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Meditation: What is it and How can it help me?

Although there are many kinds of meditation, some based in spiritual and religious roots, the kind of meditation that I teach is strictly based on brain science, relaxation, and stress reduction. This makes meditation and its' benefits accessible and available to all people.

Trauma-sensitive meditation is designed to simply train your brain to focus, in a concerted effort to relax and reduce anxiety and stress. It is taught in a way that takes into account the potential triggers that someone experiencing anxiety, stress, trauma symptoms, post-traumatic stress, and/or combat stress may be encountering. Meditation activates the parts of the brain responsible for feelings of safety, calmness, happiness, and well-being, resulting in enhanced feelings of relaxation and ease.


What are some of the common misconceptions regarding meditation?

Meditation is only religious or spiritual.

You must stop all of your thoughts.

You must be in absolute silence.

Some people are just wired for it.

You must sit like a pretzel for many hours.

Now that I made you smile.....


What is meditation going to be like for you during one of our sessions?

There are often misconceptions about the practice of meditation being something

where we must "turn-off" our brains or stop ourselves from thinking. Our brains have had a life-long job of thinking. You can't take the brain's job away from it. With my guidance, you are simply going to learn to develop a practice of interrupting the brain's thinking process by giving it something to focus on like your breath or a part of your body, for example. I will guide you step by step through a preparation talk at the start of the meditation so that you understand each step of the way what will be happening and how we will proceed throughout the session. You will always have choices throughout the meditation practice, so that you are slowly cultivating your own pace and your own practice. You will be encouraged to sit in a way that is most comfortable for you and you will be instructed to welcome sounds, as opposed to shutting them out.


Meditation is a cultivated practice that takes time to develop. For some, yes, they catch on to it quickly and appear to be "wired" for it, but that is not true for most. It takes time to train those neural pathways to understand what relaxation is. With each session, your brain will begin to remember and adjust more readily. Physical benefits of alleviated tension and stress , as well as, a sense of overall well-being, can be noticeable after the first session. Over time, a regular practice can continue to develop positive results and a much more satisfying experience. Meditation is not an escape from the trauma and stress we experience in our lives from day to day, but it can be a tool developed to help manage how we respond to stress and help us to live a life where we feel more present in our day to day life.


Why Meditate?

Meditation is a way for us to respond to life on its' own terms. We cannot escape the realities that we face each day but we can develop tools to help us better manage

the stressors that we do experience and help us to manage our response to those stressors. Meditation is about becoming present in our lives through the developed skill of focusing on the present moment. There is a

growing body of evidence through research studies that suggest the benefits of meditation can be physiological and emotional.


Benefits of Meditation

Boosts Working Memory

Increases Ability To Focus

Less Emotional Reactivity

Increased Flexibility

Increased Immune Function

Improved Well-Being

Increased Information Processing

Lowered Blood Pressure

Improved Energy and Vitality


How Does Meditation Work?

The of trauma-sensitive meditation allows you to safely focus your attention on the present moment in a way that helps you to manage any discomfort that you may be currently feeling physically, emotionally, or mentally. It activates the regions of the brain responsible for feelings of safety, calm, and contentment.


Can Meditation Reduce Pain?

Follow this link for more information.

http://www.wakehealth.edu/News-Releases/2011/Demystifying_Meditation_Brain_Imaging_Illustrates_How_Meditation_

Reduces_Pain.htm


Neuroscientist Explain How Meditation Changes the Brain

http://themindunleashed.org/2014/04/neuroscientist-explains-meditation-changes-brain.html

Reiki Energy Healing: What on Earth is it? How does it work?

What is Energy Work?

Reiki is a form of energy work. It is a complementary therapy and healing modality used to promote balance in the body. It helps to activate natural cellular restoration for mind/body health and wellness. It breaks up stagnant energy in the body that builds up from stress and can accelerate the body's natural healing process.


Benefits of Energy Work

Enhanced Relaxation

Reduced Stress Levels

Improved Sleep

Detoxifies the Body

Balances Energy

Reduces Pain

Enhances Sense of Well-Being

Improves Sense of Mind/Body Balance

Promotes the Body's Natural Healing Processes


What is an energy session like?

Reiki is a non-invasive therapy where the client remains fully clothed, seated in a chair, or laying down. It is a welcome therapy for those who have been through traumatic experiences and may be uncomfortable with being touched, as Reiki is a "no-contact" healing modality. The practitioner places their hands over the energy centers and meridians of your body transferring and feeling energy movement. If the energy feels like it is shifting or is not stable, the practitioner stays at that location continuing to work on the energy until it settles and balances. Sometimes the client can feel the energy moving, sometimes they can't. They may instead feel warmth or coolness as the energy moves or they may feel some tingling. Each session is a personal experience for each client. Most people report that they feel calmer and less stressed after a session, although some report feeling energized because their mind and body feel lighter.


How can the average person understand energy?

We all have bio-field energy. We can feel it when someone is in a bad mood and we know to stay away from them, even if they haven't told us they are in a bad mood. We simply read it in the energy they give off. The same is true if someone is in a good mood. We just "know" it. Police officers, firefighters, soldiers, etc. all use bio-field energy instinctively, as well as, through training. They use this to determine if danger is lurking around the corner they can't see around or if they sense someone isn't telling the truth. Many can even "feel" when a dangerous situation is about to erupt before it even happens. They "feel" the energy of the event. Moms are also well equipped in the energy department. They have "eyes in the back of their heads", simply knowing when their child is up to something without even looking. This is all perceived through the reading of energy.


Why should I have my energy balanced?

The same reason you rotate your tires! You get worn out and need to feel more balanced.

Energy gets drained and your emotional and physical treads wear down. We absorb the energy of our environment. When you are in a high stress job day after day or you are worn down from life's daily activities, or you are recovering from or dealing with trauma and PTSD, the energy becomes toxic and manifests in your body as aches, pains, illnesses, irritability, sleeplessness, and overall feelings of being drained and just, plain tired. An energy work session can help balance your personal energy, helping you to feel more relaxed, more connected to your life, and enhance your overall mind/body health and well-being. Your families will thank you for it when you are less tense, happier, and feeling more like yourself again.


How do I know it works?

I was skeptical when I first started looking into energy work. I didn't understand it, until I found out the military was starting to use it as an alternative therapy to treat soldiers who are suffering from PTSD. Out of curiosity, I scheduled a session of my own and for the first time, I felt like the energy of my trauma was being lifted away from me. I felt lighter. I felt calmer. I felt like I regained pieces of myself. I went back for two more sessions with improved results every time. It was relaxing, calming, and a welcome relief from all that I had been carrying around in my energy. The modalities that I share with you on this site are modalities that I have used with great success for my own well-being, as well as, that of my clients.


Energy work, like meditation, has many different avenues and ideas attached to it. Some are spiritual and/or religious, some are not. Not every form of energy work is the same, nor is every kind of meditation the same. It's important to understand that there are many schools of thought and many practices that are used all over the world. The kind of energy work that I practice is designed to keep your personal experiences with trauma, PTSD, stress, and anxiety in mind while undergoing treatment.


Energy work and meditation are encouraged in conjunction with traditional medical care and are not a replacement for medical or psychological treatment. Please consult with your health care professional for medical advice.