Subtle Energy, or Chi, refers to life force – the vital force that animates and organizes life. The fluid and bountiful flow of subtle energy produces vitality and good health, giving us the spirit we need to fulfill our goals and pursue our passion. Energy flows in the body through channels called meridians, is collected and transformed in energy centers called Chakras, and radiates through a field of energy around the body called the Aura. Since the flow of energy creates the underlying template of health, when flow is disrupted, it can cause physical and emotional symptoms. Energy flow can be disrupted by injury, habitual tension, mental attitudes, limiting beliefs, and emotional trauma. When using Energy Medicine as part of a therapeutic plan, the goal is to shift the underlying energy patterns creating optimal conditions for healing.
Any type of treatment that connects with the energy aspect of the body is and Energy Medicine modality. Acupuncture, acupressure, Reiki, Reflexology, chakra balancing, homeopathy and frequency healing are all energy modalities.
Here are a few modalities used at the Andrews Healing Arts Clinic.
The concept of Chakras comes from the Vedic tradition of India. The Chakras are energy centers in the body responsible for maintaining balance between our internal spirit and the external world. Each Chakra represents a specific developmental stage and presents us with a life challenge. Meeting and fulfilling the challenges of all the Chakras allows us to live a meaningful life as we work toward self-realization.
Chakra balancing consists of modulating the flow of energy in and through the Chakras through a variety of methods: the hands of the practitioner, sound, symbols or other means. This modality usually incorporates work with emotions, beliefs and attitudes.
In Reflexology, the whole body is treated through reflex points located on the feet and hands. This system divides the body into reflex zones; each zone ends at a specific location on both the front and back of the hands, wrists, feet and ankles. Stimulating these points produces effects throughout the entire zone so that the whole body benefits from treatment of the hands and/or feet.
Reflexology is performed by using the hands, fingers, thumbs and knuckles to apply pressure to specified reflex points. Precise techniques are used to stimulate, sedate, or balance a particular area. A session can be performed with the receiver lying on a table or sitting in a special reflexology chair and can be combined with sound therapy, aromatherapy and other modalities.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for increasing the flow of healing energy into and through the body. It is a simple, natural and safe method of healing that everyone can use. It reduces stress, produces relaxation and promotes healing. Like other forms of Energy Medicine, it is based on the idea that life force flows in, through and around us. When the flow is restricted, we are more likely to get sick or feel stress; when free moving, we are more capable of happiness and health. It is safe to use with every illness and in conjunction with other medical treatments. It creates a relaxing time out, and optimizes internal conditions for healing.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. Therefore, Reiki means spiritually guided life force energy. Treatments can be conducted by the therapist placing his or her hands on areas of imbalance on the body or in the energy field around the body. Reiki is called liquid light and has been described as a feeling of warm honey flowing through the body.