I felt the pull to book an acupuncture session. We all know those pulls, the gentle way a particular thought or encouragement tugs at us at times or comes treading in through the front door of our minds at a half run and invades every moment that we aren't actively focused on something else or away from the world in meditation. The thought that I needed to seek an acupuncturist was THAT intrusive.
In my searches I was lead time and time again to Spirit House Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine in Chicago. I would close my browser and then on a whim do another search for acupuncture and be lead right back to the practice. Perhaps it was something about the name, as the symbolism of the Thai or Khmer spirit house has a powerful meaning for me personally. In any case, there could be nowhere else that I booked this healing from.
It was a breath of fresh air connecting with Founder, Director and Chinese Medicine Physician Genna Louise Robinson. We connected instantly - her calm demeanor and wise (beyond her years may I add) eyes were instantly soothing. A welcome feeling, because I was about to have needles pushed just under my skin to prompt my energetic system to release all that didn't serve, in a process that can often be just as draining as it is cathartic and restorative.
Upon hearing about the recent loss of my grandmother, a loss I'm still reeling from and nursing day by day and discussing some digestive issues I felt I had been having - which caused irritating and relentless headaches....Genna had a plan. She also filled me in on the profound notion that perhaps my digestive issues weren't necessarily my commitment to sneaking in dairy despite being lactose intolerant but perhaps were instead caused by the fact that I couldn't swallow the truth and digest the idea and truth that my beloved grandmother was gone from at least this life. The thought alone and the gentle way she offered it up - allowing me to reach my conclusion on what it was that I was having trouble "digesting" in terms of a concept or new notion in life - were soothing and relaxing. It's always a joy to feel for a short moment that your unspoken pains and burdens are understood. It was a thought that hadn't crossed me, but now gave me a renewed hope that I could manage and work on this "digestive issue" that was really more about information and less about my predisposed inability to digest lactose properly.
As we moved into treatment, Genna paused to take my vitals and record them. In that moment we bonded over the notion that perhaps the universe really does bring people together to work on key healing and key turning points together. The air was humming with that golden hour glow of two people in alignment, in tune and vibing on the same notions. I drank it up.
Genna suggested to me that I do what is known as an Aggressive Energy removal acupuncture treatment to purge my major organs of any lingering energy or stagnant blocks that I may be carrying with me. She explained that "not everyone has this treatment" and that "those that do, may only have it once in their lives." Whatever the case, it absolutely felt right and sat well with me. The process involved a number of acupuncture needles inserted in pairs along my spine - each pair corresponding to my organs. The process was relatively pain free, but I would like to note that both that corresponded to my lungs hurt going in and coming out. Funny thing with the lungs, they hold our emotions of grief. A word I've become very intimate with in the last 90 days as I make sense of what comes next, how do I plan life knowing that she won't be there in the flesh.
I dosed off and had a number of strong epiphanies come to me during the process of allowing the energy to flow freely. Many things about my relationship with my partner, that up until that point had been leaves unturned came to me easily then. I quickly connected into that purple space in the inner vision, when your crown chakra is running on all 8 cylinders and traveling upwards like a pulse in your inner mind's eye. I often have that sensation in places of worship, temples, upon first waking up, and in the deeper meditations that I traverse in my own space.
Walking out of the clinic, I felt buzzy and fumbly. I felt like my energy was oozing out of me and going outwards by 2-3 feet in every direction. I felt the distinct calm but dulled senses feeling that comes with energetic work. As I shared on IG, I heard my inner voice say "You have to walk in your body." as I crossed the crosswalk. Suddenly a bit self-conscious I wondered if I was moving properly or if I looked like a strange caterpillar, as it was certainly descriptive of the way I felt.
We planned I would have the treatment across two sessions, and so I returned that Friday to finish up my process. In the in between, which was only one day - a Thursday...I felt a gentle nagging pain in my spine. Genna explained that it was likely because energy had pooled there as we had asked it to be released from those acupuncture points but hadn't finished the job entirely. With a bit more time with the same placements of needles I was back to processing out the remainder of the Aggressive Energy. It was the same zen, delicious feeling of leveling out my energies and really detoxing my organs of excess energy that didn't serve. After completing both processes, I have felt it is easier to stay on task and on track with very healthy eating and water consumption habits. My mental clarity around my routine and priorities has cleared up and most importantly my creative impulses and visions have returned and I feel like I can write, create, and envision all that I wish to accomplish. Something that was severely limited in the moments just after my grandmother passed away. On the physical side of things my headaches have not returned and my digestive issues have cleared up. I felt the day after the first treatment that there was less bloating in my abdomen and that my tummy now was softer and hung between my hip bones like a hammock.
I have so much gratitude for meeting Genna and being able to experience her unique gift for intuitive healing of others through acupuncture. She knew on an unspoken level just what I'd been through, what I was fighting, and helped prompt my body, mind, and spirit to do what it does best.....heal ITSELF.
On a whim, I decided to purchase a gift voucher for my best friend for a halotherapy session. She had been working on clearing some energy that was residing in the lungs using breathing techniques and breathe of fire yoga breath technique. In the time, it seemed like the perfect gift to compliment her current self work and self-healing. We decided to go through the experience together; both climbing into a small glass chamber that looked a bit like a super chic crane game...only WE were the prizes.
We were seated on a small bench, with our bare feet dug into pink Himalayan salt which covered the bottom of the container. With the door shut, we looked at each other not knowing what to expect. With a gentle rumbling sound, the salt delivery mechanism began pumping super super fine grain sand out into cube we occupied. It had no smell and was a very pleasant sensation of clean filtered air pumping into the room. The general consensus between us both was that after a few minutes we were breathing more clearly, and getting more oxygen than usual. Our breathing went from what we felt was "our normal" to a more expansive from the diaphragm, opening breath.
I started to feel a bit woozy from being able to breathe with more depth. It was like when you're in the mountains and the air is thin, and then you return to a lower altitude and your lungs open up and the air comes streaming in. We plugged in for a 30 minute session and chatted a bit, meditated a bit, observed some silence, and true to us.....shared a handful of laughs. The purifying process came through exhalation, with each in breath being bigger than the last and each out breath being more clarifying than the last. The light headed feeling from the beginning was replaced with a clear headed feeling. That feeling when all of your senses come online fully. Colors are a bit more vivid, your thoughts are organized and accessible in a more orderly fashion. Alignment within comes easily, when there is less resistance from whatever dormant emotions and energetic clutter you've released.
The experience with halotherapy overall was the perfect way to spend a Saturday morning. It was cleansing and re-energizing. The lungs correspond to grief, as an emotion and this emotion - often described as unexpressed love can clutter up your energetic system due to the loss of a person be it because they have passed on or because they have left your life. Releasing and cleansing this emotion out of the body is key because it frees the body of burdens that can get in the way of fully breathing in and providing the rest of the body with purifying air and according to some beliefs, chi (life force). The validity of whether or not salt therapy really does anything for the body, mind, and spirit is of course subject to your own attunement. If you feel like cleansing purifying breaths are what you need intuitively, definitely find a facility where you can do some deep breathing in a salt chamber or salt room.
THE GLOW CHIEF
Hi! I'm Mischaela, AKA the "Glow Chief" (THE GC) the creator of Inner Glow Up!