By Dina Joy Muchnick, Chinese Energetic Medicine Therapist
When people ask me to describe what I do as a Chinese Energetic Medicine (CEM) Therapist, I’ve often playfully said that it can be seen as a middle point between working with the acupuncture meridians, meditation, healing movement, and (for all you fellow Marvel nerds out there) Doctor Strange. That last part feels especially true when I get to do long-distance work with someone. I’d love to share a bit about how it works, and what got me into this incredible healing modality.
When I was younger, I constantly struggled with a series of chronic health conditions, as well as being either overly reactive or almost completely unaffected by many standard medications. My struggle with Crohn’s Disease and overall weakness/mobility issues became so hard to live with that I began studying alternative healing modalities, desperate to find something that could help. If you’ve lived with chronic pain or a chronic illness, then you probably understand what it’s like to hit that breaking point, where you just want the pain to stop. You don’t care how, you just want your life and your body back.
I went on a journey spanning several years and several countries, trying all sorts of alternative healing practices. I was determined to find something that worked, not knowing that it was the beginning of a path that would become a life calling.
The first thing that helped me was Chinese Medicine: using herbs and redirecting qi in my body with acupuncture and qigong. I was so amazed by its effectiveness that I started studying it at a local school in New York, and later went to school for a Doctorate in Chinese Energetic Medicine.
The deeper I went into this healing modality, the more I realized that this non-invasive practice wasn’t just for increasing overall wellness, but could be used in incredibly precise, specific ways to help our bodies heal when we have chronic and acute health conditions, injuries, and trauma. It can even help make other modalities’ treatments more effective, such as helping with organ transplants, supporting purging during detoxes, enhancing trauma processing practices, and even as a powerful tool in complementary cancer care.
What amazed me the most was that this work could be done long-distance, and can be supported even more with specific healing movements that people can do at home to increase and extend the effectiveness of the long-distance session. I use it regularly for clients, friends, and for myself, and have been amazed at what a difference it makes.
How Does Distance Healing Work?
Long-distance healing has been an essential part of Chinese Energetic Medicine (CEM), also known as Medical Qigong, for thousands of years, often reserved for the most skillful and energetically sensitive practitioners, and was an essential part of the wellness practices of the ancient emperors’ courts. Today, science is finally catching up with this ancient wisdom to show how distance healing works through the scientific discovery of quantum entanglement.
Quantum entanglement is a phenomenon (researched by scientists such as Bohr, Schrodinger, Backster, and Einstein, to name just a few) where two or more particles become intrinsically linked, regardless of the distance between them. Quantum entanglement is a fascinating way of showing that every single particle in our universe is connected and that the energy found all around us can be used in energetic healing, even over great distances. Backster, in particular, discovered that directed thought and intention can even affect inanimate objects.
In Chinese Energetic Medicine, we have a concept called “applied meditation.” This is when the practitioner builds skill and energy through their practices and meditations, to the point where they become effective in moving and transmitting qi (life force energy) in their own bodies, and can then apply these same skills for moving qi in others’ bodies in specific, therapeutic ways. This can be done in person, as well as long-distance, as long as the practitioner has the ability to connect with the person they are working with, which activates the quantum entanglement between them.
The Importance of Safety in Distance Healing
Long-distance healing isn’t just about sending energy to someone. There are specific “energetic hygiene” practices that a CEM practitioner does at the beginning and end of each session to ensure that while working on someone remotely, the space in which the healing takes place is kept clean, safe, and nurturing for the person they are supporting and that the pathway between them is fully disconnected at the end of each session.
In addition, a skilled practitioner will have trained for years on specific protocols that they apply based on a person’s constitution, health conditions, age, lab results, goals, and emotional history in order to effectively move someone’s qi to purge, tonify, and regulate it, much like an advanced needle-free version of acupuncture. Simply emitting qi without understanding anatomy or the specific conditions they are working with can lead to creating imbalances in the body, much like taking too high a dose of vitamins or supplements.
The Benefits of Long-Distance CEM/Medical Qigong Healing
Here are just a few of the many benefits Chinese Energetic Medicine has to offer:
● Pain management – CEM is known to reduce pain by promoting the natural release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. It can also increase the flow of qi and blood to the affected area, which can speed up the healing process.
● Stress Reduction and Emotional Balance – CEM practice incorporates deep breathing, mindfulness, and meditation, which help to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, responsible for relaxation and emotional equilibrium. Regular practice of qigong can reduce stress levels, calm the mind, and promote a sense of inner peace. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, fearfulness, anger, and trauma.
● Improved immune system – studies have shown that qigong can enhance immune function by increasing the production of white blood cells, improving lymphatic circulation, and reducing inflammation.
● Enhance athletic performance – medical qigong can improve athletic performance by improving circulation, flexibility, and endurance, and promoting mental focus and concentration. One of my teachers, Dr. Holder, is a professional strength coach and uses CEM to increase his athletes’ performance in the field and the weight room.
● Management of chronic diseases – Chinese Energetic Medicine is known to support people with chronic diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, asthma, and hypertension by improving overall health and supporting the decrease in frequency and severity of symptoms.
● Support during grief, loss, and hardship – these practices focus deeply on healing and seeking balance emotionally while helping the body to rebuild. They can be especially beneficial for bringing extra support during hard times, nourishing the body and emotions physically, energetically, and spiritually. In fact, I recently read a study on how qigong is effective in reducing depression by activating the parasympathetic nervous system. In addition to this, CEM also has specific meditations designed to help process and release emotional pain and trauma.
● Cultivating Mind-Body Awareness – CEM emphasizes the connection between the mind and body, fostering greater self-awareness and mindfulness. By consciously directing qi through specific movements and intentions, practitioners develop a deeper understanding of their physical and emotional states. This heightened awareness enables individuals to recognize and address emotional blockages, leading to emotional release and healing.
● Energy Harmonization and Emotional Resilience – CEM practices facilitate the harmonization and balancing of energy within the body. When the energy channels are unobstructed and qi flows freely, emotional blockages and stagnant energy can be released. This process can help individuals build emotional resilience, enhance emotional intelligence, and promote a greater sense of well-being. According to this study, qigong may be effective in reducing depressive symptoms, stress, anxiety, and mood disturbances.
● Other Physical Benefits – While I could go on all day about all the things you can use CEM for, this study shows how it may improve bone density, cardiopulmonary health, arthritis, fibromyalgia, tension headaches, and other medical conditions.
I’m so grateful to be here, sharing this special ancient healing system with all of you! Feel free to book an appointment with me, I’d love to meet you and give you the opportunity to experience how this powerful healing method is helping our clients around the world!
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Our holistic biological health coaches have a deep understanding of advanced functional testing and genetics testing, along with much experience in complex cases.
Our biological coaching team works with you to empower and teach you how to understand and interpret your lab results, what your results mean, how they are connected to your health conditions or symptoms, and most importantly, what to do with the information, how to put protocols together based on your lab results, and when to reorder your various labs to track progress.
You will become your own healing master learning how to navigate the healing process, how to modify your protocols, when and how to detoxify your organs and cells from the toxins discovered on your lab results. You will learn the importance of tracking your assessment forms and symptom sheets and how to troubleshoot your healing process.
In addition, you have the opportunity to learn how to understand YOUR genetic blueprint – Our coaches are trained in the field of epigenetics and understand implicitly that YOU are in control of your own gene expression and how your genes either work for or against you. If you choose to add genetic testing into your program, your genetic blueprint information can be used not only to help drive your plan of action for healing, but also it can be used to understand your body’s unique nutrition, lifestyle, sleeping, eating, and physical activity needs are so that you can optimize once you are healed.
Get help from our functional nutrition coaches who understand that there is no ONE diet that is right for everyone. Our nutrition coaches work hand in hand with our biological coaches so if you need any lab work done or specific protocols that would require supplement protocols, you have a team working on your behalf and your nutrition coach would make recommendations for which other team coaches would be able to help you.
Your coaches will teach and empower you to learn how to determine and navigate your diet modifications which are decided based on your extensive intake forms, history, and your lab data that your coaches may want to order for you. Based on all of this information, they will teach you what foods to eat and not eat according to various conditions and why.
Your functional nutrition coach will help you learn what substitutes you can use when there are certain foods you may need to stop eating for a period of time, how to put your meals together based on your dietary needs per your lab data, how and when to incorporate gut repair protocols, and what lifestyle modifications you want to address based on your labs and your health conditions.
Nutritional coaching can be a great tool by itself or combined with coaching from our biological coaches. You can schedule with either our biological or nutrition coaches and they can help you get started and make recommendations as needed.
Many people who have successfully mentored with our nutrition coaches have had past issues such as:
Mindset, past and present traumas, and limiting belief systems are some of the biggest barriers to healing, so much in fact that gene expression and biological ‘engines’ of the human body can change for the worse because of it.
In the many years, we have been working in the field of holistic medicine, helping people who have tried everything else with no success or little success, we have discovered how great of an impact our thoughts, beliefs, and past and present trauma, and chronic stress can be to the human body, mind, and spirit.
The rate of recovery and healing for those who place emphasis on creating new neurological pathways to imprint new and healthy mindsets and belief systems in how they perceive themselves and the world around them is greatly improved when the psychological aspect of mindset and integration of mind, body, the spirit is addressed through repatterning of the mind and body neurology.
By removing barriers discovered from traumas, mindset, and conscious/unconscious patterns that are not congruent for healing, health, and vitality, you set yourself up for the best outcomes in your healing journey. Healing only occurs when the physical, emotional, and mental barriers to healing are removed.
Therefore we incorporate mind, body, spirit integration work into our programs and in doing so, we see exponential increases in positive outcomes with our clients. We have put together the most comprehensive ‘whole person’ approach in the world, and this is why our results are so successful.
Our Emotional Processing, Stress Release, & Neurological Repatterning coaches work with you to create new neurological connections, anchor new neurology, and habits, and show you how to become aware of any conscious or unconscious belief systems that may be holding you back from healing and total health.
You are welcome to try one or two appointments to see what you think. We typically recommend a minimum of 6 sessions to make an accurate assessment of how this type of modality is working for you.
Here are some of the modalities our Emotional Processing, Stress Release, & Neurological Repatterning coaches use for brain and body repatterning:
Breathwork is more than just a simple exercise of intentional breathing. Specialized breathwork techniques are used to facilitate major transformation and healing by encompassing a wide range of therapeutic practices that are extremely powerful in providing immediate relief for pulling people out of fight or flight (the amygdala hijack we teach about in Part 2 of our Mastering Trauma Masterclass).
This vagus nerve activation through breath work activates the rest/digest (parasympathetic nervous system), stimulates healing, reduces blood pressure, reduces the cortisol stress response, regulates hormone and blood glucose activity, and heart rate variability (the biological stress response). It rewires the body for self-regulation of the nervous system in a manner that optimizes the body and creates resilience in times of stress.
Yoga breath therapy allows you to disconnect from the mind chatter, mind racing, and negative self-talk and reconnect with your body your energy. From this elevated state of awareness, you are able to facilitate healing, growth, and expansion. And if you are looking for some expansion of your body/mind/spirit awareness, then this type of breathwork can be nourishing and can facilitate the next layer of peace, love, gratitude, connection, clarity, and insights.
In the many years, we have been working in the field of holistic medicine, helping people who have tried everything else with no success or little success, we have discovered how great of a damaging impact our thoughts, beliefs, and past and present trauma, and chronic stress (the fight or flight response) can be to the human body, mind, and spirit.
By becoming aware of how to regulate our own nervous system, and resolve traumas, mindset, and conscious/unconscious patterns that are not congruent for healing, health, and vitality, you set yourself up for the best outcomes in your healing journey. Healing only occurs when the physical, emotional, and mental barriers to healing are removed.
The rate of recovery and healing for those who place emphasis on:
….. Find much success and amplification in their healing journey.
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