Thoughts on dose
Dose applies to hands-on healing as much as it applies to pharmaceutical drugs and herbal formulas. When working with meridians and points, you are working directly with Qi (“chee”). Although difficult to comprehend, Qi (energy) is very real.
If your client feels exhausted or extremely hyper after their healing session, perhaps they were “over-dosed.” If they feel like nothing happened at all, perhaps they were “under-dosed.” In my experience, the tendency with most of us is to over-dose as we strive to give our clients everything we have. Sometimes we give so much that we end up over whelming our clients.
As the years of experience build up, I think it is important for hands-on practitioners to recognize our own development. With an increase in expertise comes an increase in the “intensity” that our contact has with clients. Perhaps five years ago, when you first began contacting specific acupoints, not much happened. However, you kept working at it, and you kept developing your skill and your ability to work with Qi. Now when you contact those same points, the Qi responds more quickly. Since it takes less effort and fewer point contacts to activate the Qi, we need to be mindful of “reducing the dose” in order to provide a balancing experience rather than an overwhelming experience.
Reducing the dose to the correct level may feel like holding back, but really we are being mindful of our impact. Dose is an ever evolving dynamic that changes as we change.
I encourage you to notice how your impact has been evolving with your continued study and practice of hands-on healing. Spend a little time assessing whether you are giving your clients the best dose of your work. You might find that you can “give a little less” and still get great results, maybe even better results, as you the find the best “dose of you” for each of your clients.