5 Types of energy healing and how they work

Alternative and Complementary Healing therapies are gaining popularity particularly due to their non-invasive nature. Here are some basic facts about 5 Energy Healing techniques reported to be most effective.

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1. Reiki Healing

The word Reiki originated from two Japanese words: ‘Rei’ meaning “God’s wisdom, Soul or Spirit” and ‘Ki’  meaning “vital energy”.

   In this therapy ‘ki’ or ‘vital energy’  moves through the meridians and the three dan tiens used to reduce the impact of stress and to trigger holistic healing on a subphysical level known as the biofield. According to some research this occurs on an even more subtle level known as the unified field.

 Effects of Reiki that have been documented by researchers are:  

  •  lowered heart rate, blood pressure, and stress hormones 
  •  increased immune strength  

Reiki is considered a passive therapy, more like meditation, connecting the practitioner to their own source of inner peace.  While other therapies like acupuncture work to restore balance in the biofield, Reiki works via very subtle vibrations to restore balance in the recipient without deliberately reorganising the biofield, or controlling or manipulating the energy .

The technique involves the use of the practitioner’s hands resting either lightly on the body, or just above the body.  The position and placement of the practitioner’s hands is altered at various times.   

Practitioners of Reiki explain that an increase in ki in their hands is a spontaneous response to the recipient’s individual energy-balancing needs at a particular time.  In this way each treatment is automatically unique.   Recipients of a Reiki energy Healing session inevitably report feeling soothed, calm and balanced after a session.

2. Pranic Healing 

Prana is the Sanskrit word for the body’s life force.  Pranic healing uses prana, to heal the body’s energy. This therapy comes from yoga and Ayurvedic traditions.   Prana moves through the nadis (energetic pathways) or chakras. In this therapy, energy is used to clean toxins from the body, thus accelerating the physical healing process. 

Pranic Healing corrects imbalances in the body’s energy field.  This is achieved without touching the recipient. 

Pranic healing is a 3-step process :

  • checking, making a diagnosis
  • cleansing energy blocks
  • energising with prana which replenishes and revitalises.

Some documented effects of Pranic Healing include:

  • Improved health and increased stamina
  • Inner peace and happiness
  • Reduced stress

3. Crystal Healing

Crystals (fossilized minerals), besides being beautiful in colour, are believed to contain several healing properties in ancient forms of medicine.   Seekers of complementary therapies are increasingly using crystals as an effective form of practicing self-care.

 It is said that crystals emit uplifting vibrations and allow positive, fruitful energy to flow into the body and draw out impurities such as negative, toxic energy from the body. 

Like other forms of alternative therapy, crystals work by healing the body from the inside.

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Effects of Crystal Healing include:

  • peace of mind
  • healing depression
  • improving concentration and creativity

Types of Crystals:

Each healing crystal has its own distinctive healing properties. 

There are many resources of information on specific crystals and their healing properties available. Some examples of crystals and their uses include:

  • Amethyst :  particularly useful for healing digestive ailments.
  • Green aventurine is good to promote cardiac wellness
  • Healing rocks like yellow topaz clear up mental blocks and improve clarity of mind.

4. Quantum Healing

A master leading voice in the field of Quantum Healing has to be Deepak Chopra.

Quantum healing therapy is based on the principles of self-healing.

Energy levels in the body can be adjusted and escalated to optimise health in the body. This is achieved through various techniques like visualisation of energy flowing through the “area of dis-ease” and breathing techniques to facilitate the flow of higher vibrating positive healing energy.   

Quantum Healing is not specifically seen as a “tool of spirituality” but rather an understanding of the impact and influence of positive thinking and a conscious, genuine intention to heal. This makes it accessible to any of us, not only to professionals.

In quantum healing, we acknowledge the cause and effect relationship between mind and body on whole body-mind wellness.   

5. Qigong

Qigong, which is sometimes spelled Chi-Kung (and pronounced chee-gung), involves the study and practice of cultivating vital life-force (prana) through various techniques.

 Qigong techniques usually involve:

  • Breathing techniques.
  • Postures. Meditations. 
  • Guided imagery.

Qigong therapy is based on the premise that any imbalance in the body is able to be corrected by the personal practices mentioned above.

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Having its roots in Chinese Traditional Medicine, Qigong recommends coordinated body movement combined with specific breathing techniques and meditation using positive visualisation and guided imagery.

The focus of Qigong is not on the area of dis-ease, but rather on balancing the positive energy of the body. By changing even the focus of attention, one begins the process of self-healing.

These are just a few of the many self-help forms of Energy Healing available to us. Take encouragement from these alternative forms of healing that allow us to:

  • take responsibility for our own health and well-being,
  • understand the mind-body connection 
  • realise that symptoms are indicators of dis-ease that can be self-corrected.

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Amethyst is a powerful protective and healing stone. Known for its stunning purple color, it is used to balance moods, activate spiritual awareness, boost the immune system and protect against psychic attack.

Wear amethyst or keep it in the home to facilitate creative energy, enthusiasm and deeper insight.

Spirit Quartz blends yin and yang and enhances spiritual abilities. This amazing stone protects you as you move through growth cycles. It purifies the entire chakra system. Spirit Quartz will help you integrate your lower self and higher self. It radiates high vibrations and assists you in releasing emotional pain and trauma.

Amethyst clusters may be used during meditation and also to charge and cleanse your other crystals. Use your amethyst cluster to help you manifest your visualizations into reality.

Infuse your home with the healing and protective properties of amethyst. Much loved for its ability to absorb negative energy and release positive energy, amethyst is a must-have for any spiritually-minded home. 

Agate gemstones help you stay grounded in the present moment. The striped stones impart their gentle energy wherever they are, facilitating stability and providing you with a feeling of centeredness. 

Carry your agate slice with you or give it a place of honor in the home where it will radiate calm energy into your environment. Keep your agate close by for a healthier work-life balance, a more grounded aura, and an integrated mind, body and soul.

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