WHAT TO EXPECT IN AN ESSENCE THERAPY CONSULTATION WITH A BFVEA PRACTITIONER
Essence practitioners work with a holistic model of the human being where their physical health is seen as part of a larger picture that includes the emotions, mental state, lifestyle and aspirations of the individual. The way in which practitioners work may vary, according to their training and certain methods they may have adopted over time, according to their experiences with clients. A typical session, however, will run for approximately 45 minutes to one hour. A first session may be longer, and you may even be given water containing a few drops of a helpful essence if you are distraught or very nervous. You will usually be welcomed with a gentle chat about your profile and medical history in order that the practitioner can complete a case history form about you.
If you have not experienced essence therapy before, the practitioner will probably offer a simple explanation of what essences are and how they work. You will then be asked to talk about the issues you currently need help with and your feelings and reactions to them. If many issues are raised, you may be asked to select the ones you would like to deal with first or this may become evident during your discussion with the practitioner. All discussions are, of course, strictly confidential.
Essences will then be chosen by your practitioner. In addition to using their vast knowledge of essences, some practitioners may work with kinesiology, dowsing or other intuitive means, to choose a treatment specifically for you. In all cases, you are likely to be involved in the choices being made – for, example, to comment on their appropriateness to your problems. At this point, issues may arise that may have been suppressed or not acknowledged or recognised as contributing to the problem being presented. Some essence choices may additionally trigger connections, even revelations, between the present and past or an action and a particular person/situation. This often leads to further discussions.
Part of the session usually consists of making up a dosage bottle (or bottles) made up of drops from each chosen essence diluted in water, with a little alcohol to act as a preservative. This is to take home for administration over a period of time. Treatments are, traditionally, taken orally – either ‘neat’ or in a drink, according to the practitioner’s instructions. Essences, however, may also be made up as a cream or spray. Clients should note that an essence treatment is extremely dilute and contains only the slightest trace of alcohol which will evaporate away in any hot drink. For those totally avoiding alcohol, however, a treatment may be made up with an alternative preservative such as cider vinegar or glycerine or be made up in pilule form.
Essence Practitioners may combine essence therapy with other complementary or even allopathic skills. Some doctors, for example, may suggest essences rather than drugs for a particular condition. Complementary practitioners from a wide range of fields are also qualified essence users, so sessions can vary widely. A practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, for example, may take your pulses, provide an essence treatment and then re-take the pulses to gauge the reaction and need for further essences. Alternatively, they may place essences on key meridian points for a few minutes and then check your reactions. This process may be repeated for as many times as your body requires. In contrast, a masseuse may use essences in their massage oils and a reflexologist may place them on key points on the feet, hands or ears. You may therefore be offered essences as part of many other therapies from homoeopathy to crystal healing. However, the practitioner will always explain how they personally treat people and why. They will also show you their relevant qualifications and insurance on request.
At the end of the consultation the practitioner will explain how to use and store any treatment supplied plus any likely reactions and how to deal with them. They may also advise on the timing of a further visit. Finally, since the consultation may have triggered feelings or experiences that are deeply emotional, distressing or even traumatic, the therapist will ensure that you do not leave until you are in as balanced and composed state as possible. You will also be advised to drive carefully, drinking plenty of water, rest as much as possible and, to perhaps avoid certain foods or drinks that may work against the efficacy of the treatment.
Flower and Vibrational Essence Therapy is safe and non-invasive and can be used with children and animals as well as adults. People with a history of alcohol dependency or mental health conditions, however, should make their practitioner aware of their conditions so that appropriate treatments can be decided upon.