Energy Healing Therapists Barre VT
American Holistic Health Association (AHHA)
Do you spend your afternoons trying to not do a face-plant into your computer screen?
By Lisa James
1. Improve Your Posture
Standing and sitting correctly not only helps prevent repetitive strain injuries but also helps keep up your energy stores by increasing your oxygen supply (slouching can cut oxygen intake by more than 30%). What’s more, it appears that poor posture “also influences the way you feel, think and act,” says energy coach Jon Gordon in Energy Addict (Perigee). “Posture can affect your attitude, just as attitude affects your posture.” So try to keep your spine as straight as possible, especially when you’re feeling frazzled.
2. Get Your Bs and Magnesium
Finding extra energy without getting the proper nutrients is like trying to run a car without gas—you aren’t going to get very far. The B vitamins—particularly vitamin B1 (thiamin)—are at the top of the list. But magnesium isn’t all that far behind; this crucial mineral aids in the production of adenosine triphosphate, the body’s main energy molecule.
3. Adapt to Stress
Stress can trash your energy stores by smacking around your hormones, especially the adrenal homone cortisol. That’s where adaptogens—herbal therapies that help your body deal with stress—come in. Natural health guru Andrew Weil, MD, has several favorites, including Korean (red) and American ginsengs, both prized for centuries, along with rhodiola and eleuthero.
4. Power Up with CoQ10 and Carnitine
Erika Schwartz, MD, author of Natural Energy (Putnam), uses coenzyme Q10 and the amino acid carnitine together in what she calls an “Energy Pack”—she says that when they are combined “the effect is pure magic.” Schwartz recommends taking 500 mg of carnitine and 30 mg of CoQ10 with a glass of water at both breakfast and lunch.
5. Walk with Purpose
A daily stroll is good, but you can make it even better by practicing what meditation teacher Lee Holden calls tai chi walking: Set an invigorating pace, pumping your arms and breathing through your nose. Focus on your surroundings, first using your eyes, then your ears and finally by sensing movement, such as the wind on your face. Finally, experience all your senses at once.
6. Shake It Up
Shakes are great for getting a distilled dosage of all the energizing nutrients you need. They let you reduce some of your daily produce ration into an easy-to-take form—and lend themselves to supplementation with liquid multivitamins, whole-food concentrates and protein-powder mixes. Shakes also make it easier to eat breakfast, a high-energy necessity, on the go.
7. Make Cooking Easier
The best way to avoid energy-zapping fast food is by cooking at home. To speed things along try these suggestions from dietician Pamela Smith: Plan your meals, choosing recipes with limited ingredient lists; use such time-savers as precut veggies...
The Power Within
A belief that people are part of an energy force field that can be
By Patrick Dougherty
Qigong, Reiki, chakra balancing. The healing power of these and many other popular holistic practices and imperceptible energies that cannot be completely verified by science have garnered millions of faithful followers—while spawning new, intriguing exploratory ways of using energy to heal.
Far out? Maybe. But as quantum physics advances the notion that even the most solid of objects—including the human body—is in fact pulsing with energy, potential healing applications based on energy manipulation seem even more plausible.
“Historically, western thinking denied the existence of energy and western scientists specifically focused on proving that energy was not real,” says Matthew B. James, MA, DCH, who teaches the ancient Hawaiian energy healing practice known as Huna ( www.huna.com ). “Today, modern science acknowledges the existence and importance of energy and increasingly recognizes the connections between energy and matter.”
Entering the Mainstream
Modern medicine is only starting to quantify the results of energy healing through standard studies. Scientists believe that therapies such as Reiki, one of the best-known practices, may help ease stress, pain and anxiety, and promote muscle relaxation and wound healing (Nursing Clinics of North America 6/07). One small but intriguing study has even indicated that Reiki may help improve mental functioning among people with mild Alzheimer’s (Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 11/06).
Many hospitals and clinics aren’t waiting to accumulate years of research—they’re already offering energy work. “Patients are requesting this type of work,” says Aurora Ocampo, RN, MA, a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Reiki practitioner at Continuum Center for Health and Healing at New York City’s Beth Israel Medical Center. “I use Reiki treatment for all the patients I see. It achieves dramatic results in the hospital setting, especially for pain management after surgery. Even though these