By

Sandra Chaloux

| 08/24/2020

Energy Healing Techniques and How They Can Help Improve Your Health

Energy Healing Techniques and How They Can Help Improve Your Health

Energy healing is a traditional healing system that taps into the energy fields working directly with our minds, our bodies, and our emotions. It is used to address ailments, both physical and mental, by identifying disturbances or blockages to the flow of energy within ourselves. If left unchecked, these blockages can manifest themselves as illnesses. The guiding principle is that, when the pathways within us are clear, and our energy is able to flow freely, the body remains healthy and balanced. When the energy flow is fixed, the person is able to heal.

When looking into energy healing as an option, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the many techniques and modalities that exist. So here’s an overview of some of the more common types of energy healing and the direct effects they can have on your overall health. 


Reiki Healing

Developed in Japan and derived from the Japanese words, rei (“soul,” or “spirit”) and ki (“vital energy”), Reiki healing is one of the most widely practiced forms of energy healing. Healers focus on energy that has stagnated in the body where there has been physical injury or even emotional pain. They guide energy throughout the body, introducing positive energy into it and causing the negative energy to dissipate. This helps to activate the patient’s self-healing abilities and clears their energy pathways so that the ki may flow in a healthy, natural way. 

 

In a typical Reiki session, the patient lays down on a table (similar to a massage table) or sits in a comfortable chair, fully clothed. The healer places their hands lightly on, or just over, specific areas of the body, using a series of different hand positions. These hand positions may be held anywhere from 3-10 minutes, depending on the need. The transfer of energy occurs while these hand positions are being held. The healer can sense this through their hands becoming tingly or warm, and they will hold the position until they feel this sensation subside. At that point, they will remove their hands and place them over a different area of the body. 

In addition to promoting the body’s self-healing abilities, potential benefits to Reiki healing include:

  • Increased relaxation and reduced stress
  • Improved mood
  • Better sleep
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduced anxiety

As a result of these benefits, it is used as an effective treatment for:

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Autism
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Fatigue


Qigong

Now stemming from the Chinese words for “life energy,” Qi (or chi) and “work,” Gong, Qigong is essentially a form of yoga with its roots in Taoism. It has been practiced for centuries and is the foundation of all martial arts. As in any yogic practice, breathing is key. The physical act of breathing makes us aware of our connection to the life energy around us, and in Qigong, the guiding principle is “energy follows attention.” Where our conscious attention is placed is where our energy will gather and flow. By focusing this attention on our breath--by uniting our mind with the movement of our breathing--we activate our minds to be able to guide the movement of this energy. 

 

As the mind becomes united with the movement of the breath, so too must the physical body. This is accomplished by coordinating precise physical movements with different breathing techniques. Movements vary from gentle to vigorous. From subtle to expansive. Each movement has a very direct and specific effect on the body and the mind, and all work to promote the flow of energy within us.

The practice of Qigong is believed to increase longevity. It has a variety of rejuvenating effects on our overall well-being. These include:

  • Releasing tension in joints and muscles
  • Increasing relaxation
  • Improving the functioning of internal organs
  • Reducing stress
  • Reducing anxiety


Acupuncture

Again originating from China, acupuncture is a healing practice that, similarly to Qigong, focuses on the concept of qi--the life force energy that is within us and surrounds us. It, too, is based around the idea that when our energy is free to flow to the right places, we will experience better mental and physical health. When blocked, it can cause illnesses. So to unblock or redirect the flow of energy, acupuncturists shallowly insert very thin needles into specific points on the skin. These insertions cause little to no discomfort, but yet provide enough of a signal to the body to let it know that it needs to respond. This physical and natural response stimulates the immune system and increases circulation to the area, which promotes pain relief and healing

The practice of acupuncture has been effective in helping with:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Allergies
  • Chronic pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 
  • High blood pressure
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sprains
  • Strokes
  • Dental pain
  • Chemotherapy-induced side effects (such as pain and nausea)

 

Chakra Balancing

The term “chakras” comes from Hinduism and literally translates to “wheels.” It is used to describe the wheels of energy within our bodies. They are energy hubs within us that link our physical bodies to the universal life force running through all things. There are 7 chakras in the body, starting from the top of the head all the way down to the bottom of the spine. Each chakra is a distinct and unique energy center, spinning at different frequencies and impacting different biological processes and organ systems. Combined, they regulate every aspect of ourselves--from our emotional states to our physical resistance to diseases. When all chakras are unblocked, or balanced, the energy flows freely. If thrown out of balance, physical, emotional, or mental ailments may occur, and as they are connected to the life force surrounding us, these may even affect people or things outside of ourselves. When a specific area in your body feels sore or is having problems, the chakra correlating to that part of the body is out of balance. Anything that takes you away from the life you desire is a chakra block

To bring your chakras into balance, start by visualizing your ideal life. Notice things about yourself in this ideal life--how you look, how you feel, how you act, etc. This triggers an emotional response which alters the energy of the chakras to match the energy of your ideal self. As a result, this idealistic fantasy becomes more of a physical realization. If there are aspects of your life which need more stability and balance, make adjustments. Balancing what you can control around you will help to maintain a balance within you. Hobbies and exercises that stimulate the mind, the body, and the emotions will help you feel more balanced and well grounded. By balancing your chakras, you:

  • Achieve a feeling of well-being
  • Improve self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Improve focus
  • Boost energy
  • Develop a stronger sense of connection
  • Improve communication skills


Let’s Hear From You

Energy healing is a vast topic, difficult to capture in an article. We invite you to share your experiences and suggestions for other methods that have helped you.

And to all the wonderful energy healers out there: please note that our network is open to practitioners and coaches who offer virtual services and programs, so if you are interested in sharing your gifts through our hub, please connect with us here!

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