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Benefits of Text Based Therapy

Text-based therapy involves interacting with a therapist through a HIPPA compliant commercial service provider. People send text messages to their therapists/coach as an alternative to scheduling in-person appointments. Therapists respond back to clients accordingly via texts, which is a form of cost-effective online counseling with many benefits where clients feel more open and comfortable. Here are some of the many benefits of text-based therapy.

Convenience

Online counseling/coaching is convenient and affordable. People can attend text-based therapy sessions from the comfort of their homes. This is exceptionally beneficial for those who live in remote areas, especially if they do not have access to other mental health treatments because there are no practices located nearby.

Accessibility

Online counseling/coaching provides support to clients who are housebound or have disabilities. If a person is unable to leave home for many reasons, including physical or mental illnesses, they can still get treatment through text-based therapy.

Reflection

Text interactions between therapists/coaches and clients allow both parties to pay attention to all communication exchanges. They can always go back to reread them and reflect on their feelings as many times as necessary. When a person reads something, they can take a step back to re-approach facts more objectively and impartially. A client can take their time to express thoughts in the form of writing. Writing things down has cathartic effects and is often assigned to clients as homework after attending in-person sessions.

Insights

During in-person meetings, a client may not express all their thoughts and feelings adequately to reach the heart of a matter. By texting in a private and secure space, they can express themselves more openly and keep track of all communications.

Control

Clients feel less restricted when they are communicating through texts, which is what makes text-based therapy so effective. They can speak their minds without fearing judgment by reading a counselor’s facial expression or body language. Instead of stressing about making the most of an hour’s session in-person, clients can comfortably set the tone, pace, and frequency of things they want to talk about.

Anonymity

With online counseling/coaching, clients can keep their identity hidden if it makes them feel more comfortable. They do not have to reveal themselves, and a counselor/coach would not know what the person sounds or looks like. This provides more security and control for people to decide how much they want to share with someone else.

Accountability

Both clients and providers can hold themselves accountable for things they say since everything is done in writing. People often feel a sense of commitment when they write opinions or statements. Instead of trying to remember everything or repeating things, clients can also refer to previous exchanges to save time and effort.

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Healing Animals with Reiki

Many forward-thinking and progressive humans around the world are becoming fans of practicing Reiki. Reiki is a system of spiritual healing with roots in Japanese origin. The word itself comes from the Japanese word “Rei,” which means “Universal Life.” The energy of Reiki is not affiliated with a religion. It is merely a form of spiritually guided life force energy that flows through all living things with the ability to strengthen and heal. Most people use Reiki for wellness, and the practice can benefit animals too.

What is Distant Animal Reiki

Distant Animal Reiki is a healing technique that involves emitting life force energy to the affected area of an animal’s body. It is beneficial for pets of any shape, species, and age. The energy from the practitioner’s hands travels through the animal’s energy pathways and enters their entire body. Reiki for pets is noninvasive and always keeps the animal safe. There is no need for physical contact, as the practitioner is simply transferring energy through their hands to the pet from a distance. This practice is very gentle, especially for pets who are fearful. By transferring energy from a distance, your pet can be relaxed doing their usual activities instead of dreading being touched by strangers. They can play or nap while the healing is being done. As a pet parent, you do not have to be at home, so the practice does not disrupt your daily routine.

Benefits of Distant Animal Reiki

Reiki strengthens the animal’s immune system and heals them after surgeries or if they are suffering from any illness. If the animal is stressed and anxious, Reiki can help animals relax and heal behavioral problems. Reiki also heals all kinds of pain in any part of their body and provides a lot of comfort for terminally ill pets and their parents. Reiki enhances a pet’s well-being and reinforces the bond between pets and their owners because of the transferring of love, kindness, and healing energy. Distant animal Reiki provides a higher energy level to give pets the strength they need for recovery. This practice is an excellent supplement to medical treatments and relieves all kinds of aches, allergies, and pains if they are injured.

Why Choose Distant Animal Reiki

Distance healing is a form of talking and listening to animals without getting too close where they might be afraid and unable to relax. The right practitioner will have the skills to listen and connect with your pet, even from afar. They can sense the problem and channel healing energy to the affected area of your pet’s body without scaring or exciting them.

For more information of to book an appointment with Dr. Kristé, visit kristesprague.com, or email kristespragueservices@gmail.com.

 

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The Restorative Power of Salt Baths

After a hectic day at work, soaking in a long hot bath is the most pleasurable experience. Stepping into a warm tub filled with bubbles is the equivalent of sinking into a massage chair, and it smells heavenly too. Instead of spending a lot of your hard-earned money to visit expensive spas, you can recreate the same amount of pampering in the comfort of your home with bath salts. Bath salts are crushed minerals that dissolve in water. These are organic and all-natural products that leave your skin feeling extra smooth. There are also many health benefits to using bath salts instead of regular soaps.

Colored Bath Salts

There are many colorful options when it comes to bath salts, and all of them have essential natural ingredients and nutrients for the body. It all depends on the feeling you want and the scent you prefer. Colorful salts that are blue and purple can be the most soothing, while light color salts have an energizing effect. It does not matter which bath salt you choose because all of them have various health benefits.

Sooth Sore Muscles

If you suffer from sores and muscle aches, bath salts can loosen those stiff joints and relax your muscles quickly. They enter your body through the skin and are beneficial for healing any pain or swelling. A lot of pain is usually caused by injuries or inflammation in the muscles. Soaking in bath salts helps soothe the affected tissues within the muscles. Although it is not wise to overexert yourself by over exercising, a dip using bath salts after every gym session can prevent your muscles from cramping.

Reinvigorating Body, Mind and Spirit

When it comes to relaxation, bath salts provide a therapeutic experience through their tantalizing scents. Aromatherapy reduces the perception of stress and makes you feel content by lifting a significant weight off your shoulders. Powerful aromas such as LavenderJasmine, and Eucalyptus are known to lower cortisol. Cortisol is the body’s primary stress hormone and is present in our bodies to control our mood, fear, and motivation. Lavender salts help promote sleep in both adults and children, especially if you suffer from counting too many sheep. They contain organic lavender oils that enhance blood circulation and act as an antiseptic. Jasmine bath salts are useful in reinvigorating the body and mind to leave you tension-free for a long time. They have an aphrodisiac effect of awakening your senses and boosting a lot of confidence. If you are feeling under the weather, eucalyptus salts have potent healing properties. They are packed with natural eucalyptus oil, which quickly recovers both the body and mind. Inhaling the fresh eucalyptus aroma can improve your breathing if you have a stuffy nose.

Bath Salts for Weight Loss

When it comes to weight loss, a lot of relaxation in the tub with bath salts can burn calories and reduce bloating. This is because bath salts help drive out any sweat and toxins from the body and prevent excess water retention. Although they do not provide instant results in terms of weight loss, you will feel a lot cleaner, and the texture of your skin becomes much smoother. After every bath, you will feel healthier and more re-energized than before. Bath salts are incredibly beneficial for helping the body release all that extra water and detoxifying any impurities. Combined with a healthy diet and exercise, you will start seeing more weight-loss results in no time.

Stress Relief

Bath salts provide immediate stress-relief through a concoction of powerful scents and organic mineral-rich salts to help relax the nervous system. They are one of the most reliable forms of organic skincare products on the market. If you suffer from a lot of stress, the most natural way to release tension is by stepping into the tub. Simply fill your bathtub with warm water and open a brand-new container of bath salts. Choose between any of the therapeutic variety of natural aromas available. Pour them into your tub and watch them dissolve.

Natural Skin Growth

Bath salts promote the natural growth of skin cells, and you will notice a significant difference in the way your skin looks and feels after the first wash itself. Most toxins in our bodies are carried through our skin, and the right bath salts quickly cleanse and flush them all out. No other bath products have such strong antimicrobial effects.

How to Use Bath Salts?

If you want a detox bath, open the container of our Lavender Rock Bath Salt. Pour the salt in running water so that it dissolves faster. You can even pour it directly in the tub if it is already filled with water, the salt will simply take a little longer to dissolve completely. Then lay back and soak in the tub for fifteen minutes.

To relieve muscle aches, pour our Jasmine Rock Bath Salt in warm running water. Stir the water by hand for a few seconds if some salt hasn’t fully dissolved. Then step into the tub and soak for about twelve minutes. Even if you decide to stay in longer, there is no harm. Slowly you will start to feel your muscles relax, and all that stress will dissipate.

The aromatherapy from high-quality natural bath salts can go a long way in restoring your energy and aura. You will feel healthier after all those toxins from your body have expelled. All your muscles will benefit from the massaging effects of the water mixed with salts. You will always experience a sense of inner peace and calmness with every bath. Light those scented candles and play your favorite music to create the mood because you will never want to leave the tub again.

Healing Power of Far Infrared

A growing body of clinical evidence supports the use of far infrared (FIR) as a non-invasive health-promoting therapy. Far infrared therapy helps enhance circulation in the skin, modulate sleep, ease pain, protect against oxidative stress, relieve inflammation, strengthen the cardiovascular system, ease joint stiffness, and revitalize skin cells. FIR therapy also benefits the body by removing toxins through perspiration, improving lymphatic flow and boosting the immune system.

Far infrared waves can penetrate up to three inches deep to generate warmth that can provide immense relief to muscles and internal organs. 

Infrared Heat Can Act as a Natural Antidepressant and Reduce Anxiety

A person’s mood is one of the most important factors to manage when it comes to dealing with an depression and/or anxiety. Although there are different ways to help manage your mood, regular infrared treatments can deliver much better results.

Far infrared therapy helps to improve your mood by balancing cortisol, which is the body’s stress hormone.

For better mental health and the ability to conquer those blues consider far infrared therapy. You will notice the difference even after only one session. You will feel warm, relaxed, and your mood will be lightened as stress melts away.

Why Negative Ions?

Using Amethyst crystal in the heating system transfers to natural far infrared rays and becomes a negative ion generator. The higher the level of far infrared wavelength generated by the crystal, the greater the ability to penetrate body tissue more deeply than shorter wavelengths.

Negative ions, or anions, are atoms that have a greater number of electrons(-) than protons(+), which result in a negative charge. They are abundant in natural environments such as forests, mountains, waterfalls and oceans. Negative ions are believed to relieve stress and boost our energy.

How Soon Will You Notice a Difference in Your Health?

How soon before you notice a difference really varies. I have had many people notice a shift in how they feel after just 5-15 minutes. People with pain tend to notice a difference right away. In some instances, it takes several weeks or months for healing on the outside to be noticeable.

To book find out if Far Infrared Therapy is right for you, visit kristesprague.com.

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Chromotherapy

Chromotherapy, also known as color therapy, is a non-invasive energy medicine (vibrational healing) modality used for thousands of years to treat various illness and diseases. It is also effective in alleviating the symptoms of mental and emotional disorders. 

Chromotherapy uses the visible spectrum of light and color to affect a person’s mood and physical or mental health. Each color falls into a specific frequency and vibration, which contribute to specific properties that can be used to affect the energy and frequencies within our bodies.

While it is common knowledge that light enters through our eyes, it’s important to note that light can also enter through our skin. Chromotherapy provides colors to the electromagnetic body or the aura (energy field) around the body, which in turn transfers energy to the physical body. Given the unique frequencies and vibrations certain colors entering the body can activate hormones causing chemical reactions within the body, then influencing emotional and physical healing.

Some Benefits of Chromotherapy:

Often Instills a sense of calm and peace, bringing mind body harmony

Channelizes energy flow and regulates Chi or Prana

Can decrease production of stress hormones

Reduces aches and pains in joints to promote mobility

  • May well enhance productivity
  • May Improve focus, alertness, awareness and concentration
  • Know to reduce anxiety and panic attacks.

Although there is a true science to what color(s), modality(s) and points to use, depending on the client’s diagnosis, the rudimentary information below will give you a basic understanding.

Effect of Color on the Body

  • Warm colors: Elicit a warm mood, stimulate activity and creativity
  • Cool colors: Calming and passive, reduce tension and improve concentration
  • Neutral Colors: Provide a sense of calm, confidence, safety

Chromotherapy and the Chakra System

  • Red/First Chakra: Base of the spine/grounding and survival
  • Orange/Second Charka: Genitals and lower abdomen/sexuality and emotions
  • Yellow/Third Chakra: Solar Plexus/power and ego
  • Green/Fourth Chakra: Heart/love and responsibility
  • Blue/Fifth Chakra: Throat/spiritual and physical communication
  • Indigo/Sixth Chakra: Middle of forehead/compassion, forgiveness, understanding
  • Violet/Seventh Chakra: Crown of the head/connecting to universal energies, transmission of ideas and information

Sessions May Incorporate:

  • Colorpuncture
  • Color breathing
  • Sound Therapy
  • Color meditations
  • Use of solarized water
  • Shining rays of concentrated colored lights directly onto the body

Chromotherapy sessions available with Kristé Sprague at Ellsworth Counseling Services.

What Is Emotional Intelligence?

Emotions are a critical source of information for learning.” — Joseph LeDoux

Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. Emotional intelligence includes: the ability to identify and name one’s own emotions; the ability to harness those emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problem solving; and the ability to manage emotions, which includes both regulating one’s own emotions and recognizing, and understanding the emotions of others.

The purpose for developing emotional literacy is to precisely identify and communicate our feelings.

Features of emotional intelligence

  1. Self-awareness
  2. Self-regulation
  3. Empathy
  4. Motivation
  5. Social skill

1. Self-awareness

This can be defined as having the ability to recognize one’s own emotions, strengths, weaknesses, values and drivers and understanding their impact on yourself and others.

2. Self-regulation

Self-regulation permits you to sensibly manage your emotions and impulses – you show or restrain certain emotions depending on what is necessary and helpful for the situation.  Self-control is a fundamental part of this, but other aspects relate to what you then do: whether you behave in a way which is recognized as ‘virtuous’ or not.

3. Empathy

To be empathetic means you are able to identify and understand others’ emotions i.e. imagining yourself in someone else’s position.

4. Motivation

Being self-motivated consists of: enjoying what you do, working towards achieving your goals and not being motivated by money or status.

5. Social Intelligence is the ability to be aware of the emotions of others, in the moment, and to use that information to manage our relationships. 

Here are five ways to develop your emotional intelligence.

  1. Manage your negative emotions. If someone is upsetting you, don’t jump to conclusions. Instead, allow yourself to look at the situation in a variety of ways. Try to look at things objectively so you don’t get distressed as easily. 
  2. Be mindful of your vocabulary. Focus on becoming a stronger communicator. Emotionally intelligent people tend to use more specific words that can help communicate deficiencies, and immediately work to address them.
  3. Practice empathy. Centering on verbal and non-verbal cues can give you invaluable insight into the feelings of others. Practice focusing on others and walking in their shoes, even if just for a moment. Empathetic statements do not excuse unacceptable behavior, but they help remind you that everyone has their own issues.
  4. Know your stressors. Take stock of what stresses you, and be proactive to have less of it in your life.
  5. Bounce back from adversity. Everyone encounters challenges. It’s how you react to these challenges that either sets you up for success or puts you on the track to full on meltdown mode. You already know that positive thinking will take you far. To help you bounce back from adversity, practice optimism instead of complaining. What can you learn from this situation? Ask constructive questions to see what you can take away from the challenge at hand.

Benefits of Higher Emotional Intelligence

  • People with higher emotional intelligence find it easier to form and maintain interpersonal relationships and to ‘fit in’ to group situations.
  • People with higher emotional intelligence are also better at understanding their own psychological state, which can include managing stress effectively and being less likely to suffer from depression.