Healing through touch and Qi (energy work) is a merging of creative expression and the “power” that comes through the desire to serve. This power is a reflection of the life force, Chi, logos, Tao, or divine energy that fills the universe.
I have been offering bodywork and massage to my clients and for corporations and schools for over 45 years. As of the author of the International bestseller “Hands-on Healing: Massage the Shaman’s Way” I have always sought ways to combine hands-on and energy healing to my students.
Here are some ideas to get you started in your exploration of the many hands-on healing techniques available.
The Way Touch Heals
Generally speaking touch heals in one of two ways;
Therapeutic bodywork and traditional Swedish Massage are the most common forms of structured bodywork. When mainstream physicians and academic publications inquire about bodywork and itÕs effect on pathophysiology this is the type they are generally drawn to. This is not surprising since in itÕs scope and philosophical foundations structural bodywork is the most western and rational of the various types of touch. In order to be effective in the application of structural bodywork you must have an understanding of body mechanics, posture, pathology, anatomy and physiology, especially the names and key parts of the muscles, bones and nerves. Structured Bodywork practitioners who also have an interest in the connection between chronic structural problems and psychological factors will require specialized training in what is commonly called psychotherapeutic bodywork. This will require you integrating emotional and spiritual counseling into your course of study.
Benefits of structured bodywork and massage
- Improvement of body alignment
- Increased circulation
- Pain reduction
- Increased sensory awareness
- Reduced stress
- Increased flexibility of the joints
- Stress Reduction
Note: As you begin to practice structured bodywork techniques it is easy to become so focused on the details and specifics of technique that compassion and intuition get lost in the process. Always balance knowledge of the body with expression of the heart through compassion.
Virtually all energetic healing systems work with what Dr. Randolph Stone, the founder of Polarity Therapy calls “The Wireless Anatomy.” This is that part of us that exists prior to, through and around all the other anatomical systems. It underlies and supports the nervous system, the circulatory system and can be addressed through touch, through visualization, homeopathic remedies, the inserting of needles into specific points and even through inhaling aromatic oils or pressing on specific reflexes on the body. It is the life force that exists in each of us. Also known as Chi, Ki, Prana and Qi, it is the source of all healing. Energetic healing does not require hands on contact. It works totally on a vibrational or energetic level, as opposed to a structural level, and its purpose is to release the body’s own self-healing energy wherever it may be blocked.
Benefits of Energetic Healing:
- Greater sense of spiritual awareness.
- Increased self-esteem.
- Brings inspiration and motivation to consciousness.
- Increased sensory awareness.
- Reduced stress.
- Reduced pain.
- Increases healing of fractures, or broken bones and all injuries in which movement or manipulation of the joint is not recommended.
Note: Energetic healing techniques are used when a person is so sensitive to touch, that virtually any bodywork technique would create pain or discomfort. It is also healing for those under great emotional stress.
Tools For Healing Touch
Touch is the first response we have when we need to heal. What do you do when you bang your head? You rub it. Healing touch is a key element to achieving and keeping good health. If you are not being touched, hugged or receiving some type of bodywork on a regular basis, you are doing yourself a great disservice. But what is the best technique? There are many effective approaches to healing touch. Before you choose the one that will best serve your needs it is of great value to understand some of the more popular bodywork, and hands-on-healing techniques that are available. These will be described in future blogs at www.healingassociation.com
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