Distance Healing – Part 1

What the heck is “distance healing”?

You have been hearing me throw around the term “distance healing” for a while now, but I am willing to guess that you don’t have a clear picture of what it is. You are not alone. This has been one of the most difficult things I have found to explain with words. (And as you all know, making things tangible and relatable through words is one of my superpowers.) I am going to break it down in several ways to help increase your understanding.

But first let’s talk about something you do understand, “massage therapy”. When you think about massage therapy, you get a picture in your mind that probably goes something like this:

• A quiet, easy space 
• Feeling safe and supported
• A therapist who is knowledgeable and sensitive to your needs
• A compassionate, nonjudgemental ear
• Touch directly on your skin or through a sheet
• Manipulating skin, muscles, and fascia
• Relief from tension, discomfort, and pain
• Releasing anxiety, fear, or any other uncomfortable emotion
• Increasing mobility and ease of movement
These are all things that create a felt sense of your experience when you get a massage. In fact, while you are reading this list, you may be able to feel as if you are in my office now getting a massage. 

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of massage therapy relates to only a few of the things on the list above: therapist, touch, manipulation, and therapeutic purposes.

Massage therapy, noun. Definition of massage therapy: the manipulation of the muscles and other soft tissues of the body (as by stroking, kneading, or rubbing with one or both hands or an instrument) by a massage therapist for therapeutic purposes (as to relieve pain, promote healing, or improve physical functioning)

Let’s add into the mix craniosacral therapy. The sessions you have with me are heavily (if not completely) influenced by it. According to Merriam-Webster, craniosacral therapy includes “touch” and then goes on to say what the touch “enhances”. But it is still missing most of the things on the list we created above.

Craniosacral therapy, noun. Definition of craniosacral therapy: a system of gentle touch designed to enhance the functioning of the membranes, tissues, fluids, and bones surrounding or associated with the brain and spinal cord.

So what is it that about a massage therapy or a craniosacral therapy session that takes it beyond the definition and into the rest of our list?

• A quiet, easy space
• Feeling safe and supported
• A compassionate, nonjudgemental ear
• Releasing anxiety, fear, or any other uncomfortable emotion

These things speak to “therapeutic presence”. Here Merriam-Webster ceases to be useful. So instead I turn to Suzanne Scurlock, my mentor and the creator of the Healing from the Core curriculum that I have been steeping myself in since 2015. Suzanne defines therapeutic presence as, “the capacity to hold a healing space for another with your calm and centered state of being…a quality of being, a rapport, which feels healing, steady, and safe.” She goes on to say, “this presence amplifies the effectiveness of whatever technical skills you already have and contributes to healthy treatment outcomes.” Without therapeutic presence, massage and craniosacral therapy would just be “manipulation of tissue”. This is what brings the soul and spirit to a session and allows the recipient to embody the change they want to see.

Now, let’s go back to distance healing. Distance healing is a therapeutic process in which the practitioner holds a safe and grounded presence for the client and facilitates healing while not having hands directly on that individual. What? How do I do that?

Have you ever walked into a room and had the sense that something was not as it seemed? Or have you walked up to a friend who looks to be happy and enjoying themself but you know that this is actually just a front? Whatever you want to call it (intuition, gut instinct, sixth sense) you know it to be true even though you may not know how it works. This “knowing” plus therapeutic presence are what make distance healing a useful option when being in person is not an option.

In a distance healing session, I use an energetic connection (“knowing”) and clear communication to empower you to work within your whole body and not just your head. I can help you locate and release restrictions on physical, emotional, and energetic levels. I can support you in deepening your connection with yourself. Distance Healing sessions draw from my experience and expertise as a massage therapist and a craniosacral therapist as well the tools and concepts of the Healing from the Core curriculum.

As with any therapeutic process, describing it with words will never come close to matching it with experience. In other words, the only way to really understand distance healing is to book a Distancing Healing session. Remember, you really did not know what massage therapy or craniosacral therapy was until you experience it for yourself. Be curious. Book an appointment.

Do you need to know what exactly a Distance Healing session looks like? In “Distance Healing – Part 2” (next week’s blog post), I will talk you through the specifics of a Distance Healing session and give you an idea of what to expect during a session.

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