What is energy work?
Energy work is a holistic or alternative medicine treatment in which energy or life force from the universe is used to increase personal energy and energetic balance. Adjustments are made to the human energy field, which restore, maintain and improve health and well-being. Energy work systems exist in most cultures and have been around since the beginning of recorded history.
What are the different types of energy work?
Energy work methods include Polarity, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Chi gong, Tai chi, Reiki, Therapeutic touch, Huna, and many "laying on of hands" practices. Also included are other energy-based treatments such as crystal healing, Homeopathy and flower essences.
What is the difference between traditional medicine and holistic practices?
In medicine, there are two primary views of health and wellness. The allopathic theory is that disease and health problems are caused by germs or injury and can be treated entirely with measures such as antibiotics, antiseptics, other medicines, and surgery. This view has been the dominant theory in the last century. The Holistic theory points out that humans are not separate from their environment and that disease and wellness derive from the total life condition of the individual.
What is Polarity Therapy?
Polarity Therapy, created by Dr. Randolph Stone, is a holistic system that allows you to rediscover your inner beauty in a gentle way. Polarity promotes deep relaxation and revitalization by balancing the body’s energy. Once you are relaxed, your own natural intelligence will automatically correct any temporary imbalance of energy, and good health will be restored.
Polarity works because it is designed to help the whole person, not just the part that hurts. Through love energy, positive thoughts and attitudes, gentle manipulation, mild exercise, and proper dietary habits, a true feeling of wellness can be achieved.
Polarity Therapy seeks harmonization with your environment and nature. A healthy body is dependent on its ability to maintain free-flowing energy circuits. Any obstruction results in pain and eventually illness.
Dr. Stone believed that the only true disease is a disturbance or blockage to the flow of life energy. Energy imbalances manifest as pain and illness. An uninterrupted and abundant flow of life energy results in good health.
The name Polarity relates to a fundamental law of nature: the attraction and union of opposites through a balanced mid-point. The human body is an energy system, just like a battery or magnet (positive, negative and neutral poles with currents of energy flowing through them). To maintain good health, the life energy must flow freely and easily through all the body’s energy systems
Life energy is the link between the mind and body. As Dr. Stone frequently remarked, "As we think, so we are". Negative thought patterns effect us physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. A healthy body is the reflection of a healthy mind. Polarity promotes greater self-awareness, understanding and self-acceptance, encouraging a more positive attitude in you and in life.
Are there any contra-indications for Polarity Therapy?
There are very few contra-indications for Polarity Therapy. It can be used to treat a full spectrum of conditions from those related to physical trauma to those problems associated with mental and emotional stress. Back pain, digestive disturbances, menstrual and reproductive problems, headaches, arthritis, sinus conditions, Fibromyalgia, and physical injuries are only some of the specific conditions that can be helped with Polarity.
What is the difference between energy work and spiritual healing?
Energy work is separate from and different than spiritual healing. Spiritual healing is based on spiritual or religious traditions and methods such as prayer and invoking God(s) or faith healing. Most kinds of energy work such as Polarity, Acupressure, Tai chi, and Reiki do not require any faith or adherence to any particular religion or philosophy. They will work with or without a spiritual or religious component. Holistic treatment usually considers spiritual health an essential element of complete wellness.
What is a Holistic Massage?
Holistic massage combines traditional massage techniques with a variety of energy healing work. The work is usually experienced on a deeper, more profound level than a simple massage. The goal of a holistic session is to more fully integrate the mind, body, and spirit into a unified system.
Must I disrobe during my session?
It depends entirely on the type of session you are having. Energy work is usually conducted with the client fully clothed. For a massage session, the client is asked to disrobe to his or her level of comfort. During the session, the client is always fully draped, exposing only the portion of the body that is being massaged. Generally speaking, the more clothing, the more limited my options to treat effectively. In special situations, massage can be performed on a fully dressed client.
Are there contra-indications for Holistic Massage?
Certain conditions might limit or prohibit massage. Varicose veins, blood clots, cardiac conditions, diabetes, high-risk pregnancies, local or systemic infections, infectious skin diseases and inflammatory conditions causing heat, redness, swelling or pain must all be reviewed and considered individually. Always check with your doctor if there is any doubt. Even if massage is not recommended, most conditions can still be effectively treated through energy work.
Are holistic practices just "New Age Voodoo"?
No. Holistic theory is gaining acceptance by mainstream medicine as more evidence that supports this theory is discovered. Psychologists and traditional medical doctors are seeing the relationship between happiness and health. Traditional Asian medicine techniques, which use holistic methods for diagnosis and treatment, are becoming recognized in the West as effective for many conditions including pain relief and stress.
Should I see a doctor if I am sick or not feeling well?
Yes! Neither energy work nor massage is a substitute for traditional allopathic medical treatment, but rather supports and enhances it. Energy work and massage have repeatedly been shown to be effective additions to conventional treatment of physical, mental, and emotional conditions. They are often helpful for pain relief, stress reduction and shortening recovery time.
Why do you use hot stones, crystals and essential oils in your sessions?
Hot stones, crystals and essential oils bring another dimension to the session. Each has its own unique healing properties, which can be very effective during a treatment session.
Harvested from the shores of Newport, RI, each stone was personally selected by me for a specific purpose. The stones have a denser, more nurturing quality. When I lay them along the chest, abdomen and pelvic area, my clients report that they feel protected, comforted, and loved.
Crystals are transmitters. They help me move the energy more quickly through the systems. When I do a full crystal layout on the body, clients frequently feel the energy moving through them. It can be a powerful sensation.
Essential oils, which I blend for the particular needs of my client, can help sooth and balance the body’s systems. Used during a holistic massage session, the pleasingly scented aromatic oils produce both psychological and physiological effects as they are rubbed into the skin and absorbed into the bloodstream.
How long should I allow for a session?
Depending on the needs of the client, a 60-minute session usually concludes in 90 minutes while a 90-minute session generally lasts about 2 hours. If you are a first time client, expect to spend a bit more time so we can go over your health history. It's important to realize the healing work doesn’t occur just on the table. Energy counseling before and after the table work is equally important. I build into my sessions enough time to talk so that my clients have an adequate opportunity to go over issues and concerns. What I learn from my client at the beginning of the session guides me during the remainder of our time together.
What are your hours?
Monday - Friday: I typically book clients at 10:00am, 2:00pm, & 5:30pm
Saturdays: 11:00am & 2:00pm
All sessions are by appointment only.