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Guide to Energy Healing Modalities - EFT, Jin Shin Jitsu, Reiki and More

Updated on September 17, 2012

People have been manipulating the energy of the human body for thousands of years. From acupuncture and acupressure in the East, to Emotional Freedom Technique and Cranio-Sacral Therapy in the West, there is a vast array of energy work to consider.

This guide will provide you with an overview and some basic knowledge of the many techniques and energy healing modalities that are commonly used today throughout the world. Understanding what a practitioner is doing or attempting to accomplish is helpful, but not necessary for seeing results.

I will also include a video when possible to demonstrate what you can expect from a treatment session.

Can any of these methods help you? Perhaps. I will let you decide!

What is an energy healer? A look at Kinesiology

  • Acupressure / Shiatsu / Jin Shin Do: Based on the same concept as acupuncture, acupressure and it's various forms work with the meridian systems of the body. A treatment or session is typically gentle, but can be intense as energy is unblocked in throughout the body. Can be done on floor mats, a massage table or in a seated position.
  • Jin Shin Jytsu: An extremely gentle healing art, Jin Shin Jytsu works with energy "locks" throughout the body. There is a simple system of self care that allows the client to maintain their balance in between sessions.
  • Reiki: An gentle, relaxing healing art that originated in ancient Tibet. The practitioner gentle lays their hands on the clients body "flooding" the clients system with fresh energy.
  • Chakra Balancing: The practitioner balances the chakras (energy centers) of the body using various energy techniques which may include crystals, color therapy or sound to bring the energy centers back into alignment.
  • Aura Smoothing: This technique smooths, balances and fluffs the energy surrounding the body.

Jin Shin Jytsu Demonstration

Explanation of CranioSacral Therapy

  • Kinesiology : The technique is used to evaluate or examine the body in a completely non-invasive and intuitive manner. It utilizes the muscle responses of the body to "answer" questions that the practitioner asks the client. (see video)
  • Emotional Freedom Technique: Based on the principles of acupuncture, EFT literally "taps" into the meridians of the body to being balance and restore emotional and physical health. It is extremely easy to learn the basics and begin treating yourself immediately.
  • Cranio-Sacral Therapy: Not always considered an energy therapy, this works with the cerebralspinal fluid of the central nervous system. It is incredibly gentle and non-invasive.
  • Reflexology: A relaxing treatment that stimulates points on the hands and feet (that correspond to other body parts) to induce relaxation and restore balance to the body.
  • Therapeutic Touch: A very gentle energy healing modality that is often used by nurses in hospitals. It brings calm relaxation to patients and is thought to aid in recovery by smoothing the energy of the body.

Before scheduling an appointment with an energy healer, inquire about their training, the length of time they have been practicing or even ask for recommendations from a previous client. Certain modalities require extensive training, while others have no standard requirements or certifications. It is important to make sure that the person you are working with is qualified and a good match for your needs.

About Me: I am a Nationally Certified and licensed massage therapist. I became a Reiki Master / Teacher in 1995, but I no longer practice or teach. I have additional certifications in infant massage, reflexology and sports massage. Additionally, I have studied various energy healing techniques including cranio-sacral therapy and EFT.


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    • Bbudoyono profile image

      Bbudoyono 6 years ago

      Informative hub amy. I like it.

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      amy jane 6 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank you both for reading! Glad you enjoyed this.

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Seems out intent affects others as well as ourselves... Thanks for sharing.

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      sidclark 7 years ago

      Awesome hub Amy! I am now imagining of being on a health spa which I think is another good way to maintain the balance in our body. But I really never thought that there are lots of energy healing techniques out there, I haven't heard most of the ones you have included in your hub.

      Cheers Amy..

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      Candice Collins 7 years ago from WestCoast Florida

      great hub Amy! thanks for the great info on these wonderful healing techniques. I was a LMT for awhile and also learned about Therapeutic Touch, Reflexology, Cranio-Sacral, and Reiki while practicing. I don't practice anymore (but still work on friends and family when needed), and one thing that was always a constant in my sessions was my angels and guides helping me out...I sort of 'cleared' away myself, and was open to channeling the healing energies that would come through...if the client is open to receiving these healing energies good things always happened, and I also noticed that if they 'held on' to their "stuff" or were not open to receiving help or healing energy not much would happen except that they felt a bit more relaxed after the session. So, just a tip for those going into treatments: open yourself to receiving light, love and healing as well as being open to let go of those things and energies that cause the 'dis-ease' or imbalance in the first place. This helps treatments immensely! thanks for the super hub :)

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      Lita C. Malicdem 7 years ago from Philippines

      I compliment my oral medication for my peripheral neuropathy and with- yes, reflexology. Massage techniques on my feet, legs, and thighs, somehow help. Thanks.

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      amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks all for the comments! Glad you enjoyed this little guide to energy healing techniques.

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      DREAM ON 8 years ago

      Very nice informative hub.Anything that helps the body is a step in the right direction.

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      pisean282311 8 years ago

      this is nice hub...i do practice meditation and it works for me...

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      healthgoji 8 years ago

      Quite interesting I know a couple people very engaged in healing techniques - I can introduce you if you're interested - they interview the top energy healer people in the country.

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      amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks Max - welcome to HubPages! I agree - our lives are so stressful and busy, we need a way to calm ourselves! I think slowing down in general may help a lot of people, but when you feel out of balance or ill, these energy techniques can be very helpful.

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      Maxvon 8 years ago from U.K.

      Hi Amy Jane - I'm new to hubs - I've read a few of yours and I'm very impressed. I've tried a few of the techniques you've listed - reflexology in particular - I think that most people need some help to survive today's hectic pace and it's nice to see such a large selection available. I'm into meditation and relaxation, there are lots of CDs and books available. It works for me. Best wishes to you and your family - Max