Music as Medicine can Help you Feel Well

Music as Medicine can Help you Feel Well

Music as Medicine can Help you Feel Well

Music is magnificent. Music as medicine is free of all unpleasant side-effects! It can sooth, relax, enliven, energise and move us to dance. It evokes memories, provides an atmosphere, enhances a celebration, sends a message and facilitates the expression of our emotions. Music can help us journey to other worlds, create imagery, bring people together, and even shift energy blockages.

Music as medicine
I often take music for granted but it is something I am actually truly grateful for. Playing instruments was a big part of my childhood and teenage years.
I can remember practising for music exams an hour each day and finding it so calming and meditative. That was before I even knew what meditation was! I am sad I haven’t carried that on into adulthood, although there is still time to get back on that horse, even though it doesn’t feel like it!
There was a time in my 20s when I realised that I wasn’t at ease unless there was some background noise, such as the radio or television. I was aware that this was not healthy to be uncomfortable with silence, so I made a conscious effort to switch everything off and I grew to really love silence. In the years that followed, I was training in sound therapy and was very focused on sound but still did not listen to any music at home anymore. It didn’t hold any interest for me anymore strangely and I seemed to be more attuned to pure frequencies, so would enjoy toning, drumming and playing my singing bowls at home but again was mostly in silence.
Then one day we had to pick a few pieces of music to listen to as homework for the course. We had to lie down with closed eyes and really listen to the tracks with every part of our being. It was a very moving experience and I had profound emotions, sensations and memories arising whilst listening. It reminded me of the power that music holds and I have brought it back into my life again at times when it feels right. However, mostly I have to admit I am still quite hooked on the silence when I am at home. Maybe it is a response to a noisy family life!

As a trained sound therapist I have experienced the power of sound to heal first hand and witnessed my clients having breakthroughs physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. In 2013 Lyz Cooper of BAST (British Academy of Sound Therapy) teamed up with Marconi Union to produce a piece of music. The intention was to make the track as relaxing as possible. The scientific research done on the track afterwards showed that it was the most relaxing piece of music they had found. Amazing! The track was embedded with healing frequencies and rhythms that sound therapists use regularly. It was interesting to me that even played through digital music players, the effects of the sacred sound frequencies still had the power to relax the listener very significantly.


Here is the full length 31 minute extended version of the track if you would like to kick back and have a listen.

Prepare to be very very relaxed!!



This year Lyz Cooper produced another track with duo Silence & Air to help people enjoy a restful sleep. I was part of the research study group and I have to say that when I listened to it before bed it definitely helped get to sleep quickly and have a deep restful sleep. The results of the research on this track were also highly significant. You can learn more about the study here and listen to the track for yourself. For more information about ways in which to enjoy restful sleep, have a look at my post on 8 easy ways to get more rest.
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Examples of music as medicine:

I have a wonderful friend who has sadly experienced ME/CFS and PTSD amongst other physical imbalances of many years. She decided in the last year to take up her practice of piano playing again after having not played for many years. Therapy, acupuncture and hypnotherapy led her to this point of being able to clear the blocks that were stopping her from playing. Her experience has been that the playing of music has incredibly healing for her.
She has shared that it helped her unlock her heart blockages and release fear and trauma. It helped her express her emotions non-verbally and stimulated her creativity when she was improvising. She also finds the regularity and stability of practising pieces and scales very balancing and comforting. I wonder if she has benefited from the right/left brain balancing that is inherent in playing with both hands as she says that she finds it easier to focus and her brain fog has lessened. She has also built up some strength in her hands and wrists which previously caused her a lot of pain. It has brought her a purpose for living again when confined to indoors with ME so much of the time. Of course, the music that arises also brings her joy, as it did me when I heard her playing her beautiful pieces.
“Sound is the force of creation, the true whole. Music then, becomes the voice of the great cosmic oneness and therefore the optimal way to reach this final state of healing.”
Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927)
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I know of another young man who used his music to survive his schizophrenia. It helped him push the voices away and soothed his troubled mind at a time when his medication was not working well. For him, music was essential to help him navigate his illness.
My husband Anthony has always played the guitar and spent many happy years busking on his travels. Since we have been together I have always noticed that when he is feeling down, he will pick up his guitar and play and sing and it soothes and uplifts him. I think that the guitar is especially healing in this way as the vibrations emanate directly from the body of the guitar which is resting on the player’s abdomen.
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My vision of music as medicine in the future:

The future of medicine could be the application of sound frequencies to clear blockages and restore healthy energy. Imagine a device installed in your home that would scan your bodies energy and then emit the frequencies you needed to rebalance yourself embedded in a piece of relaxing music that would be played throughout your home. How cool would that be?!
“Eventually, musical therapists will compose prescriptions after the manner of a pharmacist…”
Dr. Ira Altschuler (of the Eloise State Hospital) (1942)

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The Trauma and Chronic Illness Connection

The Trauma and Chronic Illness Connection

The Trauma and Chronic Illness Connection

Trauma is defined in the dictionary as ” a deeply distressing or disturbing experience”. Trauma and chronic illness are intimately linked as I will discuss in this post. I believe the peer-reviewed evidence of this is not being acted upon and taken forward by the medical profession.
Trauma is clearly a very stressful experience but it is important to remember that experiences are subjective. I think that there is a tendency for people to think of trauma as being caused by a very extreme situation. However, trauma experienced is very personal. What traumatises one person will not bother another.  It depends on our emotional make-up and sensitivities, and what can seem trivial to one person can be devastating for another. It is the individual’s experience of the event and their ability to cope with it that determines whether it is trauma or not.
PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is not only a condition suffered by war veterans and accident survivors. It can affect anyone and many people who have lived “ordinary” lives have developed PTSD from events that are emotionally complex but not as outwardly dramatic as the better-known triggers of PTSD.
Everyone experiences trauma at some point in their lives. Traumas trigger reactive feelings and emotions, which form the beliefs that consciously and subconsciously underpin the way we live our lives. These beliefs create dense areas in our energy fields which can then lead to illness and disease.
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More evidence is coming to light now about how trauma affects our health and some experts now believe that early trauma, in particular, is instrumental in the causation of chronic illness. Of course, it also can lead to substance dependence and mental health disorders. For some great information on trauma and chronic illness have a look at Veronique Mead’s blog Chronic Illness Trauma Studies. There is a wealth of well researched and groundbreaking information on the blog and I am looking forward to reading it in more depth.

Jennifer McLean who developed the Spontaneous Transformation Technique gives this example of how negative limiting beliefs can be formed from trauma.
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She describes a young boy who is having a great day out playing with his skateboard. The sun is shining, he is getting the hang of his skateboard tricks and life is great. He is in bliss.

On the way home, he is playing with a stick as he walks, and he starts to run the stick along the fence, enjoying the noise as it clatters along the fence. The large dog on the other side of the fence is not so impressed and starts to bark furiously. The dog even manages to leap the fence and starts to attack the boy. Luckily, the owner quickly grabs the dog and rescues the boy. The poor boy is physically unhurt but is shocked and terrified. He runs home crying, leaving his skateboard on the pavement.

He gets home to his Mum who is up to her ears with making dinner for her large family. She scans the boy as he walks in, as he tries to breathlessly explain what has happened. She sees quickly that he is physically unhurt but when she finds out that his expensive skateboard is lost, she yells at him and sends him to his room in a rage.
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Now the boy is still in “flight or fight” mode with adrenaline rushing through his body and he is really upset that he got a roasting from his Mum.
In this moment his subconscious creates some beliefs about life, for example:
Life is scary and unsafe.
Bliss doesn’t last and things go wrong when you are enjoying yourself. 
Things are more important than people.
This leads him to have issues later in life with trust, committing to relationships and being more interested in possessions than other people. Many other beliefs could also have been formed. This great example shows how even traumas from childhood that have been long forgotten, can still be running the show and causing multiple limiting beliefs that make life more challenging and frustrating.
Ideally, a child can respond to stress and recover from it, developing resiliency. However, chronic repeated stress in childhood constantly floods the child’s body with stress hormones and keeps it in a hypervigilant inflammatory state. It can interfere with the child’s ability to turn off or dampen the stress response. The cascade of chemical reactions that occur in the child’s body on a regular basis can then predispose them to disease and imbalances on every level of being.
I have done an enormous amount of work on myself in releasing trauma and the limiting beliefs formed from my early and young adult life and it has helped my health and well-being enormously. There are more to clear and I have been somebody who held literally hundreds of negative limiting beliefs about life and myself. I am reassured now though, as I am able to use my therapy skills to clear these blockages and open my arms to greater health, happiness, joy and abundance.
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Here are some examples of therapies or techniques that release trauma and limiting beliefs:

I personally prefer techniques that work with trauma from an energetic healing perspective rather than a psychological so that is what i have listed here. I feel that these therapies are more holistic and provide deeper transformation more quickly and easily than psychological methods. They don’t require reliving the trauma in an upsetting way or analysing the psychological aspects of the trauma which can be mentally exhausting. That is just my preference, however, and one can find many other models of therapy online should you resonate with a different path. For more information on using energy medicine to improve chronic illness see my post on energy healing here.


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The need to acknowledge the role of trauma in the aetiology of disease:

Research linking childhood stress to adult illness was carried out in 1996 with the “The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Study)”. Over 1500 peer-reviewed studies have replicated these findings in the last 20 years.
Amazingly, in this study carried out in 2009, they found that compared with persons with no ACEs, persons with >or=2 ACEs had 100% increased risk for rheumatic diseases. Childhood traumatic stress increases the likelihood of hospitalisation with a diagnosed autoimmune disease decades into adulthood.
The research is extensive, widespread and conclusive but yet there is little focus on the importance of this root cause of disease in the conventional healthcare system. There are so many excellent techniques, energetic and psychological therapies available now to deal with the roots of trauma and chronic illness. I would like to see this being more widely available and focused upon by medical practitioners, as I believe it is a crucial part of the puzzle when it comes to resolving chronic diseases, giving people hope and a brighter future.

Please comment below if you feel trauma has contributed to your Chronic Illness.

Surrender to Chronic Illness as a Way to Wellness

Surrender to Chronic Illness as a Way to Wellness

Surrender to Chronic Illness as a Way to Wellness

Surrender to chronic illness

I have been thinking about surrendering in general, but also a surrender to chronic illness. For those of us with chronic health issues, accepting and surrendering to the realities of our lives is a crucial step forward. On diagnosis, many will go through periods of grief and anger, defiance and depression.  In the past, the Kübler-Ross model suggested five stages of grief, which were denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. However, this model, although helpful, has less significance now as we realise that grief is not linear. It can’t be encapsulated by a timeline. It is organic and we jump from stage to stage, emotion to emotion at any time. Emotions are feelings “in motion” and the best way to process them is to keep them moving. It is when emotions become trapped or stuck in our energy bodies that we start to run into more physical and emotional problems.
Resistance to a situation creates more rigidity and stress. I am learning this through parenting my boys! So it is best if we can come to some state of acceptance and surrender to the situation.

How can we surrender to chronic illness and the consequences?

I would like to divide this into four areas related to the different levels of our being: Physical, Mental, emotional and Spiritual.

Physical Surrender:

This means rest, rest, rest, (let go of the guilt), and rest some more. I personally find this really difficult. I often want to fill every moment that I can, catching up with everything that I have missed. This is very counterproductive. Letting go into resting is vital for people with chronic health issues. Even taking a catnap where you don’t fully fall asleep counts. When you doze, you allow your brainwaves to come down into an alpha or theta state where your sodium potassium pumps can be rebalanced and cellular renewal can take place. This means you wake up feeling much more refreshed than you would expect.
Other suggestions:
  • Restorative Yoga,
  • Massage,
  • Floatation tanks
  • Having a self-care day where you rest, journal, watch movies and meditate.

Mental Surrender:

When you are in a state of anxiety and mental tension, you are producing stress hormones which are affecting your body adversely. It is so important to let go of the “what if’s”, and blaming yourself or others for your health situation. It just takes you into the past which has already happened and cannot be changed. Focus on the present and what you can do today to help your mind be calm and clear. If you are finding this difficult Byron Katie’s The work is a very helpful method of self-inquiry to help work through this. Of course, a meditation practice helps enormously with mental equanimity but even as little as 10 mins a day will be a positive start.
Other suggestions:
  • Listening to calming high vibrational music.
  • Walking in nature: The Japanese advocate “forest bathing” for health. It has now been shown scientifically that trees assist the human body in boosting immune response.  The molecular interactions between certain tree species and human bodies trigger the production of Natural Killer (NK) cells in humans. NK cells are a type of white blood cell that attack virally infected cells and tumour growths. So go and sit under a tree and relax!
  • Learning to stay with your own energy and not getting too involved in others business.
  • Getting grounded which helps to reduce overstimulating mental activity.
Surrender to chronic illness

Emotional surrender:

If you can, have a really good cry! This is emotional letting go at it’s best! If you find it difficult to cry, sometimes watching a sentimental film can help you release those tears. The tears produced in high emotion actually have stress hormones in them and so that may be why you feel better once they are released. In Japan (again – they must be on to something!) it is possible to go to organised crying sessions. They show sad films to help the participants release emotions in an environment where they feel safe to do so. It is especially popular with men and is an interesting contrast to the Japanese culture of not showing emotions or anger, similar to the culture in the UK and Ireland.
Emotional surrender means identifying your challenging emotions and allowing them to be really felt and then expressed safely or released through an energy practice. Remember, “You are not your emotions”, they are just moving through you.
Here is a link to a great TED talk by Dr Judith Orloff all about surrender where she talks a lot about emotional surrender.
Other suggestions:
  • Singing/ Sounding: Toning a long “AH” sound from the heart or even just sighing “AH” on an exhale is great for letting go of stress and anger. Try doing it for five minutes and notice the difference in how you feel.
  • Self-compassion and self-love. Check out my post on self-care tips for ways to show yourself love.
  • Remembering not to take things personally and realising that you don’t need to be approved of or liked by everyone.
  • Let go of intensely researching cures and ways to get better for a while as it is very draining.

Spiritual Surrender:

This is about trust. Trust and faith. Trust that the Universe/God/ “Power greater than yourself” has got your back. You don’t have to believe in God to surrender in a spiritual way. Surrender to whichever higher power you are comfortable with, it could be your intuition, for example. We can’t always understand why we have all these challenges and turns in the road. Surrender to that mystery and trust in it. Our souls are on a journey much more immense than we can fathom.
Ways to foster this are:
  • Source meditation (spending time in meditation allowing energy to pour into your body from above through the crown of your head).
  • Learning to communicate with your guides.
  • Trusting and listening to your intuition.
  • Being in gratitude.
  • Make decisions from your heart , not your head.
  • Practicing letting go of fear.
  • Prayer
Surrender to chronic illness
So surrender is not being submissive and it is right to still take actions. It is more an opening, an allowance of what acceptance. I believe that from this place of least resistance, healing can start to take place.

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Energy Healing for Chronic Illness

Energy Healing for Chronic Illness

Energy Healing for Chronic Illness

This a bit of a personal post, in that I am going to share with you the energy healing processes that I have found most helpful on my road to recovery. It is my belief that a huge amount of chronic illness is due, in part, to hidden trauma and trapped emotions. By releasing these denser energies, we can move into a place of more emotional freedom where we are giving our bodies a chance to heal physically. I am not saying that it is possible for everyone to cure their conditions, or that the symptoms are psychological in nature. Over the years, I have unexpectedly developed new and different health issues and I am by no means “cured”, but I know that if I wasn’t putting in place the techniques and practices that help me, I would be in a lot more pain and discomfort, emotionally, physically and mentally.
For those of you who find the idea of energy healing a bit “woo woo”, I would like to bring your attention to some scientific “facts”. (I try to remember that science just shows us a snapshot in time of the beliefs and theories of the current paradigm.) Science tells us that the universe, including us, is made of vibrating particles. Quantum physicists discovered that physical atoms are made up of spinning and vibrating energy. If you were to zoom in on the tiniest particles of matter, you would just find energy. Human consciousness can influence these particles’ behaviour and even re-structure it.
The HeartMath Institute has been carrying out research based on the interconnectivity of all things and producing some very interesting findings.
1. Human and animal health, cognitive functions, emotions, and behaviour are affected by planetary magnetic and energetic fields.
2. The earth’s magnetic fields are carriers of biologically relevant information that connects all living systems.
3. Each individual affects the global information field.
4. Large numbers of people creating heart-centered states of care, love and compassion will generate a more coherent field environment that can benefit others and help offset the current planet-wide discord and incoherence.
Some physicists pursue a unified theory, as suggested by Stephen Hawkings. This would explain and link together all physical aspects of our universe, giving a field view of reality and the interconnectedness of all living things.

"The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence. To understand the true nature of the universe, one must think of it in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”

Nikola Tesla
As a Sound Therapist myself, I am very aware of how sound vibration affects all the different levels of being: emotional, spiritual, mental and physical. If you have ever experienced the sound of an orchestra, big tympani drums, or been close to a gong being played, you will have experienced that very physical sensation of the sound in your body. This is due to the sound waves literally moving through your body, which is not actually as dense as it appears.
Many of the energy medicines that I am going to mention work by clearing dense energy, increasing the vibrational frequencies, harmonising brainwaves and putting the heart into a coherent state. This image of actual heart-monitor readouts, from HeartMath, shows how the heart rate of someone experiencing frustration, then appreciation compares. The smooth heart rhythm, measured by heart-rate variability (HRV), is what scientists call a highly ordered or coherent pattern and is a sign of good health and emotional balance.
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So these are some of the therapies and modalities that I have found really beneficial in my life dealing with multiple auto-immune conditions. I have ended up training in quite a few of the modalities that I found really helpful as that seemed like the easiest way to work on myself. I hope to get out there and share these therapies more with clients as my health continues to improve in the future.

1) Sound Healing

Our organs, chakras and different areas of our bodies, all resonate at many different frequencies, which when blended together produce a symphony, that is as unique as a fingerprint. As we live in a dynamic world of external and internal forces, we are subject to all sorts of stress and pollution which can, over time, pull us out of balance. This can eventually lead to illness and disease.
Sound can be used to correct imbalances in the energy field and bring the person’s body/mind back into energetic harmony. If one ‘C’ tuning fork is struck and placed next to another ‘C’ tuning fork, the second tuning fork will begin to resonate together with the first tuning fork. The sound wave from the first tuning fork has imparted some of its energy to the second one. This is called “Sympathetic Resonance” and is one of the principles used in Sound Therapy.
Vibrations tend to synchronise (to the strongest frequency) and this law is also employed in Sound Therapy as a method to balance the chakras and energy systems of the body. This is called “Entrainment” and is demonstrated by clock pendulums synchronising over time, birds flying together in migration and women’s menstrual cycles becoming aligned.
Sound was used by many ancient civilisations as a powerful tool for healing and transformation. These days sound therapists merge ancient and modern techniques to produce an effective healing tool that combines research, intuition, and thousands of years of knowledge.
Energy healing for chronic illness
With sound therapy, there is no need to trawl through old painful issues or memories, as the imbalances are dealt with at the level of vibrational energy.
My Sound Sessions
I personally use Himalayan singing bowls, crystal singing bowls, and percussion to harmonise the energy field and facilitate transformation. I also use sacred drumming, where the healing takes place in response to the tones and overtones of the drum (sympathetic resonance) and the rhythmic beating (entrainment) . When the drum begins to “sing” many voices and tones can be heard. Harmonics are produced, which facilitate deep relaxation and slowing of the brainwaves.
Drumming can help release negative emotions, stress, trauma, and anger. It grounds one firmly in the present moment (whilst also allowing movement in time and space), reconnecting to one’s core and allowing self-empowerment. I also work with tuning forks, using the power of intervals to entrain the frequencies of the body’s organs, systems and energies to optimum levels for health and well-being. In addition, I work with Brainsound tuning forks which are specifically designed to work with Binaural beat frequencies to help to address imbalances through working with the brainwave frequencies. With these tuning forks, brainwaves can be entrained to drop to very low frequencies and the right and left hemispheres become balanced. This aids relaxation, healing, creativity and insight. The Brainsound tuning forks are especially helpful for anxiety, sleep disturbances, dyslexia, dyspraxia, and learning difficulties. They are also great for treating children as they are relaxing and fun for them to experience.  Recently I trained in the use of the Solfeggio Tuning forks, with Ashera Hart. These bring another level of healing frequencies to the treatment and are extremely powerful as they tap into the sacred blueprint of our universe restoring wholeness and activating our potential.

So, if you can, book some sessions with a local sound therapist. For further information on sound healing, visit my other website Holistic Sound. You can find accredited practitioners on my links page. However, one of the most powerful , free and easy ways to enjoy the benefits of sound therapy is by using your own voice to tone into areas of your body. Coming soon: posts on how to tone for health and wellness. Also, check my post on creativity for health for information on the benefits of singing in a choir.

2) The Emotion Code and The Body Code

The Emotion Code is a healing system developed by the renowned holistic physician and lecturer Dr Bradley Nelson. Emotionally-charged events from your past can still be haunting you in the form of trapped emotions; emotional energies that literally inhabit your body. The Emotion Code healing system allows one to release these trapped emotions by tapping into the subconscious mind using muscle testing.
You can buy The Emotion Code book here and learn how to quickly and easily rid yourself of damaging emotional baggage and “trapped emotions” yourself. The system also teaches you how to find and tear down your “Heart-wall” to unlock better health, relationships, and abundance.
It is so important to release these dense energies that have built up over time and can even be inherited from ancestors as they can cause pain, emotional stress and eventual disease.
My personal experience of the emotion code is that it has been pivotal in improving so many of my symptoms. For many many years my whole body was covered in Urticaria (Hives) and my lips and eyes would swell up. This would happen in response to food intolerances but also under stress and sometimes for no obvious reason. It was unbelievably itchy, unsightly, embarrassing and deeply uncomfortable. About three years ago it had got so bad that my whole face and body was covered with hives and I contacted an Emotion and Body Code practitioner in desperation. In two skype sessions, the skin issues were gone and since then I have had no problem. It felt like a miracle. I had been familiar with the Emotion Code for many years and had released hundreds of trapped emotions for myself and released my thick heart wall to great benefit. However, in this case, I needed the help of a qualified practitioner and the addition of the Body Code practices. It also helped with my dry eyes and endometriosis enormously.
Since then, I have become qualified in Emotion Code myself, and use it almost daily on friends and family, with astounding results. It is amazing to use it on children, as it can help with such a huge range of emotional issues, which are sometimes hard to uncover. Of course, you can also work on animals with this and I have had great results with that too. You can download the free starter pack to start learning how to help yourself and your family here. emotion code offer.

3) Trauma and Shock Management

The role of trauma in initiating and triggering chronic disease is becoming more and more apparent. Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up.
Here is a link to a Ted talk paediatrician Nadine Burke Harris. She explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect, and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. This is an impassioned plea for paediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.
Mental health issues in young people are at the highest levels ever in this country and 1 in 4 of us will suffer from them at some point each year. PTSD is extremely common and isn’t just something that happens to war veterans. It can be caused by an event that you might now think insignificant or even secondary to something you saw on television for example.
If you have recurrent flashbacks, panic attacks, are emotionally numb and dissociated, depressed, anxious, panicky or having difficulty sleeping, you may have PTSD. It affects the immune system detrimentally, and can even change how the neural pathways function.  Scientists now have proof that trauma is passed on*, or rather its impact on how we feel, and how we behave, can be superimposed on the DNA of the next generation. The theory that environmental influences like stress and diet can affect the genes of future generations is called epigenetic inheritance and is considered controversial in the scientific community. However, the idea that chemical tags from the environment can impact DNA by modifying certain genes that are then passed on, has been supported by recent studies. The work of the Emotion code by Dr Bradley Nelson has talked about how emotions are passed on down through the generations for years.
* Holocaust Exposure Induced Intergenerational Effects on FKBP5 Methylation Yehuda, Rachel et al. Biological Psychiatry , Volume 80 , Issue 5 , 372 – 380


So, in summary, it is crucial to find ways to release trauma energy in the body and find tools to manage anxiety and panic.

Effective ways to manage Trauma and shock in the body:

The TARA Approach is a healing system with four unique attributes:  It differentiates shock from trauma; It is self-care and empowerment based. Its purpose is to allow everyone to be in the centre of his or her own healing process.  It advocates and teaches the use of subtle energy medicine in combination with an attuned delivery of language as the most effective treatment of shock and trauma. The TARA Approach can be adapted to serve virtually any population.


“Family Constellations Therapy, pioneered by psychotherapist and philosopher Bert Hellinger and his colleagues, has become increasingly recognised as an astounding, powerful and far-reaching approach to finding lasting resolutions in cases which before had seemed beyond reach. It brings to light our deep interconnectedness with family and community and leads to a deep experiential understanding of primordial love at the heart of all kinds of mental, psychosomatic and bodily suffering. Once that love is freed from unconscious entanglements dating back one, two or even three generations, it becomes a force for profound healing.”
(Dr. Albrecht Mahr)
Another resource for constellation practitioners is The Centre for Systemic Constellations.
Matrix Reimprinting uses the Traditional Chinese Medicine meridian system that has been used in acupuncture for thousands of years. It is an extension of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
In EFT, you bring to mind and verbalise, in a specific manner, an issue that you want to work with. At the same time, you tap on points on your meridians with your fingers, and this releases stress and trauma from the body’s energy system, allowing the body-mind to return to a healthy physical and emotional state. I have personally found EFT fantastic for shifting fears and phobias and dealing with stressful situations.
Matrix Reimprinting evolved from EFT but contains some important differences.  In conventional EFT, the tapping on meridian end points is used to reduce the emotional charge of a past memory. However, with Matrix Reimprinting the memory is actually transformed. You can go into any past memory, say and do what you wished you’d said and done, and bring in new resources to support you in the transformation of that memory. Changing the pictures creates both physical and emotional healing, and enables you to attract more positive experiences into your life. And by tapping on the meridians of the body at the same time, the process is accelerated. It is hugely beneficial for healing trauma and shock and is beneficial for a host of other issues too.


4) Other energy modalities that have helped me:

Metamorphic Technique.

When I first started having Metamorphic sessions, I noticed a huge boost in my confidence. Previously I had been incredibly shy and very uncomfortable when communicating with groups of people. After a number of sessions, I was able to lead a group workshop in Touch Drawing which I would never have thought was possible. Not only was it made possible, but the participants and I enjoyed it very much!
In Metamorphic Technique the practitioner uses a light touch on the feet, hands and head on the meridians of the body corresponding to the spine. An environment can then emerge in which the power and intelligence, already inherent in the person, will be encouraged to flow. You can let go of old patterns and transform old limitations. The Technique is gentle, easy to learn and since no special ability or background is needed, it is accessible to everyone.
You can have sessions in any circumstance or condition of your life. In some cases, responses are immediately noticeable, while in others they are more subtle. They can range from general feelings of having more energy and confidence to improvements in physical, mental or emotional health, releasing of old habits or gradually letting go of past hurts. People often report significant changes in the way they see life and how they feel and think about themselves; very often they experience a growing sense of purpose and inner strength. It seems people may feel drawn to the Metamorphic Technique to create more of what they need in their lives, both as individuals and in the world as a whole. Some people have described it as ‘coming home to themselves’.

Vibrational Essences.

I have used Bach Flower Remedies and Rainbow Essences frequently over the years and found them invaluable for additional support through stressful times. They are really helpful for children and animals also. I sometimes use muscle testing to choose the right one for me but I also just trust my intuition to pick them often.

Access Consciousness

Access Consciousness is another very transformational and gentle modality that can be used to facilitate healing and health. The Access Bars are the very core and foundation of Access Consciousness and have assisted thousands of people to change many aspects of their body and their life including sleep, health, and weight, money, sex and relationships, anxiety and stress. During a Bars session, a practitioner lightly touches 32 points on your head over the course of an hour or an hour and a half. Touching the Bars allows for the electromagnetic charge that holds thoughts, feelings, and emotions in place to dissipate, allowing you to perceive your life, body, and relationships with more clarity and ease.

Energy Medicine
Eden Energy Medicine is an amazingly comprehensive program for balancing and revitalising the body’s energies. I love the right and left brain definitions of energy medicine that Donna Eden and her partner David Feinstein have written:

Right Brain Definition: “Energy is your body’s magic! It is your life force. You keep it healthy and it keeps you healthy. If you are sick or sad, shifting your energies feels good. When you care for these invisible energies, it makes your heart sing and your cells happy!”

– Donna Eden.

Left Brain Definition: “Conventional medicine, at its foundation, focuses on the biochemistry of cells, tissue, and organs. Energy Medicine, at its foundation, focuses on the energy fields of the body that organise and control the growth and repair of cells, tissue, and organs. Changing impaired energy patterns may be the most efficient, least invasive way to improve the vitality of organs, cells, and psyche.”

– David Feinstein, PhD.

The really great thing about it is anyone can practice it on themselves. Have a look at my post on “moving your body” where I have included a video by Lianne Campbell demonstrating the Donna Eden’s daily energy routine, a quick and easy way to get your energies flowing and your body functioning optimally. Lianne’s website has great tips and resources for daily energy practices and conscious parenting community connections.

Here is a challenge!

I challenge you to try the energy routine for 5 days in a row and see how it impacts your life..please comment below to let me know how you find it and share any physical, mental or emotional improvements.

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