I'm sure by now you've seen me raving about this new technique. In my 15 years as a therapist with a multitude of trainings and certifications, I have never found a technique with such amazing results after even just 1 session. Let me explain my personal experience with this work, as I documented the changes I experienced during and after my first session.
I started class with chronic neck pain (compressed cervical vertebra, 2 bone spurs, pretty much stays in pain, at about a 7 pain scale), also shoulder pain and tightness from shoulder up into my neck from sleeping in a recliner at the hospital earlier this week. During the treatment from my instructor, I experienced muscle twitch responses in various areas of my back that released the pain in my shoulder. I had a skin crawling kind of sensation on the side of my head (where I usually experience tension headaches). I was feeling anxious being in a new place with people I didn't know. Initially the treatment seemed weird. This odd strumming or flicking feeling across muscles made me more aware of areas that were tender and tense. All of the sudden I noticed I felt relaxed and my head ceased the incessant chatter. I fought drifting off to sleep. I felt more clear and focused. When the treatment ended, it felt as if I had a whole hour massage. I was like jello. It was great. And then I really noticed the changes...
I had ZERO PAIN. I still felt some muscle tightness but I was no longer having to mentally ignore my neck pain. It was gone. I could even turn my head, though not all the way, I could turn it without pain. That by itself made this entire training worth it for me. If you have ever had to ignore chronic pain on a daily basis then you understand the mental exhaustion it can cause.
We started our clinic right away, with clients coming in for 2 days in a row so we got to jump right in and practice this technique on a variety of different bodies. The simplicity of the session itself is astonishing given the immense benefits. The treatment itself contains 8 sets of movements with a rest period between each set. This rest period is truly the magic time. For those that are more sensitive you can really notice the changes occuring and the body talking to itself, adjusting the way it is carrying itself. The technique itself, while seemingly simple, is actually complex. That flicking/strumming movement on the muscle connects not just to the physical aspect which is changing the messages being sent to the central nervous system, but also corresponds to specific meridian points to stimulate chi flow within the organs of the body. (Meridians are part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the basis for acupuncture treatment.) So these precise techniques activate the parasympathetic nervous system to release the feel good hormones while relaxing areas of tension. The stimulation of chi flow through meridian point manipulation improves the internal functions of the body. It helps to reset and reboot your system, like a secret factory reset code. YES! Can you imagine... this is why I am so excited about this work!
Now moving forward to day 2 after my session, I was still experiencing some skin crawling sensations on the side of my head, releasing tension. The movement in my shoulder had returned to normal, and I was still pain free. Day 2 of clinics was much easier and I really enjoyed seeing the responses of the clients, both curious and intrigued by this work. One of my clients came in walking with a cane and not able to get much movement in her hip, yet during the session we were able to bend her knee and move her leg up further than she had done before. She was amazed.
Day 3 back home I was guided to do the neck moves again that morning on myself. Sitting at the table for lunch, I turned my head to speak and there was a sliding, audible, "pop". My neck had realigned by itself! It never happens because of the chronic tension. It offered even more relief from the tension and I could turn my head all the way with no pain. I'm now at a week later and still no pain! My energy levels were elevated and overall I was feeling great. Now for the biggest change...
Since being diagnosed with endometriosis I have had this inner feeling of weakness or frailty, always needing to protect my core. Since the Bowen work, I can't even explain what it is inside that shifted or what was fixed, all I can say is I feel strong again and I did nothing different except receive this treatment. I feel like I don't have to live guarded and protected of my core or of being afraid of aggravating that endo-beast inside. Instead I feel strength surrounding my core, almost as if it internally stabilized the areas surrounding it in a healthier way for healing. I am very in tune with my body and the energy within so I can feel these things but yet I can't explain precisely the what or how, only what I've experienced. I started off completely amazed at how I no longer had neck pain, but this to me has been my greatest healing experience and there is no real simple way to explain the profoundness. To shift from a state of weakness and frailty, to strength and health has been a miracle and one I welcome with open arms. I am even more excited to offer this service to all of you and to witness how it changes your life.
Options for Scheduling
Bowsage is available as a stand alone 30 minute session. A 60 minute session includes a sports style massage of compression and joint manipulation in combination with the Bowen technique.
You can also schedule a regular massage and a Bowsage session. Choose the massage session you want, available as 30, 60 or 90 minute sessions and add the 30 minute Bowsage session to your appointment. I'm offering this because I know some people really enjoy the massage aspect and that still has many of its own benefits. My personal choice would be a 30 or 60 minute intuitive massage with a 30 minute Bowsage.
What to Expect
Bowsage sessions are done fully clothed, so wear something comfortable that you can stretch and move around it. If you choose to get a regular massage session, then the Bowsage session with be done over the sheets.
You should wait at least 7 days between sessions and it is recommended to have at least 3-5 follow up sessions for best results.
Sometimes you find yourself in this space of not knowing, just kind of stuck without understanding why. It's like standing at the edge of your path but the fog is so dense you don't know which direction the path is turning. This feeling sucks you into a trap of the mind. It keeps you hanging on, clinging out of fear, causing your energy and vibration to contract, perpetuating this feeling of being stuck. You become disconnected and feel alone, unsure and insecure. Does this sound like something you've experienced?
What do we know about fear?... We know that it creates a contraction in our energetic vibration. Think about a time when things were going great and flowed effortlessly. In those moments your energy is expanded and your vibration is higher, allowing you to attract more positive energy, creating more opportunities to surround you. Now when fear steps in and causes your energy to shrink and your vibration to lower, the doubt creeps in your mind keeping you feeling small and causing you to feel isolated and disconnected, cut off from the flow of effortless energy and instead stuck in this energetic pattern going nowhere. So how do you break this cycle?
Surrender & Elevate
It may feel like the hardest thing to do in this moment when you feel so unsure about what is going on around you. The idea of surrender is a letting go. It is releasing yourself from the trap of the mind. It is recognizing what it is you are clinging to, an outcome or an expectation and letting it go. It is shifting your mindset with intention and inviting larger, expansive energy back into your space. You can only do this when you've made room for it by releasing. Take a break from the mental self-work and practice self-care. Let go of the worry and surrender it to a higher power, by whatever name you know it to be. When you open yourself up to help from Spirit you begin to shift the energetic vibration surrounding you.
As hard as it may be to maintain this level of higher energetic vibration, it is the key to helping you get unstuck. Self-care is truly an act of self-love and when you actively pursue self-love and compassion, your energy will begin to rise. Decide what type of self-care you will commit to practicing to help you get over this feeling and show up for yourself everyday. When you feel like your mind is running away, come back to your heart center, refocus on how to show yourself love and compassion, invite the energy of surrender to release the lower vibration. You have the power to do this. You can dig deep to harness your inner light and move forward.
Many clients schedule Sacred Soul Coaching sessions to help with this issue. If you're trying or your just not getting the results or unsure how to work with energetic intention, schedule a coaching consultation with me by filling out the form below.
Remember you don't have to try to figure it all out on your own. I have a whole community of Sacred Souls just like yourself and it would be an honor to have you join us in our facebook group and share in your experiences.
Often times I come across these beautiful little snippets about healing that are all magical rainbows of light, and I think what the hell am I doing wrong because my healing is everything but rainbows, unicorns and magical glittering fairy dust.
Truth is... healing is messy.
Healing is ugly. It's chaotic. It's dark. It's uncomfortable. Those little magical snippets are glimpses of hope of what comes after the healing process. The revelation of lessons learned and darkness transmuted through a magical, alchemical shift... Yes it's in the darkness the real magic happens.
What's the darkness?... It is the shadow self, the ego side, those negative and uncomfortable things we work through. When we choose to address these feelings, we are energetically diving into the darkness of the shadow self. We allow those messy thoughts and feelings to envelope us. We surrender for a brief period into the dark to truly dig to the roots of the issue. When we find that old wound we inherently bring the light of awareness to it. We change it. We begin that alchemical process of transmutation of darkness into light. It is not that we deny our shadow self, or ignore it, but rather we truly begin to heal it. That, my friends, is the magic. That is spiritual growth and more magical than any unicorn.
If you get stuck in the process of healing or not sure where to begin, schedule a Soul Coaching session with me. Together we will uncover root issues and determine the best healing rituals to help you through your transformational journey of healing and spiritual growth.
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.
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.
Massage & Bodywork, Shamanic Reiki, Coaching
411 B Western Blvd, Jacksonville, NC 28546