I'll start by saying that it probably won't be the last time I get my Chakras Tuned. Going into it I tried not to set too many expectations. I tried to approach it with an open heart and an open mind because I'm a firm believer that your attitude can make or break a situation. But if I had known this was how I would feel afterwards, I would have gone long ago.
According to Natural Health Zone "A healthy body is in perfect harmonic balance. When the body is out of balance tuning forks can be used to bring about major, positive shifts in the energy patterns within and surrounding the human body." Everything vibrates at certain vibrational frequencies, including us. The idea is that the tuning forks help different parts of your body return to healthier vibrational frequencies. I've been curious about it for a while, so when I kept hearing about this amazing Energy Healer in town I figured I'd give it a shot.
Why was I interested in chakra tuning?
Arguably, I'm what some might call a "New Age Hippy." And I couldn't hate that term more. I feel like it implies a reliance on pseudoscience and an inability to vaccinate my children (if I had any, which I don't). What it means for me is that I regularly meditate, I have a mild obsession with Tarot, I enjoy aromatherapy, lazily practice yoga, I set intentions on the New Moon and I try to approach the unknown with open curiosity and a lack of judgement.
I enjoy the mental intersection where religion, science and art can all meet. Do I believe in the afterlife? Kind of. I'm not particularly religious, but I wouldn't say I'm without faith. One thing that I've come back to time and again is my faith in physics. There's strangely a lot of spiritual solace to be found in the first law of thermodynamics. If you're unfamiliar it's also called the Law of Conservation of Energy; energy can't be created or destroyed, it can only be transferred or transformed. I'd like to think that that applies to the human spirit as well.
Also, music has been a part of my life...always. I'm a violinist and singer. Almost every member of my family sings and plays an instrument, so I come from a long line of artists and performers. The idea that someone could "tune" my chakras was inherently interesting to me. So while there are a few scientific gaps between what we can actually prove through physics and the spiritual healing that energy work offers, I try to be open-minded enough to make those leaps and ask those questions.
I'm honestly not even sure what kinds of answers I'm looking for. Do I even have a question that I needs answered? Mostly I think I'm curious about anything that broadens my scope of the Universe and my place in it. So that's the mentality I tried to bring with me into Eclectic Soul Studio for my first Chakra Tuning session.
I got there about five minutes early, just as LaStacia Ross was unlocking the doors (I used to be a teacher, so punctuality is a big deal for me). I'd booked my appointment with her on Facebook, so we'd spoken briefly already. Mainly she communicated to me how much she loved what she did and that she was excited whenever someone else was interested in energy work. Sounded good to me!
I already knew what the inside looked like thanks to my shameless peeking and Facebook stalking, but I was still taken aback by how GOOD it smelled inside. I'm not a fan of all incense, but I could detect the remnants of most of my favorites and it immediately put me at ease. Two store cats greeted me, and I'll be honest...I'm so-so on cats. We either get along really well, or can't stand each other. These were total loves though so 100% I would pet those kitties again. Plus, if a cat is happy somewhere it's a good indication that I'll be happy there too.
Initially I was just going to do a 15 minute Chair Massage and Chakra Tuning session, but after speaking for a bit I decided that the 30 minute Chakra Clearing made more sense. The first option is better for people who maybe aren't as familiar with energy work as a way to ease them into it. Since I already meditate (and honestly just because I didn't want the "tourist experience") I figured I'd turn up the volume.
Our session was a combination of Chakra Tuning and Reiki Healing. Before this day I hadn't ever considered Reiki Healing. Mostly I pictured someone holding their hands over someone else who was lying down. And that's essentially what it was. Reiki.org says, "It is administered by 'laying on hands' and is based on the idea that an unseen 'life force energy' flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's 'life force energy' is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy." I figured I couldn't have too much life force energy, so why not.
While the motions of the session probably didn't look very complex (she really did just bathe my body in the sound from the tuning forks and she held her hands over various parts of my body) the actual experience was incredibly powerful. The session was held in a cool, dark room covered in colorful tapestries. I had a pillow under my knees and beneath my head, there was meditative music playing softly, and honestly I wondered if I wouldn't just have an incredibly relaxing mid-day nap.
My Energy Healing Experience
Like I said though, I'm a musician and I already meditate. At first I had a hard time falling into that quiet head-space that meditation normally brings. Slowly though, I focused on the tones from the tuning forks and it helped me drop more deeply into a meditative state than I normally ever reach. And once I reached that, I closed my eyes and happily didn't open them again for 30 minutes.
The tuning forks gave me a good indication of where she was standing at any given time, but that was it. I didn't always know where her hands were but I remember this intense feeling of serenity and energy. I was entirely motionless, but...I shit you not, I felt like these currents were moving through me. It felt like I was being buoyed along by them, and then instead of being moved around by them I became PART of those currents.
I won't go into the grizzly details, but certain memories kept coming to the forefront of my mind. They were things that I've been trying to move past for years but have only had moderate success with (I've gone to counseling, groups, etc. So I HAVE tried more traditional methods). But it was like my inability to let go of them was...lessened. I could loosen the vice grip that I'd been using to hold on to my trauma and pain.
Then there was this feeling of lightness. Afterwards her and I spoke about the session together. She told me about some things that she picked up on and what they could mean. It was FASCINATING but it was also deeply intimate and personal. So please don't hate on me for keeping that discussion private. The entire time we were speaking though I just remember feeling like this weight was lifted off of me and I was extremely comfortable in my own skin.
It's been 2 days since my session and I still feel amazing. While I certainly strive for it, I'm not always a particularly serene individual. But my mind feels quieter and less worried now. I'd like to think that this feeling will stay with me, but I don't know what will happen. I do acknowledge that it could be some massive placebo effect...but I just don't fucking care. If it brings people peace of mind and serenity, then I'm all for it!
I think that if you go into one of these sessions with the mentality that it won't work...then it won't. There's so much that we still don't know about the human mind and how it functions, but I think we can all agree that our minds are incredibly powerful.
I'm a believer in the mind, body and spirit connection but not everyone else is. And that's fine. But if you have an interest in mastering your mind, have some past traumas that you're struggling to work through, or even if you're just curious about the benefits that come from working with an energy healer then I would HIGHLY recommend trying Chakra Tuning and/or Reiki Healing. And if you're in the area I highly recommend booking an appointment with LaStacia Ross. I don't know if I'll need to book another appointment, but if I do she's the one I'll go to first.