I strongly recommend Herb Lore's herbs, especially their Labor Tincture. I have seen it work many times when other things have not, and I can highly recommend it over and above anything else. I also live in the same community as Herb Lore, and I have been to their facility. They use only organic herbs and the best and highest quality. I have been impressed with Pam Caldwell's (Herb Lore's founder, company herbalist and creator of the Herb Lore line) knowledge of herbs and pregnancy and lactation, and have used their products to help with all sorts of problems that women in their childbearing years have. Most midwives know a bit about herbs, but Pam's knowledge is far greater, and because of that, has created a highly effective line of herbal products. I highly recommend using Herb Lore's products and their information as a valuable resource for anyone. I also think anyone who uses their herbs, especially the Labor Tincture, will not go back to any of the alternatives.
Alison Osborn, LM, CPM, Grass Valley, CA
What is Reiki?
Reiki is an energetic healing art with its roots in ancient Japan. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word Rei (meaning Universal Life) and Ki (meaning energy). Together Reiki literally means Universal Life Energy.
Reiki is not affiliated with any religious practice or system - it is simply the Life Force Energy (God or Universal energy) that flows through all things. There are many scientific methods used today that can measure the levels of this energy field, one of the more well-known ones being Kirlian photography.
A Reiki practitioner is specially trained and attuned to receive and channel these healing energies and focus them to help balance the energy within the recipient, whether it be an adult, a child or baby, an animal or pet, a tree or a plant, a situation or problem one is going through, or even electronics that are not working properly. Reiki energy can be used for anything. It helps to balance the energies within the recipient or the situation to facilitate their energies flowing clearly and smoothly, helping to facilitate healing and balance.
All things are made up of energy, even dense things such as the physical body, a beloved pet, a rock, a tree, or the computer or phone that you are reading this from. When there is an imbalance, weakness or a block in energy flow, dysfunction or disease can occur. Reiki helps balance the energies within the person or item to provide the most favorable conditions for healing so that correct function can take place.
Reiki works on the physical level, as well as the emotional and mental levels, which (according to body/mind principles) is where all disease, imbalance, and illness begins. By working with all three levels, you’re addressing the root causes of the dysfunction along with the resulting physical ailment. This approach results in a more long-lasting and complete healing.
It may take only one session to clear a physical issue, or it may take several sessions. Everybody’s bodies and situations are all very different. We have seen what would be considered serious physical imbalances shift completely in one session while other more mild imbalances take months of Reiki balancing. There is really no set result - it varies by individual. A person’s “body/mind” is in charge and will use the Reiki energy as it best sees fit for the person’s highest and best good. The emotional and mental shifts happen first, which can happen rather quickly, depending on the person. The physical body, because it is more dense, can take a while longer to “catch up” and integrate the energetic changes made on the mental and emotional levels.
Reiki is a safe and effective healing modality to use in all situations, including fertility and trying to conceive, during pregnancy, labor and birth, postpartum recovery and healing, postpartum depression, breastmilk production or any breast-related issues. This is an area of specialty for Pam (who is a certified Reiki Master), although she does work with any type of situation. Reiki is also helpful for those in the final stages of life, helping facilitate an easier and more peaceful transition.
Research has shown that in addition to deep relaxation and stress-reduction, there is a reduction in muscle tension and pain, accelerated wound healing, and a greater sense of overall health and well-being. It’s useful during illness, after injuries, and pre and post-op. The ways in which Reiki is helpful are limitless.
Reiki can be used by itself, or as a compliment to traditional and holistic medical approaches.
Disclaimer - Reiki is not meant to diagnose, cure or treat any condition or to replace traditional medical care. It should be used in conjunction with, and as a compliment to, your health care provider’s suggestions for you.
What to Expect in a Reiki Session
A Reiki session can be done in person, with the client lying fully-clothed on a massage table, with the practitioner either laying hands on the person’s body (avoiding any personal areas) or holding their hands above various areas of the client's body. Anyone who does not want to be physically touched can let their practitioner know, and they will only hold their hands above the body and not touch. This is just as effective.
Reiki can also be done as a distance healing, with the client relaxing in the comfort of their own home and simply being open to receiving the healing energies that the Reiki practitioner is sending from another location. As energy is everywhere and there are no time or space limitations when working energetically, a distance healing is just as powerful and effective as one done in person in the same room. There is no difference.
During a session, a client may feel the energy coursing through their body, they may feel pressure, heat, coolness, or tingling, they may see colors, they may feel unexpectedly emotional, or they may feel nothing at all. All of this is completely normal. If the client falls asleep, which is common, this also has no impact on the session. If emotions come up, we encourage you to let them flow. The body is releasing something, even if you’re not consciously aware of what it is and what’s causing you to feel emotional. Trust your body and allow the process - the body/mind knows what it’s doing.
After a session, the client will generally feel very relaxed and peaceful. They will have a greater sense of well-being, clarity, and lightness.
We will leave it up to the client and how they’re feeling as to whether further Reiki sessions are needed.
How do Pam’s Reiki sessions work?
As Pam’s client base is located all across the globe, she does all of her sessions remotely as Reiki distance healing. Distance Reiki is just as powerful and effective as an in-person session because energy has no time or space limitations. Doing a distance healing for someone on the other side of the world is just as effective as if Pam were in the same room with her client. She’s always worked by phone for her consultations and readings, and done her work at a distance - she is quite adept at it. She does her Reiki sessions via Zoom (or phone if the client prefers), so that she can meet “face to face” with you during the session.
One special benefit of working with Pam is her intuitive skills. Any messages or guidance from your guides or Angels that is given to Pam during your session will be shared with you (if desired), and is considered part of the session. There is no additional cost for this added benefit.
Once you schedule your Reiki session through Pam’s online calendar, you’ll receive a confirmation of your appointment time and date by email. On this email will be buttons should you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment. It's wise to save this email until after your session.
Reminders & Invitations
You’ll receive a reminder of your appointment 24 hours prior, as well as an invitation to the session by Zoom. If you opt to have your session via Zoom, you will need to have the Zoom app downloaded onto your phone or computer prior to your appointment to access the appointment with Pam. It’s free and very easy to use. At appointment time, all you’ll have to do is click the link provided in the Zoom email invitation. Note: your computer or phone will need to have a camera function available in order for Pam to see you.
If you opt to have your session done by phone, you will receive instructions on how to do that and the number to call in your booking confirmation email.
At the appointment time, click the link on the Zoom invitation to meet Pam for your session (or call the number for the phone consult). Five to ten minutes will be spent going over your reasons for the appointment and setting the intention for the session. Pam will play a relaxing music video that you both will enjoy while Pam is off camera (yet still in the same room) doing the Reiki healing work for you. You will still be connected by Zoom for the entirety of the hour’s session. While Pam is doing the work for you, you can watch the relaxing video that she's prepared for you, or you can simply close your eyes and relax or meditate or even sleep if you like. Your only job is to be in a place where you’re warm and comfortable and won’t be disturbed, be open, and allow yourself to receive. (If you’re having a difficult time receiving, this is something that can also be worked on through Reiki.)
When there is a few minutes left in your session, Pam will gently bring you out of your relaxed state and discuss with you what she “saw” during your session and any healing or intuitive messages that she may have received for you. Sometimes there are messages, sometimes there are not. Sometimes having the client have conscious awareness of a situation may impede the healing process, so there may be times when no messages come forth in order to allow the body/mind to use the healing energies as it best sees fit, without conscious interference, to facilitate their best and most speedy transformation. If messages are received, they will be considered ok to share and will be relayed to the client (with the client’s permission). This is not a requirement of the session if the client does not wish it. The entire session will last approximately one hour.
Note: Please do not consume any mind-altering products before the session, such as alcohol, marijuana, or medications (unless necessary) that might impair your clarity.
Instructions for After the Reiki Session
Be gentle with yourself. Allow yourself time to just relax and rest, and integrate the healing energies you’ve just received.
Make sure to drink a lot of clean, healthy water to keep hydrated as your body’s energy systems may be working at a higher rate after your session, so support your body and these changes with hydration and healthy foods.
It’s helpful to spend some quiet time after your session to journal or contemplate, as you may have some insights and further mental clarity as your body continues to process the Reiki session. If anything emotional came up, this would be especially helpful and advantageous to journal and write it all down. Even if you’re not consciously aware of what your body is releasing through your emotions or why, or where they’re coming from, writing them down and allow yourself to cry and release the emotions as much as you wish. This is powerful healing work. If you wish, you can shred or burn it in the fireplace to further release it (be careful to not start a fire!). What we continue to think about, read over and over again, or keep tied to us continues to affect us and have power over us. Release it and then move forward. If more comes up, that’s great! Perhaps another Reiki session would be in order to help to release that layer also. Each and every step is progress!
If you have to drive or resume normal activities after your session, make sure that you’re well grounded and back in your body with full awareness beforehand.
Pam will leave this to the discretion of her client, as to when (or if) they feel they need or want a follow-up appointment. The process outlined above will be the same for follow-up appointments, including the paperwork stating what the session is for. It could be for further healing on the same issue or something new. It does not matter. Follow-up appointments can be made at any time.
Please let us know if you have any questions at all! We look forward to working with you!