There are many different types of energy healing modalities. Many of these healing modalities have different philosophies, types of training, techniques, and types of energy they address.
Energy healing or “energy work” has many variations and focuses. Primarily, because the therapists that do the work have a wide variety of backgrounds, and as they begin to teach others, different forms of energy healing emerge.
Many energy healing techniques developed from spiritual traditions, and others developed from scientific ideas, such as Healing Touch and Therapeutic Touch.
Healing Touch uses very gentle touch to help re-pattern the patient's energy field and accelerate healing of the body, mind, and spirit. Practitioners of this technique believe that this realigns energy flow that has been disrupted by stress, pain, or illness.
Therapeutic Touch started at Pumpkin Hollow Farm, a spiritual retreat center of the Theosophical Society in the foothills of the Berkshires in New York State. Therapy is based on the assumptions that human beings are fields of energy, and that the ability to enhance healing in another person is a natural potential.
is a type of Japanese energy work that promotes stress reduction and relaxation. It is the most popular form of energy healing, using attunements to open the receiver to healing energies.
Other energy healing work uses the 7 chakras, which affect the mental and emotional bodies. The 7 chakras are the seven major energy vortices located along the central meridian from the base of the spine to the top of the head. They are associated with major organs and glandular systems of the body.
Emotional Freedom Technique, or Meridian Tapping, is a simple acupressure approach that is proven to help reduce stress, pain and other symptoms of illness with no side effects. EFT works on the same approach as acupuncture.
Quantum Touch is one of the types of energy healing that works with the life force energy “Chi” of the body to promote wellness. The QT practitioner creates a state of high vibration and the client’s energy can automatically retrain with the vibration.
Healing Hands, a Native American energy healing work consists of the healer placing their hands over parts of the clients body for them to receive whatever energy they need for their healing and well-being, relying on faith that the client will receive the energy.
This highly rated book, Energy Medicine: Balancing Your Body's Energies for Optimal Health, Joy, and Vitality , talks about the different forms of energy healing, as well as providing drawings and illustrations for them as well.
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