As a Holistic Health Practitioner I observe the whole person, discuss any symptoms that may be causing issues with the client and together with the client, we discuss a plan of action for the treatment. A holistic practitioner treats the whole person. The types of treatments that I provide help heal the energy body, the person’s energy system, what I think of as another body system that everyone has and what needs to be looked after for good health.
So what is our energy body? Everything in the universe is made of energy and so are we as humans. From the atoms and molecules that make up our body to the chemical reactions that occur to keep us alive, there is “energy” of many forms in our bodies. Eastern cultures have believed for thousands of years that there is a life energy flowing through our body that keeps us alive. It has been called many names: chi or ki or prana. Better flowing energy means better health. Energy blockages may occur in areas of pain or injury and different holistic treatments can help remove the energy blockages to restore balance and harmony in the body. This life energy travels along several different pathways in the body. It can flow along the meridians to different tissues and organs. If you have ever had an acupuncture treatment, the practitioner was working to unblock these meridian pathways. Another energy pathway involves the chakras and nadis. Energy from the universe is taken in through the chakras and dispersed throughout the body along the nadis.
So we all have this energy system where our life energy flows through our body. At times of stress, illness, pain or fatigue our “energy may be low” and we may need a “boost of energy”. As mentioned before, pain or injury in an area may indicate an energy blockage and most likely the energy is not flowing properly through that area. It is beneficial to have balanced energy flow to promote whatever type of healing is needed.
There are many types of energy therapies that can treat the energy body. When I give a holistic healing treatment I usually use a combination of many modalities unless the client asks for one type specifically. I find using whatever technique I am guided to use helps get to the root of the problem more quickly and easily. All techniques that I use, whether it is Reiki, Healing Touch or Therapeutic Touch™, are all heart-centred and done with the intent of the highest good for the client. All of these types of treatments will reduce stress, reduce pain and promote relaxation and promote healing of the body, mind and spirit. All use light or “near body” touch and the client remains fully clothed, lying on a massage table or sitting on a chair. With any type of treatment the relaxation response in the body is activated and when the muscles relax, more healing can occur.
So now I will explain a little bit more about each of these healing techniques. Reiki is a Japanese technique that reduces stress and increases relaxation and also promotes healing. Reiki was developed by Dr. Mikao Usui in the early 1900’s. Rei means universal and ki means life force energy. The Reiki practitioner brings in this universal Reiki energy and directs it to different areas of the client’s body and the Reiki energy goes to where it is needed. Reiki can only be taught and activated by a Reiki Master/Teacher and Usui Reiki comprises of 4 levels (I am a Reiki Master/Teacher). Healing Touch is a program developed by Janet Mentgen, RN, and is well known as a nursing continuing education program and is endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Association. Healing Touch is a collection of teachings and techniques from many known teachers in the field of energy medicine. Anyone can learn Healing Touch from a qualified instructor. The Healing Touch Certificate Program is widely recognized and there are different techniques for different purposes such as back pain techniques, lymphatic drainage and pain drain. Dr. Dolores Kreiger, a nurse-research scientist, and Dora Kunz, a clairvoyant healer, developed Therapeutic Touch™. Therapeutic Touch™ practitioners learn to attune to the universal energy field and direct the life force energy to the client and clear and balance his/her energy field.
All these techniques have a positive effect on the energy field of the client. There is evidence-based research for each of the methods. Remember that we need to be aware of the health of our own energy body and seek ways to keep it vital and healthy. Ways to do this include reducing stress in your life, meditating, eating properly, exercising and, of course, getting an energy healing treatment. Learning Reiki allows you to help others in addition to giving self-treatments. Remember that each of us has universal life force energy flowing through our bodies and that we can help balance that energy for better health.