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What is Energy Medicine

Energy Medicine is based on the understanding that any physical, mental, or behavioural problem has a counterpart in the body’s energies and can be treated at that level. It provides a holistic approach to healing by not only addressing your body, mind, and spirit, but also by working with your emotions, past trauma, and even your relationships.

So what is “Energy’

Over the centuries energy in the body has been given different names such as Qi (Chi), Prana, Innate Intelligence, Mana, Pneuma, Vital fluid, Odic force, and Orgone.

After many years denying the existence and importance of this energy within our bodies, science is now discovering methods of measuring it. There is more information at the bottom of this blog.

The belief among healers is that when our energy is blocked, stagnant or disrupted our physical bodies cannot function optimally. This imbalance can also lead to disease and ill-health.

Energy Medicine

For thousands of years, practitioners around the world have activated the body’s natural healing processes through clearing meridians, balancing energy, healing touch, utilising Ayurvedic medicine, shamanic practices, applying hands-on healing such as Reiki, and many other modalities.

The many different healing modalities that fall under the category of Energy Medicine may be referred to as energy therapy, energy healing, vibrational medicine, psychic healing, spiritual medicine or spiritual healing.

All of these modalities will work to affect the energy in our body and to assist us to become balanced, grounded, to tap into our innate healing power within, and to release and resolve traumas.

Traditional Western medicine focuses on diagnosing symptoms and treating you from the outside. When used in combination with Energy Medicine the results can be profound as the whole person is addressed.

Benefits of Energy Medicine

Energy medicine has been shown to have many benefits.

These include calming the nervous system, releasing trapped emotions and traumas, bringing calm and a sense of peace.

In this way Energy Medicine can help with anxiety, depression, PTSD, relieving pain and fatigue, improving sleep, it can bring more confidence, more focus and more connection to others, it can also can help clients be less reactive and improve relationships.

Energy Medicine Modalities

These are just some of the Energy Medicine approaches available:

Hands-on Therapies

Approaches such as Reiki, Chakra Balancing, Energy Healing, Tantric Healing, Pranic Healing, Esoteric Healing, Magnetic / Auric Healing, Healing Touch, Hands of Light, Body Talk and Therapeutic Touch involve the healer laying their hands on the body or holding them in the auric field around the body.

Crystals and Magnets

These can be used either on the body or close to the body to affect the energy flow.

Acupuncture / Acupressure

Acupuncture and Acupressure are an ancient modality which uses very fine needles or finger / hand pressure to affect the meridians or energy lines within the body

Reflexology

The reflexologist uses pressure, usually with their fingers, on the reflex points of the hands or feet. This affects the energy within the body.

Distant healing, intercessory prayer

The healer works from a distance either with prayer or by using intentional energy healing such as Reiki. The recipient will often feel the effects of the energy during the session.

Exercise and Movement

There are a number of systems using meditation, breath and movement to positively affect the energy within the body by cleansing, strengthening, and circulating it. They include Tai Chi, Qi Gong (Ch’i Kung) and Yoga.

Combination Therapies

Acupressure and Tai Chi can be used together to provide hands on treatment along with Tai Chi exercises to be used at home. This allows the healing to continue.

Emotional Blueprint: This unique system uses reflexology to read the emotions that are stored within your body, in combination with visualisation and journeying. This allows you to connect with these emotions, to release them and established new, more beneficial patterns in their place.

Conclusion

Energy Medicine has something to offer everyone, whether you just need to relax and enjoy some “Me Time”, or you have deeper physical and emotional / mental health concerns that you wish to alleviate.

It is an excellent complement to Western Medicine and to other Alternative Health Modalities. It is safe for anyone from young children to seniors.

 

Scientific Measurement of Energy

Indirect measurement of subtle energy in the body is possible through certain physiological correlates that are emerging.

Instruments to measure acupuncture activity and Kirlian photography (electrical discharge photography) are the two main contenders for subtle energy monitoring.

Acupuncture instruments are based on the observation that acupuncture points have special electrical characteristics; the points have lower resistance to electrical current flow as compared to the surrounding tissues. As each meridian is associated with one or more organs inside the body, the electrical activity of the acupoint seems to be related to the organ function.

In the second kind of instrument, based on Kirlian photography, a high voltage, low current is applied to the finger pads. The colourful discharge that is observed is analyzed in a computer and is related to organ function.

Sophisticated instruments are presently available based on these principles. These instruments are undergoing many trials and clinical evaluation, so that their use can become acceptable in medical diagnostics and therapy.

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Treatment Options for Fatigue - Ottawa Holistic Wellness

13 Treatment Options for Fatigue

There are many reasons why we experience fatigue.

A physiological issue may cause fatigue such as impaired thyroid function, lack of nutrition, hormone imbalance, lack of sleep, chronic pain or allergies among others. Emotional stresses and past traumas can also trigger fatigue.

A physiological issue may cause fatigue such as impaired thyroid function, lack of nutrition, hormone imbalance, lack of sleep, chronic pain or allergies among others. Emotional stresses and past traumas can also trigger fatigue.

Whether the reason is physiological or psychological, we can all benefit from some help to identify and resolve the underlying issues.

Physiological Issues

The first step might be to investigate any physiological issues.

Family doctors and Western medicine. Your family physician can order various tests to rule out certain diseases and to identify nutritional deficiencies such as Vit D or B12 deficiency and anaemia (low iron). They also have access to pharmaceuticals which can address symptoms and bring relief. They are not always able to get to the cause of your fatigue but can help to alleviate it.

Naturopathic or Functional Medicine. These doctors work with your family doctor. They look deeper, at root causes of ill health, and address issues such as lifestyle, diet, hormone imbalance, insomnia, allergies, celiac disease and digestive health. They use natural healing methods including diet, nutrition, lifestyle modification, acupuncture, homeopathy and herbal remedies.

Emotional reasons for fatigue

Once physiological causes have been dealt with or ruled out, you may wish to consider psychological causes for your fatigue. Whether it is from past traumas, genetic memories from previous generations or current stresses in your life, we all need some help to release these.

Some modalities to consider are as follows:

Counselling and psychotherapy can approach these emotions from the conscious mind. Make sure to choose someone that you are completely comfortable with, and has suitably experience in your type of issue.

Hypnotherapy works with your subconscious mind. During a session, you collaborate to access the subconscious, let go of the restrictions and limitations provided by the conscious mind, and bring about the release and shift of those trapped emotions. The majority of people will remain aware of their surroundings to some degree.

CranioSacral therapy accesses these traumas and emotions from the body level. A good CS therapist will sense the shock and trauma resonating in your body even after your conscious mind thinks it has been resolved. They work extremely gently, facilitating the release of these emotions and bringing the body back into balance.

Reiki, Chakra balancing and energy healing all work with your body’s energy to rebalance, release trapped emotions, bring calm and profound relaxation. During a healing session the body enters a parasympathetic state, also called the rest and digest state, which is responsible for long-term health, improved digestion, conservation of energy, and maintenance of a healthy balance in your body’s systems

Physical Treatments

Misalignment and imbalance in your body will upset the correct functioning of many of the body’s systems.

Chiropractic, Massage and Osteopathy all work with the physical body including the muscles, ligaments, spine, joints and organs, releasing these tensions and bringing balance to your structure. Working on your physical body will allow your body to work in the most optimal way and healing to take place.

These therapies also address physical pain. Relief from chronic pain can go a long way towards improving energy levels.

Acupuncture is one modality that can help both physiological and emotional issues. It is an ancient method that rebalances the body, allowing the correct function of all your body’s symptoms and healing to take place. It can be used initially for symptom relief and longer term to bring lasting healing.

Support energy production at the cellular level

1. Vitamin B12: produce energy

Vitamin B12 is responsible for forming red blood cells, which transport oxygen in the blood throughout the body. Once the oxygen arrives to your body’s cells, it is utilized for energy production. Vitamin B12 also plays an important role in neurological function. According to guidance published by the National Institute of Health in 2016, if you don’t consume enough vitamin B12 in your diet, you will be at a greater risk of fatigue, weakness, or weight loss.

2. Coenzyme Q10: energy production

Coenzyme Q10 (aka CoQ10) is an antioxidant necessary for proper cell function, found in every cell of the body. Your cells need CoQ10 to produce energy, and research shows that it benefits patients with cardiovascular disease.

3. Magnesium promotes better sleep

Magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals in the body, required for more than 300 different biochemical reactions, including muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and energy production. It is commonly found in foods like fish, almonds, and whole grains, and is an excellent source of energy.

4. Optimize cell function with iron

Iron is an essential mineral that helps oxygen circulate throughout the body. It is also necessary for the body’s cell to function and develop properly. Iron deficiency is the primary cause of anemia, which can impair cognitive abilities, decrease immunity, and negatively impact work performance.

Ease stress and feel your best with adaptogens

Wondering what adapotgens are? They’re a group of botanical supplements that protect the body against the effects of physical and mental stress . To be considered “adaptogenic,” an herb must be non-toxic, provide widespread physiological support, and help balance the body’s processes.

5. Reduce stress and fatigue with Rhodiola rosea

Rhodiola, also known as Rhodiola rosea, is a botanical supplement that has been used in traditional medicine in Eastern Europe and Asia for centuries. Not only will it help you feel more alert and decrease stress, it can also improve your mood, according to clinical research.

Want to know what’s best for you? Book for a free, no obligation introductory health coach session to discuss your needs.

Disclaimer

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

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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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Fatigue – Resolving the Stress Behind It

Always tired? No apparent reason to be tired? Ever wondered if your emotions are triggering your fatigue?

Or perhaps you know that you have experienced some emotional trauma in your life and that it still weighs you down?

The now stuff!

A certain amount of stress and pressure can be invigorating; however, long-term or excessive stress will lead to exhaustion and an inability to ‘see the light at the end of the tunnel’.

Our daily lives have become more and more stressful and demanding, we are set huge expectations and given no time for ourselves. We don’t always get enough sleep or take a chance to eat well or to honour our needs. And if we do allow ourselves some “me time” in which to destress and breathe, to do that something just for ourselves, then we feel guilty because we ‘should’ be doing something else…

Does this sound familiar in your life? If so it’s time to make changes.

So, where to start?

Start small, with just one thing at a time. Work up to the bigger things and make sure to tell yourself you deserve to look after yourself.

Some examples of small steps you could consider are to

Go to bed at a reasonable time. If you are concerned about not having ‘done everything’ then take a step back and see if it is essential to do all those tasks and chores before bed.

Schedule time for yourself each day. Put it in your daily agenda and stick to it. Whether you sit for 10 minutes with your coffee, have a bath, read a book, listen to music, go for a walk or call a friend for a chat.

Make time for lunch; just 15minutes is a good beginning. Put away work, leave your desk, turn off your phone, perhaps go outside.. disconnect and take time out of your day to focus on the food and enjoy every mouthful.

Find an activity you like and commit to it. Walking, a reading group, singing, sewing, meditating, playing sports or going to yoga are just some examples. Being with other people can be great for the soul too.

And finally – ask for help – this is something we often find so hard to do. There is no shame in saying “I am overwhelmed, I cannot do all this on my own”. It is not a failure; it is what we, as human beings, need to do. Your family and friends are there to support you as you support them, we all have limitations and sharing a task can be beneficial to everyone involved.

And remember.

Society has too much blame, shame and guilt. We all have the right to enjoy our lives, to do what brings pleasure and not to feel guilty about doing so. We can only be there for others if we nurture ourselves first.

Find pleasure and joy in your life and let fatigue be a thing of the past!

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10 Simple Ways to Kick Fatigue

Looking for ways to kick your fatigue?

Here are some things to consider.

1. See your doctor

Fatigue has many root causes, and your doctor can perform appropriate assessments to determine what the best course of treatment should be.

2. Learn to say “No.”

It’s common for your friends and family to inundate you with favours, errands, and requests. Sometimes the best option, when you are struggling with fatigue, is just to say, “No”. Establishing and maintaining boundaries in your personal and professional life helps in your recovery from fatigue. It may seem selfish, but if you don’t have enough energy, how can you help other people?

3. Get a good night’s sleep

This one is a “no-brainer” when it comes to fatigue. Practising good sleep hygiene will enable you to have a more restful sleep. Keep your room as dark as possible, and use a night mask if your bedroom still seems too bright. Avoid using your cell phone, computer, and TV before bed as the blue light these devices emit will affect your brain’s ability to give you a deep sleep. Keep the bedroom for sleep and sex only; this will help establish healthy sleep habits. If urinating at night is an issue, avoid drinking liquids within 2 hours of bedtime.

4. Invest in gentle exercise

In our society, there is a focus on being busy. People assume that if you aren’t always on the go, then you must be lazy. The same rhetoric seems to be true for the fitness industry. Most people feel that they need to exhaust themselves at the gym for workouts to be beneficial. However, if you’re struggling with fatigue, the best workout is a gentle one. Your body needs time to recover. 5×5 workouts (5 reps, five sets), with moderate to heavy weight, will work out your muscles, get your heart rate up, and won’t deplete your energy reserves as much as high volume workouts.

5. Practice Mindful Eating

This subject is a tricky one because it’s easy to mindlessly eat in front of your phone, computer, or TV. Taking your time when eating can help to relax your nervous system and jumpstart your digestion. Share a meal with your friends. When your digestive system functions better, so will your immune system, and you’ll be able to recover from fatigue faster.

6. Drink Plenty of Water

Water between meals will help move sluggish bowels and help you deal with the indoor dry heat this winter.

7. Avoid Stimulants

Although it may seem like a good idea in the short term, coffee and other drinks that contain caffeine should not be consumed in excess. Over time, caffeine addiction can worsen stress and anxiety, and affect sleep patterns. Instead, opt for herbal teas like peppermint, ginger, and lemongrass. These herbal teas can help ease nervous tension, and won’t cause an energy crash during your busy day.

8. Practice Self-care

Do some yoga, get a massage, go for a walk in the snow, hang out with friends, paint, laugh, and sing. Spending time doing the things you love will reduce stress and improve your mood. Chinese Medicine Practitioners link frustration, irritability, anger, and insomnia to a stagnation of energy flow. The best way to maintain a healthy flow of energy is to express your creative side.

9. Eat to maintain stable blood sugar

Low blood sugar, known as hypoglycemia, is a common cause of fatigue. Avoiding processed and packaged foods that contain high amounts of simple sugars is an easy way to keep blood sugar stable. Instead of sugary cereal for breakfast, opt for oats. Add sources of healthy fat and protein like eggs, avocado, nuts, and lean meats. Fiber from fruits and vegetables will also aid in healthy blood sugar levels.

10. OM Yourself

Meditation can help increase energy and focus. You’ve probably heard this many times, but think that either you don’t have enough time in your day, or that you simply can’t sit still for that long. It’s okay. Start small; no one became a yogi overnight. Even if it’s a 1-minute meditation, that amount of downtime is still good for your body and mind.

Need help to implement some of these ideas? Talk to us today, we have all been in your position, and are here to support you!

Disclaimer

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

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