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Energy healing is a practice that has grown in popularity in recent years, but what is it and what does it involve? Here’s everything that you need to know about this modality.

What is energy healing?
We are all made of energy and surrounded by it. In fact, there are seven main energy centres (or ‘chakras’) in the body. When one of these chakras becomes blocked or upset, it can cause a disturbance in the natural flow of energy within the body. Over time, this block can manifest as a physical illness. Energy healing is the collective term used to describe the gentle manipulation of energy in order to heal and release these blocks, and stimulate the body’s own ability to heal itself.

What are the different types of energy healing?
There are hundreds of types of energy healing. The most common ones you may be familiar with are Reiki, bio-energy healing, angelic healing, Seichem, Mangifed Healing and aura cleansing. While energy healing is the collective term used to describe each of these modalities, they’re all completely separate from each other and have different methods. For example, a Reiki treatment will not be the same as a Magnified Healing treatment, but both will help to balance the energy in your body and remove any blocks.

What does energy healing feel like?
Everyone who experiences an energy healing treatment is likely to feel something different, but common feelings include deep relaxation, heat, cold, tingles and a feeling of deep love and peace.

Who can receive energy healing?
Each modality will have different recommendations for this, but energy healing is usually safe for everyone. In Reiki, children are usually treated for less time than adults. You can also treat animals.

What are the benefits of energy healing?
Energy healing is deeply relaxing and helps to balance your body’s energy, offering a boost in your overall sense of wellbeing. It’s often said that one Reiki treatment has the same effect on the body as having a really good three-hour nap. Ultimately, energy healing holds space where your body can completely relax, allowing it to heal itself.

Is energy healing dangerous?
No. Energy healing is always done with the intention that it harm none. As positive energy is used, it is incapable of causing harm or damage. Sometimes, people will have what is called ‘a healing crisis’ after their first session. This usually manifests as tiredness, a cold or something else, and is only temporary. The healing crisis occurs when the body begins to actively heal itself and symptoms usually only last for up to a week. If you have a healing crisis you should always keep your healer informed as they will be able to give you the best advice on what to do.

I went to an energy healer and they said they could cure me. Is this true?
No one is capable of curing an illness and it’s wrong for an energy healer to tell you that they’re capable of doing this. All an energy healer can do is hold a relaxing space for you and allow your body to do its own healing work. You should never, ever believe an energy healer who tells you the above and energy healing should always be used in conjunction with conventional medical treatment. It is a complementary therapy, meaning it’s used to compliment the medical treatment you may already be receiving.

I want to learn energy healing and saw I can do a course online. Is this worth pursuing?
When it comes to methods of energy healing such as Reiki or Magnified Healing, you cannot learn these online. Part of the training involves an attunement to the energy, which can only be passed down from a teacher in person. It’s also worth noting that if you attend a course with a qualified teacher, you will gain hands-on experience, as opposed to learning by yourself.

How many sessions will I need with an energy healer?
This will very much depend on why you’re attending the healer and what their standard of practice is. Many healers will say that you need at least three sessions in order to feel the benefit and some will say that all you need is one. It’s a very individual thing and it’s worth noting that you are completely in charge of your treatment and how you work with your healer. You should never allow yourself to be pressured into booking more sessions. Only do so if it feels right and don’t be afraid to try a few different healers before you start attending one regularly. It’s important to have a good relationship with your healer so you want someone who is going to make you feel comfortable and who makes it easy for you to relax.

Catherine Devane