Massage & Bodywork

SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER 2021

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L i s te n to T h e A B M P Po d c a s t a t a b m p.co m /p o d c a s t s o r w h e reve r yo u a cce s s yo u r favo r i te p o d c a s t s 83 breath to those physical spaces, visualizing a stream of white light cleansing or clearing any energetic or emotional residue. In your mind's eye, watch the light drain that energy into the earth and away from you. If you find yourself short on time, you can build grounding practices into tasks you're already doing, such as intentional handwashing. While you wash your hands between clients, pause to take a few deep, intentional breaths, and then visualize the water cleansing away any energy or emotion you may have picked up in your last session. Another simple grounding tool is the five senses technique to purposefully take in your surroundings and bring you back into your body. Notice five things you can see, four things you can feel, three things you can hear, two things you can smell, and one thing you can taste. This practice, which can take just a few moments, brings you back into the here and now and supports the release of any energy transference that may have occurred. Above all, remember that your empathic nature is a gift! Do the work to acknowledge, separate, and cleanse yourself of negative energy, so you're able to share your gifts from a state of vibrancy without hesitancy. Amanda Huggins is a respected anxiety and mindfulness coach, certified yoga instructor, brand ambassador, writer, and keynote speaker. She offers workshops and digital courses for clients across all spectrums, and cultivates her ever- expanding social media community of over 350,000 followers across TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube. Huggins resides in New York City with her beloved dog Spartacus. For more information, visit amandahugginscoaching.com, tiktok.com/@ itsamandahuggins, or instagram.com/itsamandahuggins. ENERGY SEPARATION PRACTICES Energetic separation is an umbrella term for a number of practices that create mental and energetic boundaries between practitioners and clients. These practices are done with care and intentionality to prevent the transference of energy between clients and practitioners. Mantras and Affirmations Verbally acknowledging what is and is not yours to carry is an excellent way of impressing energy separation on the subconscious mind. Think of your mantras as invocations and declarations: You are clarifying your space and claiming only what is yours to keep. If you're feeling generally depleted, mantras like "I am in my body," "I am here now," and "I call my vital energy back to me" are great options. There's no right or wrong way to practice mantra work. It's simply a tool to encourage acknowledgment and separation in the mind and body. So, if you notice there's a particular client or energy in your space, feel free to be even more specific with your language: "I am [insert your name]. My client is [insert client's name]. My emotions are mine, and theirs are theirs. I release any anxiety or emotion that is not mine." Grounding It's always a good practice to conduct body check- ins. Before and after meeting with a client, drop in with yourself to notice if you're holding onto extra energy or emotion in specific parts of your body. Start with the key physical spaces where we tend to store emotion: heart, back, hips, and lower belly. Simply stand still for a moment or two, and then send focused Empathic energy matching presents an obvious problem for practitioners: When we absorb the energy or emotions of someone else, it brings us out of our body.

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