Energy workers use Qi (pronounced “chee”), or Life Force Energy, to inspire healing and relaxation in their clients. The many forms of balanced energy healing modalities base theories and techniques on modern and ancient systems. Some overlap in theory and execution while others are fairly unique.
Forms of Balanced Energy Healing Arts
Attunement – this form of balanced energy work is based on the theory that life originates in love. The Attunement practitioner will hold her hands over the client allowing the flow of life balanced energy to start over the Endocrine System.
Barbara Brennan Healing Science – a hands-on modality that works with the body’s aura and Qi incorporating color and sound healing.
Bioenergy – a both hands-on and hands-off modality that integrates scanning of what is termed the “electrical circuitry system” to pinpoint balanced energy blockages and inspire healing.
CranioSacral Therapy – is a gentle hands on modality that targets the craniosacral system for balance. Roots in osteopathy modern CranioSacral Therapy stems from the teachings of John E. Upledger, D.O., O.M.M., at the Upledger Institute.
Jin Shin Jyutsu – a Japanese healing art, in Jin Shin Jyutsu the practitioner lays her hands over balanced energy pathways encouraging relaxation, improved circulation and harmonizing the body mind spirit connections.
Polarity Therapy – developed by an osteopathic physician, chiropractor and naturopath, Randolph Stone, D.C., D.O., N.D., combined Western methods with energetic healing to form Polarity Therapy. A large portion of a polarity session uses Ayurvedic principles to rebalance the natural flow of energy in the body. Sessions last thirty to ninety minutes in length and includes pressure, rocking and gentle touch.
Reiki – is a Japanese word meaning “universal life energy.” Reportedly it is based on an ancient Tibetan Buddhist teaching and was rediscovered in the mid-1800s. Reiki is used to balance and strengthen the client’s energy to promote healing in the body. Practitioners may hold the hands directly on the body or a few inches above the body. It can also be given long-distance, encouraged through a photograph of the intended recipient.
Therapeutic Touch – developed by Dolores Kreiger, PhD., R.N., a professor emerita at the New York University’s Division of Nursing, and Dora Kunz, a metaphysician. This modality combines lying of hands on the body for energy transference, clearing of energy and assessment. Therapeutic Touch sessions last twenty to thirty minutes long.
Zero Balancing – was developed by Fritz Smith, M.D.m, and osteopathic physician and acupuncturist. Zero Balancing is an adjunct modality to CranioSacral Therapy and uses a hands on touch to balance energy currents within bone, muscle and joints.
Bodyworkers’ Tools of The Trade
In the bodywork, energy work and massage fields specific modalities allow and encourage tools to be used. Some modalities cannot be applied without a tool or device while others call for tools in special circumstances. Learn what kinds of paraphernalia a massage therapist or bodywork practitioner may use in a session.
Crystals and Rocks
These tools stretch over multiple modalities. An energyworker, such as a Polarity Therapist, will use crystals in every session to balance energy fields. Some massage therapists use crystals in a basic Swedish massage or a combination of energywork and massage.
Rocks in a massage or bodywork session are generally heated in a water bath and used warm or hot. Types of sessions that might use these include:
La Stone Massage
Hot Stone Reflexology
European Stone Massage
Hot Stone Massage
Chakra Stone Placement
Marble stones may be chilled for use in a cold stone treatment during warm weather or for clients that cannot tolerate the hot stones. The cold marble stones are commonly used on the face, hands and feet but may also be applied to the whole body.
Wooden Dowels and Sticks
Generally used in Oriental and Pressure Point Therapies dowels vary in size and use. Some modalities that use a dowel or stick in a session:
Thai Foot Massage
Rwo Shur Foot Reflexology
Trigger Point Therapy
Massage Machines and Electrical Tools
Commercial grade massage machines can be used by both massage therapists and chiropractors to warm up tissues before techniques are applied. These electric tools may be used over the back, legs or feet. While it cannot replace the therapeutic touch of a skilled practitioner the massage machine can give the therapist an advantage when tight muscles are at play. For example, a five to ten minute session with the apparatus may allow the massage therapist to get to a deeper issue and reduce the need for a long warm up technique.
Miscellaneous Massage Devices and Bodywork Tools
Some of these tools may protect and save a practitioner’s hands while other devices claim to affect the client’s energy fields:
Ergonomic tools – includes devices such as the Thumbsaver and Hand L Massager that help to reduce the strain and wear on the practitioner’s hands.
Acupressure – ranging from hard plastic to wood these tools are used to place pressure over a small area such as a reflex point or acupressure point.
Tapotement tools – used to apply a percussion like technique, the tool has a long handle with a soft ball on the end and is gently pounded on the back, legs and feet. This is a good example of bio energy healing.
Tuning Forks – these may be used on face reflex and acupuncture points, on the feet for Sound Healing Reflexology, and by energy workers for room and aura clearing.
Tools for Self Help – bio energy healing
In the bio energy healing segment massage and bodywork tools are also available for home and self use. Some are shaped to allow a better reach of tight back muscles, or to roll out foot tension and pain. Others are great for a novice to use on a loved one for a good back rub.