When I first began learning about the chakra system, I was fascinated. As a fitness trainer, I’d learned so much about the physical body and assumed that the core workings of the body had to do with physiology and anatomy. Muscles, connective tissue, joints, and all the structures I could touch and see. Then I “met” Reiki and it opened up a whole new world. I began experimenting with feeling into the human body in a way I’d never experienced before. Through Reiki, I could sense subtle shifts in my own and another’s energy. Sometimes it felt dense, other times light...

Perhaps the question posed in this article’s title seems rhetorical. Of course you can detoxify your body! There are a gazillion “detox” diets, green juices, and clay potions that eliminate all sorts of toxins and metabolic waste from the body. Enemas, colemas, active charcoal, sweat lodges, and even frog venom are instrumental in removing accumulated toxins in the liver, parasites in the intestines, fungus in the stomach. If that sounds somewhat tongue-in-cheek––it’s intentional. These types of approaches provide more of a psychological detoxification than one that effectively serves the physical body. If you’re scratching your head, you should be. I...

I am honoured and over the moon with gratitude to be recognized by the Reader’s Choice Awards 2020. This year, Journey Within was selected as the winner in Clarington, Durham in three categories: Alternative Medicine / Healing, Holistic Health / Healing, and Massage & Wellness Centre. Thank you!   My gratitude extends to every person who has supported my personal journey and my work in Reiki, Black Pearl Technique, Hypnosis, and Complete Cellular Mind Body Alignment. They include my community, my clients, my readers, and my friends and family. I am blessed to be wrapped in the comfort of your love and...

  Reiki is a system of subtle energy healing that uses a series of hand movements, symbols, and distant healing techniques. Reiki energy is drawn from the spiritually-guided universal energy that surrounds us all the time. It’s this energy that is responsible for all life and all healing. A person becomes attuned to this subtle cosmic energy through a Reiki master––one who has practiced, taught, and been attuned to the energy through a particular lineage originating in the Usui Shiki Ryoho system of natural healing.   I know, I know. For many people, this may sound “woowoo” to some. How does a healing...

The Fascinating Facts of The New Pain Paradigm   Piercing, throbbing, shooting, aching, dull, cramping, burning––pain produces a variety of sensations, and by the time we reach middle age, most of us have experienced all of them in some part of our body. But this is where pain gets interesting––there’s only one place it actually occurs: in your brain. That time when you were a kid and you fell and scraped your knee? It wasn’t your knee producing the pain, it was your brain. When you burned your hand on a hot stove? Again, that was your brain, not your hand that made...

Human beings are very adaptable. We can endure situations we might have once thought ourselves incapable of facing. Nearly anyone who has experienced a loss understands this. Grief and the processing of loss may be difficult, but we’re still capable of managing it, and in many cases, more effectively and in less time than we expected. Loss is just one type of traumatic experience to which every single one of us is vulnerable. In fact, we’re vulnerable to trauma just by way of the universal truth that everything is changing all the time. Although it will vary in type and degree...

What Is Anxiety? This word is tossed around a lot in popular media. It’s used to describe anything from a modicum of stress experienced sitting in a traffic jam to a full-blown panic attack. The former is a common stress response. The latter seizes our mental and physical body and reduces us to a bundle of nerves, sweat, and heart palpitations. Simply put, anxiety is the body’s natural reaction to stress that can cause feelings of apprehension, nervousness, and fear. Such responses to certain events or circumstances are natural, particularly now given the current state of the world. And in some cases,...

Scenario 1: Your biggest fear has just been triggered. You’ve been called upon to speak at your best friend’s wedding, a gathering of about 200 people. You detest speaking in front of an audience, but you can’t let your best friend down. You agree to do it knowing you’re going to stress about it right up until the big day six months from now. Scenario 2: You’re in the back of a cab that’s just about to head onto the 401. The passing cars are a blur of colour, steel, and rubber, and you feel the cold prickle of fear rise through your...

Why do we care about the science behind energy medicine? Many of us have experienced the therapeutic value of massage and acupuncture, or even non-touch and less conventional forms of energy medicine such as sound healing, Reiki, or even prayer. Energy medicine is indeed a broad field, and at a time when it is becoming more popular as an alternative healing choice, our left-brained skeptic wants to know how it works and why allopathic medicine is beginning to welcome it into convention.   “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the...

  Your body is a fluid, dynamic structure of bones, blood vessels, tissues, and other organic matter. Just think for a minute about what an incredible experience it is to live within your body. You’re made up of genes coded with clues about your ancestors, as well as millions of microscopic bacteria that influence everything from your mood to how well last night’s pizza digested.   But our miraculous bodies also contain a more subtle system. You can’t see, touch, or feel it, though it is alive, active, and has major implications for physical and emotional health: the energy meridians, or channels.   Energy meridians...