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Energy Healing:
What It Is and What It Does

Energy healing is energy medicine or energy therapy. It’s an emerging form of complementary and alternative medicine. It’s not a modern concept or approach. The origins are found throughout the ancient world. This form of healing is noted in Christianity, as well as other Western and Eastern religions.

Energy work was part of many early approaches to medicine. Early medical practitioners believed that when the energy within the body was out of balance, people became ill. In Asian countries, medical people felt the only way to a healthy body lay in correcting this imbalance. China and Japan, for example, developed a medical system based upon energy levels within the body.

Yet, the belief in the role of energy is not restricted to the physical. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners have always perceived this energy (Chi), as having a holistic impact. In other words, the quality and amount of energy found circulating within your body affects your emotional, psychological and spiritual well-being. It is not restricted to your physical health.

What is Energy Healing?

In its different forms, energy healing is defined as an aspect of alternative and complementary medicine.  Energy medicine employs diverse methods to modify and manipulate the flow of energy within the body. The intent is to realign, replenish or stabilize the amount and the quality of energy within the human body.

Types of Energy Healing

  • Reiki
  • Crystal Healing
  • Qigong
  • Emotional Freedom Techniques(EFT)
  • Biofield energy
  • Therapeutic Touch (TT)
  • Spiritual Healing– generally secular or at least non-denominational
  • Faith Healing – tends to be Christian-based
  • Acupuncture/acupressure
  • Yoga
  • Sufi dancing
  • Polarity Therapy
  • Feldenkreis work
  • Meditation– certain forms
  • Visualization techniques
  • Chakra balancing