Over the past decade, there’s no doubt that complementary and alternative care has become more common in the mainstream and recognized by traditional medicine. Still, when it comes to some of the services offered here at Hudson Healing Arts — from energy work to acupuncture — we often hear the same misconceptions.
That’s why we thought it was high time to separate fact from fiction with our very own “MythBusters” edition! Whether it’s helping you understand how remote sessions work or what acupuncture really feels like, our goal is to shine some light on how our holistic healing modalities truly bring balance to your mind, body, and spirit.
So, without further ado...
Myth: Holistic healing is “woo-woo.”
Truth: Most of us understand on an intuitive level that the mind, body, emotions, and spirit are interconnected. Just think of the heart-racing effects of anger, or the deep fatigue that accompanies sadness. However, this concept can often get lost when issues arise — we may try to “fix” individual body parts or conditions. Our practitioners recognize that when there’s an imbalance in one area, it can impact the others, which is why we aim to restore a sense of harmony among all aspects of the self. It’s pretty amazing to see how physical symptoms tend to fall in line once the mind, emotions, and spirit receive some TLC (and vice-versa).
Myth: Remote energy sessions aren’t as effective as in-person sessions.
Truth: Energy has no geographic boundaries; it’s all about intention. We actually send and transmit energy all the time, and Reiki and AshWork are just as effective conducted remotely. In fact, even before the pandemic, 99% of AshWork sessions were done over the phone. Being in a different energy field than the client can even give the practitioner an edge, helping them to be as “clear” as possible and immerse themselves in the flow of a certain energy vibration.
Myth: I didn’t feel any different after my energy work session, so it didn’t work.
Truth: While many people feel deeply relaxed after an energy work session, there are some 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.
Myth: Adults are the only ones who can benefit from HHA’s services.
Truth: Reiki, AshWork, and Bach Flower Remedies can help restore emotional balance for teens, kids and even pets (their “humans” can act as surrogates). AshWork can also help restore the flow and fluidity in environments that feel unsettled or heavy, because energy gets stuck in spaces.
Myth: Acupuncture hurts.
Truth: Acupuncture is a deeply healing, rejuvenating practice — it’s not at all the same feeling you get at the doctor’s office when you’re being pricked by a needle. It’s also important to understand that the needles used are generally no wider than a strand of hair. As the needles are inserted, you may feel a tiny sensation, or perhaps nothing at all. Once they’re in, your only job is to lie back and relax. It’s super common to actually fall asleep and to leave feeling extremely relaxed from the release of so much stored tension.
Myth: Nutritional counseling is only for people struggling with their weight.
Truth: While nutritional counseling is wonderful for those hoping to achieve a healthier weight, it’s also beneficial for those who are naturally slim. Our resident nutritionist Joe DelGiodice has worked with people from all walks of life, ranging from three months to 102 years old. The first thing Joe asks clients is their purpose: Are you looking to gain a bit of an edge, to become substantially healthier, or even to obtain supernatural health? The food you eat has a direct impact on your mood, cognition and energy levels, so everyone can stand to gain the benefits of a balanced, nutrient-dense diet.
Myth: Hypnosis is scary. I don’t want to lose control.
Truth: Hypnosis is a totally natural state of mind. In fact, you’ve been in this state countless times! When you’re daydreaming, wrapped up in a movie, or just super engrossed in an activity, it’s not the work of mind control or some outside force. It’s simply you allowing yourself to drop into this altered state of awareness. Hypnosis at its core is direct, deliberate, and deeply relaxed focus. Your mind naturally knows how to get there, but with the help of a professional guiding you, you can harness the power that already exists within you to solve everyday problems. It couldn’t be further from “mind control”; rather, it’s an empowering tool that puts you in the driver’s seat.
Myth: Essential oils may smell good, but that’s about it as far as their benefits.
Truth: Aromatherapy is actually considered mankind’s first medicine! There are endless ways to use essential oils to boost your emotional state and heal a number of ailments, from nausea to congestion. However, it is important to note that all essential oils are not created equally. At Hudson Healing Arts, we only use Young Living, which is considered the gold standard for essential oils. With Young Living oils, you receive 100% pure, highly-concentrated, therapeutic-grade oils (a step beyond food quality standards). P.S. If you’re interested in ordering any of Young Living’s products, visit youngliving.com and use #220708 as the referral number. Or call us– we’re glad to be of help!
Myth: You need a specific physical issue to take Feldenkrais lessons.
Truth: Feldenkrais can help anyone and everyone move better because we all have habits of movement that we’re unaware of that can cause us pain and restriction. Plus, we all hold stress in our bodies. This makes even more sense when you consider our sedentary culture and tech habits. The goal is to become aware of the ways that we move that may not serve us well, and find better options personalized to you as a unique individual.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read our blog — we hope you found it useful. Don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook for regular wellness updates and inspiration. Here’s to a happy and healthy rest of the summer!
Hannah Chenoweth is a Hoboken-based conference producer and freelance writer who enjoys covering all aspects of health and wellness.