smudge stick

You might walk into our office and catch us waving a little wooden stick or using our Tibetan bowls to chime new life into our space. We are shifting and clearing any negative energy in our space. Since we are bodyworkers, we take on a lot of other folks’ energy. Let me explain.

It happens when we have a busy day, everyone has their own energy they bring in, its our own stuff right? Sometimes we are positive and sometimes life brings us challenges. Since we are all made of energy, our vibrational levels are what can shift. We have the ability to shift our own energy into positive vibrations by thinking good thoughts. Yes, it’s as easy as that.

Even though we work on helping people stretch, move, and get out of pain, an energy field remains after every session. That’s why we try to clear the room after every session. Sticky energy, blocked thoughts or just a yucky feeling in a room is a sure sign that it’s time for an energetic clearing. Thankfully there are some tried and true ways to bring back the flow and Qi of your space. Some of these rituals have been around for thousands of years.

Here are tried and true ways to clear a room:

1) Burn some Sage (Smudging)

One of my top go-to favorites for clearing out energy is smudging or burning sage. Native American’s were known to use sage for all kinds of purposes such as healing, clearing space and sacred ceremonies. Burning sage is a quick way to kick bad vibes out of the atmosphere. Even studies show how burning sage can obliterate harmful germs in the air.

2) Burn Palo Santo

Palo Santo is a mystical tree that grows on the coast of South America and is related to Frankincense, Myrrh and Copal. In Spanish, the name literally means “Holy Wood”. Palo Santo is traditionally used for relieving common colds, flu symptoms, stress, asthma, headaches, anxiety, depression, inflammation, emotional pain and more. I love the smell but it’s a personal preference.

3) Therapy with Tibetan Singing Bowls

Playing singing bowls are a great way to disperse negative energy. They’re commonly used during yoga practice, as music therapy and sound healing and various religious ceremonies. In the Buddhist tradition, singing bowls are played in the beginning and end of silent meditations. The sound that emanates from the bowl with just a slight strike and pressure around in a circular motion with a mallet helps to induce a meditative state

3) Crystals

Crystals have a powerful impact on our body-mind. When placed around the home or even on the body, they have various healing effects; one of them being clearing negative energy. Make sure your crystals are cleansed (by submerging them in salt for a while or running them under cold water) and charged (by either placing them in the sun or in the light of the moon, depending on the stone). Lastly, it’s time to get creative. Use whichever crystals call to you and place them in the corners of your rooms. Crystals even look great when you wear them. We sell candles with amethyst, and pink quartz necklaces. Good vibes all around!

4) Diffuse Essential Oils

Aromatherapy with essential oils in a diffuser blend is a good alternative.
An additional advantage of using a diffuser is it can provide continuous clearing. The subtle properties of essential oils are effectively expressed in very light dilutions. In fact, less is best. There are many essential oils that have energetic clearing properties. This is a list of some of my favorites:

• Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
• Frankincense (Boswellia cateri)
• Lavender (lavandula angustifolia)
• Lemon Verbena (Lippa citriodora)
• Red or Virginia Cedar (Juniperus virginiana)
• White sage (Salvia apiana)
• Juniper (Juniperus communis)
• Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

5) Liquid Smudging

This is a simple yet affective solution. Take the above recommended essential oils or any that you love and find a fun spray bottle. We usually use glass bottles and fill them with distilled water with a few drops of essential oil. Shake before you spray to activate oils and mix well. This is wonderful to spray on sheets, in corners of rooms, or keep in your purse.