In order to get to where I am today (I still have fatigue and occasional headaches/sinus issues, but I used to have over 20 symptoms), energy healing played a big role.
We all have energy flowing through our bodies. Stress or trauma can create energy blockages in our body which can manifest as physical symptoms. Energy healing is a practice that removes energetic blocks in the body so that the body has a better capacity to heal itself.
Here are the types of energy healing modalities that helped me:
Reiki is a form of energy healing in which the practitioner puts his/her hands on or over the different energy centers in your body to help clear and balance your energy. My reiki practitioner would start by asking me what was going on in my life (physical and emotional issues), give me intuitive guidance, and ask what intentions I wanted to set for the session. Usually I had specific intentions, but other times I was curious to see what would come up. Then she would place crystals on different parts of my body, and then place her hands on different areas of my body. I am very sensitive to energy, and usually I would feel energy or heat in certain parts of my body. Sometimes something would come up during the session that she would ask me about, but most of the time we would discuss what she picked up (and if I noticed anything) at the end of the session. After the session, I would always feel relaxed, clear-headed, and grounded.
I found it extremely useful in helping me become aware of and helping me release emotional trauma. Reiki sessions helped me to become aware of where I was storing emotions that needed to be released, and then gave me more clarity on how to proceed. This means that sometimes I would feel strong emotions come up during or after the session (usually anywhere from a few hours later to a few days later) to be healed. While this may seem unpleasant, the only way we can get rid of emotional trauma and negative emotions stored in our body is actually feeling them. I would usually journal after sessions to help me process the emotions that I felt come up. Reiki also helped with physical symptoms over time (emotional blockages can manifest as physical symptoms.) I actually ended up getting my reiki certification so I can practice reiki on myself- it has greatly helped me to manage my physical and emotional symptoms. I still continue to get reiki sessions, but now I find I don’t need to go as often as I did in the beginning.
I decided to try shamanic healing after my friend recommended that I go to an energy healer who had Lyme herself, but was currently healed. I had no idea what to expect, but I ended up noticing benefits from it and went back a few times. According to lightheartedhealing.com, “For people who experience chronic mental, physical, or emotional pain, depression, or anxiety, Shamanic Healing is an empowering way to reach the source of that pain on a spiritual level and release that pattern of suffering from your life. This powerful practice is interactive and may include the removal of energetic obstructions, toxic cords, or past wounds.”
My sessions started off discussing the physical and emotion issues in my life (similar to my reiki sessions!) My practitioner would give intuitive guidance and she helped me see things from a different perspective. The sessions would start with a meditation and reiki, which would put me in a theta state. During some sessions the practitioner helped lead me back into my childhood, where I was able to discover emotional wounds that I didn’t realize had affected me. I find it amazing how I was able to go back in time and actually feel certain emotions that I had suppressed regarding certain situations. Like reiki, sometimes strong emotions would come up, but the practitioner would help me release them. My practitioner used a lot of visualization techniques to help me move around energy in my body, and to help me picture how I wanted to feel in the future. After the session (which usually lasted 90 minutes- 2 hours) was over, we would discuss what I felt and she gave me helpful tips and guidance for the future. I would leave feeling much lighter, more grounded, and more energetic. Like reiki, these sessions often caused strong emotions to come up later on, but I knew it was a positive thing, even if it didn’t feel like that in the moment! After one of the sessions, I felt 100% healthy for a few hours- I felt energetic, pain-free, and my mood was great. Even though this was temporary, it made me realize that my body is capable of complete healing- something I was unsure of before.
Acupuncture is a treatment that involves sticking needles in various parts of the body in order to restore the balance of energy or “Qi.” I have been doing acupuncture for over 10 years on and off, but have done it consistently the past few years since my symptoms became debilitating. At the beginning of each session, I would discuss my current physical and emotional symptoms with my acupuncturist, and she would take my pulse and look at my tongue. By taking your pulse and looking at your tongue, practitioners can determine the imbalances in your body (if you have too much heat, coolness, dampness, or dryness in the body, etc.) Then I would lie on the table and my acupuncturist would place needles on certain points of my body. I am super sensitive to any kind of pain, and some (but not all) needles would be painful for a few seconds, but then the pain completely went away. If it didn’t, she would remove the needle. Then I would lie there for about 30 minutes, and she would remove the needles. Sometimes I would get other treatments done too during the session, such as cupping, craniosacral therapy, and massage. At the end of each session I would feel relaxed, less anxious, more clear-headed, and more energetic. In the beginning I would “herx” for the rest of the day and sometimes the next day, but I would always feel better after. Acupuncture has helped me with headaches, muscle pain, energy, brain fog, insomnia, anxiety, cramps, sinus pain and pressure, and congestion.
According to usbiomag.com, biomagnetism is an internationally practiced health approach that strives to attain bio-energetic balance in the human body; the state of natural health known as “homeostasis”. It involves the precise and proper (North/South polarity) placement of special high field strength magnets over very specific areas of the body, to support regulation of pH in these very areas. By maintaining adequate pH, homeostasis may be reestablished so that the body can heal itself. This therapy stimulates normal immune system function, increases circulation and oxygenation, normalizes response to inflammation and has many more positive effects on our bodies. It is believed that pH imbalances may ultimately accumulate and combine to allow the development of symptoms, syndromes and other health conditions in our bodies. You can read my post on biomagnetism here.
Some tips if you decide to try energy healing:
1) Drink LOTS of water after! This helps to get the toxins out.
2) It’s normal to have what I call an “emotional herx” after treatment. Just like with certain treatments that give us a physical herx when the infection is being killed, energy healing can bring up old emotions that need to be cleared before you can feel better. I would usually cry after sessions and/or feel anger and other “negative” emotions.
3) Try it more than once. Energy healing is not a “quick fix.” I find that it usually takes a few sessions to notice any physical or emotional changes.