- Karen Pathway Wellbeing
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!!
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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.
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