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What is Leg Pain Trying to Tell You?

It’s been a while since I posted an article on the hidden secrets behind your chronic pain. I often run into clients with mystery pain in the legs. This post will refer specifically to pain in the hips, calves and general legs. Knees are a whole ‘nother story so please stay tuned for an upcoming article that will talk about the hidden reason for knee pain. If you have general pain in your legs, hips and/or calves, please read on . . .

What is pain in your legs, hips, and calves trying to tell you?

Your hips, legs, and calves represent how you move forward in your life. Your legs, calves, and feet can store much of the trauma, resentment, jealousy, and emotional pain from both your past and present. This is especially true regarding issues that relate to your family. Problems in this area show up as a block in the Root chakra, which makes you feel fearful of moving forward or making changes. Do you feel stuck and unable to move forward in life? Does it feel that something is holding you back? You may also be experiencing issues regarding your self-identity. Other indications may be that you don’t feel any support in your life and you are the one supporting everyone else.

If this sounds like you and you would like to learn how the Emotion Code™ can release any trapped emotions related to resentment and jealousy, please click the button below.

Which Energy Healing Service is Right For You?

I offer many different options for Energy Healing services and I realize that it can be confusing. Here is an attempt to explain some of the different options to give you a better idea of which one may best suit you.

Eden Energy Medicine Tracking Session

If you are interested in learning about exactly where your body is out of balance an Eden Energy Medicine (EEM) session may appeal to you. These sessions are chock full of a variety of tests and diagnostics. For every imbalance that is found, you will learn the possible causes and potential issues that can arise from the imbalance. You will be taught simple exercises that you can perform at home to fix the issues. These sessions are very much learning opportunities. The reason “tracking” is in the name of these sessions is because we will play detective and literally track your energies to find patterns over time. By doing the tests and corrections during every visit we will learn what issues are chronic and what may be the underlying causes for your symptoms. If you are committed to a series of sessions, are willing to do “homework’ (exercises at home), and are interested in learning about your body’s energy these sessions make sense for you.

Nutshell: In an Eden Energy Medicine tracking session I will access the imbalances, teach you what is going on in your body, and help you to heal yourself by empowering you with the exercises that you need. You are a very active participant and should be committed to routine visits.

 


Pranic Healing SessionPranic healing

I like to say that Pranic Healing is magic because it mostly is. In these sessions, you will not have the benefit of knowing the results of lots of tests. Nothing will be explained to you. In fact, your eyes will be closed during most of the session and I will not be talking. Pranic healing can be very targeted to treating very specific illnesses or can be used to generally balance your body. There is no homework and no participation from you. If you are not committed to several treatments or actively adding new exercises to your daily routine Pranic can be the quickest and easiest way to go.

Nutshell: Pranic Healing requires no extra effort on your part, but you will not have the benefit of learning about your body’s energy. Pranic Healing is the most powerful healing that I offer and you can gain the greatest results in the least amount of time.

 


Emotion Code™ Session

Consider an Emotion Code session if you:

  • are suffering from chronic pain anywhere in your body for no good reason – in other words, pain not caused by an injury
  • recovered from an illness or a disease only to have that same illness or disease return
  • have experienced traumatic situations in your life
  • chronically have relationship or money problems

there is a very good chance that trapped emotions are to blame.

Nutshell: Emotion Code sessions are the least expensive, quickest and easiest sessions to have done. When in doubt, start here. Trapped emotions are usually the cause for nearly 90% of health problems. Having a couple of these sessions just might completely clear up your issues. You can also think of these sessions like “getting the oil changed in your car.” Routine Emotion Code sessions should be like visiting your dentist. The more sessions you have done, the less emotional baggage you will be carrying and the healthier you will be.

 


Crystal FacialsCrystalSonic Rejuvenation

If you want to completely balance all of your meridians without all the tests, without the homework, and without the lessons in Energy Medicine . . . while laying on the amazing Bio-Mat, experiencing one hour of sheer bliss, and improving the look of your skin, a Crystal Sonic Rejuvenation™ is your best bet.

Nutshell: This treatment will completely rebalance your body’s energies but will not treat specific illnesses or pains. These sessions are all about relaxation, improving the look of your facial skin, and boosting your overall energy and vitality.

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Letting Go . . . Of Trapped Emotions

This is the third season in a row that I slipped into some sort of “Fall Funk.” My body is so consistent that I can almost set my calendar (if there was such a thing as setting a calendar) to my body getting thrown off balance. The first time it happened I just suffered through it, counting down the days until I go away to Mexico to escape the end of a Maine winter. Nothing cures all of my physical issues like that remedy! Works like a charm every year.

The second time it happened (last year), I decided that I need to take action. So I started digging into possible imbalances. I even did a lot of private work with a much more advanced Eden Energy Medicine practitioner. Together we found all sorts of energetic causes for all my symptoms, which included: insomnia, severe constipation, excessive dryness (skin, hair, eyes, mouth), not to mention painful sores on my fingers. We discovered that I had a major elemental imbalance in my Metal element and worked for months to try to fix it. I was completely fascinated by the clues that my body was giving me to explain what was going on “under the hood.”

Last year I managed to control the symptoms pretty well, but I still suffered from insomnia and constipation and it lasted from Oct until I got to Mexico in late February. This year the entire process started all over again and, with my new knowledge of the problem I declared that my ‘Metal imbalance’ was starting again and I worked hard on balancing both my Lung and Large Intestine meridians. Just so you know, imbalances in these meridians will keep you awake from 3am – 7am. I tried all of my usual tricks but was still forced to take sleeping supplements that sadly never really totally worked.

Here’s where the story gets crazy. Last week I taught Part 3 of my “Intro to Energy Medicine” class. During this class, I was introducing the concept of trapped emotions and how they can wreak havoc on the body. Just for demonstration purposes I found and released one emotion from my own body. I always explain to clients that the body is infinitely intelligent and it will always pick the emotions in a prioritized order, meaning the most detrimental emotions will come up first. So during my demo, my body identified Grief as the emotion that it wanted to release. My first thought was, “That’s odd, I don’t think I have any grief.” I am quite a happy person and was not consciously dealing with any grief. But hey, I never question Universal intelligence.

As I’m going ahead with my demo, I discovered that it was a recent emotion that I was dealing with. While I was releasing the emotion it occurred to me that Grief is processed in the Lungs and the Lung meridians are in their “high tide” during 3-5AM. This was always the timeframe in which I awoke every single day. I shared this tidbit of knowledge with the class and thought nothing more of it.

Until . . .

I woke up the next morning to the sound of my alarm. I actually slept like a baby!!! For the first time in over a month, I slept all night. It was glorious, but was it a fluke? It has been almost a full week since releasing that one emotion and I have slept straight through the night every single night with no sleeping aids what-so-ever.

And then it really hit me. The Grief that I suffer from every Fall must be because I don’t want Summer to end. I hate “letting go” of Summer (which is a major Metal element thing. Metal is all about Grief and Not Being Able to Let Go.) This Fire Element is all about the Summer and she really hates to see it go. Watching my husband put away all the outdoor furniture and winterize our yard has been really hard on me. As much as I love the beauty of fall I can’t handle the end of summer. And this explains why all my symptoms go away when I get to Mexico . . . where it’s always summer.

Never underestimate the power of one single emotion!

To learn how you can have a private session to release your own trapped emotions, please click the button below.

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Six Myths About Energy Medicine

Much of this content was borrowed from Dr. Bradley Nelson at https://discoverhealing.com/ (the makers of the Emotion Code™ and Body Code™).

There are many myths surrounding Energy Medicine that I want to debunk. The more knowledge you have about this powerful healing modality the healthier you can be. Recently Dr. Bradley Nelson shared an article that I want to, in turn, share . . .

In a society where modern medicine is the norm and big pharma companies are getting bigger, holistic wellness techniques can be easily overshadowed or discounted. In past years, subscribing to solutions that might be considered “unorthodox” could earn you the label of being “strange” or “unconventional.” The times, however, seem to be changing.

Though people have used complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for thousands of years, research from institutions like the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) indicates that there is a growing percentage of Americans who are taking their personal health and well-being into their own hands with a more holistic and alternative approach. In fact, statistics show that over a third of the American population seek alternative ways to relieve pain from chronic conditions, improve overall health, and relieve stress. One popular method for CAM is energy healing.

What is Energy Healing?

Energy healing is intended to tune into the body’s frequencies and the subconscious mind in order to pinpoint the stressors, thoughts, and emotions impeding our overall health and wellbeing. Through energy healing, practitioners are reputed to use heightened levels of consciousness and even spirituality to help their clients achieve a mind-body balance that may aid in overall wellness and alleviate many health concerns.

Though it’s been practiced for millennia, many people remain skeptical of energy healing or don’t fully understand it. Energy healing isn’t about magic crystals, incense, and chanting. In fact, energy healing is now being taken seriously by health practitioners across all realms of medicine and is considered a legitimate practice and profession by growing numbers of people around the globe.
Like the aforementioned “magic crystals and incense” myth, there are several common misconceptions about energy healing. After debunking these common myths, you might find that energy healing can benefit you in ways that more traditional methods might not.

Myth #1: There’s no science behind energy healing

One of the biggest energy healing myths is that there is no science behind it and that it’s all pretense. However, that is simply not the case. Along with leading institutions like the NCCAM and NCHS, the NIH’s National Center for Complementary Health (NCCIH) has spent years conducting scientifically-backed research about the potential effectiveness, quality, and benefits of energy healing. Through these studies, researchers have found that energy healing may be used to improve the immune system, reduce pain, facilitate and speed recovery, and much, much more. You can learn more about the science here.

Myth #2: Energy healing requires you to be religious

Simply put, energy healing is designed to activate the body’s energy systems and remove any negative energies or blocks that may prevent self-healing. In no way does this process require you to subscribe to a particular religion in which you believe in a God. Rather, energy healing is about trusting in a power bigger than yourself (what matters is its significance to you, not whether it’s religious or not) and balancing the energies within your body and mind.

Myth #3: Energy therapy is massage therapy

Though massage therapists might use energy healing techniques in their practice, energy healing is not a massage. Some types of energy healing involve the practitioner conducting a series of hand movements over your body, with the intent of keeping up with the flow of energy. Some other methods may include applying magnets to the meridians of the body, or muscle testing. In no way do these practices involve physically manipulating or massaging your tissues.

Myth #4: Only certified practitioners can apply energy techniques

While using a certified practitioner is very beneficial, there are several ways you might achieve energy wellness for yourself. By starting off visiting an energy practitioner, you should be able to learn many tips and techniques from him or her that you can practice on your own at home. The more professional sessions you receive, the more you will learn to do.

Myth #5: Energy therapy exhausts your own energy

One common myth is that an energy practitioner can transfer energies out of your body and leave you feeling exhausted. But instead, our premise is that energy practitioners work to remove energetic imbalances in order to create better balance and leave you feeling better, not depleted. While there can be some temporary discomfort from processing after an energy healing session (such as high emotions or lethargy), we believe the result is worth it.

Myth #6: Energy healing is a new, modern practice

The practice of energy healing has been around for thousands of years. Prior to the introduction of western medicine, hospitals, and specialized doctors, many turned to the local medicine woman or shaman to maintain or improve health. These primitive practitioners would use an array of techniques in an effort to align their patients’ energies and enhance the body’s own recovery abilities. Even today, traditional Chinese medicine incorporates and relies on the use of chakras, channels, and meridians to influence health and well-being.

Treating the Body as a Whole Unit

My biggest issue with mainstream “Western” medicine is the lack of viewing the body as a whole interconnected unit. Everything is connected and so many things affect so many other things that treating individual body parts or individual organs is not the best course of action. I want to illustrate this by sharing a story from my own recent self-care.

Lately, I’ve been struggling with my vision. It recently seemed to have gotten much worse. Yes, I just turned 51 and most people would simply chalk it up to ‘old age,’ but I knew that wasn’t the case. And I knew this because my vision is never consistent. I can go from getting by reading my emails on my phone with no glasses to putting glasses on and still not being able to focus on anything. Every time I blink my vision changes. This is just not normal and how can I possibly get my eyeglass prescription updated when I’m chasing a moving target.

In addition to the sudden onset of crazy vision, I’ve also noticed my heart occasionally fluttering with strange irregular and strong heartbeats and a feeling of fatigue that I almost never have. Now any of these sudden changes in health would make me sit up and take notice, but all of them at the same time made me take action.

If I went to see an eye doctor they would have had quite the challenge to correct my poor vision because the problem was not in my eyes! And if I went to see a general medicine doctor, he or she would have probably sent me to a heart specialist for tests, which I’m betting would have resulted in some prescription drugs. I probably also would have been prescribed something different for the fatigue. But since I’m blessed with the amazing ability to read my subconscious mind and get answers to my health issues, I used the Body Code system to inquire what the underlying causes were of these problems. I first asked specifically about my eyes and the first answer that I got was an imbalance in an organ. Upon further investigation, I determined that I had an imbalance in my liver. This came as no surprise because I used to see an acupuncturist in the past specifically to treat my liver. This has been a known issue for me. But here’s where it gets interesting. I did a google search on the connection between the liver and the eyes and here’s what I found on a Chinese Medicine website:

“The eyes are the sensory organ related to the Liver. If you have any eye issues, including blurry vision, red or dry eyes, itchy eyes, it may be a sign deep down that your Liver is not functioning smoothly.”

The bad news is that not only is my vision poor, but my eyes are so dry I sometimes can’t keep them open. But the good news is that I was able to get this answer in 30 seconds using my pendulum and the Body Code system. I was so excited that I continued the process and asked what else was contributing to the problem. The next thing I was lead to was ‘a nutritional imbalance’ and this time I discovered that I had a Magnesium deficiency. Back to google I went and this is what I found on the US National Library of Medicine’s website:

“People with fatty liver disease are at high risk of magnesium deficiency.”

My pendulum never ceases to amaze me and I was told in the past that I did have a ‘fatty liver!’ So with this knowledge that my liver is clearly acting up again and it’s causing a severe magnesium deficiency, I’ve started some daily liver Energy Medicine self-care tricks and I also started to take 2 doses of Magnesium per day. And here’s just a sample of how mysterious the Universe works . . . without going out and looking for a book, I just happened to stumble upon a great deal on audiobooks (through an email subscription that I almost NEVER open). I bought a book by Anthony Williams called “Liver Rescue” and in only 3 days, it has opened up so much knowledge to me that I’m stunned. The irregular heartbeat is directly linked to my poor suffering liver, as is the fatigue and now I understand exactly why it’s all happening. I will save the detailed explanation for future stories.

It’s only been one week since I made these discovers and started a new “energy medicine routine” to care for my liver. This routine includes some simple holding of points on my feet, using a tuning fork on special parts of my body, and pranic healing sessions. For the record . . . I’m TYPING THIS ON MY LAPTOP WITH NO GLASSES. It’s also been two days without a single irregular heartbeat and today I finally feel like myself again. My energy level is back to where it should be. I am confident that I will get this situation under control quickly, without any drugs, and using only Energy Medicine techniques and a targeted liver-supporting diet. So grateful for my pendulum and Anthony Williams!

A little footnote: The Body Code System is made by the same doctor that created The Emotion Code System. I am a Certified Emotion Code practitioner, but I am not certified in the Body Code. I own it and I know how to use it, but I don’t advertise the service. If you are curious about any of your own issues and would like to get some answers, please inquire by clicking the button below.

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Why I No Longer Offer Reiki

I recently removed Reiki from my list of services and I wanted to take this opportunity to explain why. This month I attended my first Pranic Healing course and attained my Level One Pranic Healing certificate. The course blew me away and I found it so interesting to compare it to the form of Energy Medicine that I’m currently certified in and so familiar with (Eden Energy Medicine or EEM). The two modalities definitely speak the same language, but yet the approaches are very different. They are both grounded in so much science, ancient knowledge, and tradition. I truly feel like Pranic Healing is an amazing compliment to what I already do.

However, my feeling toward Reiki shifted a bit. For the past year, when I got new clients inquiring about Reiki I would intentionally steer them to other options that I felt were better suited to their issue. The biggest reason I kept Reiki on my website was that it is the “energy healing modality” that everyone knows. Everyone has heard of Reiki and just about every time I tell a stranger that I’m “an Energy Medicine Practitioner” their response is, “Oh, like Reiki?” And that is understandable. It’s the most mainstream because there are so many people doing it. And the reason for that is because it’s fast, cheap, and relatively easy to gain a Reiki attunement. I honestly just didn’t want to lose the search engine traffic on the word “Reiki,” but that is no longer a compelling enough reason to keep it on my website.

This month, during my Pranic Healing course I realized something so important that it rattled my cage. Pranic Healing is all about three things:

  1. Cleansing dirty energy
  2. Energizing with clean energy
  3.  Stabilizing the energy

The first one is the one that really hit me. It’s very important to clean the toxins out before you put energy in. This brings me back to year one of Eden Energy Medicine when we learned how important it was to determine if a meridian was over or under-energized. You can’t give more energy to an over-energized meridian. You must first sedate that energy in order to balance it. As I mentioned above, Eden and Pranic are so similar, but with slightly different approaches.

In Reiki (as far as I know) there is no removing of toxic or dirty energy. The premise of Reiki is to just send positive loving energy to various parts of the body. But now I fear that sending extra energy to areas that may be infected, in pain, or diseased may not be the best thing. I equate this to our lessons in EEM to never place the south side of a magnet on an open wound or on somebody that has cancer or any other tumors. The south side of a magnet will actually intensify the problem.

I’m not, in any way, saying or claiming that Reiki can be harmful, but I just don’t feel like it’s the best option of all the other services that I can offer. There are many other Reiki practitioners, especially in my community, so I feel that if somebody has their heart set on Reiki, they should see somebody that truly has their heart in it.

Practice Pranic Healing Sessions

I’m so eager to practice what I learned during my Level One Pranic Healing course and it is so annoying to have nobody in the house to practice on. I wake up every day and ask my husband, “Do you have any pain today? Any health issues whatsoever?” and the answer is always “No, I feel great.” How strangely ironic that this upsets me! So I’m looking for local folks that are interested in checking out Pranic Healing. The only way for me to get good and test out to see if my skills are really working is to practice, practice, practice.

I’m looking for some local folks (to begin with – I will open this up to remote sessions soon) that would be interested in coming to my office for a free practice 30-minute (or less) Pranic Healing session. I’m specifically looking for people that have any of the following conditions:

  • headaches/migraine
  • earache
  • sore throat
  • toothache
  • cold
  • stomach pain
  • constipation
  • muscle pain
  • back pain
  • stiff neck
  • minor arthritis
  • eczema or other skin conditions
  • insomnia

For more information on what Pranic Healing is all about, please click here.

Please contact me by clicking below if you are interested. The window is small as I want to complete all practice sessions during the month of May and I’ll be on vacation for 10 days. I’m looking to book appointments during the weeks of May 6th and May 27th.

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Eden Energy Medicine versus Pranic Healing

What’s the difference between Eden Energy Medicine and Pranic Healing?

Eden Energy and Pranic Healing are both forms of Energy Medicine and to be honest, in many ways, they are very similar. After taking my first Pranic healing course and seeing just how similar they were, it occurred to me that it may be confusing for clients to decide which type of service they should request so I’m going to try to explain in this blog post . . .

Eden Energy and Pranic Healing are both built on the same basic principals.

How fast we can heal from any illness or disease is determined by how much Prana (or life force energy) we have in our bodies. Increasing our levels of energy helps our bodies to do their job and heal themselves. We naturally get this energy in many ways, the three biggest sources for replenishing this life force energy is through the sun, the air and the earth. Other things that bring fresh healthy energy to us include food, minerals, water, herbs, etc. Many of these same elements that bring us healthy energy can also contaminate us with unhealthy (or negative) energy. If the air you breathe is polluted, you get too much exposure to the sun, the water you drink is treated with chemicals, the foods you eat are processed and full of sugar and additives you are depleting your body of its life force energy.

All living things have an energy body that surrounds and protects the physical body, including animals, trees and plants. There is a direct link between the health of our physical bodies and the health of our energy body. When there are disturbances and imbalances in the energy body it will manifest in the physical body. It’s just a matter of time.

So what is the difference?

Eden Energy Medicine focuses on accesses the bodies’ various energy systems. Through a series of muscle tests, we can determine which meridians are over and under-energized, which chakras may be congested, which organs are depleted, and whether or not emotional upset is causing physical conditions. Eden Energy Medicine covers all aspects of the nine energy systems that make up the human body. During what are called “Energy Tracking Sessions” you are tested and balanced where needed and by tracking where your energy tends to go and how long it stays balanced gives off many clues to what is causing physical problems.

Important points on EEM

  • hands-on approach
  • includes a series of testing to determine the exact imbalances
  • longer sessions (1 – 1.5 hours)
  • best suited for long-standing chronic conditions
  • usually requires multiple sessions
  • clinical in natural
  • commitment on the clients part to maintain with self-care at home
  • client must be present

For more information on Eden Energy Medicine, please click the button below.


Pranic Healing only focuses on the energy field, primarily on the chakras. All problems in the physical body relate back to one or more of the chakras, which are the “energy centers” of the body. Pranic healing is a non-touch approach, where all work is done in the energy field over the body (or from remote distances where the healer and practitioner are not together in the same room). Pranic Healing uses a cookbook approach to healing different ailments. There is a protocol (similar to a recipe) for all sorts of ailments ranging from simple aches and pains to serious diseases. There are also many remedies for trauma and anxiety. Pranic Healing can produce results in the shortest amount of time with the least amount of effort.

Important points on Pranic Healing

  • no touch approach
  • very little testing
  • 30 minutes sessions
  • best opportunity for the quickest results in the fewest amount of sessions
  • bridge to spirituality – meditation and prayer is used to perform healings
  • nothing for client to do as homework
  • can be done in person or from a distance

For more information on Pranic Healing, please click the button below.

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Living Pain-free – Part 2

Picking up where I left off . . . I mentioned that since I’ve been meditating and doing my Energy Medicine exercises daily that I’ve been completely pain-free. And this fact really struck me that day I took the long walk on the beach and wrote Part 1 of this story. You see, this day I woke up and noticed that my thighs were sore from climbing one of the ancient ruins of Coba a couple of days before. It’s been so long since my body experienced pain that it really made me notice it. It was an amazing flip from the first days when I realized that I felt no pain. It was such an amazing experience to remember what it felt like to NOT have constant pain. When you suffer from pain, or any condition, every day for long periods of time it becomes your body’s new norm and you forget what it’s like to not experience it. That period of time when I had my first stretches of pain-free days was incredible. I compare it to putting a pair of prescription eyeglasses on for the first time when you get that “wow” sensation.

It just amazes me, not only at how many clients I see that are in pain but just how many different problems they have, all at the same time. My intake form allows room for 5 symptoms and most people require me to get an extra piece of paper. And here’s the big kicker, some of them are half my age!

It is so hard for me to sit across from a client and try to imagine the level of pain they are experiencing. Well actually, it’s not hard to imagine because I make people rate the symptoms on a scale of 1 – 10. After we go through all the symptoms I think to myself, “Wow, this is how they feel right now sitting here in my office . . . and every day?” It is such a huge eye-opener and it pains me just thinking about it. It seems the harsh reality is most of the population is suffering from something on a constant basis. How did this happen? How did we get to this point?

I spend nearly all my free time studying and taking in as much information on natural healing as I possibly can and every single thing that I’ve learned so far just reinforces the connection between pain/illness and our minds. It’s that crucial mind/body connection that is so severely lacking in our traditional paths of medicine. Using myself as an example I can confidently say that my level of happiness is directly related to my lack of pain and illness. I use meditation for the mind part and Energy Medicine for the body part and it seems to be a winning combination. I am so blessed and grateful to have the knowledge that I have and it has become my life’s passion to share this knowledge with as many people as I can.

Which leads me to my very first “Intro to Energy Medicine” class which will be starting in May. If you’re ready to take control of your own health, do yourself a favor and check it out. More details on the class by clicking the button below. But just remember one very important thing . . . you will learn some tools to create better health, but it’s up to YOU to use them. There is no magical silver bullet and everything worth having is worth working for.

Living Pain-free – I’ve Come a Long Way Baby

My glorious Mexican sabbatical is coming to an end and I’m trying to savor every minute of my last days. During my long walk along the beach today I decided not to listen to inspirational podcasts, and instead, just let my mind wander. Two thoughts raced through my mind as I passed a massage tent where I got beckoned to purchase a massage. I always nicely decline as my mind flashes back to my first and last massage on a beach in Mexico.

It was approximately 8 or 9 years ago when I had my fateful beach massage that, to this day, sends shivers down my spine. Not that there is anything wrong with getting massages on the beach. I’m sure for just about everyone in the world they are wonderful. But not for me. Not that day.

So let me explain. Back then I was in a constant state of agony – suffering from severe pain in my neck, shoulders, and upper back due to a pinched nerve. It hurt to do . . . well, everything, including standing still. Knowing how much pain I was in and trying to still enjoy my vacation, my husband and friends insisted that I get a massage to feel better. Well, I laid there on that table, face down, and cried the entire time. It was torture to be touched and nobody could understand this. At the end of the session, I remember telling my husband that I felt like my body was in shock and no amount of margaritas could help it. Clearly, this was an experience that I never forgot because I remember it like it was yesterday.

This memory made my mind flash back to a few weeks ago when I had a meeting with my energy medicine classmates from the year 1 Foundations program. It was a reunion of sorts, where we got to tell about some experiences we had working on people and ask our teacher questions. One of my classmates was describing a client that she has that is in a severe case of Triple Warmer overactivity (ie, totally stressed) that she can’t be touched. It is simply just too painful to receive the very gentle energy treatments that require the body to be touched. Hearing this immediately made me think of myself and it just amazed me that I had no idea what was really causing all my pain. I never heard of Triple Warmer back then and I didn’t know that all of my pain was directly on this one meridian! Back then, I tried everything I could think of to help myself out of this situation including acupuncture and PT. Nothing helped and I finally succumbed to go under the knife and get surgery on my neck. Fusing some vertebrae seemed to fix the pain, at least temporarily.

Fast forward a couple more years and can you guess what happened? All the symptoms started all over again. Because . . . the surgery acted like a bandaid and temporarily covered up the problem. But eventually the bandaid fell off and the problem reared its ugly head once again.

So as I’m walking along the beach today I marveled at just how far I’ve come. Rather than heading back to the neurosurgeon for another temporary fix, I decided that the only person that can truly fix the root cause of the issue was me. That’s when I turned to meditation and Energy Medicine. It’s been three years of a serious and dedicated meditation practice and two years performing daily Energy Medicine exercises and I truly can’t even remember the last time I had the slightest pain in my neck. (Not including my husband, of course!) In fact, for the most part, I am completely pain-free.

This is sparking even more things that I want to share, but since this post is already too long, I’ll save it for another day. Please stay tuned for part 2 coming soon . . .