Julie Payne-Funk, LMT - State of Maryland Licensed Massage Therapist
What is Energy Work?
 
What is it that makes us, us?

There is more to a person than just a physical shell, the body.  Modalities such as Reiki and chakra balancing facilitate healing, not just on a physical level, but also by addressing the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of self.

I use the example of getting on a crowded elevator.  It can be uncomfortable, and not just because it may be physically crowded.  We know when someone is a little too close to our personal space! That's because "we" don't just start at the level of our skin.  We each have an energy field that extends several feet away, like our own little bubble. And we can be affected, for better or worse, by the energies of other people, places, and things.
 
Another way to explain energy is to consider the martial arts.  We've all seen demonstrations in which a shorter, smaller person throws a six-foot hulk to the ground.  How is this possible?  Via the laws of physics, focused intent, and also an unseen energy behind those processes - an energy that can be used to break boards, and facilitate healing of bodies and minds!
 
The beauty of energy work is the capacity to restore balance on multiple levels.  The process  addresses what is needed, whether relief from arthritis pain or emotional stress from arguing with a loved one, without effort on the part of the client.  The only requirement is a willingness to participate, to let go and also to receive.  My approach is gentle and respectful. Sessions can be done in complete silence, or the client may feel moved to share and unburden themselves.  Confidentiality is assured.
 
There is a spiritual component to this work for those who are open to it.  Without words, clients may feel themselves to be held and nurtured in a space of unconditional love.   Time and again in my practice, proof has been given that we are not alone in our journeys through life.
 
About Reiki
 
Reiki is a system of stress relief and healing, passed down from teacher to student in formal classes of study culminating in what is called an attunement, where the knowledge and ability to facilitate healing is taught.  Reiki was developed in 19th- and early 20th-century Japan by Mikao Usui, who believed the ideas he discovered were actually a rediscovery of ancient healing methods.  As a Certified Usui,  Karuna (tm), Sekhem Seichim Reiki Master and Gendai Shihan, I am certified to teach Reiki.  Classes can be arranged on request.
 
The philosophy that Reiki practitioners follow, as taught by Usui Sensei, is about respect for self and all living things based on a foundation of compassion, and ultimately, the source from which all healing comes - a sense of universal gratitude and love. 
 
What does a Reiki treatment look like?  Clients are welcomed to lie on a heated table with blankets 
and remain fully dressed except for shoes.  I place my hands on various points of the body, mainly joints and chakra points, in succession for about an hour.   Chakras are discussed in more detail below.
 
Reiki is not a religion and nothing is asked of clients but an open mind.  The great thing about this modality is that it meets clients where they are.  If someone needs an hour of peace and quiet for a mind overloaded with worries about their workday, for example, a Reiki session facilitates that.  If someone wants pain relief, good results have been obtained using Reiki for conditions ranging from menstrual cramps to osteoarthritis, to stress relief for cancer survivors, and in many other situations. 
 
The effects of a Reiki treatment vary, but typically include deep relaxation, and clients may experience relief from pain.  These beneficial results may last from hours to days.
 
Over the course of my practice I have found that Reiki is not something that we occasionally do.  It becomes who we are.  I use it gratefully everyday, on myself, loved ones, friends, and pets.  Last year on vacation I met someone suffering from a broken ankle and depression, and it seemed the most natural thing in the world to do to offer her a treatment.  The look of gratitude on her face when we were done told me that in that moment, all was as it should be.
 
Chakra Balancing
 
Chakra balancing, a 2,000+ year old tradition of ayurvedic healing from India, holds that there are "wheels of energy" emanating from 7 major (and additional minor) areas of the body, from the base of the pelvis up to the crown of the head.  The practitioner's hands are held above, not touching, the body, but clients are frequently amazed to find that they can feel the work being done!  By encouraging the flow of energy in the correct direction, the chakras are opened and the flow of one's energy, or prana, is strengthened, and the body feels renewed. 
 
Chakra balancing is something I perform on myself every day and is one of the modalities that I am most excited to share with my clients.  If I'm tired in the afternoon but don't have time for a nap, I can do this and am always gratified to find my energy levels raised and my mood elevated so as to enable me to complete tasks and go more easily through the day.  I'm also happy to teach clients to perform chakra balancing on themselves.
 
This is a general overview of these modalities, and I encourage clients to ask any questions they may have, or better yet, to experience the work and decide for themselves if it's an effective choice for their needs.
 
 
Email me at juliapf@gmail.com with any questions or to schedule an appointment.
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