Six Types of Energy Healing That Everyone Has Heard Of
Whether you are new to my website or have read my books and attended my workshops you’ll quickly learn that I talk about energy healing frequently. Energy healing is the foundation for the Healing Codes I developed nearly two decades ago and they have helped thousands of people live healthier, happier lives.
You are probably more aware of energy healing and medicine than you realize. Not only is it becoming more mainstream, but there are also several different modalities in the field, from acupuncture to Reiki, that you’ve likely heard of or even tried.
Energy healing is any therapy that uses the energy within the body to bring the body back into balance so the body may begin the healing process. It isn’t a replacement for traditional medicine, but it can be very effective. In fact, a 2013 study found that just ten minutes of energy healing benefitted patients the same range of mobility results as 10 minutes of traditional physical therapy!
Here is a quick overview of six types of energy healing methods that are commonly used.
EFT, or Emotional Freedom Techniques®, is one of the easiest methods to learn. It is basically fingers tapping on the body’s acupuncture meridians combined with positive affirmations. I’ve talked about cortisol, the body’s fight or flight stress hormone, in my books and workshops and “tapping” can help reduce this hormone! A study published in the prestigious Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, the oldest peer-reviewed psychology journal in the United States, found that EFT reduced cortisol by 24%.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. This ancient Japanese healing technique involves the transfer of “life force energy,” or prana, by a Reiki master who lays hands on specific parts of the body. When our energy is balanced, we tend to be happy and healthy in our mind, body and spirit.
Acupuncture is a Chinese energy practice that is the strategic application of specialized needles through the skin to eliminate blockages within the meridian lines, and restoring the proper flow qi. Qi, (pronounced “chee”) is vital energy that sustains life. Qi often diminishes with age, and so many consequences of low Qi or blocked Qi are attributed and dismissed as old age. The Department of Veterans Affairs lists acupuncture as a Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) treatment for post-traumatic stress.
The practice of Shiatsu Massage, sometimes referred to as acupressure, is an Asian form of massage using the fingers, thumbs and palms to stimulate the energy pathways in the human body known as the Meridians. The Shiatsu techniques are similar to acupuncture in that they stimulate the energy points which run along the body’s meridians. You could say that Shiatsu is like acupuncture without needles.
Tai Chi is a gentle form of meditative exercise and traditional Chinese practice that helps people achieve better focus and improved flow of bodily energy. While doing tai chi a person moves their body slowly and gently, while breathing deeply and meditating (tai chi is sometimes called "moving meditation"). It's believed that tai chi helps vital energy flow through the body.
Yoga is becoming more and more popular as a form of exercise, but many new to the practice may not realize that the benefits are more than physical. Yoga helps you to balance and harmonize the flow of energy throughout the body, with the aim of unlocking and freeing up your life force energy by moving into and holding various poses. Each time you successfully hold a pose while breathing deeply, you’re effectively dissolving the blockages that prevent your prana flow. Some yoga poses are calming, while others are invigorating.
I have been traveling the world teaching people my Healing Code methods and I’ve seen how ready the world is to embrace alternative methods of healing. I think we are just on the tip of the iceberg as far as acceptance and practice. These ancient practices have a very real role in modern day healing!