Many of my clients first come to me because of physical pain. In my healing practice I have always had fairly good results relieving pain of all kinds of conditions in the physical body. Back and neck pain are the most common issues.
For many clients I am their last resort. They have usually tried every other practitioner and therapy first. Energetic healing may not be a part of their world view, but they are so desperate they will try anything, so they call me.
I have had many sessions with clients where the back pain disappears with only one healing. These one-shot breakthrough sessions are not the norm, yet it does happen. Of course I can’t help but love it when this happens, but I try not to get to attached to any outcome.
There are also sessions in which the pain may subside during the healing, but the pain comes back at the same intensity after the session is over. These sessions are the most rare, but they do occur. Again, I do my best to not become attached to the outcome of the healing.
Before starting a healing, I ask my client to rate their pain on a scale of 1 to 10 to estimate the intensity of the discomfort, with 10 being the most painful and 1 being no pain at all. Usually my client’s pain releases right at the beginning of the session, or at least moves from let’s say an 8 to a 2 or 3.
Sometimes this plateau of relief may last only 10 or 20 minutes into the session, and then the pain comes back, though most of the time the client reports that the pain is significantly less intense. If the back pain does comes back, I address it again by working locally at the painful body area.
Pain takes up a lot of physical energy. In between the pain spikes (if there are any), I focus on rebalancing the whole body so the client can “hold” the new “non-pain” state and stay pain-free and balanced longer. In these sessions I feel like I am retraining the client’s body to feel relaxed and safe. The body is so used to bracing for pain after an injury that our muscles can forget how to relax.
In general, people who have been in pain for a long time usually need several sessions to fully relax. My intention during these sessions is to simply to help the client relax and help their body to feel safe enough to release the pain.
I’ve discovered in my 14 years of working with clients that even experiencing just 5 pain-free minutes to someone who has been in extraordinary agony can shift the injury around toward recovery.
Many people also have anxiety and emotional distress when they have an injury. Dealing with insurance companies and our healthcare system can be very stressful, too. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by conscious and subconscious fears that anything this intense may never be healed or will become a permanent injury. Experiencing even short-term relief during a healing floods the brain with hope that yes, the pain can be healed. That relief helps calm down the mental chatter. I find that calming the mind is just as important as calming the body.
Healing works on all levels: mentally, physically and emotionally. With Healing Touch I have helped many clients make a positive difference in the quality of their lives. If you are curious about getting a session, please feel free to call me. 510-601-9632.
Jeri Lawson is a Healing Touch Practitioner and Clarity Breathworker in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California.