Monday, July 11, 2005


Introduction to Energy Therapies

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has established a research center, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and a related web site with information on research being conducted in this area. See: Energy medicine is a domain in NCCAM that deals with energy fields of two types. This description focuses on a type of energy field called bio-fields.
Examples of practices or therapies involving bio-fields include:

Bio-Touch ™
Healing Touch ™
Qi gong, a Chinese practice
Reiki and Johrei, both of Japanese origin
Therapeutic Touch™

Energy therapy is often referred to as energy healing or touch healing. The specific modalities that I utilize are: Bio-Touch™, Reiki, and laying-on of hands.

The most demonstrable benefits of energy therapies are rapid pain relief, immediate calming, and stress reduction, accompanied by a feeling of well being. Energy therapies generally produce observable results rapidly without causing undue emotional stress. Energy therapy is intended for use as a compliment to standard medical treatments.

Following are brief explanations of the three applicable modalities:
Bio-Touch ™ is a simple, hands-on healing technique that can be used to address all types of health concerns. We use the first two fingers of both hands to lightly touch specific points on the body. The combination of correct points and light touch seems to enhance the body's natural healing ability. Healing takes place, as the body’s own inherent healing ability is subtly motivated. In time, many permanent ailments begin to correct themselves. Bio-Touch ™ is found to be effective with pain, illness and stress-related conditions. It does not purport to take the place of standard medical treatment.
The Bio-Touch™ technique can be used in conjunction with conventional healthcare treatments. It can be easily learned and effectively used by anyone with results the same as experienced practitioners. Recipients have been both refreshed and inspired by its simplicity and effectiveness.

Reiki is a healing approach that uses light touch from the practitioner to channel healing energy to the recipient. Used to relieve physical and emotional pain and to promote spiritual clarity, Reiki also speeds the healing process and balances the body's energy.
Reiki is a system of hands-on healing developed in the early 1900's by Mikao Usui in Japan. It is an art that is passed from Master to student. The word Reiki comes from two Japanese words - Rei and Ki, meaning universal life energy. The term "reiki" is used to describe both the energy and the Usui system of using it. There are many variant's of reiki being practiced these days.
Reiki is a gentle, non-invasive form of natural healing. The practitioner places his/her hands on the recipient’s clothed body, moving the hands every few minutes. It is a form of energy work that works on the physical, mental and spiritual levels by restoring and balancing the natural energy within the body. Reiki can be used as a form of health maintenance and disease prevention, and can be applied as a self-help technique.

Laying-on of Hands
The laying-on of hands is an act of service one to another that takes place when a person places one hand or both hands upon the body of another person with the intent to convey healing or instilling special blessings. Often the person receiving the laying on of hands will be prayed for at the same time.
Laying-on of hands is a technique that has been used in various forms throughout the world for thousands of years. It is as natural as a mother’s touch of her children or our touching of our own body when it is hurt. The principle might be stated as a loving energy flowing from the hands into the body. The hands of the “healer” must contact with the body of the sick person. The healing energy does not come from the “healer” but from a higher power through the “healer” to the recipient.

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