More on the Nature of Mind-Body Integrative Healings

Healings are comprised of different aspects. On the physical level, the body relaxes and there is often a release of chronic holding patterns in the muscles and underlying fascia that keep an ongoing level of tension in the body-mind. As the body relaxes, so does the mind. This relaxation helps restore an underlying natural rhythm that has been lost through unconscious, protective contraction of the body.

On the level of subtle energy, the body is scanned with “high sense perception” for areas that are shut down or disconnected from the flow of subtle chi energy. Suggestions and visualizations are given to open up blocks and restore what is then experienced as an open, energized physical state.

On the level of mind there is an attempt at attunement to the patient's inner state of consciousness by the one who is offering the healing. This is done through careful attention to perceptions of body energy, muscular tension, breath rhythms and other subtle clues that reveal information. We experience and are influenced by the inner state of others that we are in close contact with. If you are with a person who is pressured, tense, closed, agitated, anxious or angry that will evokes one set of responses. If you are with someone who is calm, peaceful, open and accepting, that induces another state of mind. As the practitioner of healing goes into different meditative states of consciousness so may the one who is receiving the healing. This is hard to convey in words as a healing is highly subjective and experiential. Some people enter this attunement easily, others do not experience much other than a relaxed state. In some there is no effect at all.

At the end of a healing, many people report that it has been a unique experience. It somehow “brings people back to themselves” and they are left in a quiet, open, energized state of body and mind, attuned to their inner and outer environment. It is as if a “reset” button has been activated. These changes are not permanent after a single healing. Over the course of time they begin to exert a more lasting therapeutic effect.


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