in activity lead to blockages and stagnation of our energy. Using Reiki and energy healing can re-establish the flow of your energy, release the blockages and bring a deep sense of calm and balance.

Reiki and energy healing work to channel the universal energy that exists all around us. It can fill you with a sense of energy, light and wellbeing. Some of my clients have described a session to be like charging their batteries and turning up their capacity for fun and enjoyment.

This comes along with an increased ability to cope with the added stresses of the holiday season and the following winter months.

Better balance will also strengthen your body and may help boost your immune system, making it less likely that you will succumb to the winter colds and flu.

Reiki and energy healing can also assist if you do become sick. By improving energy flow, bringing relaxation and better sleep it increases the body’s ability to fight and to heal. It addition it can help relieve symptoms such as a headache, muscle aches and blocked sinuses.

Alongside this, you may wish to seek advice from a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Naturopathic Doctor or Functional Medicine Practitioner. They will complement the Reiki and energy work by addressing nutrition, allergies and lifestyle factors that may be impacting your immune system and your mood.

Reclaim your life and Enjoy Winter!

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