During the 11 years that I worked as a spa therapist, I became increasingly fascinated by energy. The more that I worked, the more that I could feel it in my body. It was as if I was becoming an antenna for human energy.
With study and practice, I learned how to channel this energy to my hands and learnt how to discard energy that I picked up from my clients. When you try to talk to people about this experience, some will think that you are crazy because it requires believing in something that you cannot see.
My inquiring mind believed that there had to be a logical explanation for what I was feeling. When I read Kumud Ajmani’s post this morning for tomorrow’s #SpiritChat (Sundays, 9:00 EST on Twitter) – he captured succinctly, what I had questioned.
“… the basic principle of electricity – for a given “potential” (voltage), the amount of current that flows through a “circuit” is inversely proportional to the amount of “resistance” in the circuit. The practical application of this principle can be felt in many areas of lives, if we view our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies, each as and interdependent “circuit”. An increase in the amount of “resistance” in any one of our “bodies” will add to the overall resistance of our holistic electrical system, and hence reduce the amount of “current” that is available to us.” You can read more of Kumud’s wonderful explanation here and please feel free to join the conversation during Spirit Chat.
Reflexology was the first therapy that I became certified in. A sensitive reflex was an indication of imbalance in the corresponding body part – something was either working too much or too little. The more that I could feel the shift of energy in my hands, the more I came to understand the mechanism of how this works. An imbalance in the channel to the reflex impaired the flow of energy in the body and as a result, impaired the flow of circulation of blood and lymph. The cause of the blockage could be physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.
When I was working on someone’s feet, I could feel the congestion in the reflex point and could also feel when it cleared. I was originally taught to press on the reflex point three times before moving onto the next reflex, but as my hands became more sensitive, I would work the point until I could feel the energy shift.
One incredible experience deepened my understanding of the wiring in our bodies. While working on the bladder meridian for a client, she experienced a rush of energy from the point up into her abdomen. She described the sensation as if a lightning bolt had shot through her leg. I gently continued to work the point and could gradually feel the energy start to flow in her foot and then her foot became very warm. Circulation follows energy.
My understanding of reflexology up until this point had been that an imbalance in the channel caused the sensitive reflex point in the foot. However, in this case it was the opposite.
The next day, my client called the spa and booked another appointment. When I greeted her, she was beaming ear to ear. She told me that the reflexology treatment had cured her urinary track problems. I am reluctant to use the word “cure” and firmly believe that natural therapies aid the body in restoring equilibrium, however, I wanted to explore this further.
I asked her many questions about her urinary track condition and treatment which had developed suddenly six months before. I am always curious when there is a “sudden” change in the body, so asked if anything unusual was going on in her life at this point in time. Rooted in my holistic belief about balance, I was expecting to hear that she had been stressed at the time.
My client couldn’t think of anything unusual – everything was fine except for a klutzy episode where she had caught her baby toe in the car door and broker her toe. Hmmnn. Shortly thereafter, she began experiencing urinary track problems which would not improve in spite of visits to a specialist and taking medication. In fact, when she came to see me the week before, her condition had been worsening.
Could the injury to her toe, have caused a blockage in her “wiring” to the bladder? Could this disruption cause dysfunction along the channel? During the reflexology treatment, was the charge of energy that my client experienced an unblocking of that channel? I do not know the answers to these questions. However, it did make me question the relationship between old injuries and imbalances in the body. I think it would be fascinating to explore these questions through research.
Through my years of doing body work and approaching this work with a questioning mind, I am confident that there are scientific explanations for unexplained healing. We may not have the tools yet to measure the experience, but it does not mean that it isn’t real.
In the meantime, how can we maintain the flow of energy in our wiring? I think, finding balance in our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual selves is key in order to allow the energy that comes from our natural world to move through us. I know for me, that I have to be immersed in nature as often as I can.
Please feel free to share your experiences and understanding of the wiring in our bodies in the comments section. I know that I am not alone in these experiences and would love to hear from you.