I made a post on my Instagram page last night about how I could not for the life of me stay grounded! I’m feeling drained and fatigued, but also overwhelmed. I've been trying a few different techniques to help me ground, so I wanted to share some insight on to what I have found to work!
First off, what does "grounding" mean? When we are not grounded, we might feel stressed, rushed, panicked, angry, clumsy, drained, overwhelmed, confused, or spacey. “Spiritual Grounding” is a technique to help activate the Root Chakra, but also helps to bridge the gap between your physical self and your spiritual self. So many of us aren’t grounded, due to stress, lack of mindfulness, but sometimes even trauma. Fears of dealing with "the here and now" also keep us from being grounded.
So, how do I stay grounded? It's not easy, but here are some techniques that have worked for me:
1. Get out in to nature! Yesterday I went out to Kananaskis with my family, and spent some time near the Elbow River. It was too cold to go barefoot, but if you can have your feet against the earth, perfect ! Over the summer I made a conscious effort to dip my toes in the water as much as possible, and walk barefoot on the grass.
2. Plant your feet down and visualize large roots coming from the soles of your feet, entering into the earth's core. This one always helps me- but it wasn’t until recently that I found adding in a beam of blue light from my Crown Chakra up in to the stars helped as well! Like a human kabob, which is weird but strangely helpful!
3. Root vegetables and root teas stimulate the Root Chakra, which is turn helps to stay grounded. Turmeric, beets, carrots, ginger, sweet potato, and earthy herbs are great. Last night I made a pumpkin elixir with cacao, pumpkin, coconut milk, turmeric, black pepper, honey, and some medicinal mushrooms like reishi and chaga. Warming, invigorating, and grounding!
4. Since I ground better in water, I ran a hot bath and soaked by candlelight with essential oils and bath salts. I used two different bath salts: one had clove, cinnamon and orange, and the other was a rose and lavender blend. I also used a root chakra blend of essential oils in the water. Trying to really place focus on my body and try and stay in the moment is particularly helpful for grounding.
5. My last tip for grounding is to stay on top of the spiritual work (which sounds counter productive but bear with me!) For me personally, my inability to stay grounded resulted in some major health issues. Back pain, kidney issues, and fatigue (just to name a few). The reason I couldn't stay grounded were from deeply repressed memories that my conscious mind didn't want to deal with, and being grounded would probably awaken those memories in order to be healed. I stayed on top of my Spiritual work, receiving healing treatments, and doing supplementary work like energetic cleanses. Right now, I'm working with some grounding crystals and Reiki, as well as doing an energetic kidney and adrenal cleanse. Healing any emotions or fears from staying grounded is the one thing that has the biggest impact on my health!
Hopefully these tricks will help you out, but as always, if you need more help, don't ever hesitate to reach out!
Until next time,
How do they work?
"Woah, woah, wait, how does it work if I'm not even sitting next to you?!"
Ahh yes. A very common question when I make the statement "If you don't live in Calgary, or you can't make office hours in person, we can always opt for a distance session."
One of the biggest, most burning questions I receive is how distance sessions work! With my available hours being limited to during the day and early evening, often clients that live far, or perhaps not even in Calgary, struggle to find time that they can come see me in person.
One of the most unique and convenient tools that are available to most Energy Work is that you can always opt for distance sessions, as the information you give and receive isn't limited by time or space. Energy is energy, and we are all connected! The most important thing in a distance sessions is that there is no limit to "how far".
Often times, when I'm working with animals or small children, it's unrealistic to think they will sit still and let me muscle check and tap away. (And for obvious reasons, it can be dangerous!) These are cases where yes, the client is sitting right next to me, but the information is being sent and received at a distance. A surrogate is used to do muscle checking, (either myself, or a parent or guardian) and the attention and focus is set for the client who is receiving the session. This is also the case where clients are not even in the city, I've known practitioners to do session for clients in Australia!
When I'm doing sessions, whether it's in person or at a distance, I'm using my intuition, and dropping in to a different brain wave state to be able to pick up information that's around me. (If you want to learn more about this, or are interested in learning it for yourself, send me a message!) This is how I can work with someone, having never met them. That, paired with the bio-feedback/ muscle checking, is how information is gathered in order to observe shifts for the recipient.
A typical session can be done over the phone, over video calling, or if a timezone is an issue, the session can be done and then an email or phone call follow up at an appropriate time will be done. Even after the session is over, I'm always available to answers questions, or offer support when needed.
It's also important to note, that sessions are only done with written and verbal permission. Another common question I receive is if I can work on someone without their knowledge, or if I can "see their secrets". I laugh, because I don't work like that. I work as an ethical practitioner, and only work with permission from the client. Any information that comes up in a session is information that is ready to be released, or brought in to conscious mind.
I often repeat over and over, in a session, I'm not doing anything to you. I'm simply using the tools I've learned to observe and facilitate the body's natural ability to heal. So, if I'm not doing anything, and someone doesn't want a session, or doesn't even know they are receiving a session, what does that say about me? That comes from a place of ego, and is not ethical practice.
If what's been holding you back is something as simple as time or distance, (shift work, child care, traffic, living situation) this is great option and you're more than welcome to send me a message!
Until next time!
Cheers to a long overdue post everyone!
Thanks for your patience while I explore and learn this summer! I've been out in BC the last couple of weeks, learning SO much cool stuff that I can't wait to implement in to my sessions. I'm so grateful for a summer full of learning and adventuring!
That being said- it's back to the grind and I've put together a few short questions that I often get from people when I talk about what I do. It can be a scary thing to commit to a BodyTalk session not knowing much about it. This post is to hopefully answer some burning questions you may have- or to clarify what you thought you already knew. However, all questions are welcome so please feel free to always reach out!
This weekend I was helping an amazing friend and practitioner coordinate a Reiki workshop- so you can bet your bottom dollar I'll be posting a blog on that soon too!
1. What is BodyTalk?
BodyTalk is a safe and effective holistic modality that addresses communication breakdown in the body. Everyday stressors (injury, severe illness, emotional trauma, financial stress, overwork, poor nutrition, etc.) distort the body’s ability to naturally heal, putting a strain on the nervous system.
BodyTalk helps to bring the nervous system out of emergency mode so that the natural healing process can then resume. Using gentle touch and light tapping, each session is tailored to exactly what that person requires at that time. BodyTalk can help with physical, emotional, mental, environmental, and Spiritual issues in the body. Once the underlying issues have been addressed, the body can better communicate with itself, keeping you happy and healthy!
2. Who is BodyTalk for?
Everyone can benefit from BodyTalk, and there are no age limits. From helping in-utero babies, to assisting transitions with those in their final years, BodyTalk is an effective modality to help bring peace and clarity.
BodyTalk is a great modality for anyone who wants to address the root cause of a “symptom”, and empower themselves to be in charge of their own healing!
3. What can someone expect in a BodyTalk session?
When you come in for a BodyTalk session, you’ll lie fully clothed on a massage table. If you’re unable to lie down, we can cater the session to however you are comfortable. I’ll sit at your side and use your forearm for muscle checking to find out where the priorities of communication breakdown are found. Once revealed, I’ll use gentle touch and tapping to kick start healing. Sessions will vary from person to person, however the session is always a safe place to ask questions, release any emotions or movements that may feel necessary. Nothing is ever “too crazy” to deal with!
4. What can someone expect after a BodyTalk session?
Every person is different, however common experiences are a sense of wellbeing and calmness. Usual triggers are not as detrimental, and pain usually subsides. It’s not unusual for the 24-48 hours following a session for the person to release the blocks, whether that’s emotionally, or through bodily functions (such as stomach gurgles, belching, mild fever etc.).
5. How often should someone be getting BodyTalk, and how will you know when you’re ready for another session?
When you are coming in for a BodyTalk session, a practitioner will simply be revealing and observing changes that the body is naturally undergoing. For that reason, it really is up to you as the client to decide how often you should be coming in. When I was first a client, I booked sessions every four weeks. (I knew I had a lot of work to do). Once the majority of my issues were addressed on some level (which took a few months, and a lot of self-care), I started going less frequently. As a practitioner, (and something my practitioner always did as well) I try and ensure I send every client home with tools and resources to help facilitate healing at home as well. This helps with those little emotional upsets and physical symptoms between sessions. This also ensures that there is no co-dependency, and that sessions are treated to help overcome bigger issues. Often times at the end of a session a recommended follow up will come up, but if not, my general guideline is 4-6 weeks. If you do feel an onset of something major, ask yourself, can I do anything to help this pass? Can I practice self-care? If it is something beyond those means at that time, then you know it’s time to book another session!
I hope this was useful information for you all!
Until next time,
What is it really?
Well it's no surprise that after a weekend of intense healing and learning in the Advanced Mindscape class, I was inspired to write a blog for you all!
First, let me tell you a little bit about my Mindscape journey! Mindscape is a class offered through the International BodyTalk Association. The difference between Mindscape and BodyTalk is that Mindscape has a ton of practical applications for any job that you have (or even just everyday use!). The class teaches you a set of skills to help strengthen the subtle senses, in order to pick up more information in your environment. I've taken the basic course twice (January 2015, and October 2016) and now the advanced course (June 2017) and I've met people from all different careers, which have found applications in all sorts of ways! It's a great tool for manifesting, healing, receiving information, problem solving, and what has helped me the most: conflict resolution! How many of you dislike confrontation? I know I can't stand it. So when the opportunity came up in Mindscape to be able to work with these skills I was all over it. It took me a while to really get comfortable in my skillset, but I use it daily now. Heck I'm using it right now to help facilitate my blog writing!
I often use Mindscape in my BodyTalk sessions; I invite the energy of the person in to my space, and I work with the subtle senses to pick up information to help me in the session. How cool is that? (If you're having trouble picturing it, think of a lesser version of in Star Wars, when they call and use holographs like a Skype tool! LOL!)
So for this particular class, we had a smaller group, only 8 participants. Throughout the weekend, everyone seemed to have a little healing epiphany. As the end of the class drew nearer, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little bit jealous that everyone seemed to be having these healing moments of clarity. I hadn't gone in to the class with any particular issues I wanted to work on, but still, it's always nice to heal!
Ahh, but then Sylvia told a story.
This story, which has now completely turned my world upside down, is one that I'm going to share with all of you.
Now before I do, I need you to remember something. When you get to the end of the story you're probably going to think, "Well good for her, but MY story is completely different." Trust me, it's not.
Now here's a little back-story to why this particular anecdote hit me SO. FRIGGING. HARD.
My whole life I've been angry with many, many people, mostly people that have hurt me. But I could never pin point it as to who started the whole ordeal. I never understood WHY I was so angry. Like truly, life changing, white knuckle, pissed off at the world. I'm not talking about the lady who cut me in traffic. I'm not even talking about my ding-dong ex boyfriend that cheated on me more times than I can count. No. I'm talking, deep, soul shaking pain. I've had little thoughts, or ideas, but nothing solid. Why was I so angry? Why me?
You hear it in the news all the time, someone was caught neglecting or abusing animals. You hear about the children of different countries that are picked up to become soldiers at age 6, or sold to a sex trade. And we all get angry. Maybe some of us have even undergone abuse. Emotional traumas. Maybe we've lost children, or lost parents. Now. I think the common question to all of this is: "Why me?"
Many people might argue this, but this is, and probably will always be, my take on the human experience. I don't know how the world started and I'm not going to get in to that. But what I do know is that we are all souls on this planet who have lived a variety of different lives, all in different forms. (That’s something that we deal with in BodyTalk- 8th Chakra work is clearing any emotional baggage that comes from a past life). During each of these lives, we have our lessons to learn as humans. If we die still having not learned our lesson, our soul just comes back to learn it again. And again. If we've learned all of our lessons (it’s rare), we finally reach ascension, where we are no longer human. (This explains the Ascended Masters that come to offer their guidance. They aren't human, they were humans who got their shit together and then became non-human).
So. During that period of debriefing, who decides what lessons we learned, didn't learn, or have yet to learn? This is where Sylvia's story comes in. Now I'm going to share the story exactly how it was shared with me. Personally, I'm not religious. I believe in Soul Contracts. I believe that whoever and whatever is kicking around as a non-human, is having a say with what life we're meant to fulfill and when. If you want to change the word God out to Creator, Earth, Universe, go ahead. If you want to change Angels to team, master, etc., go for it.
Okay- here it goes.
"There was once a little angel. She had just lived a beautiful life as a human, learning all sorts of lessons and having a wonderful human experience. When she died, she went up to heaven and had a little debrief with God. God asked her all sorts of questions about her experience, what she learned, etc. The little angel said to him: "God, I learned so many lessons, but I'd like to go back down to Earth. There is one lesson that I didn't quite learn." God asked her, "And what's that lesson?" To that she replied: "I didn't get to learn true forgiveness". Well he pondered. He thought. Finally, God said to the little angel: "No. I won't be sending you down to Earth to learn about true forgiveness". The little angel cried out, "Well why NOT!" "Because, in order to learn true forgiveness, you have to be very hurt. And if you don't learn the lesson, it will continue to happen. Over and over again. And I don't think I'll be able to find someone willing to go down with you, and have that experience".
There was another little angel listening in on this conversation, who then approached. This second little angel came up to God and the other one, and said: "I volunteer to go down. I'll provide you with a life so you can learn forgiveness." This little volunteer angel was so sure of it. "But I need you to remember one thing. When I hurt you, and when you're angry, and upset, and crying out 'why me!’ I want you to remember exactly who I am, and exactly what you wanted to learn."
So. The couple that lost a child? The person who was abused? The man who lost a parent, or the woman who was raped? You can spend your entire life being angry. Being resentful. Crying out why me, why this, why now, but in the end, you are ignoring what that little angel asked- "remember who I am and what you wanted to learn". We are privileged to live a life as beautiful as we do. This is also why I am SO grateful for what I get to do every day, help people peel back those layers, take off those masks, all so that it's easier to see the big picture. The lesson. Release the anger and the resentment.
Now I'm not trying to diminish anyone's pain. I've been there; I've been through pain. It is real. It's an experience I wish on absolutely no one. That being said, if you've gone through or are currently going through anything like that, I want you all to remember the story of the little angel, and the lessons that are learned from it: true, authentic, forgiveness. The sooner we can learn it, the sooner we can experience peace.
After hearing this, I did work in Mindscape. I invited every person in that I could think of that I was angry with, and I spoke to him or her. I told them I forgive them for the wrongs they've done, and for the hurt they've caused. I wouldn't be who I am because of it, and now, having found peace, I am stronger than ever and able to tackle with confidence and grace the issues that my clients bring to the table. This story hit me so hard, because for the first time in 25 years, I didn't feel angry. I was truly, 100%, authentically able to forgive every single person for who they are, what they've done and why. And I only wish the same for all of you.
Until next time,
... for when you're starting a fitness / health journey!
Hello Crooked Followers!
My apologies for the lack of blogging lately. You'll find out about all the changes that have been keeping from my blog later this month!
So I was filming a live video on Facebook yesterday, all about my love hate relationship with fitness, and working out. I've tried everything on the planet- from bodybuilding style workouts, to restorative yoga. I've had lots of experiences with what has worked, and what hasn't and I wanted to share some of my tricks of the trade with all of you!
As I explained in my video, (which you can watch here), I've had a very rollercoaster relationship with the fitness industry for the last five years. But since I find comfort in 'letting it all hang out', I'm going to give you the uncensored, brutal honesty version. With pictures (god help me...)!
It all began with a young twenty year old Katie in love. The guy I was dating at the time, was very athletic, and so was his family. Sure enough, I had a hard time keeping up when we went skiing, boating, even just daily activities in Calgary. Being the odd one out, I often felt like I wasn't as liked as much as I could have been, or as accepted as I wanted to be. Whether it was intentional or not, I needed to change the opinions of the people around me. Wanting to fit in with this crowd, and be "accepted", I hit a huge reset button on my health and started my workout journey. I lost a lot of fat, gained a ton of muscle, and started eating really healthy. I was home from university that summer, and started kickboxing, working with a personal trainer, and cutting out all gluten and dairy. The funny thing is, I felt great physically. I looked good, I was on my way to a ripped 6-pack, but I was even unhappier than before.
The thing is, is when goals come from an external source, they are never quite satisfied. So having lost all this weight, having gained a ton of strength, I was finally able to keep up with surfing, running, climbing; I even started skiing with the family. But- two major things happened: 1. My body started to ache. I developed knee issues, back issues, shoulder pain, gastro-intestinal issues, you name it, I probably had it. (more on that later!) and 2. The opinions I was trying to change, never actually changed. Fitness had nothing to do with it, this boyfriend and I were just not the right fit. So there is my first piece of advice: Your goals have to come from within. Making changes to please others won't work long term! If you're trying to make someone else happy, they probably will just find something else to be unhappy with. (Trust me, I went through it).
So fast forward a little while, this guy and I broke up, and I went travelling across Europe for about a month. I had just graduated University, I was single, I was FREEEEE! I developed some pretty ridiculous habits travelling. I drank multiple beverages (cmon I'm in Paris! Dublin! Edinburgh! Wine, Beer, Scotch, you name it!) every day. There was one day in Ireland that I actually had a pint of Guinness for breakfast! When I got back, I felt like crap. Between the time change, the copious amount of alcohol that was consumed over the last month, it was insane. I met Sean when I got back, and I started getting back in to a (less intense) workout routine. Skipping out on a few details here and there, I ended up becoming a personal trainer. I loved educating people on health, and I loved the idea of being able to hold others accountable. This is also around the time I was introduced to BodyTalk. It was through BodyTalk that I actually learned the connection between your physical health and your mental health! For those of you who haven't attended my Chronic Pain information nights, we learn in BodyTalk that emotions are actually stored in the Connective Tissue of the body. So when we don't fully deal with our emotions, repress them, ignore them, etc, they end up getting stuck and manifesting in to physical disease and illness. So remember earlier when I said that initial workout journey I developed knee problems, hip problems, etc? Those are the areas that we usually hold on to issues with support, and fear. (So being in a relationship that wasn't a good fit, as well as working out for all the wrong reasons? Yeah. I didn't feel supported, and I was fearful). So rule number two? Your Mind, Body, and Spirit and all connected. All three work in harmony to keep you in good health, you cannot have one without the other.
So I started working with this amazing BodyTalk practitioner, who helped me overcome so many obstacles around emotional healing. Although we saw a ton of changes, I was still really unhappy with my environment. I wasn't happy with the philosophy of the work environment at the gym, and to put it bluntly, I felt like working out was serving as a punishment for all the things I disliked about myself, what I was eating, and how I was feeling. Rule number three, working out should be used as a celebration of what your body has accomplished, how far you've come, and how far you plan to go, NOT a punishment! The minute we start viewing working out as a punishment, we are tuning in to so much negativity, especially with the nutrition or dieting component of it!!! The fact that I would HATE myself after eating a cookie; it just isn't right. If I had a stressful day, and my workouts weren't where they could have been, I would beat myself up and start a vicious cycle of negative self talk.
So, I just couldn't take it anymore. I quit my job, and flew to Europe for a month with my parents (Is Europe like my go to place for epiphanies or something?). We toured around Germany, Poland, and Austria. All beautiful countries- but very limited on their vegetables. When I got home, I finally found my true calling: BodyTalk. But not as a patient, as a practitioner. For the last ten months I have been taking classes, courses and workshops, and I've been a huge advocate for emotional health and wellbeing. I became a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner in December of 2016, and have grown and changed as a person SO much since then. I had never felt so amazing, I felt like I was finally me. However, that being said, I ignored my own rule. I put so much emphasis on mental and spiritual health, that I kinda forgot about the physical aspect. My energy was low, and I found myself sleeping less, and drinking more coffee. Because I was feeling sluggish, my nutritional habits had become less ideal. It was becoming harder and harder to focus in my sessions, and despite all the BodyTalk, Reiki, and Meditation I was doing, I was feeling sad and anxious. Finally, one day, when I realized I was now at the heaviest weight I had ever been, with broken out skin, poor mobility, and a shitty mood, I joined the best gym that has ever existed on this planet. Rule number four: find something that lights your fire. I made a promise to myself that when I started working out again, it would be a facility that had similar philosophies to my own. I wanted to ensure that mental health, a sense of community and acceptance were all on their menu. I had been following a gym on social media that was suggested to me by a fellow BodyTalker (one of my instructors, actually!) and I finally signed up. The minute I drove up to the facility- I picked up on this amazing energy. I actually felt like I was home. Every single person introduced themselves, welcomed me, showed me around, high fived me for being there. The workout was intense, but SO much fun. When I called Sean on the way home, he told me that I hadn't sounded this happy in a long time. So I really did find something that lit my fire! Well that brings you up to speed on my journey, and my top tips for fitness. I am feeling oh so fantastic- and I can't wait to see what the next few weeks, months, even years (?) have in store!!!
So rule number five is to sum up my entire experience: balance is always key. If you listen to your soul, do what makes you happy, take breaks when you need it, and follow a healthy lifestyle (from salads, to wine), then you're going to be just fine. In the end, everything always happens for a reason! Going through tough times, or hard experiences always makes you a stronger person in the long run. I often get asked if I regret being in that first relationship. Or if I regret being a personal trainer. Absolutely not! If it weren't for those different experiences, I would not be where I am. I wouldn't have all this wonderful advice for you all. So. Happy healing, happy sweating, and if you ever wanted a little extra help or support on your journey, you guys always know where to find me!
Until next time,