Healing Hands is a Native American form of energy healing work that involves energy transfer from practitioner to client, encouraging energy healing.
Healing Hands: A Native American Energy Healing Modality
By: Shanna A Schultz,
Certified Massage Therapist and Stone Medicine Instructor
The idea that something could be wrong with our “energy” that may lead to or be causing physical or emotional issues has recently worked its way from a crazy, new agey idea to a more common, mainstream belief.
This idea is not new at all. In fact, indigenous cultures all over the world have practiced various forms of “energy” healing, probably since the beginning of man.
This healing power is not something exclusive, that only certain people
have. Think about what you do when you hurt yourself. Say, for
instance, you just hit your thumb with a hammer. What is your first
initial reaction? Most likely, you would gasp (getting extra oxygen
into your bloodstream for healing) and you would hold your injured thumb
with your other hand.
This is a completely normal reaction, and shows that the ability to heal our energy bodies is hardwired into our brains. By holding our injured thumb with our other hand, we are unconsciously focusing energy on the injured part which encourages the healing process to begin. Everybody has an innate ability to heal themselves and others!
Scientists have proven that our bodies are made up of energy. The atoms that make up our bodies, when broken down into their base components, are pure energy. Further, scientists are beginning to discover that energy is shaped and affected by our intention.
Quantum physics is starting to explore the reality that our thoughts and intentions have an effect on the reality of our lives. You can Google “Quantum Physics,” “Intention” and “Manifestation” to read about this relatively new field of research.
So, how do these types of energy healing work? You have an energy field surrounding your body. Some people call this the “Aura”. Some people feel that it is the electromagnetic field that surrounds your body which is the sum of the electrical and energetic reactions taking place in your body between your atoms and cells.
Some cultures believe that this field helps you to interact with the fields of all other people and things that you come into contact with, including the earth.
When you have a disease, injury or illness, energy healers generally believe that it is reflected in your energy field. It could start as an energy imbalance from emotional or spiritual disturbance and work its way into the physical realm, manifesting as symptoms in your body. It could also come as a result of a physical injury that happens, which by its nature, interrupts the energy flow in your body.
Either way, physical healing can be greatly improved by balancing this energy and helping the client regain a strong connection with the Earth. Just like blood and oxygen encourage faster healing in the body, so can a proper flow of healthy, balanced energy.
Energy healing can also be related to resonance. When you hit a tuning fork near another tuning fork, the tuning fork that is not hit will begin to vibrate in response to the vibration of the tuning fork that has struck. This is called resonance. So, how does this influence energy healing techniques?
The healer, or the person facilitating the energy healing session acts
as the tuning fork, so to speak, to bring in a stronger, healthier
vibration. The client is like the tuning fork that is not struck
but the clients resonant frequency will rise to meet the higher
frequency that the healer is bringing in to the session.
There are many types of energy healing throughout the world; both indigenous traditions and those that have come forth more recently in history. Reiki is a well known form of energy healing from Japan that was discovered in about 1930.
My training in energy healing work is a type called Healing Hands. This technique, though similar to Reiki, comes from Native American traditions from North America that was discovered about 10,000 years ago.
A Healing Hands treatment consists of the healer placing their hands over parts of the clients body.
It can be done while the client is in any position. The intent of the therapist is to remain open so that they can be a “hollow bone” for the client to receive whatever energy they need for their healing and wellbeing.
No clothing needs to be removed by the client and this ceremony can even work over great distances; the healer and the client do not even need to be near each other!
While science is beginning to learn about why various types of energy healing work, these explanations are new teachings to a treatment modality that has been practiced for thousands of years.
Because these traditions existed long before the science that explains them, they rely on faith that the client will get whatever energy they need from the treatment (the explanations that are coming forth now are just icing on the cake!) This simplicity makes this an extremely elegant form of energy work and makes it very accessible and easy to learn.
Learning this type of energy healing work is empowering, as every person can learn to offer healing to those around them and the world at large.
It can be done on its own or incorporated into other types of energy
healing work such as massage, nursing, crystal work, etc. Healing Hands
workshops are being taught all over the world as these ancient
traditions come forth into the modern world.