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June10, 2021

Strand speaks fondly of ‘being blessed’ to have worked in the Heritage Department which grounded her in learning and understanding her culture and history. She was the Director of Language, Culture and Heritage (LCH) for several years, Chief for 4 years, Director of Community Wellness for another couple of years and finally Senior Director of Citizen Services. Strand states, that each of those roles provided her with the teachings and preparation needed to know and serve her community. She recalls, the last two roles being especially important to her as they were direct, front-line work with people who were in need.

  Strand’s deeper passion was helping others on their healing journey and seeking out various healing modalities throughout her life. It was during her time at LCH, that Strand felt that she needed to serve her community through her passion. She applied to the former, CS Langara Integrative Energy Healing™ program and could not believe that a healing modality would be offered through a college program where she could get certified and not expect her to have a degree in science or nursing.

Strand recalls, initially, she was having doubts about travelling back and forth from the Yukon. It was a huge investment, especially of her time. She arrived for the first class, extremely exhausted and became sick. A trip to the emergency on day two of the course left her with a shingles diagnosis. On day three, the class learned and practiced energy healing techniques on each other. Strand exclaimed, “the experience I had was absolutely incredible.” “It was the closest that I ever felt to my ancestry; doing what I believed my grandmothers were gifted. Strands maternal grandmother was a medicine woman, many people came to her for healing; her paternal grandmother worked on people. Following the first week of classes, Strand returned home feeling absolutely fine and has not had any reoccurrence of shingles since. Strand shared, “now I have the knowledge and absolutely love the field of Integrative energy healing work. My heart is full. Let the adventure begin!”

SRFNC and serving the community.

  As part of Strands AIEH™ internship practicum, the Strategic Resilience for First Nation Communities (SRFNC) was created. AIEH™ program coordinator, Ruth Lamb and faculty, travelled to Yukon to offer the program to the First Nation Communities. It was a hybrid of the program, Lamb developed for Strategic Resilience for First Responders (SRFR). In the SRFNC elements of First Nation traditions and beliefs were embedded within the program. With an onsite Elder present at all the teachings, a Sacred Fire burning 24 hours from opening Ceremony till closing Ceremony and the Fire was held by a Traditional Fire Keeper and his helper(s) each time. Both the Elder and the Fire Keeper provided teachings within the program assisted by Lamb and Strand.

  Strand has a desire to start this program again one-day post-COVID when it’s safe to gather. Strand states, the Strategic Resilience for First Nations program was so beneficial to the participants and the community and believes it was partly because it was offered out on the land. The teachings were not from Yukon First Nations per se but from ancient teaching, no less and the connection is strong. For example, “in the first cohort, we were showing people some energy healing techniques and how to create an energy ball, and right away everyone got it.” Then the instructor just out of the blue said, “let’s see if they could find the third layer of their field on each other.” Within 10 minutes of showing them, they all got it. Not surprising as many of the participants were bushmen. The men were hunters, trappers and cowboys. Because of their close connection to the land they were familiar with energy, it was easy for them to recognize it. Now they understand and can name it. It was a beautiful session and a beautiful day. Many of the participants continue to enquire about the program. Some First Nations want this program offered in their community. Strand hopes to get more energy healers up here to help teach this.

Using traditional ceremony, horse energy and integrative energy healing™ is unique.

  Strand says, there are very few energy healers in the Yukon and none of the practitioners are First Nations from the Yukon. She is happy that she has gained the skills and certification and offering these services in a community that already knows and trusts her, which she feels is important.

Strand has joined with a colleague and created a family-based program called Equine Therapy and Energy Healing Program. It’s a one-on-one program with a family (with several families in the program, expanding in May 2021) ranging from 5 to 8 members. The family comes together at her colleague's horse ranch, for an intensive program - three times per year where they gather for 4-days and then once per month for 1-day. They have an Elder and/or Fire Keeper present to offer traditional ceremony, equine therapy and energy healing for each member of the family. Families that have been struggling with intergenerational trauma have been asking for a land-based, hands-on program for quite some time. Many of the counselling sessions that are traditionally offered and provided for by the Federal or Territorial government are from a colonized perspective, a Western lens. So far the families are seeing the benefits. It’s unfortunate that in December 2020 they shut down due to a COVID spike but were able to meet in January 2021 for one day. Strand feels the program will sky-rocket as other First Nations hear about it and want to be a take part. She hopes that she can create a program for First Nation energy healers to help and assist.

  Today, Strand has joined with a colleague and created a unique family-based program called Equine Therapy and Energy Healing Program. Using traditional ceremony, horse energy and integrative energy healing™. Families that have been struggling with intergenerational trauma have been asking for a land-based, hands-on program for quite some time. Many of the counselling sessions that are traditionally offered and provided for by the Federal or Territorial government are from a colonized perspective, a Western lens. So far the families are seeing the benefits. 

Author: M. Hagglund.M. 2021

Photo: Diane Strand

Our Second Blog Entry

14 February 2020

Finding your centre–Connecting with your own source of support

Worry and fear usually have some involvement with the root centre (first chakra), so it's always good to work with it to help ground and restore feelings of safety and security. Working with the brow centre is also important. Worried and fearful thinking is not clear thinking. When our safety and security are threatened it intensifies the upward flow of energy in the body and the downward flow of grounding energy is inhibited. Supporting the sixth chakra helps us to get perspective and think more clearly.

Grounding–work on the feet.

Being energetically grounded orients us to time and space and connects us to the here and now. It brings us into the present moment and into our bodies. Physically this happens through our feet and legs when we create a downward current and any excess energy discharged is 'grounded out by the earth's conductive surface. Work on the feet to Ground. Do ankle rotations; flexion and extensions, pressing heels into the floor while sitting or standing helps push energy through the body where it can be released. Bring your awareness into your feet as you walk, noticing how your feet feel in your shoes, or against the surface you are walking on.

Another great grounding self-care tool is an acupressure ball that is firm but has a bit of give. I use the Backhealer Ball (the green ball - Upper & Lower Back or red ball- Tendon & Fascia shown in image) and roll it under my barefoot on a yoga sticky mat to open up the muscles on the feet.

Balancing and harmonizing all the energy centres is certainly great for raising energetic coherence to a higher level so that the lower-vibration energy of worry and fear dissolves.

Backhealer Acupressure Balls & Yoga Strap Set

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Our First Blog Entry

February 2020

First Nations Health Authority Nurses Conference

Langara College's Integrative Energy Healing™ (IEH™) Program & the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) have joined forces. The Advanced Integrative Energy Healing™ student practitioners will be erecting their pop-up clinic, and be on hand to provide wellness sessions to the nurses attending the conference on Tuesday, February 11th and Wednesday, February 12th, 2020, at Vancouver Pinnacle Hotel.

The event is held for the nurses in honour of their work. Langara's IEH program supports nursing professionals and respects their dedication to providing compassionate quality care. We salute their accomplishments and the impact they make in the lives of patients, families and communities.

#wellness #wellnessclinics #nurses #FNHA #advancedintegrativeenergyhealing #Integrativeenergyhealingevents #supportnurses #integrativeenergyhealingprogram

Our Latest Blog Entry

November 30, 2018


The dynamic process of using rhythmic pulses for healing. Doctors have relied on electricity to speed up the healing of soft tissue and bone, and in some cases to unite fractures, for decades...

ElectroMedicine is not new. Human beings have been using it since ancient times; from electricity (lightning), magnesium (loadstone), the sun (infrared and ultraviolet), static electricity (friction), and visible light (coloured wavelengths). What was once based on natural phenomena was then harnessed in the 1800s and the electrical current made its way into homes and factories by the 1900s, not long afterwards devices invented for medical use were quite impressive and were unlimited in what they could treat. That is 100 years ago. Today many devices are based on those forefathers.

In The Body Electric, Robert Becker M.D. explains that a person's health can be determined by the frequency of the person's body. Imbalances and blocked flow in the energy system can cause dis-ease in the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual self. Resulting in unhealthy habits and patterns. These trapped imbalances and depletions weaken the natural Hz frequency in the human body's electromagnetic field. Our environment, the food we eat, our thoughts all have their own MHz frequency. When they are low frequency they can weaken us. It’s important we find ways to raise our vibrations to assist our bodies to be in their healthiest form.

When ElectroMedicine is applied to the human body it can increase its wavelength to the optimal MHz frequency. Taino Technology has determined that the average frequency of a healthy human body during the daytime is 62 to 68 Hz. When the frequency drops, the immune system is compromised.  ElectroMedicine includes the use of stronger, to extremely small, electric direct current (DC), alternating current (AC) and electromagnetic fields, applied to the human body in a variety of ways, for a wide range of effects.

 ElectroMedicine devices:

  • are effective
  • are non-invasive
  • support the body’s innate ability to heal, instead of substituting for its natural function

Laying on of hands

In his research, James Oschman found that what is different about the fields emitted from the hands of energy practitioners is that they appear to ‘scan’ or ‘sweep’ through a range of frequencies. Vancouver Energy Healing energy practitioner, Mara Hagglund is a test-certified Integrative Energy Healing and has produced S1-S12 therapeutic approaches used for healing. Using a Triaxial ELF (Extra Low Frequency) Magnetic Field Meter to measure the changes in the magnetic fields. The test provided information on when the energy practitioner was running healing energy and when they were not. Mara’s baseline averaged four to nine magnetic field changes per fifteen seconds when energy was OFF, when Mara’s energy was ON, it increased to an average of nine to seventeen magnetic field changes per fifteen seconds. This demonstrated the ability to produce a direct current (DC), and alternative current (AC) in both hands.

The testing also showed that Mara produced oscillations at significantly higher than the baseline rate of the extra low-frequency magnetic field and the high-frequency RF field. She was also able to change the pH level of water, and produce physiological changes in herself and a client on-demand that was tracked in both the practitioner and client.


“Healing energy whether produced by a frequency device or emitted from the human body, is the energy of a particular frequency or set of frequencies that stimulates the repair of one or more tissues concludes Oschman, (What is energy healing? Part 3: silent pulses). With healing energy, such signals may provide essential information to cells and tissues, and open channels for the flow of information that coordinates repair processes’. At the Backhealer we offer ElectroMedicine, it’s a multi-frequency device that delivers low-electrical pulses and has many issues it can treat; shingles, viruses, bacteria, pain, parasites and many more.


What is energy healing? Part 3: silent pulses. James Oschman Ph.D. ( ) https://www.bodyworkmovementtherapies.com/article/S1360-8592(97)80038-1/abstract

Healers Hands Really Do Get Hot, Melinda Conner, PhD., Linda Turner Ph.D. (2012).


Electrotherapy and Light Therapy with Essentials of Hydrotherapy and Mechanotherapy, published in 1949, Richard Kovács

Test Certified-Integrative Energy Healing™, Holistic Health

Department Langara College, (2012) Melinda Conner, D.D., Ph.D., AMO, and Ruth Lamb, RN, Ph.D.

Our Second Blog Entry

July 18, 2018

Jennifer Piercy takes you through a beautifully guided Yoga Nidra for Sleep meditation. Her deeply calming voice penetrates into your very soul, instilling a sense of internal peace and leaving you feeling incredibly relaxed, present and rejuvenated.

Our First Blog Entry

March 8, 2018

Time for an Energy Healing Spring Clean?

For some, the long, cold, dark months of winter are nothing more than that. For others, it's a time of silence and stillness. As we approach the next transformational season of spring; a time of phenomenal renewal. The earth wakes up from her rest, and new life bursts forward.

Spring is symbolic of starting new things; projects, new ideas, sowing seeds. It's not too late to start those new years eve resolutions either! A time to think more about our health; physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being as the warmer days approach.

Following months of winter indwelling and holidays, some of us might feel a bit stuck, and not quite ready to embrace the new season. We can still feel caught up in the cold, unable to move yet. Not trusting our body, or our lives. Feelings of overwhelm, over sensitivity, and or fear about beginning something new. But know that energy healing can assist us in moving forward into the new season.

Energy Healing can help you feel lighter by releasing the stuck orgone energy accumulated over the dormant winter months. When we spring clean our energy systems we create some energetic space, allowing for movement and flow.

Working with where you are currently at, will support you to move on from the old and into the new. Energy techniques such as Advanced Integrative Energy Healing™, meridian clearing, and integral Yoga Psychology will support the clearing process energetically and can assist you in letting go of that hibernation feeling. Get ready to face spring; nourished, balanced and revitalized.

Our First Blog Entry

June, 2013

Abstract: Overcoming Eating Disorders Utilizing Advanced Integrative Energy Healing

An abstract by CAIEHP’s Mara Hagglund, Pat Sexsmith and Vera Lagasse about the need for this therapeutic approach to supporting individuals in this community.


For the past two years, Langara College students from the Advanced Integrative Energy Healing (AIEH) program were invited to provide treatments in supervised clinical settings at Eating Disorder programs in the Vancouver area. This presentation provides an overview of the therapeutic approach and results, based on the evaluation of five sets of clinics, involving seventy-five clients with eating disorders, most of whom have a background of trauma.

This is the first time that somatic-based AIEH had been used regularly in clients with eating disorders. This holistic approach uses dialogue in conjunction with specific biofield energy-based treatments to influence the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of client healing. Consequently, these individuals become empowered by learning coping strategies and developing self-care methods that enhance resilience.

In the words of one client: “The sessions helped bring more awareness to me in sensation, noticing, and how to love my body.” Another client said, “With the energy healing treatments, I felt my whole body become calm, I had ease of mind, and felt my numbness thaw.”

The Eating Disorder counsellors noted the following results in clients: an increase in self-esteem and in self-confidence; clients were more connected with their emotions; anxiety was minimized; clients were able to cope better and decrease binge eating and purging; self-awareness increased; there was more calmness, stillness, better sleeps and better days following treatments.

Author Reference:

Hagglund, Mara, CAIEHP, Clinical Supervisor and Teacher’s Assistant, Holistic Health Studies, Langara College; Lagasse, Vera, BSc(Nutrition), MHA, CIEHP, Clinical Supervisor, Holistic Health Studies, Langara College; Sexsmith, Pat, RN, CIEHP, Student, Langara College.


If you are interested in courses leading to more skills and knowledge about energy medicine competency: check out the courses at Langara College: https://langara.ca/ieh/

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Back Pain and Connective Tissue

Posted on July 19, 2016 at 12:40 AM

Connective tissue wraps virtually every other tissue formation in our bodies. If everything else were removed, the network of empty connective tissue compartments would preserve our physical forms in detail.” ~ Deane Juhan, “Job’s Body”

We are, in fact, mostly water. Did you know that every organ and system in the body supports in some way, containment, renewal, and the circulation of this liquid medium we call a human body?

This extracellular matrix or connective tissue in the body makes up the body’s soft tissue framework. It runs everywhere – within and around all the muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, nerves, blood vessels, organs. Every part of our body is supported, connected, and anchored to the other by this delicate web of tissue, and its ‘connective’ qualities cannot be overstated. We are literally wrapped up in connective tissue.

The connective tissue in its healthiest and most ideal state – allows for expansive, free fluid movements, supports our posture and the various body systems to work harmoniously, all the way through from the inside out. Energy flows through the connective tissue which can be visualized as a river flowing everywhere through-out the entire body.

Although our organs are genetically created, as we develop they are continuously modified when they are stressed and strained. The quality of our connective tissue in our body holds a direct relationship with our overall level of health and well being. Often when we feel anxious, stressed, unwell, lacking vitality or well being, some form of tension, tightness, or stress is present within our connective tissue, affecting the natural and harmonious flow of energy and the proper functioning of the various body systems.

In an unhealthy state it can form a dry, tough inflexible network, and becomes restricted with disuse – less activity, less nimble, it becomes colder and less energized, even in a young adult. The soft-gel like quality loses its free fluid movement and softness. Traumas and disuse to any part of the body will cause it to lose movement to some degree. It can even cause our physical body’s shape to change.

Maintaining our connective tissue to be in a soft-gel like state even if it has slowed down with age is responsible for the healing of all injuries. It’s through pressure and stretching, and the friction they generate, and the temperature that encourages the connective tissue to become warm, moist, and resilient once again.

At the Backhealer we use a self-care method which applies pressure to specific muscles and soft tissue. This sequence of movements with a Backhealer ball is the most effective way to modify the energy potential of stressed tissue and contracted muscles. Using a specific breathing technique along with the pressurized movement, it calms the nervous system, re-patterns the brain, and increases blood flow to the area releasing muscle tension. This allows for a more supple body. Body-mind health and well-being depends on the warmth and energy we can bring to our connective tissue.



Auther reference:

Mara Hagglund, CAIEHP is a transformational learning adult educator and group facilatator and has been teaching Energy Awareness/Biofield for sinece 2015 in the Healing Sciences Theory & Skills stream in the Integrative Energy Healing™️ Program at Langara College. Mara is a certified as a Backhealer Length'N Strength'N facilitator and Advanced Integrative Energy Healing™️ practitioner with a specialty in Integrative Energy Healing in somatic and trauma healing.

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