Reiki is a Japanese modality that made it’s way to the United States in the 1900s. Translated, rei- means universal life and -ki means energy. It’s a healing therapy using symbols to channel universal energy; a gentle force with little to no touch yet powerful results.
To be honest, everyone has the ability to conjure universal energy and I frequently did as an intuitive healer during massage sessions. Reiki training introduced tools to effectively channel that force with intention and focused attention. Reiki empowers us to heal ourselves and improve the physical, emotional and mental level.
After learning the history and my lineage to usuiReiki, I received the attunement which is a process where the Reiki Master opens channels in the hands and chakras to allow a direct connection to reiki energy. I concentrated on my heart and envisioned a lotus flower in it’s place opening like a time lapse video on repeat with each bloom receiving luminous magic. I was going to use this magic for an acute episode of low back pain that I assumed manifested as a practice tool. After a short session I noticed the pain intensified and then subsided to a subtle annoyance.
The tools I learned in Reiki II were three symbols aimed at healing the physical, spiritual, and distant body. The distance symbol is likened to prayer and healing can be sent across any distance as well as through time to previous or future events. For example in practice, using reiki on surgical scars or sending reiki to an upcoming travel engagement. I heard an anecdote in massage school about a therapist used distance healing and they astonishingly felt when the patient momentarily left the table and when they returned. This was across the country!
In the end, reiki energy flows where it needs to go. Similar to plant medicine, reiki quiets the mind and strengthens the connection between ourselves and the energy to create harmony. It’s is offered as a complementary therapy in hospitals and easily integrates with massage.
Our founder was recently named in the 100 People You Should Know in the Hemp Connoisseur magazine. They chose 20 categories and five people in each category. Jordan was chosen for Wellness. Her fellow wellness category individuals include a very dear friend and colleague of hers, Rachael Carlevale of Ganjasana, plant medicine yoga. Jordan and Rachel work on retreats and education furthering opportunities often and she feels honored to join her friend on this list..
JORDAN PERSON –
Jordan Person came to Colorado in 2010 as a medical marijuana refugee. Utilizing cannabis and other holistic therapies saved her life. She saw the health benefits of cannabis first hand on her own journey back to health and wanted to help educate the masses on what she learned. She found a way to combine her years in the medical field with her years spent working with medical marijuana, and Cannabis Infused Massage Therapy was created. All the topicals that Primal Therapeutics uses are made in-house. Person took classes in herbalism and created the recipe with her patients in mind using all organic ingredients in her creations. In 2017, Jordan began teaching Cannabis Massage 101 and Topicals Making 101 in an effort to provide anyone interested with the knowledge they would need to perform this trending modality. Therapists around the world are taking this course. Person is an advocate and an activist for the plant, proudly serving as executive director of Denver NORML.
What exactly does it mean to be trendsetters in an industry? Simply put, it is someone that leads the way in ideas. In 2014 when the founder of Primal Therapeutics first googled the words “cannabis massage” no responses came back. Google, the search engine used by millions everyday had no advice to offer her. The search continued online for hours then days before she walked into her local medical marijuana dispensary and purchased every single topical that existed. After using topicals on her own surgical wounds she knew their healing capabilities on a personal level but had no idea what their implications would be using cannabis from head to toe.
What began with a whole lot of research turned quickly into development and making cannabis massage into something that was more than just applying cannabis to a patient and calling it cannabis massage. What has made Primal Therapeutics the trendsetters in the field is their passion for knowledge and spreading the word of what a healing and therapeutic modality cannabis massage is. After years of exploring the topic Primal Therapeutics now offers educational classes to fellow massage therapists around the world.
Every year American Spa magazine releases their projected list for the upcoming years various spa trends. This year Primal Therapeutics is considered the trendsetters for cannabis in the spa space. You can read the full list of descriptions with links to each section by clicking here. The 2018 trends include the following categories in no particular order.
Hotels with Spas
Animals in Wellness
Regional Spa Associations
She noted the first thing that made her realize cannabis was an effective treatment for massage and all kinds of various spa treatments was the fact she no longer needed acupuncture. After being a massage therapist for many years cannabis massage gave her a new lease on her worn out and tired wrists. “It was a total game changer for me and my business” Person said.
As Primal Therapeutics approaches their fourth year in business in Colorado they could not be more proud to be a part of this list. Founder, Jordan Person said recently, “My Grandma always used to call me a trendsetter! She could have never guessed this would be my future.” Cannabis saved Person’s life and she has since gone from being an advocate to an activist and a cannabis consumer to a cannabis business owner.
Cannabis is capable of alleviating an array of symptoms with proper dosing. Being in Colorado as a medical marijuana patient I am able to use it to treat ailments from head to toe. Utilizing cannabis as a holistic form of treatment for my health and well-being has been very successful for me. Any time I experience any type of pain or discomfort I always reach for a form of cannabis as opposed to an OTC medication or pharmaceutical.
Medical Marijuana can be utilized and ingested through various methods. The three basic methods that I use and will discuss here are: edible, topical and inhaled formats. Please note that these methods are what I personally have found to be effective and have not been scientifically tested.
Edible forms include: ethanol based tincture, cannabis butter or olive oil infused foods, full plant extraction cannabis oil (FECO)
Inhaled forms include: smoking cannabis flowers or dry herb by using a vaporizer or other smoking device.
Topical forms include: using salves, oils, body soaks, body scrubs and lotions that have been infused with cannabinoids THC, CBD and CBN.
Head– Headaches via topicals by applying to the forehead and temples, and inhaling an Indica strain. There are also skin benefits from using topical facial cream for hydration and smoothing of fine lines
Mental– Anxiety, Depression, Panic Attacks and Social Anxiety- relief achieved from inhaling an Indica strain and from the ingestion of edibles at doses above 50mg per my personal tolerance. I recommend all edibles should be dosed in 10mg increments until you know your needed range. Too much is not fun, and too little is ineffective.
Lungs– Reduction of brochospasms from Asthma in edible form thanks to the broncho-dialator properties of cannabis. It is not effective for acute or emergent symptoms requiring a rescue inhaler, it works best as preventative medicine.
Abdomen– Nausea/Vomiting- edible in small doses dependent on the reason for the symptoms, coconut oil capsules of ethanol extracted cannabis oil in doses of 25mg until nausea ceases, and inhaled-generally an Indica strain. If the nausea is due to an alcohol hangover, a Sativa strain may work better. Surgical scars- topical to reduce scarring. The transdermal absorption of cannabis is excellent for expediting healing and reducing scars.
Muscle/Low Back Pain– from a ruptured disc at L5-S1 causing tight muscles, this was the result of a car accident. I refused surgery and used chiropractic care, massage therapy and cannabis in all of its forms for relief. Both Indicas and Sativas have been effective for my muscle pain. Topicals are my best friend when my back begins to spasm after a long day of healing people and any edible form can be effective, as edibles tend to be felt more in the body then in the mind.
My symptoms are alleviated with cannabis everyday of my life and I never stop learning. I love discovering new ways for utilizing this miracle plant for health and wellness. My wish is that in time, safe access to this plant will be available to everyone who needs it. The hardest thing for anyone to understand about marijuana is dosing. Every single person has a different endocannabinoid system and needs a different dosage. For some people, smoking may not be their preference, but edibles and topicals may work effectively. It is much easier for a doctor to be able to say “take two of these and call me in the morning.” When using cannabis for health and treatment trial and error along with documentation is the best way to learn what will work best for you.
~I wish you luck on your journey of searching for truth and healing through cannabis.
We walk around on them all day every day and never give them the attention they deserve. Our feet take a beating daily and never complain or ask much of us in return. We wear heels that are too high and hiking boots on rough terrain for too many miles. We never think twice about pinching our toes into a pair of not so comfortable shoes to sacrifice fashion for comfort. Giving your feet the care they deserve can not only extend the happiness of your digits but it can improve your health as well.
Health Benefits of Foot Massage
lowers blood pressure
can reduce edema (swelling) in pregnant women
certain reflexology points can relieve nausea
reduction and prevention of foot and ankle injuries
reduces the effects of depression and anxiety
assists with headaches and migraines
helps flat feet with flexibility
alleviates pain and discomfort of plantar fasciitis
helps reduce symptoms of menopause and PMS
Take time out every day to remember how important you are from head to toe. True beauty is a result of whole body wellness.