What is Access Bars, how does it work for stress relief?
Having heard the phenomenon of Access Bars as a new modality in health and wellness, Expect Me invited practitioner Melissa Walker of Balance YourSelf, Wagga Wagga to help explain what Access Bars is, and how it works to reduce stress.
What is Access Bars?
“So Access Bars is a modality that was introduced by Gary Douglas. There are 32 points on the head and each point correlates to certain things in your body or your life, so it could be joy, happiness, decisions, attitudes and beliefs – things like that.
“As a practitioner, we gently touch those Bars, those points on our head that we call ‘Bars’, and it slows the mind down to Theta state. it’s so relaxing, most people fall asleep.”
“It removes judgement and brings you to more of a conscious level of living” says Melissa.
“…When you slow the mind down, you’re actually gifting something to them – it’s a whole process of just receiving – we’re all just givers and givers. It’s a process where you just receive, throughout your whole body, and every thing changes.
So I ask the question, “As you receive the energy through the lines on the bars, do you release energy and stress as well?
Melissa says with a smile, “You feel like total relaxation and total calm – you don’t stress about the small things anymore.
“Think of mind like a computer, where you just keep opening tabs, opening tabs, opening tabs. Then you open a calculator – when your Bars are being run, it slowly closes those tabs, and everything gets filed away – you don’t lose it, it’s still there when you need it – but your mind becomes more clear in your everyday life.
“The things that worried you yesterday seem so much smaller or non existent today. That’s how it works.
“Total clarity, everything is so much clearer, and easier – everything is easier.
As Melissa is small business owner of Balance YourSelf, I ask the obvious question, “Is this something you can do on yourself?”
“Yes it is. I usually run 3 different sets of Bars on myself, depending if I’m laying down or sitting up. Some of the positions are a bit hard to do on yourself so it’s a matter of practice.
“People can come in an have a couple of Bars run, get some energy moved around their body and get a feel for it.”
How long does it take to have your ‘Bars run’?
A normal session time for children is about 30 mins, and for adults I like to allocate a full 1 hour for the session
At the appointment:
“When someone comes to see me, I have a medical form that I get them to fill out – and they complete a questionnaire (numbers 1-10) for stress and anxiety and I get them to compare their stress or pain levels before the session with what it’s like after a session. People can actually see how they feel afterwards.
It’s typical in an appointment to keep your clothes on, and lie straight on your back. Pillows or aids to assist lift your legs can be added to make you feel more comfortable. Your face is gently touched as you relax and release tension and stress.
Who should see an Access Bars Practitioner?
“I see a lot of clients with pain, who have had recent surgery, after rehabilitation…..it dissipates the pain and swelling in the body. Some clients have had anxiety and depression, people with migraines.
“People with migraines have really great results. I also have clients who have fibromyalgia and it’s made a difference to them too.
“It changes the energy in the body. We’re all energy, as you know. It changes the energy around the body – things move constantly once you’ve had your Bars done.
The benefits of ‘having your Bars run’
“Short term benefits for a client after a session include reduced mind chatter, total clarity – everyone gets off the treatment table and say “I feel so much lighter”. Gradually over the days, some clients realise that they don’t have their pain anymore.
How often should I have my Bars run?
“I don’t recommend session times, you can have your Bars run everyday if you like. I say to my clients, when I feel like my head is getting busy, or if I knock my funny bone and it actually hurts, I’ll get my Bars run.
As we become more attuned to our body and how it talks to us, getting a gauge on our highs and lows, and what we need, we can then identify when we need another session – just like knowing when to get a haircut.
Melissa’s experience tells her, “I always ask my body what it wants and I always ask a client’s body what it needs, what it needs to receive, what I need to gift it. That’s how it works.”
What type of therapist offers Access Bars as a modality?
“A lot of practitioners I have done classes with over the past few years have been hypnotherapists, massage therapists, Reiki Masters and Reiki healers, more along the holistic lines of therapy”.
“I have done quite a few classes with Access Consciousness, but the Bars is what I focus on and the things I’ve learned in other classes and other modalities I’ve done I use in the Bars – I really only promote Access Bars.
“When I first started out, I never intended to set up a business, but I intended to help people having chemo, or people stuck in their life or stuck on a cycle that made it hard to deal with what they were going through. I just practiced and practiced, and as I did more classes with different teachers and other students in the classes, you make something your own.
“There’s been some classes where there have been great students and great teachers, and you take a pinch out of each thing and make it your own.
“Like all practitioners, we all run the same 32 points of the head, some of us do body work (other energies) as well, but we’re all touching the same points of the head. It’s what you do when you’re running the Bars that changes with each practitioner.
Melissa’s key message
To anyone wanting to try Access Bars, “I want to say it to everyone – Just try it once, and see what changes”.
Make an appointment with Melissa today! Melissa Walker is a trusted, reputable practitioner in her own small business, Balance YourSelf Wagga Wagga.