Have you ever walked into a room after someone has been arguing and felt a tenseness, heaviness or uneasiness? Often we say, ‘ you could’ve cut the air with a knife.’ Simply put, spaces hold emotion as energy. In this article I’ll share 5 simple, effective ways to energetically clear your therapy space for the health and wellbeing of you and your clients. Our work with clients is sacred and our spaces can reflect this in different ways. We know about creating Temenos as an altar with meaningful objects – but what about engaging other senses such as ‘felt sense,’ resonance’ or ‘smell’? The rooms we welcome our clients into can be part of the overall healing experience we offer. Ideally, they need to feel safe, secure and inviting – encouraging people to journey deeply within themselves. Naturally at times, this means exploring and expressing strong emotions. Did you know that all emotions have a frequency that can be measured in Hz?  For instance challenging emotions such as anger, shame and fear are heavier and lower in frequency – measured at between just 20Hz to 150Hz – we can see these listed in this Emotional Frequency Chart.

Of course we want our clients to express safely as part of their process but what happens afterwards?  After a ‘big’ session, I often encourage my clients to leave behind anything that doesn’t serve. This can be the symbols in the sandtray, sometimes their artwork, always their used tissues!  I encourage them to move out from the session with whatever lightness or openness they have encountered and to leave behind any heaviness or difficulty they have successfully moved through. But what about the next client coming into this space?  What about many sessions building up over a day, a week, a month or even years? A therapy room that is energetically clear is important – and not just for our clients.

To avoid burn-out, to reduce our own stress-levels and for our overall wellbeing, as therapists, we also need our spaces to stay clear and fresh. So, here’s my five key tips to keeping a therapy space healthy and welcoming;

  1. I start each day by simply drawing the curtains, opening the windows and bringing in fresh air. Air that is moving creates a charge known as negative ions. We inhale negative ions in environments such as the ocean, forests, and waterfalls. Once they reach our bloodstream, negative ions are believed to increase serotonin levels, helping to alleviate depression, stress, and boost energy. This is especially important if the space is shut up for the weekend or longer. Getting the air moving can clear stagnation and bring a sense of freshness and liveliness to the therapy space.

 

  1. Another simple technique I use to start the day, is to play my Tibetan singing bowl. I sometimes sit for a few minutes in my client chairs and play the bowl quietly. In just a short time, I move myself into a slightly altered state of relaxation, where I can set an intention for the clients booked into see me that day. The vibrations created by the bowl resonate at a very high Hz – the same frequencies as the emotions of love, joy and peace – as we can also see in the chart. This method uses sound to clear the energetic field and create harmonic resonance. If you don’t have a singing bowl, you could try ringing a small bell.

 

  1. When a client has released a lot in their session, after they leave, I simply pick up the cushion section of the chair they sat in, give it a shake and then put it down with the other side facing up. A bit like plumping scatter cushions on your lounge. All fresh and ready for the next client.

 

  1. Typically at the beginning or end of the day, I will burn some Paolo Santo, a wild tree native to Peru that is used in ceremonies as a sacred incense. Using the smoke in this way is known as smudging. It subtly perfumes whilst powerfully cleanses the air, bringing a sense of sacredness to the space. As a side note, whilst I LOVE white sage, this can have a stronger smell and create more smoke. I once set off a smoke alarm in a session with a client using white sage! Now I leave that for outdoor rituals and use the Palo Santo inside!

 

  1. My final simple tip for cleansing my therapy space involves using a herbal spritzer spray. These are useful if you are in a workplace that doesn’t allow a naked flame or smoke. Have a look at our Resources page, where I have included a simple recipe for one you might like to make and try in your space.

A word of caution using smells … people have different sensitivity to smells – they may be allergic or just find them unpleasant. They may associate smells with memories of past experiences good or bad. So I personally avoid using scented candles with heavily perfumed fragrances. I choose organic, non-toxic materials an opt for fresh scents such as pine, cedar, citrus or eucalyptus. These 5 key methods cost little money or time, yet utilise energetics, felt-sense, resonance and subtle smells to create inviting spaces for clients. Moving through these small rituals each week allows me to offer a sense of sacredness and safety in both energy and intention; a way of truly living the Transpersonal in my practice and everyday life. I hope this inspires you to try one or all of these methods in your therapy space, or perhaps you have other rituals that work for you?  If so, feel free to let me know what they are and we can share with all of our wonderful therapy community!

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