Energy Healing Therapy is based on the idea that there is a universal (or source) energy that supports the body’s innate healing abilities. Practitioners seek to access this energy, allowing it to flow to the body and facilitate healing.
In an Energy Healing session, the client lies down or sits comfortably, fully clothed. The practitioner’s hands are placed lightly on or just above the client’s body, palms down, using a series of 12 to 15 different hand positions. Each position is held for about 2 to 5 minutes, or until the practitioner feels that the flow of energy - experienced as sensations such as heat or tingling in the hands - has slowed or stopped. The number of sessions depends on the health needs of the client. Typically, the practitioner delivers at least four sessions of 30 to 90 minutes each.
Energy Healing may also be performed from a distance, that is, on clients who are not physically present in the office or clinic.
People use Energy Healing for relaxation, stress reduction, and symptom relief, in efforts to improve overall health and well-being. Energy Healing has been used by people with anxiety, chronic pain, HIV/AIDS, and other health conditions, as well as by people recovering from surgery or experiencing side effects from cancer treatments. Energy healing has also been given to people who are dying (and to their families and caregivers) to help impart a sense of peace.
Clients may experience a deep state of relaxation during an Energy Healing session. They might also feel warm, tingly, sleepy, or refreshed.
According to a National Health Interview Survey, which included a comprehensive survey of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) use by Americans, more than 1.2 million adults had used an energy healing therapy in the previous year. The survey also found that approximately 161,000 children had benefited from energy healing therapy in the previous year.