The Techniques I Use
A sacred meditation
I was trained by Masters Nita Mocanu, Philippe Coffin & Colleen Benelli from 2007-2017. I am a certified Usui/Holy Fire® II, Karuna Reiki® Master Teacher and a Professional Member of the International Center for Reiki Training.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress-reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is simple and safe and treats the whole person including the mind, body, emotions and spirit, always going to where it is needed most.
Helpful to reduce stress, enhance the quality of life and improve one’s health, it is done by laying the hands lightly on, or just above, a fully clothed body. A subtle energy flows from the hands of the practitioner into you to activate the natural healing processes of your body. It's based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If your "life force energy" is low, then you’re more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, you’re more capable of being happy and healthy. Reiki is a natural tool for raising your energy and can be used for self-healing and helping others.
The Five Ideals of Reiki are an important aspect of Reiki because they help you produce less negativity in your life. I’ll teach you how to integrate them into your daily life.
*Holy Fire® and Karuna Reiki® are registered service marks of William Lee Rand.
An active meditation
through conscious breathing.
None of us are breathing deep enough. We’re taking shallow breaths and it causes depression, as well as, yes, anxiety. No one’s telling us to breathe from our belly outside of a yoga class. Yet, belly breathing promotes peace and immediately calms us down as we invite more oxygen into our body. It also connects us to our truth. Our answers lie within, we just need to gain access to them. A full complete breath is important to feel balanced both in your mind and your nervous system, it actually changes and balances your energy.
I teach a technique called Breathwork, otherwise known as Pranayama Two-Stage Breathing, Yogic Breathing or Conscious Connected Breathing. This is an active breathing process that combines an ancient two-step breath technique with upbeat positive music to help strengthen the body and calm and steady the mind. Breathing from the belly unlocks stuck energy and other stresses, allowing you to open up space for solutions, inspiration, and hope. The benefits of this simple and safe practice are many, including improved digestion, better focus, an increased feeling of being centered and calm, and deeper sleep. Defined as the control of life force, Breathwork is aimed at increasing vital energy in the body.
It creates a new balance between conscious and unconscious, and also between the sympathetic (fight/flight) and the parasympathetic (relax, heal) nervous systems. This breathing exercise releases oxytocin while managing and calming cortisol.
Breathwork is done fully dressed, lying down on your back while loud music is playing to help motivate, relax and release anything that’s stuck. It’s powerful and often profound. It can start to feel challenging in the beginning, but after a while it almost feels as if you’re drunk on your own energy. Some clients have said that one 25-minute session has been as beneficial as 1 year of therapy. With one breath, one simple invitation to be present and mindful, everything gets transformed.
The Two-Stage Breath can result in intense physical and emotional release. Therefore, it is not advised for the following persons:
History of cardiovascular disease, including angina or heart attack, high blood pressure, glaucoma, retinal detachment, osteoporosis
Significant recent physical injuries or surgery
Persons with severe mental illness, seizure disorders or for persons using major medications
Anyone with a personal or family history of aneurysms
Pregnant women are advised against practicing without first getting approval from their doctor
Persons with asthma should bring their inhaler and consult with their doctor and the class facilitator. Be aware that enforced oral breathing causes a decrease in lung function in mild asthmatic subjects at rest, initiating asthma symptoms in some.
The Two-Stage Breath does not substitute for psychotherapy, but it can significantly deepen and enhance psychotherapy and other healing and personal growth effort.
I was trained by Jack Kornfield at the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine NICABM in 2013.
Mindfulness is a Buddhist psychology that’s main purpose is to lead us to the best of human possibilities, to bring healing, well-being, inner freedom, no matter what the changing circumstances of life might be. When we are depressed or anxious, we lose our sense of well-being. Mindfulness reminds us of the possibilities of being open, gracious, wise, more loving, and more compassionate. We create possibilities when we live a present life and are not getting caught up in the history and troubles of our past.
Mindfulness has various tools for calming anxiety. There’s so much scientific research that shows that if you cultivate these tools there is a growing capacity for emotional regulation and decrease in anxiety. You will be able to tolerate things that would otherwise upset you. There are exercises to put you in your body and ground you. Can you feel your feet on the floor? Can you feel yourself seated in the chair? How does the chair feel beneath you? How does the fabric feel on your body? Just starting to pay attention to the subtle body and quiet the mind. Pay attention to yourself when you get upset and return to focusing on yourself and notice how it can begin to stabilize and calm you. We will explore this in our sessions and practice it.
A visual meditation.
This deck was designed with the female in mind by two women, Vicki Noble and Karen Vogel, in the late 70s. They were created in a trance state and meant for healing. They help you check in with yourself and navigate a way to process our emotions. They help us look into ourselves and see parts we often don’t want to see. In the process of identification with the card and the images, you can start healing those old thoughts that we have lived with for years and sometimes decades.
Using the Motherpeace cards is not about “solving” a problem but getting inside the problem to solve ourselves. Readings are for anyone
who wants to know how to make better choices in their lives. Using the cards to ask for clarity allows us to align ourselves and our actions with a larger cosmic order.
“Susan has reminded me of the importance and significance as a woman to nurture myself.
To make time to show up and present my beauty-full self with my own thumbprint.
I’ve learned from Susan to up my ante and step up to gorgeousness at any age…
// CHRISTINE MONAGHAN, ENTREPRENEUR, VANCOUVER, BC //