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Energy Therapy and the Body

Reiki, Integrated Energy Therapy and Quantum Touch explained...

Energy Therapy FAQ

Joanne Lapierre is a Usui Reiki Master, Quantum Touch® and Integrated Energy Therapy® practitioner, member of the Canadian Reiki Association and member of L'Association des Naturothérapeutes du Québec (ANQ). Insurance receipts available. For an appointment or additional information please contact Joanne at 450.451.6518 or

Energy Therapy and the Body

June 2008

Energy Therapy is a gentle hands on healing technique that promotes relaxation and healing. Our body has an innate intelligence to heal itself and it's natural state is one of health and well-being. Everything is energy. Life and wellness depend on a free flow of energy. When our energy field is out of balance there are likely to be physical manifestations of disease.

The cause of imbalance, often is connected to experiences we've had in which negative feelings were stored rather than being processed and released, such as, relationship problems, divorce, loss of a loved one, abuse; physical or emotional, injury or an accident, etc. Another manifestation is brought on by our body's reaction to stress due to the many demands that we face in our day to day lives. These experiences can create feelings of guilt, anger, resentment, remorse, doubt, heartache, fear or other unhealthy feelings, resulting in blockages and imbalances that are stored in our energy field. When these emotions are suppressed they are stored at the core cellular memory in our bodies and they can affect our life experience. Have you ever wondered why something or someone may trigger a reaction or an emotional response in you, or perhaps even an old injury or pain is awakened? Life Force Energy is responsive to our thoughts and feelings. It becomes disrupted when we accept, either consciously or unconsciously, negative thoughts or feelings about ourselves. This diminishes the vital function of the organs and cells of the physical body and affects our well-being.

As we go about our busy lives ignoring any precursor symptoms, we may suddenly realize that our energy is depleted, we often feel tired, overwhelmed or stressed, unfulfilled or unhappy or we may have physical symptoms, such as, frequent headaches, migraines, back pain or various other aches and pains.

Unfortunately, there is a tendency to accept illness and limitations as the norm or as a natural part of “growing older.” However this is a misconception. These are signs that we need to take action to restore balance and health in our bodies. We should and can live healthy, joyful, vibrant and pain free lives. Don't fall into the trap of accepting that unhealthy situations are inevitable. Our bodies are capable of restoring health and well-being if given the opportunity and the ideal conditions to do so.

Energy Therapy helps the body in it's self-healing process by gently supporting the release of blockages that have accumulated in our bodies and our energy field. It promotes deep relaxation, feelings of peace and serenity and supports you in releasing suppressed feelings at the core cellular memory level. By releasing these blockages the natural Life Force Energy is able to flow freely thus assisting our bodies innate intelligence to heal and restore balance and harmony.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, a cardiovascular surgeon at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and health expert on the Oprah Winfrey show considers energy healing to be the new frontier of alternative medicine and the future of “mind body medicine.” Dr. Oz has invited an energy healer into the operating room during transplant surgery. The team noticed that there seemed to be less incidence of rejection in these patients.

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Reiki, Integrated Energy Therapy and Quantum Touch explained...

June 2008

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing. The practice of Reiki is centered on the unseen “life force energy” that flows through all of us. It is the free and balanced flow of this life force energy or “chi” that nourishes the organs, tissues and cells of the body as it flows through them supporting their vital functions. A disruption in the flow of chi causes energy blockages in various parts of the body. When your life force energy is low you are more vulnerable to illness and stress. Reiki is a wonderful and gentle healing energy technique that helps in the release of these blockages. Reiki treats the whole person including the body, mind, emotions and the spirit. It cannot do any harm and many beneficial effects are experienced including deep relaxation, feelings of peace, serenity and overall well-being.

Integrated Energy Therapy, (IET) safely and gently identifies and releases deeply suppressed feelings and core cellular memories. It facilitates your self-healing process at all levels, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual to clear blockages which cause imbalance and disease. IET assists in releasing suppressed emotions, memories, trauma, feelings, thoughts and beliefs that limit your health and well-being. The objective of IET is to provide a simple and gentle way to open the flow of vital life force within the human body and energy field to support you in letting go of limiting energy patterns of your past, empowering and balancing your life in the present and to help you evolve in your future.

Quantum Touch is a dynamic and highly effective hands on healing energy technique. Employing only a very light touch you can profoundly accelerate the body's own healing response. QT practitioners use various techniques such as breath, body awareness meditation, visualizations, etc... to raise the vibration of the energy in their hands to a very high frequency to assist the body in the release of blockages, reduction of pain and inflammation and to facilitate the healing process. QT supports your self-healing at all levels, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. It enables the body's innate intelligence to re-balance and restore.

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Energy Therapy FAQ

June 2008

Q) When is energy therapy beneficial?

Energy therapy has aided virtually every known illness and injury including serious problems like: multiple sclerosis, heart disease, and cancer as well as pain, inflammation, injury, stress, pre and post surgery, emotional issues (complementary to psychotherapy), when undergoing medical treatment (to relieve side effects and promote recovery), broken bones, headache, fatigue, insomnia, etc. There is no limit. It is always beneficial and works to improve the effectiveness of all other types of therapy.

Q) What is the normal age of clients and who can benefit from energy therapy?

There is no age restriction and everyone can benefit. Energy therapy is a gentle modality that promotes healing and is beneficial from infants to the elderly and even for our pets. It is wonderful during pregnancy, for both mom and baby and it is also beneficial for patients in palliative care to comfort, reduce pain and to help ease the transition.

Q) What does a treatment feel like?

What one experiences during a healing energy therapy session varies somewhat from person to person and can vary from one time to another. However, feelings of deep relaxation and peace are usually felt by all. In addition, many feel a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and surrounds them. As the energy encourages you to let go of all tension, anxiety, fear or other negative feelings a state of peace and well-being is experienced. Some feel heat or cold or a tingling sensation and some drift off to sleep. At the end of the treatment, one feels refreshed and relaxed with a more positive and balanced outlook.

Q) How many treatments will I need?

The number of sessions required varies, as it depends upon the nature of the problems each person is experiencing, how committed they are to their own self-healing and how receptive they are to allowing the issues to be cleared. Some people require one or two sessions while others need several. You will be the best judge of your own requirements.

Q) Can Energy Therapy do any harm?

You can never be harmed as the result of receiving a healing energy therapy session. It is always beneficial and works to improve the effectiveness of all other types of therapy. The healing energy is spiritually guided by Divine Love and Wisdom only for the highest and greatest good.

Q) What happens during a session?

We begin by discussing which areas of healing you would like to focus on and which modality would be most beneficial. In a peaceful and nurturing environment you lie fully clothed on a massage table as soft, soothing music plays in the background. Healing energy is then directed by a gentle laying on of hands to specific areas of the body to enable the release and clearing of blockages that disrupt the free flow of energy. Typically you will feel relaxed and refreshed at the end of a healing energy session

Q) Does one have to stop seeing a regular doctor or psychologist in order to receive Energy therapy treatments?

No. All energy therapies work in conjunction with regular medical or psychological treatment. If one has a medical or psychological condition, it is recommended that they see a licensed health care professional in addition to receiving energy therapy treatments. Energy therapy works in harmony with all other forms of healing, including drugs, surgery, psychological care or any other method of alternative care or medical treatment and will improve the results.

Q) Are there any side effects from a treatment?

Most of the time a person will feel relaxed and uplifted by a treatment. However, sometimes a person may have what is called a physical or emotional “healing episode”. As a persons vibration goes up and the life force energy flows more freely, toxins and negative emotions are released and this sometimes causes temporary, minor discomfort, such as headache, tummy upset, feeling more tired... The body is cleansing as part the healing process and this is actually a good sign, though it may be a little uncomfortable. If this happens it is best to allow your body to restore balance and to drink more water, eat lighter meals and get more rest. These symptoms will soon pass.

Q) Are Reiki or other energy therapies a religion?

While Reiki and all energy therapies are spiritual in nature, they are not a religion. Reiki and other energy therapies are simple healing techniques and are compatible with all beliefs. It does not require one give up their religion or change their religious beliefs in any way to practice or to receive a session. In fact many people find that it puts them more in touch and can enhance the experience of their religion.

Q) What are the benefits of energy healing sessions:

* promotes deep relaxation, feelings of peace, serenity and overall well-being
* strengthens the immune system
* improves clarity and vitality
* supports self-healing and balances all levels: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual
* balances chakras and cleanses the aura
* releases blocked energies and suppressed emotions
* promotes the free flow of life force energy throughout your body
* relieves pain and inflammation
* helps to maintain optimal health and to deal with and release day to day stress
* Works to improve the effectiveness of all other types of therapy and medical treatment

Q) Why do I do this?

Many years ago I underwent surgery on my lower back. This remained a weak area for me creating occasional temporary relapses. In 1999 I had a serious relapse that wasn't like the others and I didn't recover like the other times either. I seriously feared that I may end up in a wheelchair. Well I didn't, however my quality of life was severely altered and normal simple everyday tasks were rendered very difficult or impossible. I could no longer work and I could no longer enjoy simple things like taking a walk, gardening, etc... After almost 4 years of suffering and limited physical ability I was introduced to a gentleman who happened to be a Reiki Master. This is when I discovered energy therapy and the beginning of my journey to recovery, wellness and spiritual growth began. Being of a skeptical nature I did not initially believe that this was the answer, but one cannot deny results. I was beginning to feel better and better and able to do more and more. This was amazing! I had virtually tried everything else with minimal results at best. Then I learned about the emotional connection to physical conditions, which at first, is difficult to conceptualize and accept. But for true and lasting healing to take place I knew that I must be open to these truths and willing to release all blockages that were standing in my way. I truly believe that energy therapy played a major role in my recovery and wellness, enabling me to enjoy a better quality of life. So, I am very, very grateful that Reiki came into my life. And this is why I am so excited and passionate about promoting awareness for this wonderful and gentle, yet powerful healing modality. It has been a rewarding process that unfolds daily as I continue to move forward, heal, learn and grow and it has enabled me to meet so many wonderful people along the way. I feel honoured and very grateful to be able to help others on their self-healing journey.

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