What is Energy Medicine?
The relationship between the physical self, the emotional self and the energetic body is an intricate one. Energy exists on a spectrum, and we may not have the tools available to measure all of the energy that affects us. Energy medicine encompasses a series of therapies based on the idea that the disruption of this subtle energy can cause imbalances within the physical and emotional bodies that must be resolved before true healing can take place.
Various cultures around the world have developed healing systems designed to support the mind-body energy connection. The understanding of energy is foundational to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Ayurvedic medicine, and a number of other traditional disciplines including Reiki and Sound Therapy.
A fundamental belief within Energy Medicine is that all of our organs are connected to specific meridian points, and that if the energy flow through a certain meridian point is disrupted, the function of that organ will be, too.
Energy flow affects us physically, emotionally and spiritually: when it’s off-balance, we feel off-balance too.
Furthermore, energy medicine tells us that our thoughts, emotions and physical responses are all expressions of energy. In order to recover from trauma, we have to find the underlying causes affecting our energy, treat them, and restore our balance and flow.
How Does Energy Medicine Work?
There are a number of different energy medicine practices in use today, many of which are based on traditional Eastern therapeutic practices.
Reiki is a one such therapy that was developed in Japan almost a century ago, and is now used around the world. A reiki practitioner works to unblock energy and restore balance and flow using a light touch of the hand either on or slightly above the body. Reiki can help to heal deep wounds, release emotional blockages and resolve spiritual distress associated with trauma.
Reiki does not have to involve physical touch, but rather the therapist can position their hands above certain parts of the body and apply energy vibrations based on your needs. This helps to correct blocked or disrupted energy and heal symptoms of persistent trauma, anxiety or emotional distress. Reiki Therapists are trained to be able to connect deeply with their clients’ energies.
Energy Medicine is based on the belief that in order to help create total well-being we must act as an integrated whole. It is the basis of all Oriental Medicine working with Qi and has its roots in the beginnings of mankind.
The “Chakra” or “wheel” or “disc” is made up of energy patterns found within centers of the body that resonate at different frequencies. Each chakra is closely associated with a specific organ or endocrine gland. These spinning vortices of energy are part of the subtle energy system from which we heal our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual selves. Chakras operate like interconnected, self-opening, valves that channel the “electrical current” of the life force into the body. A dysfunction or blockage in one part of the system has an impact on all the other parts. Such malfunctioning occurs when that same energy flowing through the chakras is either excessive or deficient.
Rooted as far back in time as 2500 BC, the chakra system takes a complete view of human experience, integrating the natural tendency for equilibrium into the many layers that make up the Self. The Chakras are connected to the Nadis (a series of meridians between the body and the Auras) which overlay the Meridians of Oriental Medicine on the body.
The subtle energy channels can be disturbed through trauma both physical and energetic. As we are a microsystem of a greater cosmos, we can also be unsettled during times of natural disruption or by not moving smoothly through the phases of change in the seasons. Mother Earth sustains us by supporting and nourishing us while we gain life energy from the Tao or Universal Life Source through spiritual practice. Imbalances in these two life sustaining systems lead to ill-ness or dis-ease in the body, mind, heart and soul.
“If you want to find the secrets of the Universe, think in terms of energy, vibration and frequency.” ~Nikola Tesla
Sound is also considered Energy Medicine, it is the science, the art and the practice of combining frequencies and vibrations with calming sounds or voice with the aim of achieving beneficial results for health, i.e. pain reduction, muscles relaxation and mind calming.
There are multiple instruments used for Sound Therapy by skilful practitioners. Vibrations are created by various music instruments or by singing, using own voice.
The practices of Sound Therapy have been existing since the ancient times in many civilizations, in many forms – starting from healing with Tibetan Singing Bowls, Gongs, Mantras, prayers and overtone chanting, Yogic Kriyas, and up till now when Music and Voice therapies are part of conventional and complimentary medicine. The impact of sound practices are being thoroughly studied now by the scientists worldwide.
Benefits of Sound Therapy
Decreases the pain, both physiological and psychological
Decreases anxiety and stress, fatigue and depression, nausea and headache
Balances blood pressure and stimulates blood circulation
Slows heart rate
Slows respiration rate and normalizes the breath
Changes viscosity of phlegm in lungs
Skin surface massage and deep tissue massage
Deep massage of intestines (often resulting in improvement of constipation)
Reduces stress-hormone levels
Improves quality of life
Improves reproduction function
Binaural rhythms synchronize the brain which brings it to state of alpha-, beta-, theta- waves, balancing the work of all body systems and organs as a result
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