A Typical Session
It is not the illness possessing the person that is important, but the person possessing the illness. In an indigenous view of illness, the disease is always linked to a breakage in relationship. Some connection is loose or completely absent, or has been severed. What the villager sees in physical disease is simply the aftermath of something that has happened on the level of energy or relationship. The illness is a physical manifestation of a spiritual decay.
Malidoma Patrice Somé The Healing Wisdom of Africa: Finding Life Purpose Through Nature, Ritual and Community
My sessions are one hour in length and include a brief check-in and conversation followed by hands-on energy therapy techniques. The client reclines fully clothed on a massage table with a pillow under h/er head and knees and covered by a blanket. Only shoes, leather belt, hair clips and chunky jewelry are removed.
I begin the session by inviting the client to tell me why s/he is here, which aspect of h/er life s/he wishes to focus on, what s/he would like support with or what s/he would like to change. After the check-in, the client reclines on the massage table and settles in for a 55 minutes hands-on energy session. The energy work often begins with smudging (burning white sage) to cleanse the client and myself physically and emotionally of negative thoughts and energy. During the first session, I explain clearly where my hands will make contact with h/er body so the client knows what to expect, and explain that sometimes my hands will be working above the body in the energy fields. The quality of touch is light and gentle, not like massage or deep tissue work but similar to the Healing Touch. What the client presents at any given session determines how much time I spend stimulating various areas of the physical body, energy fields, and chakras. I encourage clients to report their experience and I offer my perceptions as I work. Sometimes clients drop into a deep state of relaxation or sleep and at other times remain very aware of their experience and their surroundings. Clients may feel tingling in their body, muscle spasms similar to when falling asleep, stomach rumbles, and visual information such as colours or glimpses of past events and memories. They may also feel a sense of joy, excitement, or sadness welling up in them. Such releases usually occur when new clarity deepens their awareness and understanding.
When the session is complete, I smudge the client again to help clear the released negative energy. The client may feel light-headed and spacey for as long as half an hour after the session, and relaxed and in an altered state for as long as three days after the session. The feeling is pleasant and enjoyable and does not interfere with work or daily responsibilities and activities. Clients report needing a little more sleep than usual. This is the body’s way of claiming all energy and focusing it on the healing that is occurring. The client may do some emotional processing and releasing in the following few days or week. It is best to allow the images and information to drop in, to see them, feel them and let them go without resisting them. These images are gifts: new insights allowing the client to connect events and feelings in a completely new way. It is important to be mindful of these thoughts and emotions because they are part of the healing process. Most people feel good after a CranioSacral therapy or Reiki session and continue to feel better and better. The positive changes brought about by CranioSacral therapy and Reiki remain permanently, though long-term issues are seldom resolved in one session.
Long-distance sessions are very effective. It is a great way for clients to continue their work with you when one of you is out of town and to treat clients who live in other cities. When working with a new client some practitioners prefer to have a photograph. Absentee healing is a process of visualization in a meditative state. The client and the practitioner (separately, in their own spaces) settle themselves in a quiet room with no one else around and where they will not be disturbed. They close the door, dim the light, light a candle or burn white sage. Both sit quietly in a chair with legs and arms straight or on the floor in a lotus position, if that is comfortable. Once settled in, the client calls at the appointed time and the practitioner invokes the HS symbol. After a brief check-in the practitioner begins the hands-on component of the session. If a practitioner normally remains in verbal contact with their clients they can remain on the line. Both collaborate in the same way that they do in person by welcoming and compassionately witnessing the issues, blocks, and younger wounded selves that emerge. If the practitioner usually reports findings at the end of the session then the practitioner may go off line during this portion of the treatment and call the client when they are done. The client receiving absentee healing often feels what is happening. As their energy shifts, they sense the movement and release of energy, see colours and images, and experience emotions and sensations such as numbness or tingling. I report what I find and describe the work that I am doing as I do it; we collaborate in the same way that we do in person by welcoming and compassionately witnessing the issues, blocks, and younger wounded selves that emerge. I accept e-transfers, Paypal or cheques sent by mail.