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What Is Energy Medicine?
September 24, 2018

Energy Medicine can seem mysterious. But it actually is quite simple, while being extremely sophisticated at the same time. The basic goal of Energy Medicine practitioners is to maintain balance of and optimal connection between body energies and flows to prevent disease.


Our bodies are made up of flows and energies – the blood and lymph circulatory systems are example of flows. Donna Eden, a pioneer in Energy Medicine, states that she works with nine primary energies in the body. Meridians, chakras, and the aura are three of the nine and are probably the most widely known among the general public. The six other energies Donna teaches and works with are the Radiant Circuits, Triple Warmer, Celtic Weave, Five Rhythms, the Grid, and the Electrics.


Energy Medicine is rooted in indigenous and Eastern health practices and disciplines such as acupuncture, acupressure, yoga, and qigong. These also correlate with much of Western medicine’s understanding of the body’s systems. For example, recent research by a team led by Kwang-Sup Soh PhD, director of the Nano Primo Research Center at Seoul National University, South Korea, has supported and expanded upon the original 1962 discovery that the “Primo Vascular System” is, in fact, the meridian system. The research findings are based on the researchers’ insertion of a blue dye into the meridians of live animals to distinguish the tiny meridians from the larger blood and lymph vessels nearby. The dye also enabled the researchers to document the nodes (often referred to as acupuncture “points”) or intersections of meridians, as well as irregular electric pulses coursing through the meridians themselves.

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What Is Energy Medicine?
September 24, 2018

Slide from the August, 2014 presentation by Dr. Kwang-Sup Soh (South Korea)


Energy Medicine, as I practice it, is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupressure points, meridians, and chakras in conjunction with Eden Energy Medicine, Reiki, and other somatic techniques. Non-invasive methods such as tapping, holding, buzzing, and connecting various physical points on the body help to re-balance and center a person’s energy systems. This also releases blockages, so that the body begins to heal itself. A typical 90-minute session will involve assessment of various basic energy systems and then a general energy balancing before beginning more detailed and specific work. Clients remain fully clothed and relax on a massage table once the assessment has been completed.


Self-healing is also a major tenet of Energy Medicine. In fact, no changes can occur without the permission and active agreement of the client. Unlike Western medicine, which often relies on antibiotics, surgery, and other invasive interventions, Energy Medicine is non-invasive. It seeks to empower the client to help heal him/herself, often through simple exercises, modifying emotional and thought patterns, and by becoming more conscious of the body’s functions. Because Energy Medicine requires the active participation of the client, the client feels more in control of how his/her health improves. Proponents of Energy Medicine view its effectiveness as a strong complement to Western Medicine, which has proven successful in emergency situations where surgery or antibiotics can provide immediate relief. Energy Medicine takes the broader perspective that the emerging global wellness movement embraces: awareness and early treatment of imbalances in the physical and energetic bodies can help to prevent illness as well as transform precursors to disease or somatic weaknesses in order to prevent them from developing further.

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What Is Energy Medicine?
September 24, 2018

One of the major causes of illness in our society is stress. We are continually stressed by emotional situations in our personal lives, at work, and in the world at large. Energy Medicine is a wonderful antidote to stress without resorting to medication or more invasive techniques that may lead to long-term complications. Along with the benefit of immediate stress relief, a client is also provided with simple exercises as homework to help continue the energy balancing and centering gained in a session. Practicing these exercises on a daily basis can help the body to form new habits in terms of dealing with everyday stressors.


In addition to calming the nervous system, Energy Medicine can also help reduce anxiety, alleviate pain, improve concentration and comprehension, increase vitality, strengthen the immune system, and help boost focus. Sessions help support clients as they traverse major life passages – births, deaths, marriages, divorces, changing jobs, or major life transitions. Energy Medicine is at the cutting edge of new beliefs and theories about how best to support health and healing. Energy Medicine leads to increased energetic health which then translates into physical, mental, and emotional health.

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Recalibration
July 7, 2018

Recalibration. It can be the act of resetting goals, changing a message or purpose, or altering the way one operates. While recalibration can often be challenging, even painful, it can produce an opportunity to find new possibilities. It can last short-term or it may affect the rest of our lives. Recalibration can also be a response to mistreatment directed at us or at what is going on around us.

On a personal level, recently I woke up to a small disaster in the form of water on the cellar floor leaking from a 4 year old water heater. Seeing the water pouring out onto the cement floor was hard enough but knowing that a lot of my children and grandchildren’s belongings and mementos were getting wet was heart wrenching. My son’s childhood drawings and his collection of baseball and football cards and helmets were soaked and ruined. My daughter and son-in-law’s stock of artistic and politically activist t-shirts for their part-time business were mostly recoverable but some of the stock was beyond redemption. Toys and clothing being held as hand-me-downs from my current granddaughters for any future little beings were drenched.

Replacing the water heater was a short term challenge for me – I only had to reschedule clients for one day and reallocate funds to pay for the repair. But my son lost objects of remembrance that he had treasured and stored in my cellar in the hopes of retrieving in the future. Toys, t-shirts, and hand-me-downs have been brought to the dump. My son’s recalibration period will take longer than a day to process.

Sometimes recalibration involves rethinking how much we are able to do physically. Especially as we “evolve,” as a dear friend prefers to call the process of aging. In my own life, I recognize that I don’t have the physical stamina that I had when I was younger. In my many years as a professional dancer, I was worn out after 8+ hours in the dance studio but I was ready and willing to get up and do it all again the next day. Now, I doubt that I could do a full 8 hours in the dance studio any day of the week. Currently I’m satisfied if I work out 2 hours a day. At some point, I had to rethink where I wanted to apply my physical energy during each day. I still wanted to maintain physical fitness but I preferred to spend the bulk of my day practicing energy medicine on my clients and colleagues. The physical energy that such a practice utilizes has a higher priority these days for me.

Many of us learn the hard way that we need to make changes in our career path, in our companions, or in our lifestyle. When mental/emotional stress causes us to have a cardio event; when a sudden jarring and unexpected accident occurs; when a loved one passes; when we lose our job – these are times to revisit and recalibrate what is most important to us.

Six years ago I had both a best friend and a long term boyfriend. Unfortunately they really disliked each other. When I went on vacation with my best friend, the boyfriend would go out of his way to text many times a day, call at inconvenient times, and disparage our vacation plans. When I was home with the boyfriend, my best friend would barrage me with negative comments about my boyfriend’s actions. The one time I brought them together, they sniped at each other constantly. I felt like I was a mediator at a battle field. A zinging comment from one side was matched and anted up in a nastier comment from the other side. Clearly, I needed to do something about these two important people in my life.

With time and attention, what became apparent is that they both treated me in similar ways and that this was the basis of the problem. Since I was an easygoing person, both were invested in controlling me. It suddenly was obvious – it was me who needed to change! I needed to create better boundaries! I eventually ended both relationships, paving the way for more beneficial relationships. This period of recalibration took some time and entailed some emotional pain but I learned a great lesson.

I remember a waitressing job I had in my very early 20’s. The restaurant was brand new, and the owner was trying to boost her clientele. I obliged and began to talk the place up, urging many of my dancer and theatre friends to come to the restaurant. It worked! Business picked up over the next two weeks until the owner pulled me aside and fired me. Her reason? My friends weren’t the “kind of clientele” she wanted – they were too lively and she wanted quieter customers. Wham! Time for rethinking where I wanted to work and the kind of places I wanted to be associated with. I wasn’t too surprised when the restaurant went out of business about a month later.

When we are compelled to recalibrate, it often comes in the form of an opportunity to ask ourselves some searching questions. Perhaps we discover that there are new priorities in our lives? We may find that we have new options that align more closely with our heart’s desires. Possibly we can let go of some of our “shoulds,” and open up to more of our “wants.” Can we tailor our future in more constructive and beneficial ways? Do we have the chance to be more creative, to retune our thoughts and emotions, and to get to know ourselves on a deeper level?

As an Energy Medicine Practitioner, I see clients every day who are doing just this type of introspection. Recalibrating their thoughts and emotions toward the people around them, their occupations, their marriages or partnerships, or themselves. If we are not aware of or are avoiding what is troubling us, then we cannot take steps to alter what is bothering us. Despite being sometimes heavy-going, sometimes agonizing, or more rarely pain-free, recalibration is a necessary part of growth. As my clients see more clearly what their actions and emotions are evoking in their lives, they are inspired to make new decisions about how they wish to live in the future.

Sheila Peters is a certified Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner, Reiki Practitioner, and wingWave©Coach. She also teaches classes and workshops in Stretch/Body Awareness, Energy Body Tune-up, and Healing Stones and Crystals. For more information, email Sheila at: [email protected], or sign up for a session or class today!

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June 28 2018

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Our Spring Class Schedule is Getting up and Running!

March 23, 2018

Amazing classes are starting up this spring. Our scheduler will be up and running soon, so you'll be able to register for classes here on our website!


Coming up on Thursday, March 29th at 7:00pm - Get and Stay Organized for the Health of It! Join Life Architect and Professional Organizer Francesca Verri as she talks about the basic tenets of organization and how they are integral to living a healthy life. You will learn the 4 steps to take to get organized, and the 3 imperatives to staying organized. You will leave with a more complete understanding about why organization is the tie that binds together all wellness possibilities, and how to use it daily to find peace in your day-to-day. This one hour class will include time for Q & A. - $40 per person, or register a friend and get both for $70!


Then the following week, Thursday April 5th at 7:00pm - Healing Crystals and Stones! Crystals are all around us and often we are drawn to specific stones. Do you want to know why a certain stone calls to you? Would you like to understand which crystal might help in a certain situation? This is a class for those that have an affinity to these mineral gifts from the Earth and want to learn more. We will explore healing traditions, care of crystals, vibrational emanations, and learn which stones balance individual chakras. Stones will be available for purchase at a nominal fee to continue the exploration at home. Join Energy Medicine practitioner Sheila Peters for this fascinating study of how to use stones and crystals for health. $35 per person.


Also starting up in April, Mindfulness Meditation Training! This Mindfulness Meditation program meets once a week over eight weeks for 60 minutes. Starts Saturday, April 7th at 10:00am. Participants will engage in the basics of mindfulness starting with how attention to the body changes how we relate to it. We will move through thoughts, emotions, and how all of these components of experience are connected. Wear comfortable clothes and bring sneakers. We will sometimes meet outdoors. $175 for the 8 week session.

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Our First Class!

February 23, 2018

We are offering our first class on Tuesday, February 27th at 6:30pm! This will be an Introductory Course on learning to use Essential Oils. This is so much more than you can learn at your neighbor's party! Come meet both of our Essential Oils educators, learn about the different companies that sell essential oils and how to ensure you are getting the best quality.


Learn some valuable take home information and goodies to help get you started on your own Essential Oils Journey! This 60 minute class is taught jointly by Annemarie and Christina, Moderated by Karina. $15 per person, minimum of 3 participants to hold the class, maximum 15. To sign up, email or call the center, or use our contact page to send us a message!

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