Most of us have experienced the healthy power of hands-on therapy such as physical massage. And we understand how the strong, skilled hands can massage, reduce, and smooth the kinks and pains in our muscles. This is a type of “physical healing”.
“Energy Healing” can be a little more difficult to explain, and for many people, to comprehend. Some go so far as to refer to energy healing as being “esoteric”, a word that many people don’t understand as well.
ESOTERIC: intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest.
The concept of Energy Healing should NOT be an esoteric concept. The more people that understand and are given the opportunity to participate and experience this type of healing would increase its availability and acceptability.
Unlike the example of “hands-on” physical massage given earlier, energy healing techniques are usually “hands-off”, as they involve a transfer of “energy” from the practitioner (the person helping you) to you. Don’t be confused about the passing of energy — just because there isn’t any touching, doesn’t mean there isn’t any healing.
Just like physical massage, where we have Sweedish Oil, Massage, or dry Thai Massage, or accupressure, or even chair massage, there are different types of energy healing methodologies.
Some traditional and Chinese healers practice Qi gong; a type of polarity therapy which blends Eastern and eastern techniques, concentrating on unblocking the flow of energy through the body.
The Japanese word for life energy is Reiki, a popular energy healing practice. Reiki healers attempt to channel universal healing energy through the own bodies and that of their clients. There is some hands-on with Reiki, as gentle touch is usually involved in the process. Clients lie on a massage table, fully dressed during the session, which last 60-90 minutes.
“Therapeutic Touch” was created by two woman who believed that the human body, mind, emotions and intuition work together as a detailed, and complex, energy field. Basically the premise is that stress and bad things in life make you “out of balance” as balance comes from “order” and calmness. This part of the therapy is easy for patients to understand.
When visiting a Therapeutic Touch practitioner, she will first attempt to “read” you and get a sense of the balance (or imbalance) of your energy field. She will place her hands two-to-six inches above you, beginning at your head, and work down to your feet. The goal will be to “balance” your energy fields with her hands and other techniques.
Yoga and Meditation and “the inner space” have always been a part of energy healing. One practice is Sat nam Rasayan healing from India, in which practitioners attempt healing by connecting to your “sacred space”, a space accessible through transcendent consciousness.