THE POWER OF HEALING THROUGH A DIFFERENT KIND OF REMEDY
PHOTOS BY BRITT CHESTER
Not every remedy comes in the form of a pill, and that is a philosophy by which Adina Klima has lived the last several years of her life. She has worn several hats that include mother, pharmacist, dancer and certified holistic health coach. Klima, a part-time pharmacist in Winston-Salem, operates a business called Muse Mojo, which combines the concepts of pharmacy, aroma touch therapy and Thought Field Therapy or TFT in order to heal the body. Klima’s four main objectives are relaxation, stress relief, reduction of inflammation and restoring homeostasis.
“The true passion, and why I’m doing the tapping and the oils and the aroma touch technique together is because our bodies are perfect and healthy in their natural state,” she said. “Yet if we’re not feeling our best at all times it’s because there’s something blocking that. Whether it’s the food we eat, the thoughts we think, everything in our environment that’s around us, those are blocking that natural state. And I want people to know that they are perfect and I want them to get back to that.”
Before Klima begins a session she gives patients a comprehensive health history form that includes questions about a person’s daily lifestyle, eating and sleeping habits, typical mood and even sexual activity.
The session then begins with bit of TFT (Thought Field Therapy)””a series of tapping motions aimed at relieving stress and anxiety that was developed in the 1980s by Dr. Roger Callahan. She said she includes the tapping because it helps the body identify both mental and environmental obstacles that are obstructing a person’s good health. During my session we only did a portion of the TFT. This is the only part of the session for which Klima charges a fee.
She then uses a voltmeter to measure the direction that electricity is flowing in the body. She said this technique is based on the Chinese concept of meridian channels, or areas of the body where energy flows. The ultimate goal is to get a positive reading, and Klima said voltmeters have even been used to detect cancer.
“When you have pain it’s a kind of energy that’s stuck in the body,” she said. “When you’re upset about something it’s energy that’s stuck in the body. It’s not flowing freely. Our body is an electrical unit, and sometimes when you try some healing thing and it doesn’t work the way it should, it could be because electricity is reversed in your body.”
During my session, the voltmeter continued to register negative readings both before and after the TFT portion, but after holding a pot full of pungent roses for a few minutes, my energy began to trend upward.
Then it is time for the aroma touch portion of the session, where Klima uses a light touch to apply a series of scented oils on the back and feet that perform different functions on the body, ranging from relaxation to healing to addressing inflammation and toxicity. Calm music provides a soothing background while Klima explains what she is doing in a low, gentle voice.
Klima uses doTerra brand oils in her treatment because she said they can be consumed by the body in different ways. The oils can induce emotional changes in the body by being inhaled, they can produce a healing effect by being absorbed through the skin, or they can be ingested through capsules.
Klima said the oils begin to perform their task within 20 minutes of contact and then are metabolized normally. She said the kind she uses are unique in that they cross the blood brain barrier without affecting other hormones in the body like serotonin and dopamine.
“Scent is one of the most powerful triggers for memories and emotions and healing as well,” she said.
Chiropractor Dr. David K. Hill developed the Aroma Touch technique by identifying three places on the body with a complete organ system””the hands, feet and ears. Klima said the therapy can be used simply on the hand with one or two oils for addressing some issues.
Sessions typically last an hour to an hour and a half, depending on which techniques she uses. At the end of my session I took another voltmeter reading and after a few tries, finally managed to climb into the positive category.
The oils work similar to the way a vaccine does when it is injected, Klima explained. In addition to the oils, Klima also uses mini tablets that dissolve under the tongue and Bach flower remedies in order to help balance emotions.
“A vaccine is put into your body to help your body help the defense,” she said. “Essential oils, tapping, the aroma touch technique, all that stuff does the same thing. So I just help you heal yourself.”
Unlike a vaccine, however, the effects were apparent to me immediately as I felt significantly more giddy and carefree than I did at the beginning of what promised to be a busy day.
Klima said she sees a variety of patients who come in for different reasons.
“The point really is, your body knows exactly what it needs to do,” she said. “I’m just there to be the catalyst so your body can do the rest.”
Klima added that many of her patients are women and hopes she can be an asset to them, but said there are distinct differences between the two genders that make for naturally different lifestyles.
“I think a lot of women have given away their power, and I think we’re trying to play with the boys and keep up with them in business and life and romance in general,” she said. “And really we’re not. We have unique gifts in life and I would like to help women realize what they have and help their bodies heal themselves.”
Klima is originally from Romania but came to the United States in 1984 with her family in order to escape communism. They eventually settled in Missouri where she spent most of her formative years and eventually attended the University of Missouri in Columbia where she studied chemistry. She chose the major based on an anxiety she had around people and a desire to work with chemicals instead. But eventually she realized she needed to find a slightly different path.
“I had a chemistry degree, and after I got it realized what my options were: Either working in the lab or something not quite around people,” she said. “And I was not happy about that.”
While working toward a pharmacy degree, Klima became friends with students that were from different cities in North Carolina, which she sometimes would visit. She said she began to fall in love with the state but Winston- Salem was the only place that felt right for her to live.
“When I graduated pharmacy school I realized that if I stayed in the town that I grew up in I would probably never leave,” she said. “I needed to go out and explore the world a little bit.”
Klima has been a licensed pharmacy technician for 11 years. In that time she has kept detailed notes on all of her patients that she carries with her. One patient that stands out to her was a young mother who came into the pharmacy looking for Vitamin D drops that she could give to her baby.
“The doctor had failed to tell her that there were other things she could do, because she could supplement herself,” she said. “Women are designed to feed their babies.
That’s just what we do. There’s nothing wrong with us unless we allow other people to tell us that.”
Klima told the woman that she wouldn’t need the drops if she were to increase her milk supply or take the child outside to get sunlight.
“She left feeling like she was a mom instead of a failure who had just come from the doctors office,” she said.
Klima said many people come into her pharmacy asking for drugs like antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications when they can find other ways of preventing sickness. She much rather prefers people do not look to the pharmacy as the first line of defense for sickness.
“I think the pharmaceutical industry has done people a disservice because they want people to think that things can be fixed so quickly with a drug,” she said.
Klima says she has found the job fulfilling because it has given her an opportunity to have interactions where people reveal things that are personal, and that later inspired her to start Muse Mojo.
“That little part of pharmacy that I enjoy so much, I want that all the time. It helps me learn about myself too because when I say something I can refer back to my own life and think, ‘gosh, the advice I’m giving them, do I do that?” she rhetorically asked.
Klima says despite her personal beliefs about the pharmaceutical industry, she is able to separate her work from her other therapy.
“I take a look at the person, and there’s a certain image that you get,” she said. “And I try to throw that away as much as possible and just allow the interaction to happen the way it needs to happen.”
While in Missouri in 2001 Klima began belly dancing.
Belly dancing is a form of dance commonly practiced by Middle Eastern women as a cultural expression of femininity in what is often seen as a closed society. She taught classes for several years through her company, Jujubellies, at Kindred Spirits on Trade Street, and at Pro Dance Academy in Clemmons. Lately Klima has had to put this part of her life on hold.
“Life circumstances have made it so that evenings are not readily available for me to do that anymore, so that’s more of a hobby at this point,” she said.
Currently, Klima’s pharmacy job is her primary source of income but she hopes at some point to run Muse Mojo as a full time job out of a permanent space. She said this would give her the opportunity to pursue her passion all the time with the ability to simultaneously give patients medical advice, as her pharmacy degree licenses her to do. Currently she operates partly out of her home and once a week meets with patients at the Breathing Room studio on Northwest Boulevard.
Klima said she was not always happy with her image and there were times during her first four years of dancing that she dreaded going to class because she felt uncoordinated. But by 2004 she had increased her self-esteem dramatically.
“It’s all been in the last few years that I’ve stepped out and done these things,” she said. “Before that I lived a lot of my life just completely oblivious to any true power within me, and my self confidence was really low.”
Since then Klima has lost 80 pounds, had two girls and has danced through it all. She said she has enjoyed the area and is hoping to get out more, although she admits the demands of being a single mother often prevent her from kindling some of her other passions.
“Since we moved here I’ve been working so much,” she said. Now it’s tapered off a little bit so I can actually go out and enjoy things but up until then I have not gotten out much.”
Klima does not own a TV or watched a TV show in seven years.
Instead Klima enjoys reading books about belly dancing and nutrition in her spare time. She is also passionate about hiking and said one of her dreams is to spend time with nature while also talking to people and dancing around a bonfire at night.
Her parents are still in Missouri and her half-brother lives in Florida, but the rest of her family is in Romania. She said she is looking forward to visiting this summer with her girls. !