Reiki at End of Life: Healer Natalie Bliss Shares Her Experience

ED_AscendHospice-Natalie Bliss_0917What is your name and where do you live?
Natalie Bliss, Philadelphia.

How long have you been volunteering for Ascend Hospice?
Five years.

How often do you volunteer?
As often as once a week, depending on the needs and location of the client.

Why did you decide to enroll in this program?
As a Reiki Master Teacher, I feel it is important to respond to people’s need for healing. Since the concept of “hospice” in general carries a stigma in society, I felt that the need was probably greater among the hospice population than anywhere else I could volunteer.

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Letter from the Publisher, June 2017

PAIN has an element of blank; / It cannot recollect

When it began, or if there were / A day when it was not.

It has no future but itself, / Its infinite realms contain

Its past, enlightened to perceive / New periods of pain.

~Emily Dickenson

Karen Meshkov, Natural Awakenings BuxMontPain is a chronic condition shared by 100 million Americans; it’s the leading reason people go to doctors in the U.S., costing the nation upwards of $635 billion a year—more than cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined, according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

WebMD explains how vast and amorphous the condition can be, saying, “Chronic pain can be mild or excruciating, episodic or continuous, merely inconvenient or totally incapacitating…the signals of pain remain active in the nervous system for months or even years.” Sometimes the cause is known, or eventually discovered; sometimes the source remains a mystery.

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A New Paradigm for Health and Healing: Unite for HER Opens Doors for Complementary Therapies

by Karen G. Meshkov

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It’s early on a Sunday morning, but the lobby at Bryn Mawr Hospital’s Newtown Square facility is already abuzz. The space is teeming with women in stylish athleisure-wear; banquet tables are adorned with balloons and centerpieces. As guests make their way to their assigned seats, only the number of heads that remain fully covered by knit caps and scarves reveal that this is no ordinary Main Line brunch affair—this Wellness Day event is hosted by Unite for HER, a cutting-edge women’s health organization, and the attendees are Philadelphia-area women that have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer.

The “HER” stands for Healing to Empower and Restore, and Wellness Days are one of the organization’s signature programs. This interactive, one-day workshop will introduce these women to the range of services and education that will be provided to them over the next year through their fully-funded “wellness passports”.

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Healing, Communion and Connection at the AWAKEN Healing Expo

eb_awakenhealingexpo4_1116AWAKEN Center for Human Evolution is bringing together some of the area’s most gifted healers and readers for its annual AWAKEN Healing Expo, an educational and experiential community event. The expo is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., on
November 5, and 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., on November 6, in Horsham.

Centered around various healing modalities that the public can learn about and experience firsthand, such as reiki, pranic healing, EFT, reflexology, sound healing and shiatsu massage, the AWAKEN Healing Expo invites the community to an uplifting weekend of yoga, meditation and even a Circle of Miracles Sunday Service.

healingexpoParticipation has grown from the previous year with more than 50 practitioners, vendors, group workshops and speakers set up in spacious rooms at the Williamson Banquet & Event Center. Visitors can look forward to free admission, free talks every 30 minutes and free mini-workshops, with access to more in-depth group events during the expo for only $10, or with a day pass for $20 and a weekend pass for $35. Three 20-minute healing or reading sessions can also be booked as a $50 package.

AWAKEN Center for Human Evolution is a nonprofit organization whose goals are to bring together community and assist people on their journey of awakening and evolution, with a focus on experiential activities. While most of its events carry a suggested donation, people’s presence is the priority, says Greg Campisi, the organization’s president and founder. Thus, the expo has been created to ensure little to no cost to participants.

“We’re all in this together,” says Campisi. “We need to support one another if humanity is going to evolve as a whole.”

Location: Williamson Banquet & Event Center, 500 Blair Mill Rd., Horsham. For more information, practitioner bios, and to pre-register for sessions and events, visit HealingExpo.org. For questions about the event, call Greg Campisi at 215-480-4856 or email Greg@AwakenCHE.org.

November 2016

Letter from the Publisher, October 2016

Karen_LFP_0516Fall is a time for learning, and this October, our curriculum includes current trends in energy medicine, energy healing and energy psychology (EP). Within the umbrella of “energy work” there exists a wide range of treatment options, from the ancient to the innovative, all with the purpose of balancing the body’s energetic flow, and achieving an optimal state of physical, emotional and spiritual health. Well-known body-centered practices like yoga, massage, reiki, acupuncture, reflexology and osteopathic manipulation; EP techniques including Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or “tapping”; Eric Pearl’s reconnective therapy; and Donna Eden’s energy medicine curriculum are only a sampling of the modalities that make up this growing body of practices.

We’re also celebrating the sea change in popular culture, as energy healing as a whole becomes more widely recognized by the mainstream. The National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health’s 2012 survey reports that approximately 38 percent of U.S. adults and approximately 12 percent of children used some form of complementary health treatment, and that they collectively spent $30 billion in out-of-pocket costs on those services. Nearly 30 percent of that spending was for practices classified as energy medicine. The office’s 2016 strategic plan allocates considerable federal money to continued clinical trials to identify the safety and usefulness of these practices in disease prevention and treatment. Surely, this is a sign of a turning tide.

Examples of this shift abound in healthcare, educational and correctional settings. Yoga, after proving its efficacy as a form of physical fitness and stress relief, is currently being mined for its usefulness in managing more subtle, energetic aspects of mind and emotional regulation in schools, rehabilitation and prison settings.

Major medical centers are now offering a range of complementary and mind-body approaches, such as acupuncture, tai chi and massage, in combination with conventional, allopathic medical treatment, and they are measuring their results in respected, peer-reviewed journals. Nurses are training in reiki and Healing Touch and are offering those services to patients in oncology, surgical and palliative settings. According to the American Hospital Association, in 2007, over 800 American hospitals offered reiki as part of their hospital services.

Whereas EP evidence was mostly anecdotal ten years ago, The Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP) now cites over 80 research studies, including multiple randomized controlled trials published in professional and refereed journals, that confirm the treatment value of energy psychology when applied to many different problems, such as post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, stress management and performance enhancement. In 2012, ACEP became the first organization to be approved by the APA to give psychologists continuing education for energy psychology.

The research investigating the benefits of these modalities continues to increase as the interest from the public demands it.

It’s exciting to think about how these developments could impact the way we approach physical and mental health in our near and distant futures. Imagine teachers that can help children with ADHD into yoga poses, nurses trained to use hands-on healing after chemotherapy sessions, test proctors teaching EFT to a room of nervous students, and law enforcement officers skilled at guided mindful meditation, bringing presence and peace to the carceral environment.

Come, open your mind with us, and consider the possibilities for wellness in a more “energetic” tomorrow.

Together, we are “Making the Awakening” in Bucks and Montgomery Counties.

Karen G. Meshkov

Himalayan Salt and Wellness Cave Celebrates Grand Opening

EB_HimalayanSaltNWellnessCave_0816The grand opening weekend of Himalayan Salt and Wellness Cave, located at 1494 North Charlotte Street, in Pottstown, takes place August 12 through 14, with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. on August 13. The event includes basket raffles and special offers for attendees.

The Himalayan Salt and Wellness Cave provides relaxation sessions for individuals and families, as well as reiki, yoga and reflexology, in custom-built rooms lined with Himalayan salt imported from a mountain range in Northern Punjab. In salt therapy, also known as halotherapy, microscopic salt particles are inhaled, and the healthy negative ions are absorbed by the skin. The process soothes the body and mind, and has been shown to relieve respiratory and circulatory issues, skin conditions, asthma, allergies and sinus issues, among other ailments.

The celebration includes several special savings offers for clients, including a free salt session with a yoga, reflexology or reiki session booked; buy one salt session, get one ½ off; and 10 percent off all packages. Walk-ins are welcome but are served on a first-come, first-served basis, as priority is given to clients that call ahead and schedule appointments.

Founder and owner Anita Heft explains, “Last fall, I went to visit a salt cave in another part of the state, and I was inspired by how relaxing and healing the experience was. I said, ‘I’m going to open one of these!’” Heft’s background as a certified and licensed reflexologist and reiki master, combined with her education in business management, has helped bring the facility to life for the benefit of the communities in northwest Montgomery County.

For more information, call 610-310-3884 or visit HimalayanSaltNWellness.com. August 2016

Learn to Use Reflexology for Improved Health

Beginning in September, the Reflexology Practitioner Program will teach participants the gentle, healing art of reflexology and how to become a facilitator of wellness. The program is a six-month, 120-hour beginner level program that prepares the student to practice foot reflexology. Students will learn the history, theory and skills of reflexology as well as complementary concepts and wellness business basics.

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New Transformative Services at Christi International

christiphotocrgChristi International Teaching Centre, in Doylestown,
has added two transformative services to its offerings.
Guided by experts, Susan DeLorenzo’s Past Life Regression and Marion McGowen’s Unlocking Cellular Memory can facilitate the breaking of old, unwanted patterns and bring participants into greater alignment with new possibilities and opportunities.
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Health and Healing Fair at Anahata Yoga

logo-final2Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center will host their second annual Health and Healing Fair from 12 to 4 p.m., September 7. Following the fair, guests are invited to stay for kirtan, a donation-based live music event that features singing and chanting. The indoor space and the tree-canopied outdoor space will facilitate the positive energy of the practitioners of Reiki, Reconnective Healing, sound healing, reflexology and chiropractic. The fair will also showcase non-traditional healing methods such as healing oils and psychic mediums, as well as local authors and speakers.

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Beautycounter Introduces Safer Cosmetics and Beauty Care Products

Reiki master and reflexologist Tracy McGovern, founder of Essential Connections, will give the lecture, “Health in a Toxic and Stress-filled World,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., May 22, at the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce, along with certified holistic lifestyle and wellness coach Ann Murphy. The pair will explore the concepts that what goes in, on and around the body counts and will discuss how to maintain health in a product-driven world. Attendees will take home practical tips to use right away.

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Reiki Master and Animal Communicator Judy Swanson Launches Unique Touch

Judy Swanson, a Reiki master and long-distance healer, has launched the company Unique Touch, in Pottstown. The company is committed to demonstrating that joy and tranquility can be achieved through healing energy. “I believe every animal and human deserves a tranquil universe,” notes Swanson, who is certified also as a crystal medicine therapist, an advanced angel card reader and an animal communicator. “Both humans and animals benefit from the services of Unique Touch.”

For more information, call 610-389-1891 or email TheUniqueTouch@gmail.com.