Learn more about the therapies Janene uses.
Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, Counselling, Crystal Chakra Balancing, Essential Oils, Flower Essences, Infant Massage, Reiki, Remedial Massage, Theta Healing, Polarity Balancing
Acupuncture is a system of healing that focuses on improving the overall well being of the patient. Health problems are treated by the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points. Originating in China, these points have been mapped out over two thousand years and have more recently been confirmed through electromagnetic research.
Traditional acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi (energy), also referred to as Chi and Xue (blood) through distinct pathways or meridians that cover the body. Acupuncture, that is inserting special needles into acupoints, stimulates and enhances the free flow of Qi, therefore regulating the harmonious energetic balance of the body. This consequently relieves pain and restores health.
Aromatherapy has been around for some 6000 years and involves the use of pure essential oils (fragrant plant extracts), usually through massage, inhalation, baths or compresses. In an aromatherapy massage, individual blends are prepared by the practitioner, in a base of cold pressed oil and then applied to the patient’s skin through a remedial or relaxing massage. It is important that they are not used directly on the skin, as burning or rashes could occur.
As a holistic treatment, aromatherapy can have a profound effect on physical and psychological wellbeing. There exists the belief that scent, as the most enduring of our senses, has the power to transform our emotions, and heal our bodies.
Counsellors and Psychotherapists use a professional but interpersonal relationship with their clients, to enable them to develop an understanding about themselves and to make changes in their lives.
There are many different styles of Counselling, including Psychodynamic, CBT, Gestalt, Person-Centred, Family Therapy and Marriage Counselling to name just a few. Many Counsellors and Psychotherapists are eclectic in their styles and an initial consultation will enable a client to assess whether the particular style used by the Therapist, is suitable for them. Some Therapists work entirely in the present, whilst others are more interested in a client’s past history and family relationships. Therapy is usually offered face to face.
Crystal Therapy uses semiprecious and precious stones to balance the Chakra energy points to enhance mental, spiritual and physical healing. It is based on the belief that certain crystals and gems possess a powerful energy that can positively affect imbalances in human energy fields and thus promote health and well-being.
Listed are some of the Chakras (energy points) and relevant stones that may be used for healing :
- Root Chakra – jasper, garnet, onyx, rubies
- Second Chakra (womb) – hematite, moonstone
- Third Chakra (solar plexus) – citrine, amber, topaz
- Fourth Chakra (heart) – rose quartz, Chinese fluorite
- Fifth Chakra (throat) – aquamarine, turquoise
- Sixth Chakra (third eye) – sapphire, turquoise, amethyst
- Seventh Chakra (crown) – clear quartz or amethyst.
During a Crystal Therapy session the patient may lie clothed on a comfortable bed or on a table. Stones of specific colour, pattern, or type can be placed around the body or on specific energy points. Stones may stay on sites of pain for 20 to 40 minutes. When a crystal or stone is held or topically applied, a person is accepting the vibrations that the gem has to offer, either intentionally or unconsciously. The interaction between the vibrations of the crystals and the vibrations of the person’s body will trigger a series of responses including creating a spontaneous energy or vibrational flow.
Crystal Therapy is a channel for pure positive energy and the client is responsible for accepting the healing. It can be deeply relaxing and can initiate the release of physical and emotional blockages.
The Essential Oils used in aromatherapy are extracted from plants and herbs to treat conditions ranging from infections and skin disorders to immune deficiencies and stress. When aromas are detected in the nasal cavity, impressions associated with previous experiences and emotions are created. Combining this with the fact that the parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels and hormone balance are also related to the nasal cavity, it is evident that the use of essential oils contributes to and achieves many physiological or psychological effects.
Some common oils and their uses include :
- Eucalyptus: for congestion/colds , asthma
- Frankincense: for calming emotions and nightmares
- Geranium:for menopausal problems & PMS , very balancing when life is a roller coaster ride
- Lemongrass; for sore or injured muscles
- Lavender: for relaxation , burns, insomnia,
- Peppermint: for quick energy , aids digestion, sinusitis
- Rose: a uterine tonic and aids in contractions during childbirth
- Sandalwood: for relaxation, digestive troubles (esp. due to tension), dry skin, laryngitis, bronchitis
- Tea Tree: a strong disinfectant, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal, anti-virus
Flower remedies are not new, there has been an ancient tradition of flower essences being used throughout the world by the Australian Aboriginals, the Egyptians, in India, Asia, South America and Europe. Hildegard von Bingen (12th century) and Paracelsus (15th century) both wrote about the use of flowering plants to treat health imbalances.
This healing method was popularized by Dr Edward Bach, a renowned British practitioner of Bacteriology and Homoeopathy in the 1930s using English flowering plants.
Dr Bach believed that disease originated with the mood and temperament of the patient and identified the following seven categories of negative states of mind, and developed a range of 38 flower essences.
- Uncertainty and indecision
- Insufficient interest in present circumstances
- Over sensitiveness to ideas and Influence
- Despondency and despair
- Over care for welfare of others
Since Bach, the work spread, fulfilling the need for remedies that would help people deal with the issues of the 21st century, resulting in hundreds of different remedies including essences produced from crystals and shells each unique in its healing power.
Ian White, fifth generation Herbalist developed the world renowned Australian Bush Flower Essences which explores the application of essences in areas such as communication, self-esteem, sexuality, learning, creativity, abundance and spirituality to name just a few. There are over 70 essences including his new white light range.
Negative emotions and thoughts, and even diseases are treated by choosing a remedy to match the temperament of the patient and their current state of mind. They are not used directly for physical complaints but for the sufferer’s worry and anxiety, as these states of mind are seen as primary causes of illness. The essences work on a vibrational level, allowing the life force to flow more freely as harmony is restored to the body.
Up to five remedies may be chosen by the practitioner, with the aid of the patient and these are combined to make an individual preparation. Practitioners using these remedies, such as Homoeopaths, Naturopaths, Herbalists and Kinesiologists will often prescribe them as part of a complete treatment regime.
They are completely safe, with no side effects and can easily be self prescribed, with the aid of books that are readily available.
Although Infant, or “Baby Massage” is an ancient tradition in some cultures, it was not practiced in the West until the 1970s. Most Infant Massage Therapists are actually Instructors, who run classes that teach the parent or caregiver how to massage their own child. Instruction is important to learn about what massage oils can be used on a baby; some commercial preparations are actually too strong and may overload the liver or cause rashes.
Infant massage is useful to :
- Improve the baby’s immune system
- Help the infant learn to relax
- Promote sounder and longer sleep
- Promote bonding (verbal and non-verbal communication is developed)
- Regulate digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems
- Relieve pain and discomfort from gas and colic, congestion and teething
- Help the production of endorphins, which relieves stress.
The benefits for parents are also apparent, as a special focused time allocated for massage can deepen bonding. This can be especially useful for mothers with postpartum depression and teenage mothers who are having difficulty developing parenting skills. Fathers who are separated from the baby as they work during the day, find that it alleviates their feelings of being left out. Studies have proven that babies who have close bonds with their parents (babies that have been held and massaged) grow into adults that are likely to be cooperative and well balanced individuals.
Reiki, meaning “universal life force energy”, aims to improve health and enhance the quality of life. It treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit and creates many beneficial effects including relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use.
Reiki will improve the results of all medical treatment, acting to reduce negative side effects, shorten healing time, reduce or eliminate pain, reduce stress, and help create optimism.
During a Reiki treatment, the patient usually lies fully clothed on a padded table in a warm, comfortable room. A thorough session lasts between 60 to 90 minutes. For stress reduction one to two sessions are satisfactory, however for chronic conditions long-term treatment may be recommended. Due to its gentle nature, many people fall asleep during this soothing experience of healing.
Key benefits of Remedial Massage include: the stimulation to the blood supply allowing toxins in the muscles to be removed; the calming of the peripheral nervous system to ease pain and discomfort; and the toning and relaxing of muscles to improve joint mobility. An improvement to the health of the cells, the repairing of tissues, and the easing of stiffness and tension can also be experienced through therapeutic relaxation.
Muscular and skeletal dysfunctions often addressed with Remedial Massage include Fibrositis, Spondylitis, Arthritis, frozen shoulder, muscular cramps, Whiplash, muscular atrophy, sports and dancing injuries.
Sessions usually take 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the whether the practitioner will just address a specific area or give a whole body massage. As oil is used, it is necessary for the patient to be unclothed for the treatment.
Theta healing looks for the causes of blockages to a person’s natural functioning, such as their belief systems, genetic defects, repressed emotions, fears, and traumas. These blockages limit the flow of infinite spiritual energy. People often think that the path in front of them is too difficult and, when they start to achieve what they want, obstacles will arise that often seem insurmountable. Theta healing allows a person to identify those obstacles or blocks, and connect to the highest source in order to release the subconscious core beliefs and blocks on all four levels – core, genetic, past life, and soul.
By working with a theta practitioner, it is possible to clarify, energise, and focus on your goals and desires, and change programs that you feel are holding you back from achieving all that you are able to. Clearing beliefs and fears about lacking things or being unworthy of things leads to abundance manifesting itself in your life. However, you need to be ready and willing to let go of the things in your life that are no longer useful to you. You need to look forward to the future that you are creating, free from any past conditioning, and live as your highest true self, being fully present in each moment.
The theta healing technique is a powerful one and it rapidly takes both the practitioner and the client to the theta level of brainwave activity – a level where a very deep state of relaxation occurs. Theta healing takes its name from the theta brainwave, which vibrates at four to seven cycles per second. This is the same state that you are in at night when you are first dreaming, and also when you are in deep hypnosis or having a profound sense of oneness with nature. In this state, you have easy access to the contents of your subconscious and you are also more connected to the life energy of the universe.
Dr Randolph Stone developed Polarity Therapy, which heals by activating the Chi energy and balancing the natural life force energy fields around the body. Universal energy flows through all of nature, and as we are a part of nature, the energy also flows through and sustains us by the law of opposites.
The human body is bipolar (moving from pole to pole) in its function and action. When the energy is in balance and flowing freely, health is maintained. Disease or pain results from a blockage, restriction or imbalance in this flow. A polarity therapist will assist their client in re-establishing a healthy energy flow and in balancing energies.
Polarity Therapy utilizes 4 main therapeutic techniques: bodywork, diet, yoga exercises and self awareness. It incorporates gentle rocking of the body with occasional rotation and stretching of the legs and the body is recharged by placement of the therapist’s hands on the negative and positive points of the body. It is a very relaxing and non invasive therapy.
Polarity Therapy can be used alone, with the client remaining clothed or in conjunction with other therapies, for example massage, in which case the client needs to be unclothed. A treatment will take between 30 to 90 minutes. It can be used to help a number of conditions including back pain, tension, sciatica, digestive disorders and the release of emotional holding patterns.