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Energy healing (sometimes also called “energy therapy” or “energy medicine”) is a holistic complimentary medicine technique. It is designed to promote healing and relieve pain and other issues by balancing the human energy field.
The human energy field (also sometimes called the “human biofield”) is an energetic system that runs throughout the physical body and also surrounds it. To be at our healthiest, we ideally want to keep this energy field balanced and steady all the time. But of course life is not that simple. As humans interacting with the world, we experience a number of things that can create disruptions in our energetic field—stress, physical pain or injury, surgeries, medical procedures, chemotherapy, trauma, loss, grief, unexpected life changes, etc. These things can sometimes throw our energy fields out of balance, resulting in pain, stress-related disorders, or other difficulties that are hard to recover from. In such cases, energy therapy techniques can be used to help re-balance and restore harmony to the energy field, thereby facilitating healing.
There are many styles or “modalities” of energy healing, including Healing Touch, reiki, Quigong, crystal healing, acupuncture, and others. In my practice, I include some reiki, crystal healing, and other energetic techniques, but the primary modality I use in my energy work is Healing Touch (see below). Also, because energy healing can be done in-person or remotely, I offer my clients the option to choose between an in-person session or a distance work session (where I do the session work remotely and the client does not have to be physically present).
Healing Touch is the primary style of energy therapy I use in my sessions. Healing Touch is an energy therapy where practitioners use their hands in an intentional way to clear, energize, and balance the energy field and support clients’ physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. The Healing Touch Program was founded by registered nurses, and is one of the only energy therapies that is widely accepted and used in hospitals and other medical centers across the country.
Healing Touch practitioners use light, gentle touch or off-body techniques that encourage deep relaxation and create an optimal environment for the body’s innate healing tendencies to occur. Several formal research studies have shown Healing Touch therapy can be beneficial for issues such as stress, physical pain, illness, injury, grief, medical conditions, surgery, and/or medical treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation.
The Healing Touch Program has been reviewed and endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) and the Canadian Holistic Nurses Association (CHNA), among others.
Healing Touch has been shown to help to restore and balance energy that has been depleted due to stress, injury, illness, grief, PTSD, medical conditions, surgery or medical treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. So as you can see, it can help with a great number of issues, whether they be body, mind, or spirit. But even if you are already feeling really good, energy work is a great way to enhance and sustain well-being. Many of my clients come back regularly because they like to get energetic “tune-ups,” to keep everything “flowing and glowing.” And many just come because they want to treat themselves to an hour of spa-like relaxation. And what could be better than that?
To get an idea of what “real people” are saying about my work and what benefits they have received from it, you can check out my testimonials page. Of course, everyone responds to energy work differently, so your response to it may be different than theirs. The best way you can see how it benefits you is to come in and experience it for yourself!
In a normal in-person session, I talk a bit with clients at the start to find out why they have come and what they’d like to work on. Then clients usually lie down on a massage table, fully clothed except for their shoes. (If the client is physically incapable of lying down, or a technique requires it, the client may sit up during the work). Once the session begins, I first assess what your energetic field is like at that moment. Then, depending on what you’ve come in to address and what my assessment shows, I will use a variety of techniques where I rest my hands on key parts of the body or above/around the body, to clear and balance your energy field.* This will continue throughout the session, until the techniques are complete. All you have to do during the session is relax and listen to soothing music. Some people find this so relaxing they even fall asleep—which is perfectly fine!—you don’t have to be awake to receive benefit from the work.
Though during a session many prefer to just “chill out” and stay quiet the whole time, you are also more than welcome to share anything you might be experiencing during the session if you would like to. As to what you might experience—every person is different. Some people feel nothing more than just the sensation of being very relaxed. Sometimes people say they experience heat coming from my hands when I am working; some have felt coolness coming from them (but both say it feels very soothing). Some report feeling sensations or “shifts” happening in their bodies, or feel they need to reposition themselves on the table to realign. Occasionally people feel emotions come up. All of these are normal and healthy responses. So basically, I can’t tell you exactly what you’ll feel during a session until you try it, because it’s different for every person, BUT the most common denominator that everyone says at the end of a session (no matter what they experienced during it) is that they feel very relaxed and refreshed.
When the session ends, we’ll have a short check-in to see how you are feeling after the work, discuss what you experienced during the session, and answer any questions you have.
*One important clarification: Except for the fact that they both promote relaxation, Healing Touch is not at all like a massage. There is no kneading or manipulating of muscle or body tissue, and clients remain fully clothed during the sessions. If you are looking to get a traditional massage or any kind of deep-tissue bodywork, I do not provide such services, and I recommend seeking out a massage therapist.
One of the wonderful things about energy healing is that it can also be done at a distance, which allows me to work with clients who live far from me. Though I know this sounds surprising (it certainly did to me when I was first learned about it during my training!), I have since provided many clients with distance sessions, and as it turns out, some of the most impressive results I’ve seen have happened during distance work!
When I do distance work sessions, the client and I have a brief discussion to establish what she or he would like to work on. Then, I tell the client a time window during which I will do the session work for them. Clients do not have to do anything in particular during the time I do the session; I can connect with their energy field and do the session work while they just go about their daily lives. When the session is completed, I contact the client to let them know the work is complete and let them know any particular notes I took or observations I had during the session that may be of interest.
Not at all. Before I give the more basic explanation, here’s the bottom line: I am not a doctor, medical professional, or a mental health practitioner, and energy work is never a replacement for a physician’s or mental health professional’s advice or care. As a practitioner I will never suggest you ignore or contradict your doctor’s or therapist’s advice, or that you should cease any medication you were prescribed. Even if you are receiving energy work to help with a particular issue, you should also always seek medical or therapeutic treatment to help with physical symptoms or emotional issues you are experiencing.
Energy healing can work well with Western medicine but is not a replacement for it. In the medical and healing communities, energy healing is usually called complementary or integrated medicine. That means it’s a therapy that can work in conjunction with Western medicine. In fact, many physicians and other health care professionals are finding that it can help patients enhance or speed up their healing from medical procedures and other conditions. Also, the primary healing modality I work with, Healing Touch, is a program that was founded by medical nurses, who designed these techniques to work with the Western medicine they were practicing in hospitals. (However, it’s important to understand that not all Healing Touch practitioners are nurses or medical professionals—I am not one.)
In my own life, I see both medical doctors and complimentary medicine practitioners, and both have provided me with significant benefits of many different kinds—leading to a fuller, more satisfying level of health and healing. There is no reason for an either/or situation here—healing is a warm, wonderful group effort!
Also important to know: Energy therapy is gentle and entirely positive in focus. Working with your energy flow may enhance the positive effects of any medical support you have received, but it will never “undo” or “take away” those positive effects.
Nope. Remember, not all that long ago things like yoga, acupuncture, and meditation were thought to be “woo-woo New Agey stuff” in the U.S., and many people doubted that they helped. Nowadays, though, we hear consistently—from very mainstream sources, and from research studies—how positive these practices can be for our health. Energy healing is based on similar Eastern medicine principles to these other types of practices, and though it is perhaps a bit less widely-known, both anecdotal evidence from medical professionals as well as some formal research done thus far have shown it can bring similar health benefits.
Another similarity energy healing has to things like yoga, acupuncture, and meditation is that while the practice incorporates some aspects of Eastern philosophy, religious belief is in no way necessary to participate in or benefit from it. In fact, you don’t even have to necessarily believe that it’s going to work for you. I’ve had clients who walked in doubtful, but still saw results anyway. All I ask is that you keep an open mind and see what happens.
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