Posted by: WillowSource on 07/20/2017

Introducing Energy Healing - The Next Frontier

Introducing Energy Healing - The Next Frontier

by Aimee Hughes, ND

Energy healing might just be one of the most mysterious forms of holistic medicine around.


Because there’s simply not enough awareness around it. But we’re going to heighten that awareness today by exploring the ins and outs of this fascinating healing art---an art and science that’s becoming more and more popular by the minute.

In fact, Dr Oz recently stated:

“The next big frontier in medicine is energy medicine.”

Modern science is even starting to take an interest in energy healing as it gains more attention and acceptance as a complement to western medicine. For example, recent studies explore the connection between tiny vessels in our bodies (called the primo vascular system) to the meridian lines used in acupuncture and other practices dating back thousands of years. You can read the latest study here.

But we don’t need to know all the science to begin enjoying the benefits of energy healing ourselves! Here are some solid examples of various energy healing techniques offered to us by natural health practitioners across the globe.


Reiki is a Japanese modality that involves the balancing and movement of chi (life force energy) throughout the body. It was created by a man by the name of Mikao Usui, and can best be translated as “spiritually guided life force energy.” The reiki practitioner uses his or her hands to move blocked chi (or ki) through the energetic system of the body. It’s a soothing and highly relaxing technique that’s gaining more and more popularity among holistic health circles.

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique/Tapping)

This is one of the simplest techniques to learn if you’re interested in self-healing modalities. Emotional freedom technique, also known as “tapping,” involves using your fingers to tap on various acupuncture points on the body while simultaneously reciting positive affirmations. It’s a fairly modern practice, having gradually gained notoriety over the past few years.

Quantum Touch

This form of energy healing is relatively new, too. Founded by a man by the name of Richard Gordon, Quantum Touch has to do with what’s called resonance and entrainment. Various breathing techniques and visualizations are also involved in Quantum Touch. To learn more about Quantum Touch visit their website:

Healing Touch

Yet another hands-on practice, healing touch, also known as therapeutic touch, uses the magnetic field that surrounds the body to promote whole body healing. You can learn more about this energetic healing technique here:

Qi Gong

Qi gong is an energetic movement therapy that promotes and balances chi (life force energy) within the body. Through flowing movements that one does on his or her own---following an instructor or by his or her own knowledge---the body, mind, and spirit experiences mental mastery via whole body awareness. Qi gong works with the breath, movement, meditation, and self-awareness exercises. According to this evidence-based review study, published in the Natural Medicine Journal, one of the most important health benefits of a regular qi gong practice, is the activation of the relaxation response. It’s only when our bodies are in this relaxed state, that deep healing takes place.


Shiatsu is a form of massage that was born in Japan. However, it uses the meridian concept of TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) to balance and promote chi (life force energy) within the body. By working with various acupressure points, the shiatsu practitioner decreases, increases, or balances the flow of chi at a particular acupressure/acupuncture point, or through certain meridians. If you like getting massages, you’ll probably love this energy healing modality.

Energy Healing in a Nutshell

As you can probably see, energy healing works with what’s known as the energetic body. Within the energetic body is chi, also known as prana. It’s the life force energy that flows through energetic pathways. These energetic pathways are called meridians in TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) or nadis in the yogic system. And yes, yoga is a form of energy healing, too!

Energy healing is based upon the notion that we are all made up of energy. Balanced and free-flowing energy is necessary for vibrant health. Stagnant and blocked energy promotes disease. Energetic body workers and healers work with this energy to balance it and promote its flow when and where necessary. Movement practices like yoga and qi gong are believed to do the same.

Energetic healing practices are both ancient and modern. The shamanic system uses energy work, as does TCM and yoga. These traditions date back thousands of years. More modern techniques build upon the more ancient ones, incorporating quantum healing, and neuroscience to the ancient systems.

Whichever energy healing practice you choose, you’re likely to benefit with an opening of your mind and relaxation of your body creating new possibilities for healing and health.

Aimee Hughes, ND has penned hundreds of health and wellness articles. She's the author of The Sexy Vegan Kitchen: Culinary Adventures in Love & Sex (available on Amazon), and senior staff writer for Tao 'N' Zen Botanicals.

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