It is easy to get caught up the physical attributes of pain. We feel it. We know it's there. It's been nagging for attention over time, yet ignored. We can usually pinpoint the area that aches, or feels tight, maybe even pinches or causes sharp shooting pain, but what about the energy behind the pain? Are you aware of what it is telling you?
Massage eases the physical pain, but it also frees stagnant energy so that the life force energy can flow throughout the body as intended. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is the stagnation of this life force energy that causes dysfunction and dis-ease within the body. Hands-on bodywork like massage, cupping, gua sha, Reiki, acupressure, shiatsu and acupuncture work by freeing this stagnation, restoring not only blood flow, but energy flow.
This stagnant energy also tells us a lot about your emotional state. If you experience issues around the sacroiliac joint (SI joint), lower back, glutes or hips we need to also look at the energetic qualities of the sacral and root chakras. The connections of these energy centers and manifested pain in this area suggests an inability to fully release from emotional issues. Hanging onto this energy and allowing it to continue to cycle instead of processing, creates a blockage that prevents incoming energy to flow. We know this is incoming energy because we are working on the back of the body. So imagine being stuck in the same feelings, not moving forward, but not moving backwards either. Just in this state of repeat. This can be reflected by similar outside situations being repeated in your life, or just feeling emotionally stuck where you are. After a period of time this negative energy flow will begin to affect your ability to trust, creating an unstable foundation that keeps you afraid. Your passion begins to wane and clouds your feelings, thus maintaining that repeated cycle unable to move forward.
So you see, pain is not always just physical. It may stem from energetic blockages over time. When you see a therapist that is aware of the mind body connection, you're not only receiving relief from the physical pain, but the energetic root causes as well. This is why I developed Intuitive Massage. It is a blend of numerous clinical style techniques to address the physical pain and also the energetic clearing needed to help restore balance to the body and the mind.
Are you suffering from low back or hip pain? Schedule a session with me and let's work on moving you out of pain and into healing.
Have you ever noticed things about yourself that you didn't really like, maybe repeating behaviors or reactions you have that you believe to be negative? We all experience this. The shadow, also known as the ego, is very much a part of who we are. We can't escape from it, nor should we deny it, run from it, or ignore it. For true growth to occur you must learn to embrace this part of yourself, otherwise you will never truly be authentic.
To fully embrace this we must begin to ask ourselves why we are reacting the way we are, why has it become a repeating pattern, and when did this become necessary for my ego to think I needed protection. That is truly what your shadow is about, protecting you, but it is your conscious self that needs to figure out why it feels threatened. Most of the time these issues date far back in childhood. It has become a learned defensive mechanism. When you are able to pinpoint your trigger, you can begin the process of healing that old wound and embracing the protection your shadow has offered you. It creates a shift, a deeper understanding of the protective powers you carry and now that you are more fully aware, you can use this power when it is rightfully needed and not as an instantaneous reaction. That is how you embrace the light of your shadow and step into your full potential as an authentic being, aware & conscious of both your shadow and light. If you need help with your transformation process Sacred Soul Coaching sessions are available.
Shamanism and Reiki are both powerful healing techniques. Together these healing energies flow seamlessly as you open up to your intuition and tap into your sacred soul for Divine guidance. This work requires an open heart and a clear channel, which encourages practitioners to practice self treatments and continue working on their own spiritual growth. Tapping into this energetic flow daily strengthens your connection and also teaches you through experience. The more work you do the more you learn how to interpret and read energy, understanding the work that needs to be done.
"Shadow work is the path of the heart warrior" ~Carl Jung
In Shamanic Reiki you're working with more then just light energy, as it is taught in traditional Reiki classes. Shamanism is steeped in shadow work, learning how to shift and change darker, negative energies, like an alchemist of energy. Through this process you are able to transmute these areas of energies around clients using a variety of shamanic techniques, like working with spirit allies in the forms of plants, animals, crystals, or guides.
The core concept of shamanism, after stripping away religious and cultural influences, is someone that has the ability to communicate with Spirit, the ability to see past this world and understand the connection of All, of Oneness, to everything all around us, the web of life. Some people see this energy, others feel it or sense it, and some just know. Shamanic Reiki will help you develop your innate gifts through meditation and journeying and self-healing.
The experience you have in a Shamanic Reiki session will depend on your energetic needs at the time of the session. Aura clearing, chakra balancing, soul retrieval, and connecting to spirit guides, are just some of the things you may experience. While a traditional Reiki session is based upon specific hand placements and just channeling Reiki energy, Shamanic Reiki looks deeper into the energy field, recognizing the difference between shadow and light, shifting and changing the energy as needed to create balance, while following intuitive guidance from Spirit.
Sessions are available in person and online, as energy is not limited by space and time, in the same way prayer works beyond space and time. Shamanic Reiki practitioner training retreats are available throughout the year and is also available as an online course, with live video instruction and attunements.
There has been a shift in awareness. Have you felt it? Light is being shed on the areas that need changing. Are you recognizing patterns in your reactions or seeing parts of yourself reflected in the behavior of others? The illumination of these patterns are a sign it's time to release.
Once you become aware of these attachments, you can begin the work of releasing and open up to a new level of consciousness. It is in this space of shedding your old self you are open to receive a deeper level of awareness and being. This is the energy of November.
November being the 11th month, is the master number of healing in numerology. 2017 is a 1 year, the number of becoming more authentic and aligned with your soul. Together the energies facing you this month are working to help you make those final shifts and transformations of 2017. Everything that has been happening this year has been to help align you with your soul-self. The mantra to help you flow this month is:
"I easily release so I may receive"
Begin to release old patterns and expand your thinking and ways of being. New opportunities are waiting, but the only way to see them is through new eyes. Keep moving forward, keep growing and keep shining! Be ready to receive an influx of healing and love this month, as everyday provides an opportunity to release and receive something new.
Have you ever wished there was something you could take that would help you over the emotional pit you're stuck in? Flower essences were developed for just that reason. In the late 1920's Dr. Edward Bach started his journey into developing the basis for the system we still use today.
"Health depends on being in harmony with our souls." Dr. Edward Bach
Dr. Bach believed that the attitude of the patients played an integral part of their overall health and wellness, as well as their ability to recover. His work as a physician uncovering these homeopathic remedies played an important role in opening the door to unveil even more. Today you can find a lot more than 38 Bach Flower Essences, but the methods of collection and usage have remained the same. We now have flower essences suitable for children and pets too!
Real Flower Power
These flower essences work to bring balance and harmony to the emotional body. They are not for physical complaints but will work to help the attitude towards the physical complaints. For example, if you are holding anger towards a physical pain you have as a result of an injury, the essence will not help with the pain, but it will help you work on the anger you have towards it (which causes additional tension) and allow you to process and work through the emotions that you are holding onto. As a massage therapist I have learned when you hold so tightly to a memory, the feelings you invoke create a muscular response. By not releasing the emotions of the injury, you keep your body stuck in the same response cycle, making the pain linger longer than it needs to. Flower essences bring holistic care to a whole new level of treating the mind, body & spirit in a collective effort to see the whole person.
There are no side effects from flower essences. Even if you are allergic to everything under the sun (like I am), flower essences are safe for you. There are no plant particles within the essence. It is purely the energetic healing vibration captured within the dew of the plant. It's like magic in a bottle. Flower essences can be used in massage oils, spritzed onto the skin or taken internally.
We have pre-made "Hippie Water" blends readily available in concoctions like: Free Spirit, Mellow Out and Peace Love & Happiness. Personalized blends are available through a consultation. If you would like to schedule an appointment visit the Sacred Soul Coaching page.
If you look around for a massage you will find a lot of terminology describing different massage styles and services. The problem is you probably aren't aware of the actual differences in the treatments, after all you're not the licensed therapist. You are just the client seeking relief. While not every therapist is the same, this is what I find to be the truth in our beautiful area of Jacksonville, North Carolina.
You'll find a lot of services misrepresented by the term Swedish massage. A true Swedish massage is characterized by the use of 5 specific techniques within the session. These include the long gliding strokes used to apply oil, kneading, friction, tapping/percussion, and shaking/vibration. A majority of the time what you truly end up experiencing is not a Swedish massage, which can be applied deeply or lightly, but rather a relaxation based massage incorporating longer, slower techniques with less focus on problem areas and more generalized treatment. This was actually not the intent of Swedish massage, but it is what it has become in the industry.
Deep Tissue Massage
What exactly is deep tissue massage? It is not what you think. Deep tissue was originally used to describe a deeper Swedish massage. The amount of pressure used is what gave it a different name. In the session the goal was to sink into the deeper layers of muscle tissue using the same Swedish techniques. This is generally not what you find in a deep tissue session. Most therapists now use the term deep tissue to describe a session that blends several clinical techniques to address specific areas of muscular tension to provide pain relief.
Specialty massages are those listed under specific titles. For example Lomi Lomi is a specific style of massage that has its own techniques and flow to the session. You may find other specialties listed separately like cupping, acupressure, neuromuscular therapy, or medical massage. Many therapist will just incorporate these techniques into a deep tissue session rather than listing separate sessions. It pays to read the description of the massages so you know what you're getting out of a service.
If you are ever in doubt, call the therapist and ask what to expect out of the session, or you can always explain the issues you are seeking relief from so the therapist can guide you to the best choice. As a therapist we don't expect you to know or understand the therapy we provide, but to be in this field you will generally find the therapists are sincere in helping you to the best of their ability.
Everyone wants to be empathic, energy sensitive or intuitive until they start having problems. With all the hype about awakening and becoming conscious, people have been overlooking the core teachings of energy. It's great to start meditating, to learn to see auras, to tap into energetic fields, but do you know how to protect yourself?
Over the years I have met many people that come with the same problem.
By the time people come seek help they are at their end emotionally and it's no surprise. It is draining to be open to taking in everything around you, but no one taught you how to filter. How can you be that shining beacon of light when you're feeling like it's too peopley and you can't deal with it?
Everyday take time to ground yourself. Close your eyes and visualize roots growing from your feet, down into the earth. Allow the sensation of heaviness to let you sink deeper. Imagine the cool dampness of the earth supporting you, making you feel strong and stable. Imagine the earth feeding you nurturing energy that comforts you. This is the power of the earth. This is grounding. See it as your anchor keeping you connected to the source of nurturing strength beneath you.
Find the area of energy located just above the naval, your solar plexus chakra. This is the center of your will, the strength of your character. Breathe into that space and allow your mind to become quiet. Continue to allow the energy of the roots to rise up into this center. This energy feeds your confidence and gives you courage. As you become quiet your inner voice of intuition will become stronger. It will give you clarity and help you to be confident in your decisions. When you are centered you know what you want and stand strong. The ideas and thoughts of others will not shake you.
Once you feel anchored and centered in you, you can begin to expand your energy field or aura. Visualize the energy in you increasing filling your body from head to toe. Then begin to see this energy filling the space around you like a bubble. This bubble becomes your protective shield. There are 2 main shields I recommend for beginners, a rose quartz colored shield or a mirrored shield.
The rose quartz color holds the vibration of soft loving energy. As you visualize this bubble around you, see the space as this color. Set the intention for this energy to only allow loving energy to enter your personal bubble. It acts as a filter, and will require clearing at some point.
The mirror shield is extra protection for those highly sensitive to taking on the feelings and emotions of others. Outside of this rose bubble, picture a thin metallic liquid being poured over it. This metallic liquid becomes a reflective surface so that any energy coming at you is lovingly reflected back to the person sending it. The loving energy you created within the rose color bubble stays unaffected.
You Got This
The entire process is focused on visualization and intention. The more you practice the quicker it will become as you become more familiar with the energies. Ideally you will want to get to a point where you can simply repeat, "Ground, Center & Shield" and feel each of them as quickly as you say it. Practice this before going out and notice how different you feel. Not only will it shield you from taking on the emotions of others, but you will notice that your inner strength and willpower will keep you on your spiritual path.
I recently traveled to a gem show to search for treasures to pass along. I was so excited to take everything in, I forgot to take pictures so I will paint a picture of my experience for you.
There were so many vendors crowded into the room it was hard to tell where one ended and another began. Crowds of people humming in conversation and no real flow directing you which way to go. Sounds chaotic doesn't it? But it wasn't.
You feel a buzz, this palpable energy pulling you in, shifting your gaze to exactly the things you need to see. Trusting that you will be guided, you follow this energy.
I was lead to table in the back. Immediately I was drawn to their collection. There stones felt amazing, unlike some of the others I stopped to experience along the way. You can tell how people care for their stones, the energy of the stones don't lie. Some of the tables hosted sad stones, energetically depleted because they stay boxed up and stored away, drained of all their precious healing vibes. To an energy sensitive it's sad. But this table in the back was glowing. The energetic vibrations were significantly higher. Just being in the presence of all their gems gave me a buzz. I'm pretty sure I was vibrating so high dogs could hear it...
As I allowed myself to be guided through the stones I overheard the owners conversing about the energy healing work they practice. This guy is a 3rd generation crystal healer in his family and continues to run the store. I smiled to myself because I knew these stones were different and I was thankful for trusting that intuitive guidance. I went to this show with a purpose and an open intent to be guided to the best stones to get for my people. I knew I wanted stones to help in shamanic journeying and transformation. My intuition continued to lead me to the perfect stones. To be able to hand pick each stone is a rarity so I entrusted each stone to speak to me, and they did. By the time I gathered up my 2 small trays of stones I felt like my buzzing became noticeable. I was shaky and having a hard time focusing. One of the owners encouraged me to place my hand on this gigantic crystal they had sitting inside their area (I felt like I got invited backstage!). As I laid my hand on this stone all the excess energy that was making me buzz, was immediately sucked out of me. I was grounded, focused and full of clarity, in a matter of seconds!!! Now I am not one to get star struck by celebrities, they are just people, but if you can imagine the face one would make, that was me staring in awe of this magnificent crystal. The owners eyes sparkled with complete understanding as I described what I felt. I will definitely never forget that amazing moment. As he tallied up my order, gifting me with enormous generosity, I was reminded that when we listen to that intuitive guidance we are being supported by the universe.
As I walked through the rest of gem show it became more apparent how truly lucky I was. I saw some really overpriced stones, sad stones and stones of significant less quality. Then as we began to exit I noticed something even greater, being held in that amazing energetic vibration, although uncomfortable, kept me from experiencing any anxiety about being in a new location, being in a crowd of people (that is a huge trigger for me) and talking to strangers. I was shielded from all of the energy that would have normally prevented me from enjoying an outing like this. Even as I sit here typing I pause to hold my black lemurian jade I wire wrapped to wear for protection and give thanks to the amazing abilities of these stones, of nature, and of the Creator of it all.
Perhaps one of the greatest stones I have ever come across is the Morion Beta Quartz. It is nothing fancy to look at other than the unique way in which it grows. It grows in a hexagonal dipyramid pattern. Unlike typical quartz, it has no parallel sides, just a hexagonal pyramid shape on top and bottom. It is very unique in appearance because of this growth pattern.
What makes this stone incredible is its energy. It is completely unmatched by any other stone I've ever encountered. Imagine yourself feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, overly anxious or nervous. Now imagine a stone you could hold that takes all that excess energy away. That is the true power of this stone.
My first experience was at a gem show. By the time I had shopped around I was so jittery from all the energy in such a small space. I was literally shaky from it. The owners at the table I was shopping at were energy practitioners (and also had the best feeling stones there). They instructed me to place my hands upon this large stone they had. Immediately all the excess energy I felt was drained. I looked at them with my eyes wide in amazement and they laughed. They knew exactly what I felt. I was immediately grounded. There was such present moment clarity and focus. It was truly incredible.
So naturally I have since been on a mission to bring Morion Beta Quartz's into reach for my tribe. I have a small selection of these stones available. I highly recommend adding this amazing stones to your collection while they are available.
The Indigo Gabbro is a stone for mystical elemental connection. Imagine holding the feeling of a storm in your hands. That powerful feeling behind a rumbling, earth shaking, storm in all its beauty. This stunning stone captures just that.
Undoubtedly, this stones connection to the elements is powerful. In my shamanic teaching I talk a lot about destructive creation, the breaking down to rebuild. Indigo Gabbro holds that power through elemental forces. You can manifest amazing things with stone, but only if that is what is true in your soul. If you are doubtful, negative or self-sabotaging, you can bet this stone will amplify those things and leave you frustrated. This also makes a great stone for working with your shadow self, allowing it to amplify those areas that need work.
In healing, Indigo Gabbro brings your shadow into the light. This process can be chaotic if you don't already work on yourself. It helps to connect you to nature elements and the mystical energies of the web of life. If you really want to see this stones magic come to life, place it on a flower of life grid and make it a part of your manifesting ritual.
This stone is actually part of the earth's crust, made up of volcanic material found in the depths of the ocean. This is why that destructive creation energy is so strong with this stone. *This stone is NOT the same as merlinite or blizzard stone, although someone did try to trademark mystic merlinite for this stone, it was abandoned, but has caused a lot of confusion along the way.* ~According to Hibiscus Moon, Crystal Healing Teacher. This stone is mystical and magical, there is no doubt about that. Whether you're a shamanic practitioner, crystal healer, manifesting mystic or sparkly gem collector, you'll want this stone in your collection.
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