Body Energies

Body Energies Services

Heather offers a full suite of therapies – including Body Talk, Acupuncture, Reiki, and ETPS – that she pulls from to create a custom plan for each client. Her rates:

Initial Consultation (1.5-2 hours): $225

Follow-up session (45 mins – 1 hour): $95

*Payment is accepted in cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, or American Express.

 

Therapies

 

Body Talk

The BodyTalk System seeks to address the “whole person”. This means that no aspect of the human psyche can be overlooked, be it emotional, physical or environmental. In BodyTalk, we have developed a whole-healthcare system that supports and promotes the wellbeing of any person, animal, or plant.

As WholeHealthcare™, BodyTalk understands the profound influence the psychology of the body has on our health. Instead of focusing on the symptom, BodyTalk finds the underlying causes of illness by addressing the whole-person and their whole-story.

The BodyTalk techniques provide insights to the areas of your body that need attention. What might seem like an obvious problem to you is not necessarily the one your body wants to address first.

This is the beauty of BodyTalk. It respects the body’s own needs and determines your body’s priorities for healing. Then with the use of a variety of non-invasive techniques, BodyTalkers refocus your body’s natural healing response to establish better communication within the body.

To learn more about the BodyTalk System, visit www.bodytalksystem.com

 

Acupuncture

The scope of Chinese medicine encompasses several practices such as acupuncture, herbology (supplements), diet and lifestyle.  Its development is deeply rooted in over two thousand years of observation and philosophy.    It is quite different from the western scope of medicine.  Western medicine is very concerned with cause and effect, what caused what to happen within the body in a linear direction.  Second, Western medicine breaks the body down into parts.  They look at individual parts versus looking at the entire system and the impacts that are happening systemically.  As Ted Kaptchcuk, O.M. D, and author of The Web That Has No Weaver, puts it, the question is not “what X is causing y?,  but rather what is the relationship between X and Y?”  This relationship is the foundation for Chinese medicine.  “The Chinese method is based on the idea that no single part can be understood except in its relation to the whole.  A symptom therefore, is not traced back to a cause, but is looked as a part of totality….that a part can be understood only in its relation to the whole” Ted Kaptchuck

Two of the root premises of Chinese Medicine are the principles of yin yang  theory and “qi”.   Yin Yang theory is a relatively simple but deeply profound concept.  Yin and Yang are opposites but they are also a part of each other and within each other.  In essence, one cannot exist without the other.  There are no absolutes.  Everything can be broken down into yin and yang.  Originally, the term “yin” meant the shady side of a slope, while yang was the sunny side of the same slope.  Both are opposite but both also transition and flow into each other, both are connected.  You cannot have one without the other.  Yin and Yang represent balance and harmony.  They are aspects of everything that makes up our bodies, our environment and our universe.  We have yin and yang aspects within us.  Yin for example is the blood, fluids and substance of the body.  The yang is more of the energy of the body.  Yin is quiet, Yang is loud.   Yin is the moon and Yang is the sun and so on and so forth.

The definition of Qi lies in its descriptions and its functions.  It is not just simply “vital energy”.  Rather than an absolute, Qi is a state of being.  Qi is involved and is present in the beginning, the transformation, the transition and the end result, “it is the cause, process and outcome of all activity” (Ted Kaptchuk).  Within the Chinese Medicine scope on a physical level, Qi in the body not only has to do with movement i.e.: walking, running, jumping, etc., but also with the flow of blood and fluids, physical strength, and transformation.  Physical structures within the body such as veins, arteries, and connective tissue are maintained because of Qi.  Qi prevents the blood from leaking out of the vessels.  It also warms and protects the body.  On a more emotional level, Qi has to do with motivation, awareness, focus, clarity of mind, balance and managing stress.

Both Qi and blood flow through a network of pathways within the body called meridians.  However, meridians are not blood vessels.   Rather they are a network of channels within the body that connect together and flow within all organs, endocrines, and body parts.  There are specific areas that lie along these pathways that when triggered by stimuli such as an acupuncture needle, produce various balancing and harmonizing reactions and responses within the body.

Acupuncture is the practice of inserting very thin sterile needles into the skin in these specific locations.  There are 359 traditional points, but in total there are approximately 2000 acupuncture points.   Each point has several different functions.  The needle acts as the triggering mechanism.  It is like turning on a light switch.  For example, blood flow and circulation are improved, pain relieving hormones are released, and toxins and inflammation are reduced and more.

Acupuncture needles themselves are very thin, no thicker than one of the hairs on the head and nothing is injected into the body.  The client may experience a slight prick sensation upon insertion, which goes away very quickly.  If a point is painful it will feel like a sharp sting that doesn’t stop.  This means that a hair follicle was hit.  The pain goes away by removing the needle and giving the area some time to “calm down”.  The second insertion is very rarely painful.   Minor side effects may include minor bruising in the insertion area. The needles are typically left in anywhere from 10 to 25 minutes.  Acupuncture needles are disposable and one time use only.  Resterilized needles are not used in MD, VA and DC.  During a session, a person may experience feelings of deep relaxation, tingling, pressure or a heaviness sensation, fatigue, soreness, dull aches, and minor light headedness.  .

Acupuncture gets results within a large scope of disorders ranging from depression, anxiety and panic attacks, to menstrual issues and infertility, to physical pain – acute and chronic, sports and physical injuries, to diseases ranging from a common cold to immune system disorders to sleeping disorders, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes.

Reiki

REIKI is a natural and highly effective method of maintaining health and harmony in life, used by millions of lay people and health care practitioners throughout the world. It works by means of a harmonizing, nurturing energy that radiates from the hands.  A person who has REIKI is able to use this limitless energy on oneself and others with immense benefits to health, well-being and personal growth.

 

ETPS

Electro Therapeutic Point Stimulation (ETPS) uses a non-invasive tool to apply concentrated low-frequency stimulation to acupuncture points, motor/trigger points and contracted motor bands. This small unit has an enhanced point finder that makes it easy to use to treat chronic and acute soft tissue pain. This combination of modern electrotherapy technology and ancient philosophies can provide synergistic therapeutic results to those who suffer.

The therapy is based on four therapeutic concepts: Increasing circulation, stimulating “gateways” in the nervous system to the body, relaxing contracted muscles to relieve pressured nerves, and releasing endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers. Applying ETPS stimulation to a unique combination of acupoints will provide immediate pain relieve, decrease muscle tonicity and accelerate tissue repair for any form of muscular skeletal disorder, regardless of cause.

Although motor, trigger and acupuncture points have been used in therapy for many years, when they are combined in special patterns they greatly increase the therapeutic outcome of the treatment. Many acupoints often have a beneficial therapeutic effect for disorders far removed from their actual anatomical location. Some acupoints even have a special influence on special forms of body tissue (influential points), while other acupoints located on the extremities have a beneficial effect on proximal disorders (distal points).

ETPS therapy has proven successful in the treatment of back and neck pain, whiplash, TMJ, fibromyalgia, neuropathies, migraines, headaches, sports injuries, carpal tunnel, failed backs, post operative radiculopathy, plantar fasciitis, frozen shoulder and shoulder pain, tennis elbow and many other neuromyofascial pain syndromes.