What is Intuitive Therapy?
When working with adults I combine traditional therapeutic modalities and Reiki, a Japanese relaxation technique that utilizes mindfulness, to create an integrative healing experience. Each session will begin with a discussion of what has brought you into services. Utilizing various therapeutic modalities, I will assist you in identifying what your intentions are for the reiki portion of the session.
Reiki is then administered through my hands with you lying fully clothed on the massage table. During reiki you will enter a meditative state. Once there, I will guide you deeper into the unconscious layers of stored emotions, body sensations, and memories revealing symbols and metaphors related to the intention you set at the start of session. This will connect you to your own intuition and bring to you awareness of what needs to be released in order to connect with your innate joy. I then utilize somatic re-experiencing techniques and internal family systems theory to assist you in processing and integrating these aspects of yourself. This may assist you in releasing emotional blockages you had previously been experiencing.
After the Reiki portion of the session, I will facilitate a conversation regarding what was present for you. We will then explore the images, metaphors, and guided meditations experienced during reiki. Utilizing Depth psychology, Eastern philosophy, and your spiritual belief systems, I will guide you in understanding the relevance of the experience to your life.
Why this approach?
Various scientific research has revealed that the vagus nerve plays an important role in mediating the mutual interactions between the brain and the body. Research has also shown that the vagus nerve assists in regulating “the health of the body, including inflammatory responses, glucose regulation, and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal function.” (Reiki Is Better Than Placebo and Has Broad Potential as a Complementary Health Therapy, David E. McManus, PhD; J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2017 Oct; 22(4): 1051–1057.) Science has further revealed that the autonomic nervous system is responsible for emotional expression and social behavior. This is important to understand because a “compromised autonomic nervous system, as characterized by reduced heart rate variability, is associated with cognitive and affective dysregulation, and psychological inflexibility, which are major psychological risk factors” for chronic pain, chronic anxiety, and depression. (Reiki Is Better Than Placebo and Has Broad Potential as a Complementary Health Therapy)
You might be wondering what this information has to do with Reiki and Intuitive Therapy? Well, if a compromised autonomic nervous system and vagus nerve leads to physical and emotional distress, than regulating these systems, would lead to better regulation of emotional responses, development of healthy coping strategies, increased positive emotions and social connectedness. Scientific studies have shown that “artificial stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system via the vagus nerve has been shown to reduce the perception of pain, reduce depression, and improve mood and quality of life.” (Reiki Is Better Than Placebo and Has Broad Potential as a Complementary Health Therapy)
These same scientific studies were done with individuals with chronic health issues. In these studies Reiki was found “to be more effective than placebo for reducing pain and anxiety, depression, and for improving self-esteem and quality of life. It seems likely that these effects are the result of Reiki’s ability to activate the parasympathetic nervous system and increase heart rate variability…” (Reiki Is Better Than Placebo and Has Broad Potential as a Complementary Health Therapy, David E. McManus, PhD; J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2017 Oct; 22(4): 1051–1057.) As Intuitive therapy combines reiki, which has been shown to regulate these systems, and traditional therapeutic techniques, intuitive therapy may be an effective way to heal the body, mind, and spirit.