Energy Medicine can seem mysterious. But it actually is quite simple, while being extremely sophisticated at the same time. The basic goal of Energy Medicine practitioners is to maintain balance of and optimal connection between body energies and flows to prevent disease.
Our bodies are made up of flows and energies – the blood and lymph circulatory systems are example of flows. Donna Eden, a pioneer in Energy Medicine, states that she works with nine primary energies in the body. Meridians, chakras, and the aura are three of the nine and are probably the most widely known among the general public. The six other energies Donna teaches and works with are the Radiant Circuits, Triple Warmer, Celtic Weave, Five Rhythms, the Grid, and the Electrics.
Energy Medicine is rooted in indigenous and Eastern health practices and disciplines such as acupuncture, acupressure, yoga, and qigong. These also correlate with much of Western medicine’s understanding of the body’s systems. For example, recent research by a team led by Kwang-Sup Soh PhD, director of the Nano Primo Research Center at Seoul National University, South Korea, has supported and expanded upon the original 1962 discovery that the “Primo Vascular System” is, in fact, the meridian system. The research findings are based on the researchers’ insertion of a blue dye into the meridians of live animals to distinguish the tiny meridians from the larger blood and lymph vessels nearby. The dye also enabled the researchers to document the nodes (often referred to as acupuncture “points”) or intersections of meridians, as well as irregular electric pulses coursing through the meridians themselves.
Energy Medicine, as I practice it, is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupressure points, meridians, and chakras in conjunction with Eden Energy Medicine, Reiki, and other somatic techniques. Non-invasive methods such as tapping, holding, buzzing, and connecting various physical points on the body help to re-balance and center a person’s energy systems. This also releases blockages, so that the body begins to heal itself. A typical 90-minute session will involve assessment of various basic energy systems and then a general energy balancing before beginning more detailed and specific work. Clients remain fully clothed and relax on a massage table once the assessment has been completed.
Self-healing is also a major tenet of Energy Medicine. In fact, no changes can occur without the permission and active agreement of the client. Unlike Western medicine, which often relies on antibiotics, surgery, and other invasive interventions, Energy Medicine is non-invasive. It seeks to empower the client to help heal him/herself, often through simple exercises, modifying emotional and thought patterns, and by becoming more conscious of the body’s functions. Because Energy Medicine requires the active participation of the client, the client feels more in control of how his/her health improves. Proponents of Energy Medicine view its effectiveness as a strong complement to Western Medicine, which has proven successful in emergency situations where surgery or antibiotics can provide immediate relief. Energy Medicine takes the broader perspective that the emerging global wellness movement embraces: awareness and early treatment of imbalances in the physical and energetic bodies can help to prevent illness as well as transform precursors to disease or somatic weaknesses in order to prevent them from developing further.
One of the major causes of illness in our society is stress. We are continually stressed by emotional situations in our personal lives, at work, and in the world at large. Energy Medicine is a wonderful antidote to stress without resorting to medication or more invasive techniques that may lead to long-term complications. Along with the benefit of immediate stress relief, a client is also provided with simple exercises as homework to help continue the energy balancing and centering gained in a session. Practicing these exercises on a daily basis can help the body to form new habits in terms of dealing with everyday stressors.
In addition to calming the nervous system, Energy Medicine can also help reduce anxiety, alleviate pain, improve concentration and comprehension, increase vitality, strengthen the immune system, and help boost focus. Sessions help support clients as they traverse major life passages – births, deaths, marriages, divorces, changing jobs, or major life transitions. Energy Medicine is at the cutting edge of new beliefs and theories about how best to support health and healing. Energy Medicine leads to increased energetic health which then translates into physical, mental, and emotional health.