Each client’s experience is different. However, there are some common occurrences during sessions. Clients may feel body sensations such as heat, cold, tingling, vibrations or currents, flows, or rhythms as they become aware of the movement of energy within the body. There may be muscle releases, felt as twitches or pops. There may be a sense of loosening or unwinding of energy. Emotions or thoughts may arise and be released through dialogue or processed internally. There may be increased inner awareness, personal insights, and an enhanced sense of self.
Unique to AIEH is the theory and skill it brings to working with the biofield. The patterning of the body and biofield's subtle energies can be impacted by stress, illness, and injury. Using a variety of targeted treatments, CAIEHPs can modulate subtle bio-energies to facilitate an optimal flow of energy through the chakras, meridians, and tissues. In doing so, AIEH can help restore the body to a state of natural equilibrium that can increase the efficacy of other types of treatments. The CAIEHP approach interweaves somatic inquiry, awareness dialogue, and re-patterning of the biofield, all working with the edges of client readiness for change and in exploration of emerging realms of consciousness. The AIEH modality works well in service of contemporary approaches to the treatment of trauma that are based in the body and informed by the evidence of research in affective and interpersonal neurobiology and attachment theory. CAIEHPs are trained to create a safe environment for the client and to be aware of subtle changes in client’s stress tolerance and rationality. AIEH work is intended to complement other therapies within the fields of medicine and psychology, and CAIEHPs work collaboratively with clients' health care professionals.
AIEH is a holistic approach that works to enhance physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and transpersonal wellbeing. AIEH as a discipline advocates a proactive approach to wellness and aims to support individuals through the transitions and challenges of daily life. It may also facilitate growing personal insights and self-awareness through greater connection to Self.
There are a number of different energy-based healing modalities, each of which has different origins, training requirements, and techniques. For example, the ability to do Reiki healing is transferred from teacher to student through an initiation in which the initiate is then able to channel energies of a type and within a frequency range encoded by the particular symbol conferred upon an initiate by his/her specific teacher (representing a certain lineage). The range of frequencies drawn upon are considered from an AIEH perspective to correlate to the first three layers of the human biofield.
AIEH does not use a lineage and initiation system, or prescribe or limit the energies practitioners may work with. It is thus considered to be an individualized, contemporary, integrative, and full-spectrum therapeutic modality. Additionally, as the training of Reiki practitioners is not regulated and there is no oversight of the use of the practitioner title, the level of training of practitioners varies dramatically. CAIEHPs are graduates of Langara College's provincial Ministry of Education recognized certification program, whose advanced classes are taught by registered health care professionals. A CAIEHP has completed a minimum of 700 hours of training.
This depends on the condition for which one is seeking support and one's treatment goals, and on client's participation in their care. This will be established between practitioner and client at the outset of treatment. A co-created personalized care plan is developed. The cumulative effect of several sessions at regular intervals can be beneficial even for chronic or complex conditions. For specific goals, fewer sessions combined with acquisition of skills for relaxation, self-regulation, and coping strategies may suffice. The number of sessions is a topic for discussion with your practitioner. Referrals to other professionals in the health field may also be recommended by your practitioner.
Client information and files are treated as per British Columbia privacy legislation. Clients are required to sign a consent for treatment, and may provide a consent for release of information to or from other health care professionals where necessary.
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND PROTECTION OF PRIVACY ACT
[RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 165
Trauma is an overwhelming experience that one has not been able to integrate. CAIEHPs are trained to assist clients to regain a sense of safety in the body after trauma. As they support clients in developing inner resources to connect to the sensations and emotions of traumatic experience, CAIEHPs work with a client's biofield to support somatic releases and shifts in perspective. CAIEHPs also work with clients to develop reliable techniques of self-regulation and move towards a sense of self-mastery and agency. The CAIEHP's process of support to the traumatic experience is to facilitate the client's movement towards greater wholeness, personal integration, and internal coherence.