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Curious about energetic healing therapies? We explore five popular modalities.

“Energy is the currency of life,” says Nature Care College senior trainer Martine Negro, “It is everywhere and in everything, and its harmonious flow is the foundation of physical and emotional wellbeing.” Sometimes that flow is disrupted and blockages develop, manifesting as fatigue, pain or feeling generally unwell. Energetic healing restores wholeness and congruency within the person, clearing whatever is interfering with their natural flow of energy. Energetic healing therapies help restore balance. Which is right for you?

Reiki

Developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Dr Mikao Usui, reiki is a non-invasive technique in which a practitioner channels positive energy to a client by placing his or her hands on the client’s chakra points. “The recipient must give their permission in order to receive the energy. If someone does not want reiki, no matter how strong the practitioner, it will not work,” says Sydney reiki master and teacher Samantha Avery.
Benefits: Reiki is deeply relaxing and supports the natural flow of energy in the body. “It brings healing and balance to the physical body, and harmonises emotions and thought patterns,” says Avery.
Try it: Ensure your practitioner is accredited to at least level two. Australian Reiki Connection (www.australianreikiconnection.com.au) or Reiki Australia (www.reikiaustralia.com.au).

Crystal healing

“It has been scientifically proven that the nuclei of human cells emit ‘biophotons’, or light impulses, that communicate between cells, and these are apparently affected by the electromagnetic resonance of crystals,” explains Ellen Bendin from JOYA Crystal Massage. Practitioners place crystals on and around a client’s body to create a ‘grid’ of healing energy. Different crystals can be employed to address specific concerns.
Benefits: “Crystals may affect a person’s energy flow and chakra activity, stimulate electrical nerve impulses and hormonal activity, and even metabolism of cells, tissue and organs,” says Bendin. ““Not only physical parts of the body are stimulated, but also corresponding emotional, mental and spiritual planes, making it a holistic science.”
Try it: Visit www.naturaltherapypages.com.au to find a practitioner.

Colour therapy

Both allopathic and alternative practitioners have explored chromotherapy - the healing power of colour and coloured light - since the early 1800s. “Colour therapy is based on the seven colours of the rainbow, each of which is directly connected to a chakra and related to different parts of the body,” says holistic therapist Karen Mudie. “Every bone, cell, organ and gland has a different vibration and wavelengths that relate to and radiate colour - some colours create heat, others have a cooling effect.”
Benefits: Mudie says colour therapy may help address issues ranging from exhaustion, insomnia and anxiety to depression, sexual dysfunction and weight problems. “It helps you release limiting thoughts and emotions, leading to improved body-mind connections for total transformation.”
Try it: Visit www.naturaltherapypages.com.au to find a practitioner.

Flower essences

Flower essences carry the vibrational imprint and healing properties of the flower they were made from. “They have been used for as long as man has walked the earth, but it was not until the 1930s that British physician Dr Edward Bach realised that, to help people get well, they needed help with their feelings and thoughts,” says Leonie Blackwell, a flower essences practitioner. “Flower essences work like homeopathics to clear emotional blockages and bring the person back into who they really are.”
Benefits: Flower essences may help everything from hayfever, stress and headaches to fertility issues. “They invite you to make shifts in your thinking, attitudes, emotional patterns and energy”, says Jayne Tancred from Tribe of the Tree. “In my experience they bring a sense of clarity and lightness.” If taking a powerful essence, start with small doses and build up: don’t take too many at once, as the emotional responses may be overwhelming. “Flower essences can change your life, but it’s important to respect your emotional processes,” says Blackwell.
Try it: Visit www.naturaltherapypages.com.au to find a practitioner.

Kinesiology

Developed in the 1970s, kinesiology uses ‘muscle monitoring’ to reveal imbalances within the body. Muscles respond to stress in the central nervous system by creating specific patterns that kinesiologists can assess and treat. These patterns may present as physical pain, allergies, depression, postural problems, poor performance levels, learning and relationship difficulties, or digestive and nervous disorders.
Benefits: Kinesiologist Robyn Stitt says the effects are profound and often immediate. “By getting to the core of an issue, many symptoms can be relieved – like ripples in a pond. Clients can see the change instantly. One of my best experiences was a lady who walked in on crutches and skipped out 20 minutes later. It still blows me away.”
Try it: The Australian Kinesiology Association, www.aka.asn.au