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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.

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Nag Champa – Rejuvenation and Divine Peace

There are so many pleasing and enchanting aromas on the market, but one that stands out amidst the batch is Nag Champa. Nag Champa is an exotic fragrance commonly used in incense, soap, perfume oil, essential oils, candles, wax melts and personal toiletries.

Nag Champa is often complimented for its heavy, earthy aroma. The base is the Champa flower which is commonly mixed with other natural ingredients, most commonly; sandalwood. Patchouli, juniper, vanilla and dragon’s blood also blend well the Champa flower.

Although the exact origins of Nag Champa scents are not actually known, it’s hypothesized it was first created in Nepal and/or India as these are the places its ingredients are most commonly found, and where Nag Champa is most traditionally used. Nag champa rose to prominence on the heels of an Indian man named Sathya Sai Baba, who was a guru, spiritual leader and philanthropist in the 1940s until his death in 2011. Nag Champa is thought to have spread to the Western world when Westerners came to India and Nepal seeking enlightenment. 

Nag Champa finds its applications in:

  • Prayer
  • Meditation
  • Relaxation
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Stress Reduction
  • Nerve Relaxation
  • Anxiety Reduction
  • Spiritual/Religious Ceremonies
  • General Fragrance in Houses/Offices

Because burning Nag Champa incense can turn out to be a little overpowering at times, especially for kids or those with respiratory issues it may be wise to use candles and wax melts which bring a warmer feeling to the soul. Here are a few all-natural soy based, non-toxic candle and melt options; Nag Champa 8oz candle16oz candle24oz candledecorative 20oz Libbey candlespecial occasion choose your scent candle20oz Rina Mae Jewelry candle and 2.5oz melt.

This powerful cleansing aroma will bring balance and clarity creating a calming and sacred atmosphere. Remember – One burn and you will return! Once you’ve experienced Nag Champa, you won’t be able to imagine life without it.

Essential Oils to Balance Chakras

The word “chakra” means wheel in Sanskrit. The chakras are depicted as spinning wheels of energy. Different practices have slightly different concepts of the chakras, but they are thought to pull energy from the body and radiate it to the environment surrounding the individual. Additionally, if the need arises, they can pull in energy from the world or the people in the surroundings. Essentially, chakras are thought to be an energetic connection to the world.

The first writings about the chakras are dated at approximately 1000 B.C., and their origins are based strongly within Hinduism, but the concepts of chakras and energy centers is also fundamental within the Ayurvedic concepts of prana and the Chinese practice of qi.

Root Chakra

Located at the base of the spine, the root chakra is associated with survival issues, self-preservation instinct, and the fight or flight response.

On the physical level, the root chakra is associated with adrenal glands, the skeletal structure, teeth, large intestine, kidneys, and the blood.

On the emotional level, root chakra imbalance may manifest as anger or rage, fearfulness, frustration, anxiety, and depression.

On the mental level, someone with a root chakra imbalance may experience black and white thinking, pessimism or negative thinking about life.

On the spiritual level, root chakra issues may show up as stubbornness and not willing to expand one’s view point.

Root Chakra essential oils include Vetiver, Myrrh, Frankincense, Ylang YlangCinnamonGinger, Cyprus, Cedar, GrapefruitPine and other earthy aromas to create grounding and bring feelings of stability.

If your root chakra is balanced you’ll feel supported, safe, and grounded. You’ll feel connected and comfortable in the physical world and your baseline needs will be met.

Root chakra essential oils can be used for balancing and grounding.

Sacral Chakra

Located at the pelvic area, the sacral chakra is associated with pleasure, creativity, sensuality, and emotions.

On the physical level, the sacral chakra is associated with reproductive organs, kidneys, and bladder.

On the emotional level, sacral chakra imbalance may manifest as rapid emotional changes, obsessive thinking, and emotional confusion.

On the mental level, someone with a sacral chakra imbalance may experience rigidity, creative blocks, and difficulty with relating to others.

On the spiritual level, sacral chakra issues may show up as fragmentation, dissociation, and deadened feelings.

The following are the most commonly used sacral chakra essential oils: Sandalwood, Clary Sage, JasmineOrange, Bergamot, Rosewood, Neroli, Black Pepper and Fennel.

When this chakra is balanced, you’ll feel a sense of abundance and well-being. Creativity will be flowing, and you’ll feel passionate and outgoing. You will have the ability and willingness to reach out to others and take risks. 

Sacral chakra essential oils can be used for balancing and geting in touch with your emotions.

Solar Plexus Chakra

Located between the navel and the solar plexus, the solar plexus chakra is associated with the will and identity, the perception of who we are.

On the physical level, the solar plexus chakra is associated with the digestive system, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder.

On the emotional level, solar plexus chakra imbalances may manifest as selfishness, stubbornness, domination, and desire for power.

On the mental level, someone with a solar plexus chakra imbalance may display cynicism, sarcasm, competitiveness.

On the spiritual level, solar plexus chakra issues may show up as feelings of worthlessness, fear of death, or being stuck in the ego/person/identity.

The following are the most commonly used solar plexus chakra essential oils: BergamotGrapefruitRosemary, Mandarin, Juniper, Lemon and Roman Chamomile.

When your solar plexus chakra is functioning properly you’ll feel confident and in control of your life. You’ll have self-respect and feel personal power.

Solar Plexus chakra essential oils can be used for getting in touch with your emotions and for balancing the third chakra.

Heart Chakra

Located in the middle of the chest, the heart chakra moves love through your life.

On the physical level, the heart chakra is associated with the cardiovascular system, the immune system, with lungs, and upper body muscular system.

On the emotional level, heart chakra imbalances may manifest as over sacrificing, selfishness, or lack of compassion.

On the mental level, someone with a heart chakra imbalance may display too much criticism towards self and others, judgments, and perfectionism.

On the spiritual level, heart chakra issues may show up as overwhelming grief, loneliness and isolation, and being stuck on ego levels of existence.

The following are the most commonly used heart chakra essential oils: Rose, Neroli, Melissa, Marjoram, Yarrow, Jasmine and Everlasting.

When your heart chakra is balanced, you’ll feel an abundance of joy and gratitude. Compassion and empathy will come naturally, as will forgiveness and trust in others.

Heart chakra essential oils can be used for awakening love, compassion and kindness towards yourself and towards others.

Throat Chakra

Located in the region of neck and shoulders, throat chakra allows you to speak your truth.

On the physical level, the throat chakra is associated with the thyroid gland, teeth and gums, the jaw, hearing, and nasal passages.

On the emotional level, throat chakra imbalances may manifest as excessive shyness, poor listening, gossiping, or dominating conversation.

On the mental level, someone with a throat chakra imbalance may be unable to think abstractly or in symbolic language, and may have difficulty expressing themselves and communicating their needs or desires.

On the spiritual level, throat chakra issues may show up as blocked creativity, inability to sense subtle energies, and disconnection from the divine and inner spirit.

The following are the most commonly used throat chakra essential oils: Frankincense, Geranium, Sage, Cypress, PeppermintEucalyptus, Clove, and Tea Tree.

When your throat chakra is performing properly, you will feel free to express yourself and your personal truths. You will feel confident in speaking honestly (and even firmly) on matters. You will also be a good listener. 

Throat chakra essential oils help to balance the fifth chakra and express your unique voice and inspired creative sharing.

Third Eye Chakra

Located above the bridge of the nose, at the brow level, deep within the brain, your third eye chakra allows you to see the inner and outer worlds.

On the physical level, the third eye chakra is associated with the pituitary and pineal glands, eyes, and the brain.

On the emotional level, third eye chakra imbalances may manifest as denial, delusions, nightmares, and fear.

On the mental level, someone with a third eye chakra imbalance may have poor memory, poor decision making, and inability to think abstractly and use symbolic language.

On the spiritual level, third eye chakra issues may show up as being spaced out, dualism, inability to see deeper truth and connections, distrusting one’s intuition or inner voice.

The following are the most commonly used third eye chakra essential oils: Bay Laurel, Palo Santo, Melissa, and Clary Sage.

When this chakra is on its A-game, you’ll feel clear and focused. You’ll be able to differentiate between truth and illusion, and will harbor a great deal of wisdom and insight. 

Third Chakra essential oils can balance and open the sixth chakra for clarity of thought, clear seeing, and spiritual insight.

Crown Chakra

Located at the top of the head, the crown chakra allows you to realize that everything is interconnected at a very fundamental level.

On the physical level, the crown chakra is associated with the cerebral cortex, the brain, and the skull.

On the emotional level, crown chakra imbalances may manifest as overwhelm, confusion, apathy, and isolation.

On the mental level, crown chakra imbalance may manifest as rigidity in perspective, over intellectualization, slow learning, and attachment to materialistic viewpoints.

On the spiritual level, crown chakra issues may show up as spiritual emergency, disconnection from witnessing, inability to understand deeper truth, spiritual bypass, and fragmentation.

The following are the most commonly used crown chakra essential oils: Frankincense, Palo Santo, Nag Champa, Helichrysum and Lotus.

When your crown chakra is balanced you’ll be able to live fully in the moment. You’ll trust in your inner guidance and spiritual connectedness as you navigate through life. 

Each unique oil aligns with a different energy center and can be used by topical application, placed in a diffuser or wax pot. Chakra Roll-Ons are typically pre-diluted with Fractionated Coconut Oil at 3%, making it convenient and ready to use. For the 1st Chakra, anoint soles of feet, or back of the knees with intention. For the 2nd – 7th Chakras, anoint area of the chakra by gently touching or massaging in a clockwise direction.

A body in balance can keep itself healthy by taking on whatever challenges might come along, while a body out of balance can be susceptible to disease. To maintain this balance, add essential oils to your wellness regiment.

Choosing essential oils is best done in consultation with a qualified aromatherapy practitioner.