As I'm sure you have all figured out by now, I'm always up for trying something new. So when a friend of mine highly recommended a reiki/craniosacral healer, I decided to pay her a visit just to satisfy my curiosity. For all of you out there who aren't familiar with the lingo, reiki is a type of healing where the practitioner touches you lightly (or not at all), using the energy from her hands to create changes in the energy of the patient. In craniosacral therapy, the practitioner holds and manipulates your head and back to create changes in the spinal fluid, which can ease a variety of ailments. So, on Monday I drove out to Stow, excited about the energetic adventures to come. I pulled into the driveway of a house that was perched over a sparkling lake and was greeted by a warm, soft-spoken woman who led me into her home. I couldn't stop staring at her living room: the entire wall was made out of glass, and the lake was so close that it appeared to rise up to the very walls of the house. It was, hands down, the best view I have ever seen. But on to the healing...
She led me into a small, dark room and we sat and chatted for a bit before I went to the table. She explained that her work is a variety of modalities: reiki, craniosacral, psychology, intuitive healing-she mixes things up according to what is going on with the patient. I don't really have much going on, health-wise; my Achille's tendon has been acting up, though, so I mentioned that. I also have had the sensation of a large lump in my throat over the past few months, which is annoying. I did not bring that up, however; as it wasn't acting up that day, I had kind of forgotten about it.
After the interview, she had me rest on a massage table and she laid her hands on my head. Having my head/face touched always relaxes me immediately. I'm also always tired, since my life is so hectic, so I started to semi-nap very soon into the session.
A few minutes in, she said she felt energy in my neck that wasn't my own. I'm not sure what this means, but I know that a few years ago I went to an acupuncturist who told me the same thing. What the hell? Whose energy is trying to ooze its way into me? I should have asked more questions, but I was just sooo sleeeepy...
After exorcising the demon in my neck, she started lightly touching my feet, which felt great and made me even more tired. At that point, though, came the return of the neck lump. I started to feel as if I was choking, and it annoyed me to the point where I couldn't nap anymore. It wasn't debilitating, but quite aggravating and distracting. I finally told her about it, and she began a visualization exercise with me. At first this exercise seemed kooky to the point of being laughable, but at the end it all came together and was startlingly effective at bringing things to light.
During the exercise, she had me visualize the lump in my throat, and talk to it...and then have it talk back to me. I didn't want to be rude, but I was holding back snickers the entire time. I'm way too sarcastic for this type of thing. However, as the exercise went on, several issues were brought up without my control. It was as if she had found a path through all the bullshit straight into my subconscious mind. Weird...and a little scary!
When the session was finally over, I felt like I had been sleeping for hours, maybe even days. I was so out of it that I assumed it was two hours later than it actually was. And my Achille's didn't hurt at all!