Caregivers and Therapeutic Touch

Caregivers and Therapeutic Touch

This summer I and three other “energy healers” attended the annual Caregivers picnic at John Lawson Park on West Vancouver’s waterfront, at the invitation of Karyn Davies, who I dub the One Who Cares for The Caregivers. We were all there to share a meal and generally have a good time shedding our cares.  It is pretty easy in such a beautiful setting with a bunch of compassionate people.

After we ate, the healing began. The caregivers spend most of their time looking after others so this was their time to participate in their own healing process, or self-care. The energy healers all practice Therapeutic Touch (TT), a modern interpretation of ancient healing practices. TT was introduced over 40 years ago in New York by 2 women, one being Dolores Krieger, PhD, a professor of nursing at NYU. It is now used in hospitals and other venues around the world. I have been practicing it for about 10 years, and find it very effective.

In all, about 12 people were helped by TT volunteers that day. I will describe how I treated 5 of those people, to give you an idea how it works.

I start by saying that the process involves an exchange of energy between 2 people, but for my part, I am merely channelling the healing energies of the universe so that the other person can heal himself. Our bodies are composed of trillions of cells, and the spaces between the cells exchange energy which also extends beyond the body, creating an energy field. (This is sometimes visible as an aura). I ask people to relate briefly what they would like to change –physically, emotionally, or spiritually, and this creates a starting point.

I have people sit in a portable “zero gravity” chair which can recline as far back as people like. Then I centre myself and block out all distractions in the environment. I use my hands, about 2 inches from the body, to sense the person’s energy field.  Then I begin a kind of energy alteration, either hands-on (with permission) or just in the energy field. The energy becomes modulated, not just on the surface, but right through all parts of the body.  I usually see a relaxation response within a few minutes.

The whole thing takes about 20 minutes, after which we ask people to rest and drink water. Responses that day included relaxation, sleep, diminishing of pain (back, legs, and head), reduced swelling, and lifting of emotional weight off the chest. I have followed up with other treatments for at least one person.  Afterwards, we all felt closeness, and could go back to our various caregiver roles renewed, with a new tool to connect with other people. I find a great deal of joy in being able to participate in such a simple but profound healing experience.

-Alex Jamieson

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West Van Library Health & Wellness Section

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This summer I visited the Health & Wellness section at West Vancouver Public Library. There are MANY resources there, too many to list, but everything the caregiver would want to know about caregiving, seniors health, and all kinds of related health issues such as diet, fitness, and relaxation.  Many of the books are current.  So check it out!

After you’ve selected material, why not go for a cup of tea in the library cafe or else sit in the peace and quiet of the Peter J. Peters Reading Room (adjacent to the Information desk on the Main floor, next to the piano). Of course, there are two comfortable armchairs in the Health & Wellness section itself, which is located on the Mezzanine level.

After my visit I talked to a librarian, who said the Health & Wellness section was started by a librarian who saw the need for such a resource.  We are indeed fortunate to have it.

If you go: West Vancouver Memorial Library is located at 19th and Marine Drive in West Vancouver at 1950 Marine Drive.

Hours: Mon-Th 10 am to 9pm; Fri 10 am to 6pm; Sat 10 am to 5pm; Sun (Sept-June) 10 am to 5pm.

Happy reading!

Calm Pond

Energy Boosters II

This is a follow-up to the previous post on a workshop I recently attended called: “Neutralizing Your Energy Zappers”.  The workshop was hosted by the Family Caregivers Network Society as part of the “Care-ring Voice Network“, a free service of tele-workshops on various caregiving and health issues.

It’s good to be kind to your elders, but you also need to be kind to yourself.  Listen to those distorting tapes, such as : “if you take time to rest, you’re lazy”.  Turn off the TV, spend quiet time alone, or in the garden.  Take a ‘media holiday’ for a few days.

These are just a few ideas, there are many more…

Take care everyone!

Calm Pond

 

Are my parents safe to drive? DVD review

The 20-minute DVD “Midlife Dilemmas: Are my parents Safe to Drive?” will be available at the North Shore Caregivers Library as of Sept 5 2014.  It contains 3 short vignettes based on real-life situations of adult children whose parents exhibit unsafe driving.  Problem-solving by children, the parents, and their doctors is demonstrated so that viewers will know better how to proceed with this challenging issue.

The book “Difficult Conversations” (available in CD format at West Vancouver Public Library) would be a good accompaniment to the DVD.  This is no doubt a difficult dilemma: while seniors wish to remain as independent as possible, their children are understandably concerned about their safety.  However, by being resourceful, pro-active, and creative, solutions can be found.

See up-coming posts for reviews of “Difficult Conversations” and the Health and Wellness section of West Vancouver Public Library.

Happy viewing!

Calm Pond