Patients and Families
Gloria McCahill from Empowered by Energy is an Eden Energy Medicine Advanced Practitioner and teacher. Gloria has partnered with the IFOPA and the Resilient Living Program to provide the FOP community with practical exercises to increase immunity through a holistic approach known as Energy Medicine. The exercises below draw not only from Gloria's Eden Method training, but also from her acupressure training. Gloria has worked with several people with FOP. She was also a presenter on the pain management panel at the 2019 FOP Family Gathering where she demonstrated the four thumps and clearing the gaits, as well as other helpful exercises for family members and those with FOP.
Watch Gloria's presentation Complementary Techniques to Use for Pain from the 2019 FOP Family Gathering and the testimonials of FOP community members who she has worked with.
What is Energy Medicine?
Energy Medicine utilizes techniques from time-honored traditions such as acupuncture, yoga, kinesiology, and qi gong. Flow, balance, and harmony can be non-invasively restored and maintained within an energy system by tapping, massaging, pinching, twisting, or connecting specific energy points (accupoints) on the skin; by tracing or swirling the hand over the skin along specific energy pathways; through exercises or postures designed for specific energetic effects; by focused use of the mind to move specific energies; and/or by surrounding an area with healing energies.
Using these Energy Medicine Techniques:
These exercises are for your whole family, not just the individual with FOP. Much like the rest of the Resilient Living program they are helpful to practice during times of stress (and pandemic) but can also be practiced year round. Please read the full description for each video before watching the video.
**Always follow your doctor’s advice. Energy Medicine exercises are complementary and do not replace professional medical care. Please note that while the IFOPA has arranged for Gloria McCahill to present these resources as a courtesy to its membership, the IFOPA is not affiliated with Empowered by Energy, and does not endorse this or any particular treatment for its members. The IFOPA encourages its members to consult with their individual physicians prior to beginning any course of treatment.
Watch a Recording of our Energy Medicine for FOP-Related Issues Webinar
Gloria and one of her clients, FOP community member Ian, completed our Energy Medicine educational series with this webinar on how to prepare yourself and the person with FOP for Energy Medicine work.