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Energy Work: An Overview

by Cecilia Kinzie


Basic Premises


All living creatures emit an energy field around them. Known as an energy field, aura, or electromagnetic field.


All disease, psychological or physical, shows up in the energy field of person as dark or stagnated areas.


This field can be manipulated through focused touch where the intention is to bring the person’s energy field into harmony and balance.


Anatomy of the Aura


The belief is that the aura has 7-8 layers. Each layer is connected to a different Charka (or energy center) that corresponds with a specific area of the body.


History of the Aura


First recorded observation of human energy field was in literature in 500 B.C. by the Pythagoreans.


In 1911 Dr. William Kilner reported on his studies of the human energy field as seen through colored screens and filters. Certain diseases showed as patches or irregularities in the aura in which he was able to diagnose certain illnesses.


In 1988 a UCLA study “ A study of Structural Neuromuscular Energy Field and Emotional Approaches” was able to record the frequency of low millivoltage signals from the body. The scientists then mathematically analyzed the wave patterns and discovered they correlated with color frequencies.


Types of Energy Work


Reiki, Kairos, Reconnection, Touch Therapy, and Polarity to name a few


Also called energy work, laying of the hands, hands on healing, subtle energy work, charka balancing, energy healing . . .


What to Expect


  • All energy work is very similar no matter what the “name”

  • Client is usually laying down or sometimes sitting

  • Sessions are performed fully clothed

  • Light touch is used

  • You might experience: tingling, warmth, expansion, or wavelike movement, deep relaxation, or even sleep

  • Old emotions may surface

  • Usually a very pleasant experience




  • Reduces stress hormones

  • Improves immune function

  • Reduces pain

  • Improves quality of sleep

  • Alleviates depressive symptoms

  • Overall sense of well being




Recommended for:


  • Post traumatic stress syndrome

  • Chemotherapy patients

  • Insomnia or sleep disorders

  • Chronic Fatigue or Fibromyalgia

  • People with deep rooted emotional issues (along with counseling)

  • Sexual abuse survivors

  • The elderly

  • Chronic stress and anxiety

  • Anyone who would like to feel balanced

  • No contraindications –except religious belief


Energy Work and Health Care


There are healthcare workers (medical doctors, nurses, mental health professionals, hospice and nursing home workers, and other healthcare providers) who believe it is a worthwhile to include in both professional training and patient care.


Many registered nurses, who may earn continuing education units, or CEUs, through the American Holistic Nurses Association have used Reiki in their nursing practice with a beneficial effect.


Controlled studies have shown that Reiki can produce a significant analgesic effect, as well as other physiological changes, such as a decrease in systolic blood pressure, and increase in salivary IgA levels and decrease in salivary cortisol after treatments, as well as an increase in skin temperature and decrease in electromyographic activity during treatments. Some of these effects are associated with improved immune function.


Most Reiki teachers and practitioners advocate using Reiki as a complement to conventional medicine, not as a replacement.


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