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What is Energy Work?

Energy healing is a holistic practice that activates the body’s subtle energy systems to remove blocks and encourage free movement. By breaking down these energetic blocks, the body’s inherent ability to heal itself is stimulated.

That definition is a lot to process, so here are  few facts that can clear up any confusion or misconceptions you may have about energy healing.

1. Cultures have studied the body's energy centers for thousands of years.

Reiki is the Japanese tradition of energy healing, and it dates back to the early 20th century. Chakras, the seven energy transmission centers of the body, are described in ancient Hindu texts. Meridians, the energy superhighways of the body, are the road maps on which traditional Chinese medicine practitioners based acupuncture. The ancient Druids worked with Nywfre, the divine spark, the energy of life, the spirit in things, the creative inspiration flowing through all living beings.

Although various ancient cultures used different modalities to stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal, they all saw internal energy as a powerful force.

2. Energy healing is based on scientific principles.

We all learned in high school physics class that matter is made up of molecules. Even something that is solid, such as a table, is vibrating all the time. As humans, we too are vibrating.

When you say someone has "good vibes," you are really talking about that person's vibrational energy — people with healthy, whole energy fields vibrate on a higher frequency. You can feel their effervescence!

Places have vibes too. When you walk into a room in which a fight has just occurred, you may feel a dense energy that makes you want to leave right away. The beach has a light vibe due to the salt (a natural energy cleanser) and moving air. The air at the beach vibrates at a higher frequency as well.

3. You don’t have to be spiritual to benefit from energy healing.

Just like you don't need to understand the law of gravity before you can fall down, you don't need to completely grasp the concept of energy healing before you dive into the practice. I would recommend going in with an open mind for maximum benefit.

Any time is a good time to visit an energy healer. If you are stressed, anxious, or physically drained, an energy healing session can help you relax and feel more balanced. And if you're already feeling good, it's always possible to feel a little better! It's important to note that energy healing is a complementary modality that shouldn't exclude any Western medicine you may be taking.