Q. Can you please introduce yourself and what you do?
A. I'm Ashley Stinson, and my company is Energy Archaeology. I live in Charlottesville, Virginia, but I work with clients all over the world. I work at the bone level - that’s where I see the interface of all parts of ourselves and our field coming together. For me, it's the most natural place to go in and heal, clear, and integrate with the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional bodies, while taking into consideration things like the nervous system and how our physical body feels and functions because of the way our energetic body relates to it.
Q. Very cool. Did you find or create this modality?
A. I call myself the Creatrix of Energy Archaeology. It’s both a discovery methodology and a healing modality based on the energy in the bones. This past summer, I started reading some books and about other modalities that are bone-based. I'm not the only person who works with energy in the bones; one modality is called zero balancing. Another one is spinal network analysis, which was created by a chiropractor. They both focus on the flow of energy in the bones and what that looks like; my work focuses on describing what that energy flow and function means and how it relates to your life, your ancestral patterns, and multi-dimensional Self.
If you're looking at the etheric body, it would be equivalent to someone describing your chakras and how energy flows through them. The way I work is almost taking what they've started and niching it down.
I started with Reiki and thankfully had an excellent Reiki Master Teacher who encouraged me to understand what I was seeing and how I was working. She was intent on making sure I was being true to my intuition and my own healing practices that wanted to flow through me.
Q. That's funny, you have to break up the dogma even within alternative medicine.
A. Yes! We've all been programmed to follow what we’ve been taught about how things should look. When you have to break that down and follow your path, there are layers upon layers upon layers until you come closer and closer into alignment.
Q. Can you expand more about your modality?
A. It’s going through the entire body and understanding what every bone holds and why. I look at what every single bone is relating to. I'm not just saying you have pelvic pain, and you might have blocked energy there. I'm saying; you have blocked energy on this specific side because it's an ancestral thing that is coming in.
Q. How did you find your way to Energy Archaeology?
A. That was the illumination of my trauma and trauma patterns. I had a traumatic birth when I was born. When I was 27, I had my twins, and their birth was a traumatic experience for me as well. The pattern that happened when I was born, (reflex integration, and not being able to breathe), also occurred during the birth of my kids. It was an emergency c-section, and they put me under anesthesia. I was in surgery, and they were breathing for me. I was afraid I wasn't going to live to see my children. After their birth, I was depressed, but it wasn't postpartum depression. I was in this traumatized place. It turns out it was postpartum PTSD. I started going to a Reiki professional (more advanced than a Reiki practitioner) on the advice of my boss. He was saying that it helped his wife after she had their kids.
Every time I would go, I would feel better. It was like a layer would come off, and I could breathe a little bit more. It was almost like it would wear off, so I decided to learn how to do this for myself. I did Reiki 1 and 2 in quick succession. After Reiki 2, I realized I saw things differently. I did things differently. I took a year and a half between 2 and Masters to really work on myself. I was digging through my bones, the energy in them, releasing stuff, and getting myself to a place that I felt confident in. Mentors that I had been working with during this time suggested that what I was doing was unique. That this is something I needed to be offering in the world. Eventually, I did my Reiki Master certification in October and then quit my job by March of that same year.
Q. How did you jump from Reiki to Energy Archeology?
A. Reiki was a great starting ground for me, but it morphed into this beautiful practice naturally. When I first started working, I offered free practice sessions. One session was on a Reiki Master who told me that it was a fantastic session, but it was not Reiki. So there wasn’t really a jump, I just became aware and opened up to my natural gifts.
Q. What do you see or feel during a session?
A. I tend to take on the extrasensory abilities of the person I'm working with. My natural extrasensory ability is to feel things, and I tend to feel them very deeply. If I'm working with someone who is also clairsentient and feeling energy, I will feel in my body, what they're talking about. As soon as the session is over, that's gone. I'm essentially feeling what they're feeling, which helps me guide the session.
It's an interesting mirroring that happens while we're working together because if the client’s extrasensory ability is seeing (clairvoyance) or hearing (clairaudience) or knowing (claircognizance) I will become more attuned in that same way. But for me, it's seeing and then feeling.
Q. Can you look at someone and diagnose them by posture?
A. Sort of, but it's not exact. There's a general overarching thing that will be going on and I can get really close with that. Typically if its shoulders are hunched up or shoulder blades are coming up, there's a lot of stuff there about the inner-child. The inner-child is taking on burdens and not being able to put them back down. If it's in the hips and the pelvis, it's typically generational patterns coming in. Usually, the right side tends to be paternal, but it can also be patriarchal.
Q. What are most of your clients coming to you for?
A. I get a lot of people who will say, I have this pain here, and I know it's energetic. I don't know what the root of it is.
Q. Can you please talk through your offerings?
A. Currently, you can join The Skelementary School Meditation Lounge, which is an online membership space where you can access an ever-expanding collection of guided meditations and energy healing sessions. It’s a self-guided way to learn how to sit with the energy in your bones without feeling like you are falling behind or there’s an expectation like an online course. (readers get one free month with the code: SOULHOUSE-FREEMONTH)
You can choose to work deeper with me and Energy Archaeology through the self-paced online course Know Your Bones: Embodied Wealth. The live group has already started and the Facebook group is incredibly active! If you choose to take the self-paced course before May, you can still join the group healing to release capitalism from your bones.
If readers want more information on Energy Archaeology and their bones specific to the pain or sensation they experience, I welcome them to download the Bone Bios Ebook, which has a section on each of the major bone groups in the body.
Q. Why the courses?
A. I'm an academic, and I believe in empowering people - this is the best way I know how. Energy Archaeology courses are an interesting mix of science and embodiment and energy work. I'm very practical. I have a science degree and a master's degree. It all comes from a very grounded place. I'm talking about energy flow from the point of quantum physics.
I also feel like if anyone wants to start in the embodiment realm or energy work, it can be overwhelming. It was too much for me to leap from where I was to join something like ecstatic dance. Learning how to have a slow conversation with your body and asking what it needs can be a more grounded and practical approach. With the courses, you can examine your body and begin to assess what your body is signaling to you.
I get so many people who will do the very first day, and they're like, Oh my God, my mind just completely blew open. I hadn't realized that I was calling something pain when really, it was just trying to get my attention.
You're empowered to look at the sensation and say, can I give it more space? Can I give it room to open up and say what it needs to say? And then go in and ask the body, what do I need to know? What do I need to do? And then take action on it.
When you learn what you need to know, what you need to do, and you take action, you're giving positive reinforcement back to your intuition and back to your body, and you're saying I'm listening.
Q. What has been your most significant personal change?
A. I believe in getting support where support is needed. I work on myself pretty consistently, and I see a therapist regularly. I consider myself to be very well resourced in asking for help. I would say the biggest thing I've consciously worked towards is healing the birth trauma from the birth of my kids. Mainly with the reflexes not integrating at my birth, I was living in a constant state where my nervous system was shut down. That's why I'm adamant about integration.
Q. Do you have a ten-year vision for the company?
A. I don't want this modality to become the 'Ashley Stinson' modality. I want it to be able to stand on its own. I'm kind of anchoring and shepherding it into the world, but I'm not controlling it. It's going to be able to expand and be what it wants to be. One day there may be practitioner certification.
I also see myself traveling a lot to sacred burial sites like the pre-Bronze Age, ancient civilizations, and clearing the energy there. Whenever I see the timeline of humanity, a lot of our inherited trauma started when we stopped doing rituals at death. The bones used to be preserved in dolmens. They used to be preserved at sacred sites because people very deeply believed that they had to keep their wisdom. We're not honoring the bones anymore, and we're trapping them and making it very toxic. We have so much inherited trauma because we're not releasing it at death. We're not taking the responsibility and saying, ‘This is what I learned.’ We’re being trapped in a cycle where we haven't grown, and we haven't learned lessons because we're not taking what the generation before us is leaving.
Q. That sounds cool. How did you come up with that?
A. I had a tiny taste of this when I went to Ireland. I visited a very famous stone dolmen and was sick for three months after because I was not prepared for what it was going to be like. I went because I could feel the pull there. I sat down on the ground and opened myself up and said, "Okay, show me what I need to know." I was very, very naive in what I expected to be shown. When I came back, I was very sick. When I would close my eyes, all I would see was a film strip of ancient burial rites, of what they used to do. I feel like that's where this is eventually going, understanding burial and energetic release.
Q. That is wild and amazing. On a separate topic, do you have any favorite books?
A. I'm a prolific reader. I love to read. One book I recommend is called Behaving As If the God in All Life Mattered. The other one is the Anastasia series. It's tough to explain those books. But it's almost like energetic transmissions that come from reading. When you put the book down, you're kind of like, "Huh, I'm a different person."
Q. My last question. Is hunching over also part of the inner child? I'm asking for a friend......
A. When you’re hunching over it’s like you're creating a bit of protection. Like the shoulders come up and curl around, and the chest moves in and back. But that's also not allowing the diaphragm to release down and out, so you're compressing on the lungs. And the lungs are grief. Typically, in the rib cage, what you're looking at is core wound stuff and a lack of flow around it.
Q. Is the bend to feel safe?