Monthly Archives: June 2015

Isolation and Loneliness

029Number 5 in Lynette’s “My Story”, series.

 

Illness is hard work

Illness is no easy task. Most people will be ill at some time in their life. Illness is a part of the living condition. Our bodies are wonderful things they will keep us well for the most part as long as we give them the conditions to do so. When we become ill it can be a tough road. Illness can highlight the shortcomings of ourselves, life, situations and people around us.

We would all like to think that when we become ill there will be good friends and family around to support us in our time of need. This is not always the case for many people. Even if we do have good people around us they may not have the skill ability or time to give us all that we may need to make us feel supported. This lack of support whether it is real or felt can be an added burden and stress to the person who is ill in a time of need.

Support

Many people become ill and do not have the necessary emotional and practical support around them. This will be detrimental to recovery as it will be an additional burden on the body with added stress and will not aid recovery. I remember how unsupported I felt when I was ill. I had family around me my husband and son, but my son was in his teens and struggling with his own issues as teenagers do. My husband did the best he could to hold the fort, he worked and did long hours traveling to London from our home each day. He was up early and home late and then there was a teen age son, a house, and a wife that was unwell to support. He did not have much energy left for himself. They were our difficult times as a family.

So I really can empathise with anyone who is in this situation. I felt cut off, alone and lonely much of my time in those days. I struggled with my illness and tried to do my best for my family. My illness was one of depleted energy and pain, I had M.E. Obviously any added burden to an illness will not be good for the person in the long run. Stress can be detrimental to health and so to add stress will not be good for the recovery of the person.

Laughter

Laughter is a good tonic for people who are unwell. It is a good tonic for the well and unwell alike. It raises the vibration of the person and this helps to promote well health. We all have a vibration to our body. Everything has a vibration.  When our body is well it vibrates at well and positive, and when we are unwell it vibrates unwell or negatively. We can change this vibration or encourage it to change in many ways. Laughter helps to do this. Think of people who are unwell and think about how they feel. Now bring to mind the thought of people who are well and full of energy and think about how they feel. The unwell and the well feel different to be around. People who are unwell tend to sap energy and can make you feel depleted and the well and vibrant person does the opposite. They help to energise you.

Chi/ Ki energy

As a Reiki master I know that when people are unwell they seek to be exposed to chi energy. We know in the core of our being that this energy is health giving. Chi/Ki energy is electro-magnetic energy that occurs naturally in the body. Energy probationers use this energy to good effect in healing many health conditions of the body. Find yourself a good energy practitioner. We can impact our vibration by energetic healing such as Reiki, cranial sacral therapy, hypnotherapy, and acupuncture to name a few. All of these forms of healing will or can change the vibration of the person to the well vibration or well state depending on the knowledge and effectiveness of the practitioner involved. Obviously there is an element of skill and knowledge to the use of these therapies.

In the Company of others

Being around others who are well and in cheerful disposition will help the person who is unwell. These people vibrate at the well vibration and happiness can be transferred. We have all been around happy people and sad people at some time. Or we have been around positive people and negative people. All sorts of personalities and people cross our paths in life. Each personality and disposition will have an influence on our own. If we are around people who  are sad or negative this will reduce our own vibration as we start to be effected by them and start to mirror their vibration, or what they are radiating. I am sure many of you have walked into a gathering of people and their mood was very up and cheerful and immediately it raised your feeling of wellbeing. We all like parties or gatherings that are going with a swing or good vibration. Equally we may have walked into a gathering of people and just felt the energy of the room flat or negative. Something was going on but we did not necessarily know what but just felt it. None of us like being in or part of negative or flat gatherings. They make us feel flat or negative and serve to lower our mood or vibration.

Self- help

  1. If you are unwell, try your best to keep your spirits/vibration up. This will be beneficial to you in the long run. It will add a positive vibration and therefore you will not add any further negativity to the body at a time when it has enough of it to deal with.
  2. Be amongst cheerful positive people they will raise your vibration and this will be of help to you.
  3. Consider energy healing. This is the part of healing that modern medicine does not deal with. Energy healing adds to the body a vital health giving ingredient which speeds up healing in the sick and unwell.

Caring for the unwell

If you are looking after a person who is ill or you have ill people to deal with try to keep their vibration/mood high this will aid and speed up their recovery. It may lighten your load also.

If you know someone who is ill and isolated try to be kind and help in whatever way you personally can. Sometimes a bunch of flowers, putting their dustbins out or a smile and a wave will lighten their load and raise their vibration. One day it may be you that needs your vibration supported by others. We don’t know if one day it may be ourselves that needs help and support with illness.

Stay healthy, stay happy, be supportive to the unwell.

Lynette

Holistic Therapy

Chiropractic therapy works with the alignment of the bones which can become misaligned simply through the process of living.  If these misalignments are left untreated they can lead to muscle imbalance, poor posture, pain and the stagnation or pooling of energy in muscles throughout the body.

Chiropractic therapy.

Holistic Therapy

The working life of a holistic therapist is not always easy. I had a client last year who came to me because they said I only practiced Reiki. I did not tell this client that was not true until they visited me. They were disappointed in me and promptly removed themselves from my care. I am not sure what benefit they saw in me only knowing one discipline. I have equally heard such stories from my fellow therapists.  Most therapists know and practice more than one therapy. It is not a case of learning one and specialising. Of course there are therapists who only have one therapy, but that is not the norm by far. Take a look at therapist websites and you will see that many practise many disciplines.

I can equally understand why the public may see this as a therapist being a jack of all trades. However this is far from the truth. It is easy to understand why many holistic therapists decide to learn more than one therapy.

As a therapist myself that has qualified in more than one therapy, I would be a little apprehensive to visit a therapist who just had one therapy under their belt. Although I am not saying I would not visit such a person. It depends on the therapy and the therapists’ reputation for results.

 

CPD, Continuing professional development

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Therapist are required as part of the regulations for belonging to many professional bodies, to do ongoing professional development, each year. Sometimes this can be tricky to fulfil I can tell you. A very easy way to fulfil the requirements is to undergo further training by way of workshops or in other therapies. Often training in another holistic therapy will fulfil the requirement for a few years. Extending the existing holistic knowledge of the therapist is seen as a positive thing and not a negative thing to do. All knowledge has to be good as it broadens the awareness and understanding that the therapist may have of how the body works and how they can impact the health of their client in a positive manner.

 

 

Workshops

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Workshops help to extend the therapists knowledge by way of short weekend or day courses. I find these very valuable as they often give me a taste of other therapies and energy knowledge. I am a colour therapist and I tend to use colour therapy in a very supportive way to my other therapies. I never use colour therapy as a main therapy for my clients. Recently, I went on a weekend workshop that was focusing on colour and sound. Sound is another of my therapies. We were given finger lights to use to illustrate the impact of coloured light on the body. Finger lights are little lights that young people use at raves and parties to shine light into a darkened dance floor. They are meant as fun little gismos. We used them to shine light on the back of each other in the workshop and the person had to say where the light was being shone. Not one person got it wrong even though they could not see where the light was being shone. This experience made me revisit something that I know well; the impact that coloured light has on the body and colour in general. I needed this little exercise to remind me of this fact and how I can use this exercise and piece of knowledge for my own students and clients.

 

Client’s affinity

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Some clients will have an affinity with one therapy over another purely on emotional grounds. I can get the work that I need done for the client by switching my approach using one therapy over another. Each individual is different and will come from a personal emotional stand point. If they have had a negative experience with one therapy very often they will not try it again, even though it they may be experiencing the therapy via a different therapist. This has to be respected and it is impossible for any therapist to insist that a client has any therapy. So how can they help if a particular therapy is not suiting a client? Having knowledge of more than one therapy makes a great deal of sense for both the client and the therapist.

 

 

Using multiple therapies

Sound therapy with colour in the backgraound.

Sound therapy with colour in the background.

Each therapy brings its own impact on the condition of the body and person, and using each therapy in conjunction with another can sometimes have a greater impact. Sometimes if a client is particularly highly strung or stressed I will give them one or two Reiki sessions prior to giving Hypnotherapy sessions as that helps me work much more easily with that person and they have to learn to do less work at relaxing. The Reiki brings them into a naturally relaxed state that goes far beyond the session itself.

 

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Colour has an impact on our emotions, physical and mental health. It can make you cheerful and uplifted or down and sad, depending on the colour and your response to that colour.

If a person is very emotional I can tell them how to use colour in their dress, décor and generally around them to combat that stress quickly. These are very simple things and highly effective. Colour and light impact our being on all levels. We have physical, emotional and spiritual responses to colour and light.

I consider the therapies that I know as part of my tool kit bag. Just as a builder or carpenter has a correct tool for a particular job in their tool bag, so have I. All of the therapies that I use are part of my therapy tool kit. I do not offer one therapy over another to a client just as an experience for money. I want results for my client and my tools bring those results and that is the point.

 

Deepening knowledge

There are seven major chakra points. Each is an energy reservoir that sends electromagnetic energy around the body. Electro magnetic energy is also known as Chi/Ki and Prana amongst other names. This subtle energy needs to be in a healthy condition to keep all levels of the person in good health. Alcohol, poor sleep patterns and stress are some of the things that will interrupt the subtle energy system of the body.

There are seven major chakra points. Each is an energy reservoir that sends electromagnetic energy around the body. Electro magnetic energy is also known as Chi/Ki and Prana amongst other names. This subtle energy needs to be in a healthy condition to keep all levels of the person in good health. Alcohol, poor sleep patterns and stress are some of the things that will interrupt the subtle energy system of the body.

As my knowledge of energy has deepened over the years learning each of my therapies, I have come to understand that each therapy is just a different approach to impacting the client’s energy system or body. Sometimes one therapy will not do the work that I require effectively enough for that particular client and so I can call on the other therapies and energy knowledge that I possess. I do not see this as a negative state of affairs but of infinite benefit to my client’s wellbeing and management.

Each therapy I have learnt over the years gives me another way of bringing healing to my clients; all have deepened my knowledge of how the body works both energetically and physically. I have learnt how energy impacts the energy system and the body to good effect. I know that if I needed the help of a holistic therapist I would look for one that has a good reputation of gaining healing results and not one who necessarily specialises in one therapy.  Broad and deep knowledge makes sense to me.

 

Over to you

LynettePlease share your experiences of therapists who have specialised in one discipline or have a multiple of therapies available to their clients in the comments at the foot of this blog page.  You may be a therapist or visit therapists on a regular or intermittent basis.  Whatever your relationship with the healing arts, we would love to hear from you and discover what you think.  Please feel free to share your experience.

 

Best wishes Lynette