When we moved into our new home last July, we gained a lot of great advantages, but one of the best has been really fantastic neighbors. They are down-to-earth, friendly people, the kind who look out for one other, our houses, and our dogs. And so I met Traci. Our nearly daily walks (back when I was walking daily) became therapeutic for both of us. I may not be a trained therapist, but Traci is; (bonus for me!). Traci also happens to be an Eden Energy Medicine certified practitioner.
She had been offering me a session for months but I’m not one to easily cash in on favors, especially one as big as that. Five weeks after surgery, deflated and exhausted, I finally took her up on it.
Based on methods taught by Donna Eden, a respected healer and pioneer in bringing energy medicine to the public, Eden Energy Medicine is a method of working directly with the body’s energy systems to help create health and wellness. It is both a complement to more traditional medical approaches and a complete self-contained system for self-help and self-care. In other words, Eden Energy Medicine teaches specific techniques that you can use to activate the body’s natural healing abilities.
What better time to try this than after a traumatic event such as hip surgery?
I had no idea what to expect when I entered Traci’s cozy home treatment room. A small seating area welcomed us, and a treatment table, massage style, waited. A water fountain trickled as Traci began our one-hour plus session by “energy testing” me. Simple moves, such as resisting as she put pressure on my raised arm and pushed down, helped her determine where I needed work and what exercises we needed to focus on.
I listened with interest as Traci patiently explained what each 15-second test told her about my body. “There are no right or wrong answers,” she explained. It simply provides information about how energy is flowing in your body and where it needs help.”
As I lay on the table, Traci started moving her hands over the top of back without touching it. I tell you honesty that I could feel it , and at one point, I got shocked. She worked on me quietly and with focus for over an hour. She asked often for feedback, and sometimes requested that I visualize things such putting color to a feeling and imagining it moving.
One must be open-minded about these things. While some folks may find this Energy Medicine thing “out there,” I went into this session with Traci a believer. Yoga and acupuncture introduced me to the idea of energy meridians years ago, and both have proved to be rewarding health practices for me. Ultimately, all things in this world are comprised of energy, ourselves included.
By the time we finished our session, I was completely relaxed. I felt similar to how I feel after a good yoga class or an acupuncture treatment. I slept like a baby that night and felt like a new woman the next day, balanced and harmonious.
Beyond the session, Traci sent me back across the street with homework, a 5-minute daily energy routine. I completely failed, at least to start. It sat on a table next to my front door for a week before I taped it to the mirror in my bathroom and committed to it for a few days. I found it to be an energizing way to start the day, (and let me tell you, I am not at my best at 5:45 a.m.!). :-)
In an age where traditional medicine often lets us down, energy medicine provides an alternative approach, supporting health and healing in a non-intrusive and often powerful way. If I can increase my vitality with simple energy work, why not?
I joke that Traci has a lot of letters after her name (5 acronyms to be exact). On top of that, she’s got beautiful energy and she’s able, and trained, to share it. She also offers energy medicine classes to the public on the second Wednesday of every month in the Denver metro area. Visit Indigo Moon Healing Arts to Simple Lives Thursday learn more, or keep up with current news and classes on Facebook.
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