These past few months, stress seems to be swirling in the air, and our reactions to all the uncertainty are as individual as we are.
The good news is, regardless of how you experience stress, Reiki and AshWork are wonderful ways to soothe your frayed nerves and balance your energy. When stress is released from the system, it then frees up your body’s energy to support your health and wellbeing. Even more good news: Hudson Healing Arts is currently offering distance Reiki and AshWork energy clearing sessions at a discounted rate!
How Distance Sessions Work
Have you ever thought about someone you haven’t spoken to in a while, and then suddenly they call? It’s no surprise when you consider that everything is energy, and we send and transmit energy all the time. We’re essentially in an ocean of energy that’s always flowing — we constantly interact with everyone and everything.
Energy has no geographic boundaries; it’s all about intention. This principle is the reason that remote sessions conducted over the phone or internet are possible, says HHA founder Beth O’Boyle.
“When there's an intention set to make a connection with the energy, it flows, whether I’m sitting beside you or on the other end of the phone,” says Beth. “During remote sessions, I'm completely focused on the client, and am open and receptive to what’s going on with them.”
In fact, even before stay-at-home orders were in place, 99% of AshWork sessions were done over the phone. Being in a different energy field than the client gives the practitioner an edge, helping them to be as “clear” as possible and immerse themselves in the flow of a certain energy vibration (to learn more about AshWork, feel free to check out our past article or our Tele-Services page).
Reiki or AshWork?
To figure out which modality will best serve your needs, first ask yourself what you’d like to achieve. If you’re stressed and in need of replenishment, Reiki can be incredibly helpful, because you simply lie down and receive (from your comfy bed, no less!). If there are specific areas where you feel stuck — for instance, a fear you can’t let go of or a relationship issue bothering you — AshWork may be your best choice. (Note: Beth doesn’t work directly on the problem with AshWork; rather, she works on the energy surrounding or supporting it.)
The biggest difference with distance sessions is that you have to make a conscious decision to set aside quiet, uninterrupted time at home. If possible, request 45-60 minutes of peace and quiet from your family or roommates prior to your session. To set the tone, you may want to snuggle up in bed with your favorite blanket. For a Reiki session you may wish to play calming music. The more receptive and non- distracted you are, the more effective a session will be!
For Reiki, Beth will kick things off with a brief phone call to learn what you want to work on and then follow up with you after the energy work is completed. For an AshWork session, you'll remain on the line the throughout the session - usually about 45 minutes. If you’d like to address a particular problem, rest assured that you can’t choose “the wrong thing” to focus on; no matter what you choose, releasing stress has a lovely domino effect on other areas, too.
Reiki is always seeking a balance, so if you’re feeling drained, you’ll often feel more awake and grounded after a session. Or, if you've been agitated or stressed, then there's generally a deeply relaxed feeling. Clients often describe it as feeling like they've just had a good nap! After AshWork, many people say they feel lighter, like a weight has been lifted. Sometimes the problem feels farther away, more distant, or even gone.
There are a smaller handful of people who don’t feel an immediate change, and it’s nothing to worry about. It doesn't mean that it hasn't “worked,” just that it's taking longer for energy to settle in. Ideally, you want to give yourself a little space after a session to let it integrate: take this time to drink some water, stretch, walk, or nap if you want. Often clients notice that they feel better later on in the day or when they wake the next morning.
A Final Word
Beth works with clients of all ages, and notes that energy work is a wonderful way to support children and teens during this difficult time. Whether your child is struggling to focus, agitated from being cooped up, or perhaps dealing with sibling rivalry, both Reiki and AshWork can help restore emotional balance. Even pets can benefit from energy work (their “humans” can act as surrogates).
It’s also worth a mention that AshWork can help with environments that feel unsettled, because energy gets stuck in spaces. We’ve all been home much more than usual, so if you’ve noticed the energy in your house getting condensed or heavy as of late, AshWork can be a wonderful way to restore the flow and fluidity.
To book a session for a discounted rate, feel free to call Beth O’Boyle at (201) 653-7700 ext.1 and mention this article.
Note: Beth does not treat medical conditions with either Reiki or AshWork. This is purely energy work and is not intended to directly address physical or mental issues. Anyone needing help for these conditions should contact their physician or medical provider. Energy work can, however, be a great addition or compliment to whatever other treatment a person may be receiving, since it helps 'free up' energy to more fully support wellbeing.
Hannah Chenoweth is a Hoboken-based conference producer and freelance writer who enjoys covering all aspects of health and wellness.