If you follow the latest trends in the wellness world you may have heard of energy work before. The term floats around but many of us don’t have an exact idea about how it actually works or the benefits to expect if you decide to go for a session.
According to Cynthia Gamarra, a certified level two Reiki healer energy work is “used to help balance the systems of energy throughout the body to alleviate stress, ailments, and disease”.
Within the area of energy work, there are many different approaches and techniques depending on the practitioner and also the tradition from where the technique is derived from.
Let’s take a look at some questions that often come up when it comes to this area of healing and wellness. If you want to dive more into both the tradition and science behind energy work and how it can help your body and well-being then keep reading.
Energy Work and Tradition
So let’s start from the beginning to give a bit of context. Energy work has been used around the world for thousands of years in different forms. In ancient Hindu texts, the seven chakras were referred to as a system both to help with meditative visualizations but also as a way to understand the body.
Traditional healing modalities like reiki from Japan, or acupuncture from Chinese medicine have been done for many years as effective forms of natural healing and energy work. These practices help alleviate various ailments and bring more balance to the body and mind.
Energy work is often rooted in tradition but also is increasingly being looked to as a way to help the body and mind through a lens that western medicine often overlooks.
Our bodies have an intrinsic ability to regenerate and heal themselves if we give them the right tools to do so.
Is energy work proved by science?
Do you remember learning in your high school science class about matter being made up of molecules and atoms? yYou probably remember being told that nothing is truly ‘solid’. Even a stone floor is vibrating all the time as the molecules are moving within it. And of course like everything in nature, we are vibrating too.
What can energy work do for me?
Energy work can be used for a variety of situations and ailments. Depending on the practitioner and what you choose, energy work can help with a variety of conditions. It can help with emotional traumas, physical traumas, and ailments. It also can bringsomeone more into spiritual alignment with themselves. Anyone can benefit from an energy healer.
However, it is important to remember to approach with an open mind for the full benefit. And also to keep in mind that energy work does not exclude the need for western medicine too. Both have their place.
What are some specific energy healing modalities?
You may be looking to try out enegry healing yourself. Perhaps you want to do a bit more research first, as there are many different energy healing modalities that exist.
Here’s a list of a few of the main ones that are fairly popular:
Reiki: This form of energy healing originally comes from Japan. It is a hand on natural healing which uses the universal life force energy.
Massage: Probably one of the most common and accepted energy healing practices is massage. Massage helps release tension and encourage deep relaxation. It also promotes the flow of lymph fluid.
Acupuncture: In acupuncture, small needles are used to restore and promote balance within the body.
So there you have it. A brief overview of energy work and healing as well as some of the ways it can help benefit your body and mind.
It’s important to keep in mind that it is not a substitute for western medicine but something to complement it. The two together can be a powerful combination.