Interview with Emmanuelle HOUSSEAU
I fell into Energetic when I was little ! I have always had this ability, on the one hand from my grandmother who practiced it and, on the other, though the openness of spirit that I developed at an early age.
Indeed, when I was little, we were guests of the rabbi as often as the priest ! We received Japanese Buddhist priests at home, especially Master Deshimaru who brought Zazen (seated meditation) to France. For example, I went to do yoga with him and we ate macrobiotic food and these were very rewarding experiences. I also spent holidays in places that offered wellness activities, and I always immersed myself in them.
And then I grew up, got married, had a family and put all that to one side... but life has a way of bringing things back to you ! I wouldn’t say that I got back into it by chance, because chance doesn’t exist. I believe the timing was right.
DID YOU START WITH ENERGETICS TREATMENTS ?
For 15 years, I practiced well-being massages based on what I sensed about my clients and what they needed, but I didn’t have any particular protocol. Through massage, all the feelings that I used to have began to resurface...Obviously, my clients came for a massage and it would have been awkward to tell them that I was feeling a certain emotion or hearing a name. I didn’t dare mention it in case they thought I was a bit crazy. Then, little by little, I began to be bolder.
Seven years ago, Energetics wasn’t widespread then it started to come into fashion. So then I realized that there are some things that need to be done and talked about. Little by little, I started to be more daring. I underwent training, including in Therapeutic Touch. In fact, that's what I've always done but under the cover of a different technique. Now, I can openly practise what I always knew how to do. Therapeutic Touch is taught in nursing schools in Canada and is in the process of being introduced into hospitals in France. There are few practitioners in France.
I’ve been publicising my Energetics techniques in Méribel for four years now and my wellness massages for longer.
IS IT A GIFT THAT YOU HAVE?
We could say that, some call it a gift, others an ability. There are people who are more talented at cooking, it's just the same !
In fact, I'm just lighting a little spark that guides people towards "self-healing," or "self-treatment". After an Energetics session, the person is re-centred and has a calm energy circulation. Often, he or she feels much lighter inside and physically (for example in the shoulders). Energy should not remain stored up because every second we feel different emotions (for example, hunger, sadness or joy). All these emotions are made to circulate and shouldn’t be blocked. There are people who keep everything inside and it only makes layers pile up. My job is to make all this circulate again. We then free up space for other energies, which are generally more positive since we got rid of those that had become too heavy.
I also work sometimes with Bach flowers (an essential oil suited to various symptoms), which I make myself.
HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN ENERGY AND ENERGETICS ?
It's a bit like a mobile phone ! It has no wire, and yet there are waves, "energies" that flow between mobile phones and their transmitters. Energy circulation is like blood circulation, except that it is around us. I have this facility to perceive this, and to detect when something is blocked or dense. Blocked energies often bring me emotions. By putting my hands on or over a body, words, sensations, emotions, names or phrases come to me. One time, a name repeatedly came to me. I told the person that I knew it was not his name but that I felt they were one. He told me it was his twin brother !
Energetics can also assist people who have serious illnesses. Also, warts, back or neck pain, tendinitis etc., all these relate to blocked energy, though they are physical. Unblocking will reduce it and sometimes removes it entirely. Of course, this does not replace a medical consultation or physiotherapy sessions but it is complementary. In every case, it contributes to an improvement.
WHO ARE YOUR SESSIONS FOR ?
For those who come regularly on holiday to Méribel, for example. Some people say now they can’t imagine going to Méribel without coming to see me ! Also, people living here or further away, season workers and year-round inhabitants etc.
Energetics is for all ages. It could be, for example, for a baby who has eczema or a school child stressed by his studies. There are no contraindications for Energetics!
For massages, I only take children aged at least 8-10 years, and only if they really want it. You shouldn’t force children, and preferably you should do shorter sessions with them.
COULD YOU TELL US ABOUT THE SERVICES YOU OFFER ?
■ THERAPEUTIC TOUCH ® of D. Krieger and D. Kunz
Energetics treatments are by far my favourite. First, there is therapeutic touch, which we have already mentioned when talking about energy. By the laying on of hands and rebalancing the flow of energy, it brings deep relaxation, a feeling of letting go and inner harmony.
Energetics allows those who are not well to feel better, and those who are well to "recharge" themselves. It's like servicing your car; afterwards your car goes further and won’t break down. This allows us to develop calmness, new emotions, and to view the events of life with a little more distance and serenity. The goal is to re-centre yourself.
After a session, I give my client a short procedure to cultivate his "energetic well-being" so he can prolong the benefits of session on his own. This can be support or advice, sometimes it’s something we know already, and that can lead to new openings. I also recommend or lend books.
3 to 5 days later, I like to hear back from my clients, because there will be changes; people will be seeing things from a better perspective and accepting things better.
■ ACCESS BARS™ OF GARY DOUGLAS
These are points in the skull that I will hold without moving for several minutes to make the energy circulate and create an electromagnetic bar. This will allow the person to clear everything that is weighing on their heart. For example, it helps us to re-examine our beliefs, ideas or emotions. We will get moving everything that the person is ready to let go. It is very relaxing and is complementary to therapeutic touch.
I also give out a short written explanation that describes how to be "in the question" without giving an answer, so as to be open to whatever may happen.
■ ENERGETICS FACELIFT, ACCESS FACELIFT™
What I offer goes beyond toning the muscles of the face. Using the same methods as Access Bars, the Energetics facelift consists of moving the hands from the chest up to the face. The aim is to feel and look younger without surgery or Botox injections or acupuncture needle and without creating any trauma in your body.
The person will employ “clearing” phrases. We are going to "clear away" all the beliefs we may have about aging such as "I have white hair," or "wrinkles," or "sagging skin"... The laying on of hands and this clearing energy will “talk to our cells”.
This is a treatment that moves from the internal to the external. From the first session, you will feel immediately brighter, more relaxed and radiant.
■ METAMORPHIC MASSAGE OF ROBERT ST JOHN
Metamorphic massage involves subtle touching of the reflex zones of the spine, feet, hands and skull. We reconnect with prenatal energies from when the baby (who is very sensitive) was in the womb. The baby is influenced by its parents’ emotions and energies and the surrounding environment. For example, we may suffer fears or anger without knowing where they come from because we have always had them. The metamorphic massage frees those "handicaps" that do not belong to us.
■ FOOT REFLEXOLOGY
I start by mobilising the joints of the foot and ankle to soften and prepare the foot. Next, using a specific reflexology movement, I cover each reflex area relating to the organs. Following a precise protocol, we move through the neck, the solar plexus, the diaphragm, the spine, the glands, the brain, the lungs etcetera. This will rebalance and regulate inside the body.
Reflexology soothes physical and emotional tensions, and stimulates blood circulation. It doesn’t tickle or hurt! It's wonderfully relaxing - 95% of people fall asleep.
■ WELLNESS MASSAGE
This is suitable for all, and especially for people who are anxious, tense or stressed. This massage combines relaxation of the body and the mind. It’s best when I work according to my feelings for the person under my hands. Relaxation is guaranteed, using organic vegetable and essential oils.
■ WELLNESS & ENERGY MASSAGE
This is ideal for those who are unfamiliar with, and hesitant to embark on, a pure Energetics session. It's half massage, half Energetics session. It is very relaxing. Energetics work is a relaxation of the interior. It relaxes as much as a massage, if not more, but it's much deeper and much more durable.
I love doing massage and reflexology because they are extremely effective. In addition to the individual sessions, I organise workshops for small groups (usually 3-4 people). I offer workshops for foot wellness every Thursday at 10am and for the face on Fridays at 10am.
■ WELLNESS THROUGH YOUR FEET WORKSHOP
The participant massages his own feet in order to feel relaxed, soothed and fit and to stimulate blood and energy circulation.
At the end of the workshops, participants are given written advice that includes anchoring/centering through breathing and a complete foot massage including the reflexology points learned during the workshop. It also includes techniques to relieve the neck, solar plexus, diaphragm and spine in order to avoid stress and back pain.
■ NATURAL FACE LIFT WORKSHOP
In front of a mirror, we practise exercises from Christa Gugler’s book on face muscle toning. Taking the book home with you after the session allows you to remember all the methods. This book is very interesting with advice on posture, oils, jin shin jyutsu, and cosmetics.
Younger individuals can, if they wish, start to use this method to delay the effect of time. However, it is especially beneficial for people in their forties and above to maintain facial muscles, even for those who are not yet showing the effects of gravity. Muscles become firmer and more toned and results are visible from the first week!
A client in her sixties who came to me last December made a return visit two weeks ago. She was delighted and told me that her face was reshaping and that she noticed a clear difference. These exercises last 3 minutes and are to be done 3 times a day.
I also give seated massages, relaxation treatments, and remote treatments.
DO YOU WORK IN MÉRIBEL ALL YEAR-ROUND ?
JI'm here from September until the end of April and back from the end of June. My "Altitude Bien-Être" treatment centre is open every day and I work by appointment and at fixed times for the workshops.
ONE LAST WORD ?
I challenge received ideas, but energy work doesn’t tire me! Energy is everywhere around us, the fact of being a "channel" allows me to take advantage of this circulation of energy. When I come home, I feel in great form.
I am passionate about what I do. When I go home at night I'm happy, even if I only saw one person. I feel that it will bring good to that person in the following days or weeks. I like treating people who come back to see me because I remember their energy and I can see the changes that have occurred.