The basic principle behind energy healing treatments is that healers can detect and channel a universal energy and manipulate it within another person. As with all alternative medicine, there is a lot of skepticism about energy healing, but there are also plenty of people who attest to its effectiveness.
Here are three energy-based alternative healing practices
Reiki is a self-healing and meditation technique that fights stress-related conditions. During the treatment, a practitioner places his palms lightly on or over various parts of the body in an effort to redistribute energy.
Gianantonio Corna, a third-generation energy healer and the owner of Reiki Vitae in SoHo, told New York Daily News that Reiki can be compared to a GPS for you body, going around the different energy channels to detect where the qi that is not flowing smoothly, and communicates with that spot to to sort out the qi "traffic jam." He recommends at least three sessions to really feel its effects on both emotional and physical levels.
Tapping involves gentle self-taps on various acupressure points in the body such as the collarbone and under the eye. These taps are meant to send a signal to the brain giving the green light to calm down. It's also known as Emotional Freedom Technique.
"When we feel stressed, it's not a sensation we just experience in our head – we feel it in our entire body," Jessica Ortner, a tapping expert and author, told the source.
Ortner said that by stimulating these acupressure points while concentrating on eliminating stessors, tapping communicates to the body that its' safe to relax.
Reflexology stimulates specific pressure points on the hands, feet, face and ears to affect certain organs, glands and other parts of the body. Each reflexology pressure point is said to align with a different body part. While a massage uses big, broad strokes, reflexology utilizes just the fingers and thumbs to press on reflex pressure points.
Many people think reflexology just pertains to the feet, but it can help with all different body parts. The reason reflexologists work on the feet is that they're the most neglected and the farthest from the heart, and they contain almost 15,000 nerves.
By working on the feet, reflexologists are"balancing energy flow, calming the nervous system, improving circulation, and assisting the body to eliminate toxins while helping a variety of health conditions," Laura Norman, a certified reflexologist and author who also teaches classes on the subject in South Florida, told the source.