What is Energetic Bodywork?
The fundamental basis for this work is the idea that unprocessed emotions, traumas, and memories are stored in our bodies until they can be processed and released. In the Energetic Body, these unprocessed memories create blockages to the flow of energy through various meridians. These blockages then manifest physically or in one’s mental or emotional state. In the physical body, blockages may manifest as tension, pain or dysfunction. For instance, blockages in the abdomen may create digestive problems or menstrual issues. Blockages in the spine may lead to poor posture, chronic back pain or recurrent headaches. These energetic blockages can also manifest on the emotional level as depression, anxiety, dissociation, rage, and other imbalances. Mentally, these blockages are connected to unhealthy and limiting thought patterns such as self-abusive thoughts. Blockages often leave people feeling deeply disconnected from their own spirit and the spirit in everything around them. This disconnectedness is at the root of deep unhappiness for many people and is so very common in our modern way of life.
These memories and traumas stored within the nervous system actually cause us to carry ourselves in a particular way - physically, mentally, emotionally, and energetically. On every level that these blockages manifest, they create a limiting and self-fulfilling pattern. For example, a person injures their foot and develops a limp to protect the damaged area and avoid feeling the pain of using it. After a time, the foot heals, but by that time the person is so used to limping and is afraid of hurting it again that they continue to limp. This creates an imbalance in the entire body leading to other physical health issues as the body attempts to compensate. In addition, it limits the person’s ability to do the full range of activities that would be possible if they learned to use the foot normally again. This same process happens on the emotional level too.
Another example might be a person that grows up in a household in which he gets yelled at every time he tries to express a need or want. Over time, he learns to expect to be yelled at whenever he voices his desires, so he stops expressing himself to avoid the abuse. Fast forward to future life in which he continues the pattern of not expressing his needs and desires. What does this lead to? Often it leads to unfulfilling work, relationships, and other situations in his life and perhaps even repeated abusive relationships. This creates an imbalance within as well that may express as depression about his life and confusion about how these situations keep repeating themselves. Perhaps he even develops some physical health issues or addictions from this deep unhappiness.
How does it work?
The style of energetic bodywork that I utilize is one I learned from years of study and self-work with my mentor, Justin Levy. It combines sacred rhythm and sound, pressure and massage at areas of blockage, stimulation of major energy centers such as the abdomen and spine, and working with the breath. Over time, movement and use of the bhandas (otherwise known as energy locks in the yogic tradition) may be incorporated. Each of these tools work synergistically to bring aspects of the “shadow” to the surface so that they may be healed, transformed, and released. This process is a challenging one, but limitlessly rewarding, and something that has transformed my life in profoundly beautiful ways. This is why I feel passionate about sharing it with others. If this work calls to you, I look forward to meeting you and walking this journey together!
What are the benefits?
The goal of the energetic bodywork that I practice is to help people remove the energetic blockages that leave them feeling unbalanced, sick, limited, and disconnected. Beyond that, I aim to teach my patients how to do this work on themselves, so that they can sustain balance and flow without my help. The integration of this work into a person’s everyday life is important because we are all continually facing emotionally challenging circumstances in life. It’s much better to process these experiences on an ongoing basis than to allow them to build up and create imbalance.