You have probably come across exotic-sounding terms such as “chakra”, “prana”, “aura”, and “tantra” in your course of reading books on spirituality, and healing in the New Age literature section of the bookstore. But what’s the real scoop behind these exotic vocabularies?
Are All Energy Healings the Same?
Chakra or energy centre is a term used in Pranic healing, an ancient Hindu system of energy healing. “Prana” means life energy. “Aura” is another terminology traced to Pranic healing. Aura is a non-physical body that consists of energy, which exists along with our physical body. The aura that covers our body is said to have seven layers pertaining to the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of an individual as manifested by energy. Studying the colour and thickness of auras give ideas on the state of health of individuals. Six colours are associated with aura and interpreted into six personalities. These colours are all present in an individual but one or two are more pronounced.
Green – ambitious achiever
Blue – spiritual peacemaker
White – unconventional chameleon
Red – activist
Orange – creative communicator
Violet - psychic
Unlike Pranic and Tantric healings, which have Hindu origins, Reiki originated from Japan. It is relatively younger than Pranic and Tantric healings having been rediscovered in the early 1900’s. Reiki stands for universal energy, an energy brought forth by higher intelligence. Students of Reiki are taught how to tap this energy to heal physical, emotional, and mental illnesses.
Although Pranic, Tantra, and Reiki are all systems of energy healing, they differ in the type of energy tapped for healing: life energy, sexual energy, and universal energy, respectively.
The concepts of the connectedness of mind, body, and spirit; the connection of individuals to all living and non-living things around them and to the universe; and how energy impacts physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being are some of the salient similarities of these three healing methods.
Why Do People Turn to Energy Healing?
Pranic, Tantric, and Reiki are considered alternative methods of healing. Despite the availability and relative accessibility of modern medicine, how come more and more people are being drawn to them? Here are some possible reasons:
· Energy healing worked where modern medicine failed.
For several reasons both explainable and unexplainable, modern medical treatment failed to heal ailments and conditions in several if not many people. Research or data may not be able to support this statement. But for the families of the dying as well as for the dying patient, they would take the risk of using alternative methods ranging from herbals and organics, faith healers, witch doctors, and New Age healing techniques just to be get well.
· People perceive modern medicine to be isolating.
Medical treatments are often focused on the disease and its causative agent, which can make a patient feel isolated and treated like a mere host of the disease. Although recent developments in hospital practice are gradually promoting the holistic treatment of a patient, the perception persists. Unlike in energy healing, since energy and spirituality are intimately linked, the patient feels that all aspects of his health are being attended to.
· Energy healing is non-obtrusive and natural thus it is safer.
Repeated surgical procedures are physically and emotionally traumatic for most patients. It is but a logical and attractive option to both patient and families to look for less stressful health interventions. Moreover, with the rising popularity of New Age religions, going natural is the way to go.
· Energy healing is a good way of relieving stress.
Meditation is part and parcel of energy healing methods and this is an added come-on for highly stressed people. Moreover, sophisticated equipment is not required thus it becomes even more convenient for students and future students of energy healing.
The battle between alternative healing and mainstream medicine continues as both present the benefits of their approach. But in the final analysis, what matters is the restoration of good health.
The last 5 months have played havoc with everyone's mental strength. As we slowly start to open up it is important you give yourself time and space. One of the great healing methods is massage. It helps improve sleep, mental health, relaxation, circulation and many more. So, when you wake up tomorrow, don't ask the question just book the answer.
You may be surprised by is just how beneficial relaxing on a massage table can be for your sleep.
Sleep is a great healer but many of us today find we have times when it's difficult to drop off. However, it's been found that regular massage sessions can help decrease anxiety and improve the quality of your sleep, It is thought that one reason is that a massage helps release serotonin, a neurotransmitter that can help you feel calm.
The Wedding day has always been a pampering session for the Bride. Makeup, hair, nails and champagne with the bridesmaids and mother of the bride..
Well how about the groom...
Be the best Best Man by arranging a champagne and massage session for the men. Head, back or full body massages for the Groom, Best Man. Ushers and father. A great way to start the day.
How many people work in an industry where lifting and moving heavy articles is part of the job? Thousand's. And yet how many would consider a regular massage or how many employers would include a massage as part of their health & safety regime? Very few.
A massage isn't just for a spa day treat. A regular massage can not only help with muscle injury but is a proven preventative to further injury. You wouldn't go weight lifting without preparing your body and lifting at work or home requires the same muscles. Do yourself and your employees a favour.
How to reduce stress is a huge problem especially for people in western societies. There are three types of stresses: Physical, Psychological and Environmental or Social.
The first group of stress factors affect physically, for example: hunger, hot and cold, illness, pain and injury, viruses, lack of sleep. This psychologically affects your mind. Examples are: loneliness, fear, and death of a relative or friend, threats to security, rejection, and depression.
The Social occurs on your environment and they include: unpleasant work, extreme weather, economic depression, family environment and friends. It’s highly unlikely to find someone who hasn’t suffered from some kind of stress in their lives. Some of the symptoms of stress are: Tension, anxiety and confusion, withdrawal and depression, feelings of isolation and alienation, boredom and job dissatisfaction and low self-esteem. So how you can reduce your stress? One factor is the nutrition. Most of us eat junk food, like fast food, snacks, refreshments which contain a lot of sugar etc. That kind of food will cause illness sooner or later. Medical research has proved that during the stress situations particular vitamins are needed to maintain proper functioning nervous and endocrine systems.
Deficiencies of vitamins B-1, B-5 and B-6, can lead to anxiety reactions, depression, insomnia, and cardiovascular weaknesses, while vitamins B-2 and niacin deficiencies have been known to cause stomach irritability and muscular weakness. Their depletion lowers your tolerance to, and ability to cope with stress factors. The B vitamins are amply supplied in protein rich foods. Vitamin C is found in: citrus fruits, broccoli, strawberries, tomatoes, green peppers You may want to give special attention to foods that provide those vitamins affected by stress, but not to the extent that you neglect other important nutrients.
Relaxation is the best tool you could use in order to reduce stress. You can achieve relaxation by following the techniques below: meditation, yoga, hypnosis, deep breathing and Progressive relaxation. Relaxation essentially means paying attention to something calming. For example, you can concentrate on your breath and your body. Your aim is to calm your mind and lower your metabolism.
A great tool to help relaxation is massage. Many still associate a massage with a treat or a spa day and fail to understand the real health benefits that regular massage sessions can bring.
Not only can a massage help you relax but also it can help with pain, sleep, and circulation. And regular sessions will leave you much more able to cope with everyday stressful situations.
Managing our stress is very important if not crucial to our overall well-being. Make sure you have the tools to help manage yours.