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Benefits to Joining a Professional Association (and in Particular, EMPA!)



Most job fields have some sort of professional associations for workers, employers, and students to link up and support each other. Why should the field of Energy Medicine be any different? Here are 5 ways joining the Energy Medicine Professional Association will be majorly beneficial to you and your practice. 


1. NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK!

Some say it's not who you know, but what you know. I like to think it's a lot of both, but in either case, it certainly doesn't hurt to converse with and build relationships with like-minded individuals in the same or similar career as you. There is no better way to get your foot in the door than by allowing others to see your work and value, and sharing with them your potential. You might be quite content and safe where you are currently in your career or on your education path, but what about 12 months down the road? What if you want to improve upon your skillset with a champion in the field? Could you learn more about your own practice by interviewing someone else in the same area of interest? Networking is an invaluable tool, especially in a field that often exhibits a lot of self-supporting "solo" roles. You're not just joining an association — you are joining a team of like-minded, driven individuals like yourself — one that creates a longer list of opportunities for you. Joining a professional association is opening a doorway to many other doorways, and allowing your foot to get in the right one. 

2. Sharing Ideas and Learning New Ones

In joining a professional association, you are entering a space where sharing ideas, thoughts, and insights is not only the norm, but also highly appreciated amongst your peers. This is a place of communication and collaboration, where you can feel safe to talk about the field you're interested in with others who are interested in the same scope of work.

EMPA also details the latest and greatest in Energy Medicine news, which is a limitlessly beneficial resource to those actually working in the field. You can learn about new ideas, new technologies, updates and changes in legal matters or professional standing in the field of medicine, and so much more. You can also learn how to take care of yourself as an Energy Medicine Practitioner — an essential piece in maintaining a practice in a healthy manner.

3. Tips, Tools, and Career Development

We've talked about the tips and tools that you might gain from networking and sharing ideas with others in the field, but you can also keep yourself up-to-date with the latest available trainings online and upcoming conferences offered by our sister community HTPA. There is no greater disadvantage to being a practitioner than not being up-to-speed with everyone else around you who is offering similar services. You want to pose yourself as a valuable, accredited practitioner and doing so requires that you are knowledgeable and skilled in your area of study. EMPA offers online trainings as well, which you can learn more about on their Practitioner Growth and Development page. After all, there's no harm in adding to your resume!

4. Did We Mention We Offer Insurance?

If you aren't insured, you're probably not as protected as you should be. EMPA insurance coverage isn't for one specific modality — it offers coverage for a heap of modalities, ranging from Subtle Energy Work, Verbal Modalities, Bodywork, Movement Therapy, Subtle Energy of the Senses, to Assessment methods. To see the full list, click here. Having insurance available for such modalities is a newer benefit for Energy Medicine Practitioners, and one that you should take advantage of. Don't miss out on such a unique, highly-advantageous opportunity of affordable insurance for your practice.

5. Let Them Know We Are Here to Stay!

Practitioners in the Energy Medicine field have been fighting for decades if not centuries for credibility in the world of health and medicine. Little by little, we gain awareness and credibility — and thus traction — in the movement towards establishing Energy Medicine (and the practitioners involved in it) as the real deal. By having a growing team of students and practitioners in the field and in our Energy Medicine Professional Association, we are proving that we are professionals and deserve to have the same rights that all other professionals have. We are worthy of a professional association. We are worthy of insurance. We are worthy of RECOGNITION. We aren't going anywhere.

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Getting the Most Out of Your EMPA experience - Highlighting both our new EMPA Members Group and an open access Facebook Practitioner Directory


We love the energy of a good groupA group that supports each other. A group that seeks to heal and educate. A group that brings each other up. A group that forages new paths. At EMPA we have that group - Our Members.

As a professional association our goal is to help our members connect and grow. To network both formally amongst our member sites and informally amongst all in the Energy Medicine Community. Here are some new developments we are creating for Energy Healers to do just that. 


New EMPA Members-Only Facebook Group 

First here is a formal EMPA sponsored networking opportunity - if you are a member and get insurance through EMPA we have created a members-only Facebook group. Here members can discuss anything relevant to Energy Medicine, being a Practitioner, and managing a related business. We welcome you to share your struggles and your victories surrounding the practices you have built or are currently building.  We encourage you to post useful resources and industry news, and to ask for peer feedback. It will operate as the official EMPA Forum. Our goal is to create a member driven discussion space, so the more you interact the more it grows, the more it grows the more helpful it becomes. 

If you are a Member of EMPA and you are not in this facebook group, you can request to join HERE. Once we verify your enrollment you will be added. If you are not an EMPA Member yet, it's not too late to join EMPA today.


Practitioner Directory on the Energy Medicine Professional Insurance Facebook page

Second here is an informal opportunity to network for ALL people who are on the Energy Medicine Professional Insurance Facebook page. You do not need to be an EMPA member to utilize this service. This is an informal sharing opportunity open to everyone on the Energy Medicine Professional Association page. This means this is not limited to the US, therefore everyone in the Energy Medicine community worldwide can connect.

How it works:

We'll be utilizing the album section of our Facebook page (under the photo section). Here we will post an album dedicated to a Practitioner Directory by Modality Type. Each picture listed will be a category, and you simply post your information in the comments underneath it.  There are further instructions in the albums themselves, as well as two types of sample listings. While it's relatively self-explanatory, different Facebook features can all muddle together or be hidden completely - if you need further instructions feel free to ask.

While this directory is divided by modality type, we are working on bringing you a similar but discrete directory that will be grouped by Location. This is currently under construction but be sure to check back in with us in a month or two for its release.

As always, feel free to give us constructive feedback on this project. As we're trying to expand the opportunities available to our clients, we sometimes need to test run an approach and grow where we can. In order to maximize it's usefulness, we'll take all feedback into consideration before releasing the Location-based directory.

Finally while we are limited by the constraints of what is possible on a Facebook page, our website hosts an official EMPA Member directory. It is a wonderful tool to share and to access practitioner information all in one convenient place. Practitioner listings are only available to current EMPA Members but anyone can access the provided content. Find it HERE.

​With gratitude,

Kelly and the EMPA team


www.energymedicineprofessionalassociation.com

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Caring for Others — Caring for SELF

Working in the Energy Medicine field can be taxing on our mind and body. We are often working with others' energies while trying to keep our own in balance, which is no easy feat. We can be overrun with obligations, focused on many different things throughout the day, and stressing over whether or not our paycheck will pay all of the bills that month. It's a field where taking care of others seems to be in the forefront of our minds, but at the end of the day, we also have to remember to take care of ourselves.

Taking care of yourself can be as simple as doing an activity that you enjoy once per day or taking time to yourself for some peace and quiet. It's important to not get lost in the motions of the day and to remember that you, as an individual, need attention and care yourself.

Here are a few ways to make sure that self-care is incorporated into your daily schedule:


1. Get Out and Enjoy the Scenery

Connecting with nature is an excellent way to ground yourself and to take yourself out of an office and into a place full of beauty and vibrant life. Being pent up in an office all day is no way to live; you need to get out in nature to remember what exists beyond the four walls of your business. A simple 5-10 minute walk can reconnect you with the earth and allow your mind to take a break and enjoy the scenery around you.

You can also remove your shoes and practice "earthing" by allowing the soles of your feet to come into direct contact with the earth's surface — thereby opening yourself up to the earth's energy and its ability to restore, stabilize, harmonize, and heal your body. This practice can boost self-healing mechanisms, improve sleep, and enhance calmness.1 A perfect time to do this would be between meetings or appointments, or after a long day when you get home. It's something you can do right in your own backyard!

2. Practicing Mindfulness

A lot of time stress and anxiety can come from being too focused on what comes next instead of being focused on the present moment. By focusing on the present, you are not worried about the future. You are not worried about anything. As things are added to your schedule throughout the day or you worry about getting everything done on time, try using a mindfulness meditation to slow it all down a bit.

In order to do this, take yourself to a quiet place where you can be free of distraction for a few moments. Then do the following:

     Sit straight up on a chair or sit on the floor with your legs crossed.

Focus on your breathing and notice the air flowing into and out of your body — tune into your senses. 

Feel your belly rising and falling as you breathe.

Once you are only focused on these things, allow your attention to widen a bit to sounds, thoughts that pop up, or other bodily sensations. When thoughts pop in, do not judge them. Just let them flow freely. If your thoughts begin to stress you, return to just focusing on your breath, and then you can try expanding your awareness again.

The point of this is to train your mind to stay in the present if you start getting caught up in the worries of what happens later. We can worry ourselves to death, and it can impact our work and productivity if we worry too much (not to mention our sanity and peace of mind). Staying in the present moment means only focusing on what you are doing in the here and now. Mindfulness is something you can practice all day long as you work.


3. Breathe

We all have anxiety to an extent. Things inevitably come up and invade our mind space, which can prove to be quite the distraction when you are trying to focus on your work. When stress gets heavy, we can find our heart rates rising, our bodies sweating, and our minds having trouble focusing. A great way to reduce this tension and anxiety is by allowing ourselves to breathe deeply.

Deep Breath Exercise 2

Sit comfortably and try to keep your back straight. Put one hand on your chest and put your other on your stomach.

Breathe in through your nose from the abdomen. The hand you placed on your stomach should rise and the hand on your chest should move very little. The point of this is to make sure that your breaths are coming from your belly and not your chest, as you can inhale more fresh air through the abdomen.

Exhale through your mouth and push out as much air as possible while you contract your abdominal muscles — again, the hand on your stomach should move in as you exhale, but your other hand should move very little.

Continue breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. Make sure you inhale enough so that your lower abdomen rises and falls and count slowly as you exhale. If you don't want to do this sitting up, you can also try it lying down.

We often take our breathing for granted and this is a powerful tool in calming oneself throughout the day. Slowing your breath = slowing your stress, and maybe stopping it completely! Give this exercise a try the next time you are feeling overwhelmed and see if it helps out. 

4. Take a Break and Do Something You Enjoy

All work and no play can make for very long, tiring days. Yes, work is important — but so are you, and so is your happiness. It is important to take some time each day to do something that brings you joy that maybe isn't related to work. A lot of people enjoy coloring and connecting to their inner child. Energy Magazine provides a Mandala Meditation coloring guide which you can download here. Watch your worries float away as you create and entertain your mind in a new, fun way.

If coloring isn't your thing, figure out what is. Maybe calling your friend and catching up will spark some happiness in your day. Maybe you could take a lunch break at a spot you've never been to. Maybe you can sign up for a class that you've always wanted to take, or do a quick work out in between your sessions or meetings. The important part is not what you do, but just that you do something for YOU.

You can also focus on you once you get home. Take a nice, hot bath. Grab a book. Watch your favorite show. Cook your favorite meal. Do things to thank yourself for putting so much work and effort into your day.

We should take time to celebrate ourselves for the creative, hardworking individuals that we are. We are just as important as the work that we do. We deserve attention and dedication to ourselves, as well.

The next time you are having a long or trying day at work, give these methods a go and see if they help you relax and get through it easier!


Care for yourself IS care for others!



With Gratitude,

 







References

  1. Sinatra, Stephen. (2017, May 30). What is earthing or grounding? HeartMD Institute. Retrieved November 11, 2017, from https://heartmdinstitute.com/alternative-medicine/what-is-earthing-or-grounding/.
  2. Robinson, L., Segal, R., Segal, J., & Smith, M. (n.d.). Relaxation techniques. HelpGuide.Org. Retrieved November 11, 2017, from https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/relaxation-techniques-for-stress-relief.htm.
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Meet our EMPA Heroes

At the beginning of this year many of you kindly participated in a survey to share your experiences with EMPA. We asked about your reasons for getting insurance, your biggest concerns that led to getting liability coverage, and how you felt insurance supported you as a practitioner. We have LOVED hearing all the wisdom that each of you has offered.

If you didn't get the chance to do the survey you still can by clicking on this link: My EMPA Experience. We always love hearing and learning from our members!

As a result of feedback from this survey Energy Medicine Professional Association is launching a social media campaign to help people understand why insurance is a crucial part of any professional practice. And, as many of you have told us, how being protected helps you gain peace of mind. We're using your words, and highlighting your practices, to share with those in our Facebook community.

Why your words? Because nobody knows what you do, and need, better than you. 

We hope in this process, you also get to know your fellow practitioners a little better. It's a time to say hi. A time to peek inside what other Energy Medicine Professionals are doing. A time to shower our members with praise for all the amazing healing and hope they are putting out in the world. A time to fill each other up with words of encouragement. A time to see the extent of just how far our community reaches and just how much it is positively changing the world - one person, one interaction, one practice, at a time.

We know that our EMPA Heroes are not limited to the people we are highlighting but it feels like a good place to start. As our community grows, we hope to have even more opportunities to highlight our extraordinary members.

Thank you for all you do!

With Gratitude,
Kelly and everybody at EMPA

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