I use the Energy Medicine (with Donna Eden) approach in some form in every massage session I do. This is an approach that works with nine energy systems in and around the body, and I find it valuable in making my massages more effective. When energy is flowing and in balance, tissues are able to return to a supple state and chronic tension releases. So, for example, when working with someone with chronic shoulder tension, I would first sedate and balance the kidney meridian, which governs the upper trapezius muscle. Clients are usually able to notice a marked difference in this area after I have held the sedating points. The tissue becomes softer, more pliable, less painful and easier to work with deep-tissue techniques.