Energy Work for Athletes

Attention athletes!

You train your body, day in and day out.

You run drills

Practice plays

You run

You lift

You worry about nutrition

But have you thought about how it impacts your spirit, mind and body?

Energy work can take each aspect of your training and bring it together in harmony.

Energy work is gaining credibility as more and more hospitals and health care facilities successfully integrate these practice into modern medical facilities. 

See the Benefits of Reiki here

See the Benefits of EFT here

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Reiki for Athletes

Reiki can expand a person, (in this case the athlete’s) own natural ability to heal itself and improve performance. Recovery time for the athlete can be greatly reduced as Reiki can improve the immune system as well as enhance the physical, cognitive and emotional aspects of an athlete in training.

Reiki can help to reduce fear, stress and worry while increasing confidence, memory and intuition all while promoting harmony, or a balance, which can positively impact the athlete and their athletic performance. Here, in this state of balance, athletes can reach goals with greater ease and overcome obstacles with less resistance.

What does this do? Not only does it have a direct, positive impact on the athlete, but it also works to improve the way the athlete interacts with teammates, coaching staff, etc. It can, in turn, enhance leadership abilities and improve team chemistry.

Reiki can be introduced at any point in an athlete’s career. Before big events, in the early stages or after an injury. The key, like with any other component of an athlete’s training program, consistency is key. It is an important part of the preparation and needs to become part of a routine.

What is the Purpose of Energy Clearing

What are some reasons behind energy clearing?

  • letting go of non-beneficial energy
  • to create/enhance positive energy
  • for balance
  • cleansing
  • attracting positive energies
  • healing
  • manifestation

What would you “smudge”?

  • home
  • objects
  • yourself
  • others
  • animcals
  • vehicles
  • office
  • land

When might you use energy clearing?

  • moving into a new house
  • trying to sell your home
  • after a traumatic event
  • on items that had a previous owner
  • if there is a lot of “tension” or “bad energy” in a location (home, work)

What is Smudging?

Smudging” is the common name given to powerful cleansing technique that is shared by many cultures worldwide. The purpose of a clearing ritual is to transform non-beneficial energy into a more positive one. It is a ceremonial way to cleanse a person, place or an object of negative energies or influences. It is also an effective method for energizing or blessing a person, place or object.

Smudging, or energy clearing, can be done using a variety of techniques. Burning herbs are the most common, but incense, resins, Reiki symbols, music, Tibetan bells and vibrations can all be used as well.

EFT Research & Evidence

http://journals.lww.com/jonmd/Abstract/2013/02000/Psychological_Trauma_Symptom_Improvement_in.14.aspx

http://www.theartofemotionalalchemy.com/The-Benefits-of-Tapping-EFT.html

http://www.stressproject.org/documents/PTSDmechanisms.pdf

http://www.eftfree.net/latest-scientific-research/

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/invisible-wounds/201202/ptsd-energy-therapies

Reiki Research & Evidence

http://reiki.org/reikinews/reiki_in_hospitals.html

http://www.centerforreikiresearch.org/RRdownloads/RRSummariesMoodWellbeing.pdf

http://www.centerforreikiresearch.org/RRdownloads/RRSummariesHeartRateVariab.pdf

http://www.centerforreikiresearch.org/RRdownloads/RRSummariesSymptomaticImprovement.pdf

http://www.reiki.org/FAQ/ExplainingReikiChristians.htm

http://www.reiki.org/reikinews/rn090699.html

What is Reiki

Reiki is a Japanese technique for relaxation and stress reduction that also promotes balance in the body. It is a healing practice that looks, and is, simple to learn and apply.

Reiki can be done anytime, anywhere. It is administered through light, non-manipulative touch or even no touch. It is a safe, non-invasive practice that does not interfere with any medical treatment or drug regimen prescribed by your doctor (be they conventional or holistic). Reiki has been practiced successfully since the mid 1920s.

Reiki can benefit anyone, regardless of age, situation or state of health. If you are healthy, Reiki helps you stay that way or even become healthier! Reiki is part of the traditional medical model and works on all levels of the human experience; physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and even may have a positive effect on the social.

Reiki has been classified as vibrational medicine by the National Institute of Health, and there are many prominent physicians, surgeons and health care advocates who feel that Reiki is the medicine of the future and hope to see Reiki integrated into every facet of conventional medicine. Reiki programs can be found in most major hospitals and there are millions of people around the world who have incorporated Reiki into their lives as a daily practice which helps them improve their own health and well-being.

It is important to know that Reiki can potentially help anyone because it does not treat a particular condition or dis-ease. Reiki helps bring the body back to it’s own balance which is unique for each individual.

The most commonly reported benefits of Reiki that are supported by hard data are:

  • reduced pain
  • reduced anxiety
  • improved well-being
  • enhanced quality of life
  • imporved heart rate
  • improved blood pressure
  • reduced depressive symptoms

People have also reported improved:

  • digestion
  • sleep
  • focus
  • memory
  • reduced fatigue

 

(Reiki Master Alliance of SNHRC and Affiliates)

 

CTRS Exam

Want to hear some good news about the CTRS exam? It’s a “content driven” exam, which means it really is about applying your knowledge and the questions are less likely to be “tricky” or get you caught up.

I took the CTRS exam in  2008. I was so freaked out at the idea of taking it and I was CONVINCED I was going to fail. I studied my butt off, went in there to take the test, and finished it within an hour.

I remember finishing that last question, looking at the time and panicking. There was no way I finished the test in an hour and did well. But I did. I passed using only the first 90 questions. I didn’t need any additional questions and finished the exam that had a “maximum sit time” of 3 hours…in an hour.

I was (am) blessed with an amazing education from Springfield College and amazing internship and work experiences at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Disabled Sports USA, the National Naval Medical Center and Spaulding Rehabilitation Center.

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This is a picture of me while I was interning at DSUSA. We took a group of wounded warriors to the Endeavor Games in 2007.

I am confident that the resources below will help you ace the CTRS exam. Whether you are taking it for your first time, or you are getting your license renewed, these are products you will definitely benefit from.

Study Guide for the Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Certification Examination

This guide includes great information about how to take the test, but it has 90 warm up items and 180 sample questions (the equivalent of TWO full practice tests!)

 

 

nctrc study guide

NCTRC Exam Study Guide

 

This study guide has practice questions, preparation tips, goes over the most important information that you will see on the test and dissects the questions to help find the correct answer through “hint words”

 

 

 

flash-cardsNCTRC Flash Cards

 

Repetition is key- don’t waste time making your own flashcards, these will reiterate the information you find in the “exam secrets” guide.

Therapeutic Recreation Certification Requirements

The exam is completed on the computer at a testing center. There are 90 questions and you have 86 minutes to complete it. After the 90 questions are completed, you’ll be notified on your computer screen of a pass or fail grade or you will be issued 15 additional questions to be completed in 14 minutes.

In order to sit for the exam, you need to meet the exam requirements and submit your application with your examination fee. Once your application is accepted you will receive a letter from the testing company. At this point you can schedule the date, time and place of your exam.

On the day of your exam, make sure to arrive to the testing site at least 30 minutes before you are scheduled to start taking your test. Make sure you have a valid, government issued ID with you. You’ll be required to lock all of your personal belongings in a locker before proceeding to your computer.

A passing grade of the CTRS exam is the final step in becoming a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. To get to this point, there are certain requirements that need to be met by taking one of three paths:

First path: Academics & Internship

This is done by completing the required amount of credit hours plus 480 hours of field placement. Resulting in a bachelor’s degree (or higher) with a major of therapeutic recreation, leisure or recreation with an option in therapeutic recreation. The degree must be from an accredited college or university.

Second path: Academics & Work Experience

This is done by completing the required amount of credit hours to earn a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university. In addition to this, a minimum of 5 years paid in the therapeutic recreation field (defined by NCTRC Job Analysis)

Third path: Academics & Work Experience Supervised by a CTRS

Again, this is done by completing the required amount of credit hours to earn a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university. In addition to this, a minimum of 1 year, full-time paid employment is required under the supervision of a CTRS (again, defined by NCTRC Job Analysis).

 

What is EFT? What is Tapping?

Have any of you heard of tapping? or EFT?

EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques. It’s been called the “emotional version of acupuncture” -basically because with EFT, needles are not used. EFT technique for relaxation and stress reduction that also promotes balance in the body. It is a healing practice that looks, and is, simple to learn and apply.

EFT, or tapping, can be done anytime, anywhere. It is administered through light, non-manipulative tapping. It is a safe, non-invasive practice that does not interfere with any medical treatment or drug regimen prescribed by your doctor (be they conventional or holistic).

EFT can benefit anyone, regardless of age, situation or state of health. It is part of the traditional medical model and works on all levels of the human experience; physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and even may have a positive effect on the social.

There are many prominent physicians, surgeons and health care advocates who hope to see EFT integrated into every facet of conventional medicine. There are thousands of people around the world who have incorporated EFT into their lives as a daily practice which helps them improve their own health and well-being.

It is important to know that EFT can potentially help anyone because it does not treat a particular condition or dis-ease. EFT helps bring the body back to it’s own balance which is unique for each individual.

What EFT or tapping does is help balance energy within the body and it is a process or treatment you do on yourself.

About 5,000 years ago, the Chinese discovered a complex system of energy circuits that run throughout the body. These energy circuits … or meridians as they are called … are the centerpiece of Eastern health practices and form the basis for modern day acupuncture, acupressure and a wide variety of other healing techniques.

This energy courses through the body and is invisible to the eye. By analogy, you do not see the energy flowing through a TV set either. You know it is there, however, by its effects. The sounds and pictures are your ever present evidence that the energy flow exists.

In the same way, EFT gives you striking evidence that unique energy flows within your meridians because it provides the effects that let you know it is there. By simply tapping near the end points of your energy meridians you can experience some profound changes in your emotional and physical health. That’s what EFT is all about. It is the central concept in the What is EFT question. (www.emofree.com)