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What is Access Consciousness Bars®?

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While neurOptimal® neurofeedback is my primary specialty, I also practice Access Bars®, a hands on energy modality. By gently touching specific points on the head, this approach releases the electromagnetic charge of thoughts, ideas, attitudes, and beliefs that may have limited you in the concerned life areas.

Ask for a sample Bars® session during your regular neurofeedback session. 

What does a Bars® session feel like? 

Everyone is different so there is no ‘normal’ Bars® session. What is most often reported is that there is sense of complete relaxation and many people go to sleep - even in a very noisy environment. Some people have images come to them, others feel sensations in their body such as buzzing, tingling, warmth, twitches, shivers or even aches. Many people say the energy they felt was similar to the pleasure they get from being turned on.  Sense of peace and joy is often present at the end of a Bars® session. 

Is it like Reiki? 

No. Reiki is about putting energies into your body and directing them to do something. The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – ‘Rei ‘which means ‘God's Wisdom or the Higher Power’ and ‘Ki’ which is ‘life force energy’. So Reiki is actually ‘spiritually guided life force energy’. 

Access is about unlocking the energies you have locked in your body so it releases. Just like neurofeedback does not put anything IN your brain, when we run the Bars® we’re not putting anything into you to make things change. We are letting YOU change it by unlocking where you are stuck. 

The Facilitator activates the points on the head by lightly touching them and being the space that allows for change to occur. With Reiki, there is the intention; with Access there is an allowance.  


Is it like EFT? 

No.  EFT is about unlocking emotions and traumas from the body by ‘tapping’ on specific energy points and it works in a similar way to acupuncture. It is a treatment you can do on yourself to heal your body. Running your Bars® and using Access tools will accomplish all that EFT sets out to do and much more. 


Is it like Craniosacral Therapy? 

No. but if you get your Bars® run, you can receive similar effects to craniosacral therapy. Craniosacral therapy works by gentle manipulation of the membrane (the fascia) in the skull and down the spine that surrounds the central nervous system. This is very precise release work and often induces a state of deep relaxation for the client. 

Running Bars® generates deep relaxation for the client and it also releases the energies of the thoughts, feelings and emotions that have created the impact on the cells of the body, so you can receive more change with Bars® than is possible with craniosacral therapy.  


Is it like Reflexology? 

No. Reflexology is based on the principle that by applying pressure to areas in the feet, hands and ears, it will relieve tension, improve circulation and promote the natural function of the related areas of the body. The Bars® are not a massage technique and are not related to pressure points on the head. However, having your Bars® run can feel like you have just had a great massage! 


Is it based on Acupuncture points, Meridian Lines or Chakras? 

No. The information about the Bars® was channeled in 1990 and has never existed on the planet before then. The only commonality with acupuncture, meridians and chakras is that the Bars® are about working with energy. 

If you are familiar with techniques that apply to these energy points on the body, you may find that running Bars® greatly enhances what is possible with any healing modality that uses them. The Bars® are here to create a change in your life. Would you like to receive that?       


Does it hurt? 

There is no pressure required to activate the Bars®. The Facilitator will adjust the pressure of their hands on your head to what is comfortable for you. There have been some people who required the Bars® to be run without being touched at all and this can be done if you have an extreme sensitivity to touch. When the Bars® are running, you may experience some intensity of awareness of the energy being run and you can be assured that it will dissipate of its own accord as the process continues. 


Do I have to take my clothes off? 

No, the Facilitator will be touching your head, the palms of your hands and soles of your feet. The only things you may have to remove would be your shoes and any headwear such as glasses and hair accessories that may make it difficult to reach the Bars points.  

Is the Bars® Facilitator channeling Spirit? 

No. There is no channeling occurring. The Facilitator is not doing anything except asking the energy of each Bar to run. The Facilitator is pulling energy through you, not from you, and allowing that process to effect a release at each Bars point. The Facilitator will hold a position until the energy is flowing smoothly and will then move to the next point.  

Should I have an intention when I get my Bars® run? 

No. The great gift of Bars is that they allow you to just receive. You are not required to do, think or feel anything. You just have to lay there and receive the energy. It’s all about you! 


How long does a Bars® session take? 

There is no standard time for running Bars. The Facilitator will follow the energy and deliver only what you are happy to receive. Bars can be done in as little as 20-minutes. Children’s Bars run faster than adults as they usually have less resistance to receiving than adults do. 

Can I talk during a Bars® session? 

Yes. You can ask questions of your Facilitator or talk about what is going on for you. It will not affect the session. You don’t have to focus, meditate or close your eyes.  

Can I move during a Bars® session? 

Yes of course. It is required that you are comfortable so you are able to receive the Bars® with ease. You can take a break at any time during the session if you need to go to the bathroom or stretch or blow your nose or something. You can ask for a pillow or a blanket or a drink of water. Ask and you shall receive.  


How often should I have a Bars® session? 

The effects of a Bars® session tend to last around three weeks. So it’s really up to you. What many people choose to do is receive Bars® once a week, although you can do Bars® every day if you like. If you are feeling grumpy or out of sorts, that’s always a good time to choose to have your Bars® run. There is a man in California who says “If you want to be happy for the rest of your life then run someone’s Bars® or have your Bars® run every day.”  


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Picture of Stressed out Garfield vs Happy Garfield after access consciousness bars.

The Bars were developed by Gary Douglas, founder of Access Consciousness®

For additional information on Access Consciousness® or Access Bars® visit the Access Consciousness® website:  https://www.accessconsciousness.com/