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Becoming the Infinite Being Of YOU

  • Karen Pathway Wellbeing

In my last Blog (Introduction to Services at Pathway Energetic Wellbeing, https://www.pathwaywellbeing.com/blog), I told you briefly about the services provided in clinic at Pathway Energetic Wellbeing and promised I would provide more specific information about each of the services in later Blogs; this will be the first of that series, starting with Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key).


My Personal Experience of Reiki:

Reiki has a very special place in my heart and soul. It came into my life many, many moons ago at a time of real emotional upheaval. I didn’t really know then what to expect, but I remember feeling like I was having a part of me re-awakened and a feeling of truly finding my authentic self under all the layers and walls I'd been building for years; I was able to start opening myself up to life – to me - again. I had a few personal Reiki sessions, then I undertook Reiki 1 training and attunement, and 4 months later undertook Reiki II training and attunement. It then took me 18 years to feel ready to do my Reiki Master and Teacher training and attunement and I haven’t looked back since! Hard to believe that journey started 20 years ago!


Each Reiki session can be different, yet for me when receiving a session I am usually transported on a journey by one of my Guides. I always feel relaxed, balanced and centred after. As a Practitioner giving a Reiki session, I am simply the vessel that the universal healing energy flows through; I can see colours, other times I feel things, and I often receive [cryptic] information for the client. At each session, the Reiki Grandmasters are usually present as are my own Spirit Guides, and at times we'll be joined by the client’s Spirit Guides as well. So for me, Reiki is very spiritual and precious; note, Reiki is NOT a religion.


So, What is Reiki?

Reiki consists of 2 Japanese words: the first, REI, means universal or divine, and is all-knowing; the second part, KI, means energy; to me it is the universal life force energy. Reiki is used for the treatment of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual ailments; it promotes calmness and connectedness and can help to subtly let go of whatever is not serving you, bringing clarity and an alignment back to truth.


Reiki is a light touch / hands-over modality that aims to restore balance to the body to assist in healing, increase energy levels and promote relaxation and wellbeing. The act of laying hands on a person to comfort and relieve pain is age-old: think of when we injure ourselves, we instinctively put our hands on the injury. In most instances, human touch conveys warmth, serenity and healing, as well as love and caring. Regular Reiki treatments (whether that's Self-Reiki or treatments provided by other practitioners), can help one to remain balanced and reconnect with their authentic self and their truth; it certainly helps my body to balance its energy centres and remove any blockages so it can do what it does best and use its innate healing ability. Reiki is also about receiving, and often one receives much more than simple healing from a session.


Energy is all around us. The living body radiates warmth and energy, and this energy is the life-force itself; this has many names across many countries, such as Mana (Polynesian Hunas), Orenda (Native American), Prana (Indian), Ruach (Hewbrew), Barraka (Islam), Ch’i (China), Orgone Energy (Individiual Healers), or Ki (Japan). During a Reiki treatment, the Reiki Practitioner or Healer connects to the source of all universal Chi, which I choose to call the Universal Healing Energy (others may refer to it as Goddess, God, Higher Self, First Source, Universe, Primary Creation or Life Energy); one of my client’s summarised this as “being like a blanket, an energy blanket.” It is important to note here that Reiki is NOT a religion nor affiliated with any religion; this life force energy is the source of life itself and far older in concept and fact than any religious philosophy.


What To Expect During a Session?

Together, we will set the session’s intentions. You remain fully clothed for the duration of the treatment and can either lay down (preferable for the ultimate relaxation) or sit. I will then ask you to take 3 deep breaths with me, close your eyes, release all expectations and trust that whatever will happen is for your highest good. I usually have some quiet music playing in the background and an air purifier and when required air conditioning (heat or cool) will be on in the room, however, will be guided by you and your preferences. You can talk or remain silent throughout the session; I will be guided by you and your preferences.


For the treatment itself, I use the Reiki hand positions over / on your body, however the Reiki healing energy will go where your body desires and needs it to go. Everyone is different and every session is different, so inevitably Reiki will be felt differently. Most clients feel warmth radiating from my hands and report feelings of deep relaxation and tingling or warmth in certain areas; some clients see colours or patterns, some are visited by their Spirit Guides, and others are guided on a journey; some clients experience all of these and some experience none of these. Whatever happens is meant to happen and is always for your highest good. Reiki will do no harm.


“My first Reiki was a new experience for me and I was a little unsure of what it would be like, but Karen’s friendly and kind manner soon put me at ease and sent me off into the relaxation bliss that comes with her Reiki treatments.” – Debbie.



What Can You Expect After a Session?

I will let you know when the Reiki session has concluded by asking you to bring your consciousness back into the room, open your eyes and slowly move to a sitting or standing position when you are ready. I will ask that you take a few moments to lay / sit and ruminate while I leave the room to wash my hands. Usually a session takes between 45 minutes and 1 hour.


The worst-case scenario of a Reiki session is that you will feel like you have had one of the best massages of your life! After a session most clients feel less stressed, have an overall sense of peace, and pain can be reduced or even eliminated. A client has stated they always feel “more connected to my own energy as well as others around me including animals, plants, humans - a spiritual connection with all things. There is a sense of release, and it feels almost like an inner massage of my senses.


It is important to know that as your Practitioner, I do not direct the healing and I do not decide what to work on, rather the Reiki energy will always know what you need, adjusting itself to create the affect that is most appropriate for you at that time. Reiki will always help and will never do harm.


What Can Reiki Treat?

Reiki will restore balance to assist in healing, increase energy levels and promote relaxation and wellbeing. It is used for the treatment of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual ailments. It will always be beneficial and works to improve the effectiveness of all other therapies, whether these are traditional or non-traditional; please know that Reiki does not replace medical treatments. Reiki will never do harm. Reiki will not cure your conditions, rather it will provide the environment necessary for your body to connect with its own innate healing ability and help to clear any energetic blockages within your system.


Most client’s will experience a reduction in stress and have some improvements in their physical and psychological condition. Reiki has been linked to a range of physical and emotional health benefits, including:

· Better sleep

· Improved mood

· Pain relief

· Improved relaxation, which inevitably allows the body to heal from damage brought on by stress, injury or disease.


As summed up by one of my clients: “Not only is the treatment itself relaxing but I find that afterwards I feel more peaceful and at ease with the world. Less dissonance and more acceptance. My anxiety is reduced, and I also noticed a better flow of energy when doing Tai Chi. While the changes are subtle, I have found definite positive changes in my mood with regular treatments.”


Mid-2023, I had a severe bout of food poisoning resulting in gastro; long-story-short, a diverticula ruptured in my intestine resulting in a large abscess in the stomach; the abdominal pain was severe and the only thing that got me through the 3 weeks to diagnosis was daily self-reiki; I was admitted to hospital and told I would likely need surgery and significant time to heal. I had a pigtail drain inserted to drain the abscess, which was my constant companion for 18 days! While I received strong antibiotics to combat the excessive blood infection rate resulting from the abscess, I continued with my daily self-reiki sessions. To my medical team's amazement, my body quickly self-healed along with the help provided by the medical interventions. Additionally, the daily self-Reiki helped tremendously with reducing my anxiety and stress levels during a very stressful and painful period of time.


By way of update here: 6 weeks after the abscess I was feeling great, however it was recommended by my medical team that I have a follow-up procedure to ensure internally everything had healed as it should. Whether because of that procedure, or whether I had other undetected issues, I ended up back at emergency with further significant complications requiring emergency surgery; I woke up in ICU and a temporary stoma [thank goodness temporary]. I then had 5 months of recovery time and learning to live with a stoma, which I must admit was extremely challenging for me on all levels. Further procedures in the New Year to determine healing, and end of Jan 2024 I had a reversal of hartmann's procedure, thankfully awoke from that surgery without the stoma! I am now 3 months post-surgery, multiple scars on my abdomen but thankfully healing well and currently undertaking physio to get me back in tip top health and fitness. I can honestly say that Reiki has played a significant role in helping me cope with not only the stress of the past almost 12 months, but also the pain, and enabled my body to heal as quickly as it has. Even my medical team has been amazed at how strong my body was and remains. THIS is the power of Reiki! THIS is Reiki at its best!


Who Can Be Treated?

Anyone can safely and confidently receive a Reiki treatment. Babies especially love receiving Reiki and it is safe to have a treatment when you are pregnant, even when giving birth! Young children, toddlers, teenagers and adults, people with chronic illness or minor ailments, will all benefit from Reiki. Animals and plants especially love Reiki and seem to have a natural understanding of it. Lately, I've been having some discussions with Aged-Care Nurses around treatments for patients going through end of life situations, which I envisage having Reiki during that time would be peaceful and calming. I have many clients with different ailments of a physical, emotional, mental and / or spiritual nature that can attest to the benefit of Reiki. Any massage I provide will inevitably have Reiki healing energy come through.

I’ve been surprised that something I was initially unsure of, is now something I miss

and feel I need if I haven’t had a treatment for a while.” – Debbie.



The 5 Reiki Principles?

While Reiki is not a religion, it remains true to Eastern philosophy and steeped in tradition, which I believe to be significant and necessary to carry on through my own teachings. The Reiki principles are there to encourage us to embody the Reiki energy throughout the day, every day; they speak to the importance of one day at a time.


Through time, many versions of the Reiki Principles have developed; these are the ones handed down to me by my first Reiki Master, and honestly are the ones that resonate most closely to me:-


Just for today….

I will not worry

I will not be angry

I will honour my parents, teachers and elders

I will earn my living honestly

I will show gratitude to every living thing.


Reiki Classes?

For those interested in more than just receiving Reiki, you can go to the next level and undergo training and attunement. Without the attunement process, Reiki is not Reiki. Teaching techniques and methods of Reiki have undergone changes over the years and several branches of Reiki have evolved. Usui Traditional Reiki, also known as Usui Shiki Ryoho, is potentially and arguably the closest to what was originally brought from Japan. It teaches Reiki in 3 degrees with Reiki III as the Master / Teacher training; some teachers of Reiki now divide the third degree into 2 levels, Reiki III Practitioner and Reiki III Teaching degree. Given the way I was taught and attuned, my teachings have only 3 levels, Reiki I, Reiki II and Reiki III Master and Teacher.


Reiki is a part of every one of us and in times past it was once universal and given to each and every one of us; over time, this became lost and Reiki became available only to a select few. Then in the nineteenth century, a Japanese man, Dr Mikao Usui, sought the origins of the healing methods and re-found them in the remnants of Shiva’s early culture, in the esoteric teachings of India - and the traditional Reiki story begins.


As I stated earlier, the attunement process is what sets Reiki apart from every other form of laying on of hands or touch healing. The attunement is not a healing session, rather it creates the healer; it is the attunements themselves that are Reiki and without that process, which must be passed directly and in-person from master to student, the healing system is not Reiki but something else. Traditional teachers say that if you receive Reiki in this lifetime, it is because you have had it before in other incarnations; they say Reiki is a remembering. We have all had Reiki in past lifetimes, it is part of our genetic heritage and part of us all.


If you feel drawn to attending a Reiki class with me, please contact me either via my website (www.pathwaywellbeing.com) or call me 0433 404019 to discuss.



Reiki, oh Reiki, How I Love Thee!

As with any treatment you are thinking of obtaining, make sure you find a suitably qualified professional. Within Australia you can go to an association such as Reiki Australia (www.reikiaustralia.com.au) to find a Practitioner; they have directories available that list certified practitioners and their contact details and provide information about each of the Practitioners. Ask questions and make sure you feel comfortable with the Practitioner you are thinking of going to.


Reiki is a hands-over modality that will help you to de-stress, provides clarity, promotes calm and connectedness, and will help you to let go of whatever is not serving you. It will help you connect back to your authentic self. It will treat physical, emotional and spiritual ailments and will never do harm. After a Reiki session you will feel relaxed, and most clients feel less stressed, have an overall sense of peace, and pain is reduced or at times eliminated.


As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, I am extremely passionate about helping people to combat stress in their lives; the causes of stress are many, with each-and-every one of us having varied vulnerabilities. While the human body is designed to experience and manage stress, prolonged stress without relief or periods of relaxation can be detrimental in many ways. The longer we feel stressed, the greater the demand on our body and the more energy we need to cope; there is also growing evidence that stress may contribute to physical, emotional and psychological illness and dis-ease unless appropriate coping strategies and self-care measures are put into place.


All modalities used at Pathway Energetic Wellbeing are based on the principle of Chi (pronounced chee). Chi is the general term for the universal life force energy that flows through every living thing. The Chi energy flowing in you is what gives you vitality and fullness of life. It is my belief that when a person feels stressed, their body blocks Chi causing an imbalance that leads to illness or dis-ease. The services provided at Pathway Energetic Wellbeing aim to keep Chi flowing through the body, thereby keeping it balanced and healthy. Reiki will certainly help you to destress, restore balance to the body to assist in healing, increase energy levels and promote relaxation and wellbeing.

Contact me to today on 0433 404019 to book a Reiki session (or book yourself through my website www.pathwaywellbeing.com).


Disclaimer:


All content and media on the Pathway Energetic Wellbeing Website is created and published online for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on solely as health or personal advice.


As an holistic energetic and massage practitioner, I am NOT a Medical Doctor (MD). I am a trained and qualified specialist in the practices of Access Bars®, Reiki, Reflexology, Swedish Massage and a modified version of Thai Massage, which are used to create a healthy environment for the overall health and wellbeing of my clients. I do not diagnose or provide any prognosis of conditions a client may present with. With that said, all services rendered are safe, non-invasive holistic methods of balancing the body’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Any imbalances in the body, mind or spirit can cause or contribute to various health problems. I highly recommend that clients continue to see any medical doctors they are under the care of, and that any prescription medication should not be altered without first consulting the Doctor who recommended it. To this end, nothing said, done, typed, printed or reproduced by Pathway Energetic Wellbeing is intended to diagnose, prescribe, treat or take the place of a licensed physician.

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor, go to the nearest hospital emergency department, or call the emergency services immediately (000). If you choose to rely on any information provided by Pathway Energetic Wellbeing, you do so solely at your own risk.

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My last couple blogs introduced myself and my business, Pathway Energetic Wellbeing (Pathway Today: Introduction to Karen and Pathway Energetic Wellbeing - https://www.pathwaywellbeing.com/blog); I explained what drove me to create the business and also told how I’m passionate about helping people to reduce the stress in their lives in order to become the best version of ourselves we can possibly be (Pathway Today: Stress Affects Your Health & Wellbeing)! As this suggests, I provide services to help people, at the very least, to relax and destress given that stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, AND your behaviour. Being less tense and more attuned to your body means you are better equipped to recognise common stress symptoms BEFORE they lead to illness and disease or conditions that are exacerbated by stress, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, anxiety and depression, to name a few. I am definitely not saying I can cure disease or illness - that’s your body’s job! I help by creating the environment and circumstances in which your body can better face and deal with whatever ailments are happening at the time.



All of the modalities I use in clinic are based on the principle of Chi (pronounced chee, also known as Ki, Qi, or Prana), which is the general term for the universal life force energy that flows through every living thing. The Chi energy flowing in you is what gives you vitality and fullness of life. It is my belief that when a person feels stressed, their body blocks Chi causing an imbalance that will eventually lead to illness or dis-ease. The services I provide aim to keep Chi flowing through the body, thereby keeping it balanced and healthy. As such, all services at Pathway Energetic Wellbeing will specifically help with energy flow and awareness. What do I mean by that? It means helping you to maintain a healthy mind, body and spirit, and through listening and knowing yourself and your body you become better equipped at recognising the initial signs of illness or dis-ease so you know when to seek appropriate help and support. My services can also help you to understand your feelings and better cope effectively with stress through emotional wellbeing.


As I’ve said before, being well and healthy for me means I can do the things I want in life, whatever that may be! Whether it’s being relatively pain-free as I get older, being able to work the hours I want and need AND be a great parent, or simply having the time to really enjoy the little moments life brings my way every single day! It’s about being the best version of myself I possibly can be in ALL areas of life – the infinite being of me! All of the modalities used at Pathway Energetic Wellbeing will help you relax, de-stress, find balance, and bring you back to your authentic self.


So then what are the modalities I use? Good question! In alphabetical order the services I use are: Access Bars, Swedish Massage (including a modified form of Thai massage and stretches), Reiki and Refloxology. These are all listed on the services page of my website and details are provided there as well: www.pathwaywellbeing.com. Below is a very general description of these services and in later blogs I will go into detail for each service to provide some more information and little known facts, which hopefully will help you determine if any of these are appropriate for you.



Potentially the most demanded (depending on the week I suppose) from my clients is massage. Swedish Massage is an overall general massage that targets the uppermost layer of muscles promoting relaxation by releasing muscle tension. A Swedish massage is designed to relax the entire body via long, gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart = sounds awesome right!! Well, it is! There are many techniques used, such as effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, vibrations and frictions. While it is true that a Swedish massage is relaxing, I can provide deep tissue to target specific troublesome areas. However, I am most definitely NOT a remedial massage therapist nor am I a physiotherapist! But I am a qualified massage therapist! Unfortunately, within Australia, the massage industry is not regulated therefore anyone can technically call themselves a massage therapist and open a clinic; so please check the credentials of any massage therapist you plan to see and ensure they are qualified and can provide you the type of treatment you expect and need. The benefits of Swedish Massage can definitely go beyond relaxation; it can help with physical conditions, including relieving muscle pain and tension, stress and anxiety, improve blood circulation and sleep, and help people to cope better with illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stomach problems, lower back pain, etc. Swedish Massage is also incredibly enjoyable. It is restorative, working with the muscles and soft tissues to provide calm and balance, and have an overall effect on wellbeing.



This year, I’ve seen a big resurgence in clients’ requesting Reiki. I love all my modalities, however I especially love Reiki. It’s a light touch / hands over holistic modality that aims to restore balance to the body to assist it in healing, increase energy levels and promote relaxation and wellbeing. Reiki is universal life force energy (literally, this is what the word Reiki means), and is used for the treatment of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual ailments. It promotes a calmness and connectedness that often cannot be achieved in any other way; it can also help to subtly (sometimes forcefully) let go of whatever is not serving you, and brings clarity and an alignment back to truth and your authentic self. Again, I recommend you ensure your Reiki Practitioner has undertaken the appropriate training and has been attuned; without the attunement process the healing modality being used is not Reiki. My Reiki journey began just over 20 years ago now, and with my recent training and attunement as Reiki Master and Teacher, I can now also train and attune clients drawn to do so. With that said, I feel that Reiki has always been a part of my life and a part of my knowing.


I also am deeply moved by Reflexology. Reflexology is loosely a type of massage; it is an holistic, non invasive, natural therapy that aims to treat imbalances of the body and enhance the body’s innate ability to heal itself. Reflexology is based on the principle that every part of the body is interdependent, and that the human body needs to maintain a state of balance (homeostasis) for optimal flow, health and growth. The feet are basically a “body map in miniature” of all organs, glands and parts of the body and each of these have corresponding “reflex points”; balance is achieved by applying pressure to the reflex points; when the reflex points are pressed, a stimulation or sedation is implemented in the nerve pathways, linking the points to the corresponding organs. Reflexology is usually a pleasant experience of the most part, and can induce a deep state of relaxation that helps to alleviate physical and mental stress, which in turn encourages the body to heal itself. As the body is brought into balance, various healing reactions can occur.



Finally, I am also trained in Access Bars, which is also popular but probably the least known of the modalities I use in clinic. Access Bars are 32 points on the head that when lightly touched, effortlessly and easily release anything that stops you from feeling joy and ease in your life. These points contain all the thoughts, ideas, beliefs, emotions and considerations you have accumulated and taken on as yours over the course of your life; this is an opportunity for you to let go of anything and everything that is stopping you from being the infinite being of you. In other words, think of your brain like a computer that may be running a little clunky and slow due various viruses collected over time; the Bars eliminates the viruses allowing your computer to run freely and create space again. Things like negative thought patterns, or that endless mental chatter keeping you awake or making you loose focus or just not helping you in any way, can be released and make space for the calm you’ve been seeking. Having your Bars run (receiving a session) is relaxing and peaceful; at worst it can feel like one of the best massages you’ve ever had, and at best you can feel a sense of total ease, unlike anything else, that starts to change your whole life! Bars is about receiving and loosing the judgement (of yourself and others) so you can be the best version of you possible - the infinite being of you!!


Convinced yet? Push that booking button below or contact me today to discuss how I may be able to help you become the best version of you possible.



Disclaimer:


All content and media on the Pathway Energetic Wellbeing Website is created and published online for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on solely as health or personal advice.


As an holistic energetic and massage practitioner, I am NOT a Medical Doctor (MD). I am a trained and qualified specialist in the practices of Access Bars®, Reiki, Reflexology, Swedish Massage and a modified version of Thai Massage, which are used to create a healthy environment for the overall health and wellbeing of my clients. I do not diagnose or provide any prognosis of conditions a client may present with. With that said, all services rendered are safe, non-invasive holistic methods of balancing the body’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Any imbalances in the body, mind or spirit can cause or contribute to various health problems. I highly recommend that clients continue to see any medical doctors they are under the care of, and that any prescription medication should not be altered without first consulting the Doctor who recommended it. To this end, nothing said, done, typed, printed or reproduced by Pathway Energetic Wellbeing is intended to diagnose, prescribe, treat or take the place of a licensed physician.


If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor, go to the nearest hospital emergency department, or call the emergency services immediately (000). If you choose to rely on any information provided by Pathway Energetic Wellbeing, you do so solely at your own risk.

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Updated: Oct 28, 2021

Contrary to popular belief, massage and energetic modalities such as Reiki, Reflexology and Access Bars® are NOT luxury pampering. In fact, these services can, and potentially must, be an integral part of your self-care routine so you can be the best version of yourself you possibly can be in all areas of your life – the infinite being of you! At Pathway Energetic Wellbeing, we are passionate about preventative methods for helping people to de-stress and relax as a pathway to their own health and wellbeing.


What is STRESS?

Stress is a generic term used to indicate a lack of coping; more specifically, it can be described as an imbalance between the demands being made on us and our resources / ability to cope (or not) with those demands. The extent a person feels stressed depends a lot on their attitude to a particular situation; the more important the outcome typically means one may feel more stressed. The impact of stress on an individual will depend on their personal, psychological and physiological states and any pressures from other (possibly unrelated) stressors such as health, finance and social pressures, for example.


The human body is designed to experience stress (ie stressors such as changes or challenges to life and circumstances), and react to it (your body producing physical, emotional and mental responses). Stress responses simply help the body to adjust to new situations. Therefore, stress can be positive (keeping us alert, motivated, ready to avoid danger), and some people thrive on stress, needing it to get things done. However, ongoing stress without relief or periods of relaxation can / will be detrimental in a number of different ways, affecting your body, your thoughts and emotions, and your behaviour.


Stress can be a short term issue or a long term problem, depending on what changes are happening in one's life and the coping mechanisms (ie skills and resources) one has available to them. Stress is subjective and not measurable by tests, therefore only the person experiencing it can determine whether it’s present and how severe it feels. So, being able to understand what stress is for you, how it manifests in your body, and recognising common stress symptoms can help you better manage it.


How Stress Manifests:

The body’s autonomic nervous system is the part of the body that controls the involuntary physiological processes such as heart rate, blood pressure, respiration / breathing, digestion, etc; in other words, those aspects of your body that are regulated by the body without conscious thought. Associated with this are a number of automatic nervous system responses, one of which is the built-in stress response of “fight or flight”; this response helps the body face stressful situations by kicking it into high gear (ie using energy) to deal with the threat. A basic example of this is it is a nice, sunny day...you are taking a nice walk in the park. Suddenly, a large, angry dog appears in your path. Do you stay and fight OR do you turn and run away? In these types of situations, your nervous system is called into action and your blood pressure increases, your heart beats faster, and digestion slows down; all of these reactions use energy and helps your body to manage the threat; however, the longer we feel stressed, the greater the demand on our body and the more energy we need to use to cope. After some time, this becomes exhausting and takes a heavy toll on the body.


There is growing evidence to suggest that ongoing chronic stress may contribute to physical illness such as aches and pains, chest pain or a feeling like your heart is racing, exhaustion or trouble sleeping, headaches, dizziness or shaking, high blood pressure, muscle tension / fatigue, jaw clenching, stomach or digestive problems, low libido, and weakened immune system. Emotional and mental symptoms can also occur from stress, such as: anxiety, irritability, nervousness, depression, panic attacks, sadness, poor concentration that can lead to being accident prone, forgetfulness, indecisiveness, apathy, and hopelessness.


My Own Personal Experiences with Stress:

As I’ve said in my previous blog (Pathway Today – Introduction to Karen and Pathway Energetic Wellbeing, https://www.pathwaywellbeing.com/blog), my prior work history brought me front and centre with people going through their own stressful situations. As a HR practitioner, I managed many workplace investigations, performance management processes and workcover claims and investigations, resulting in people receiving discipline warnings, performance improvement requirements and sometimes, in the extreme cases, their employment was terminated; there were also the cases where people were bullied, harassed and discriminated against. These processes themselves were often very stressful, and then there was the process of managing the outcomes.


I also personally have experienced stressed as a result of being in a long-term psychologically abusive relationship with a narcissistic husband; it took me years to combat the negative effects of this, especially with regards to low self-esteem, trust, anxiety and social withdrawal. Sometime later, I met my soul-mate, and we experienced two miscarriages, which devastated both of us; to this day (some 15 years later), I still recall the helplessness, blackness, lethargy and loneliness associated with the situational depression and anxiety that came with the stress of living through and after those losses. Then there was the stress of having my own children, changing from being career-oriented to a stay-at-home-mum, completely changing my career, returning to work, establishing my own business, building on existing and learning new skills, my own health problems, family health problems and the sudden unexpected deaths of my 12 year old nephew and recently my dear dad. Don't even get me started on the stress from COVID and the impacts of the lock-downs and various restrictions...


Ways I Combat Stressful Situations:

Over the years, I have armed myself with some great resources and skills to help me through it all. First and foremost was my wonderful soul-partner, who was such a support for me. I also enlisted the help of my psychologist, who I have used the services of since my early 20’s to help me cope with life’s ups and downs. Daily self-Reiki was integral to help keep my Chi flowing and come back to centre and my authentic self. Family and friends were instrumental as well, without which I do believe I would have stayed in that black-hole of depression much longer than I did. Other resources that helped were writing a daily gratitude journal; this helped me to be thankful for all the circumstances in my life and not just focus on the negative things that were consuming me. Practicing gratitude helped me to see what I had going for me in life, rather than what I was missing, and significantly helped me heal on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. To this day, I still write down in my daily journal at least 3 things I am grateful for; this helps to foster more positive energy in my life.


Generally in life now, I am extremely conscious of ensuring my life has balance so stress doesn’t get the better of me. I am someone who is prone to stress and anxiety and therefore I am very mindful of how I am coping with the experiences and changes life will inevitably throw my way. Some things I do on the regular for self-care and ensure I keep my stress and anxiety in check include:

· Regular proactive check-ups with my health care professional team (at times this includes obtaining various health plans from my doctor, which significantly helps with the financial burden);

· Daily self-Reiki practice;

· Daily mindfulness and gratitude practice;

· Meditation;

· Healthy nutrition, including no alcohol;

· Regular exercise, such as walks with friends and weekly yoga;

· A good 6-7 hours sleep each and every night (if my kids will let me);

· Have some fun with family and friends;

· Regular massages and reflexology.


My Experiences with Stress Led to the Creation of My Business:

Given my significant experience helping others and myself during times of extreme stress and anxiety, and seeing the negative ramifications that arose from the stress, it is definitely something very close to my heart. This drove me to want to help people in a much more preventative and proactive way to de-stress and relax as a pathway to their own wellbeing. This was how Pathway Energetic Wellbeing, my business, came into being (refer to my previous Blog: Pathway Today – Introduction to Karen and Pathway Energetic Wellbeing, https://www.pathwaywellbeing.com/blog). To me, being well and healthy means I can do the things I want in life, whatever that may be – whether it’s just going for a walk pain-free, running a marathon (or even just jogging around the block), gardening and being able to get up and down / consistently bending over, being a corporate go-getter, a great stay-at-home parent, or simply having the time to really enjoy the little moments life brings your way every single day! It’s about being the best version of yourself you can possibly be in all areas of your life – the infinite being of you! All of the modalities used at Pathway Energetic Wellbeing will help you relax, de-stress, find balance, and bring you back to your authentic self.


Ways to Prevent / Decrease Stress Effects:

Even with years of experience managing stress and anxiety myself, some days are always harder than others. Sometimes the anxiety just takes over and I start falling into that pit; that's where the coping strategies I mention above really come into play. Keeping key connections is essential, so I can just say "Hey, I'm having a pretty bad day today"; I may just want someone to listen, or I may need some advice and guidance, but I now have a great self-care regimen for keeping that stress at bay (well most of the time anyway). So I certainly encourage people to build that checklist of strategies that will help you the most to cope with life's up and downs.


If you have chronic stress, your healthcare provider can evaluate symptoms that result from stress. It is always a good idea to seek help before your health becomes affected, and there are plenty of places you can seek assistance from, such as your GP, naturopath, counsellor or psychologist, Lifeline, Kids Helpline, beyondblue, and of course many alternative therapists such as massage therapists, kinesiologists, reiki practitioners, reflexologists, acupuncturists; and there are some great resources available online as well. Regularly using stress management techniques can help you avoid most physical, emotional, and behavioural symptoms of stress; it can also help you to manage the stress responses yourself and your view of stress itself.


Many daily strategies can help reduce / keep stress at bay:

  • Relaxation activities such as yoga, meditation, tai chi, breath work and muscle relaxation;

  • Take good care of your body each day; eating right, exercising and getting enough sunshine and sleep help your body handle stress much better;

  • Stay positive and practice gratitude, acknowledging the good parts of each day or life;

  • Being mindful; stay in the present as much as you can, as often stress and anxiety comes from dwelling on what's happened in the past or what may happen in the future;

  • Accept you cannot control everything; find ways to let go of worry about situations you cannot change;

  • Learn to say “no” to additional responsibilities when you are too busy or stressed;

  • Stay connected with people who keep you calm, help you to feel happy, provide emotional support and help you with practical things; a friend, family member or neighbour can become a good listener or share responsibilities so that stress doesn’t become overwhelming.


As suggested above, the causes of stress are many and different people have different vulnerabilities. While the human body is designed to experience and manage stress, prolonged stress without relief or periods of relaxation can be detrimental to your health in a number of ways. The longer you feel stressed, the greater the demand on our body and the more energy needed to cope; there is also growing evidence that stress may contribute to physical, emotional and psychological illness and dis-ease, unless appropriate coping strategies and self-care measures are put into place.


All modalities used at Pathway Energetic Wellbeing are based on the principle of Chi (pronounced chee). Chi is the general term for the universal life force energy that flows through every living thing. The Chi energy flowing in you is what gives you vitality and fullness of life. It is my belief that when a person feels stressed, their body blocks Chi causing an imbalance that leads to illness or dis-ease. The services provided at Pathway Energetic Wellbeing aim to keep Chi flowing through the body, thereby keeping it balanced and healthy. My next few blogs will explain exactly what services I provide at Pathway Energetic Wellbeing, and how they can help you de-stress and stay on top of your game, whatever that may be for you!


Contact me today on how I may be able to help you.



Disclaimer:

All content and media on the Pathway Energetic Wellbeing Website is created and published online for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on solely as health or personal advice.



As a holistic energetic and massage practitioner, I am NOT a Medical Doctor (MD). I am a trained and qualified specialist in the practices of Access Bars®, Reiki, Reflexology, Swedish Massage and a modified version of Thai Massage, which are used to create a healthy environment for the overall health and wellbeing of my clients. I do not diagnose or provide any prognosis of conditions a client may present with. With that said, all services rendered are safe, non-invasive holistic methods of balancing the body’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Any imbalances in the body, mind or spirit can cause or contribute to various health problems. I highly recommend that clients continue to see any medical doctors they are under the care of, and that any prescription medication should not be altered without first consulting the Doctor who recommended it. To this end, nothing said, done, typed, printed or reproduced by Pathway Energetic Wellbeing is intended to diagnose, prescribe, treat or take the place of a licensed physician.


If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor, go to the nearest hospital emergency department, or call the emergency services immediately (000). If you choose to rely on any information provided by Pathway Energetic Wellbeing, you do so solely at your own risk.




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