Energy Work
by Peggy Jentoft and Mara Jentoft


Energy work is a holistic, complementary or alternative medicine treatment and personal practice in which energy or life force from the universe is used to increase personal energy and energetic balance. Adjustments are made to the human energy field which restore, maintain and improve health and well being . Chi is one word used to designate the personal energy field including magnetic electric and other fields which have not yet been defined in Western Scientific terms. Energy work systems exist in most cultures and have been around since the beginning of recorded history. Some other names for these personal and universal energies are Ki, Prana, Mana , Axe, Oregone and bioenergy even "The Force" as defined by George Lucas in his Star Wars Movies is a way of describing the energy that surrounds us.
Energy work methods include Acupuncture , Accupressure , Chi gong ,Tai chi, Reiki, Therapeutic touch, Huna , Polarity, and many "laying on of hands" practices. Other energy based treatments include crystal healing, Homeopathy and flower essences .  Acupuncture uses thin needles inserted at the points where meridian channels cross. Accupressure uses physical pressure on these same points. Chi gong and Tai chi are "soft" martial arts or exercise forms which build up personal chi . Reiki, Therapeutic touch, Huna and Polarity are laying on of hands practices where the practitioner places hands on or near specified energy centers and meridian points and "runs" energy. Other energy based treatments include crystal healing in which crystals and gemstones are used to channel and focus various energy frequencies , Homeopathy uses very dilute medicines as the energy connection and flower essences are created by putting water containing flowers in bright
sunlight the resulting energized water is used to treat emotional issues.

There are two primary views in medicine of health and wellness. The allopathic theory is that disease and health problems are caused by germs or injury and can be treated entirely with measures such as antibiotics, antiseptics, other medicines and surgery. This view has been the dominant theory in the last century .
The Holistic theory points out that humans are not separate from their environment and that disease and wellness derive from the total life condition of the individual. The emotions and events in the life and surroundings and relationships with others contribute to wellness. Disease usually only occurs after some disturbance to these factors. Disease usually attacks only when a being is already weakened for some reason. Trees get blights after being weakened by drought for example. Rot and disease set in in areas that are already damaged or weakened .
This theory is returning to acceptance by mainstream medicine as more evidence that supports this theory is discovered. Psychologists and traditional medical doctors are seeing the relationship between happiness and health Traditional Asian medicine techniques which use holistic methods for diagnosis and treatment are becoming recognized in the West as effective for many conditions including pain relief and stress.
Energy Work does not Substitute for Traditional allopathic medical treatment but supports it and can enhance it . Energy work has repeatedly been shown to be an effective addition to conventional treatment of physical physical, mental and
emotional conditions. It is often effective for pain relief, stress reduction and shortening recovery time .

Energy work is based on the theory that the Universe is made up of energy and the physical body is surrounded by and permeated by non physical energy fields including but not limited to electric and magnetic fields, radiated heat and other  energy fields that are not perceptible by current science but which may be seen or felt by those who are sensitive to subtle energies. The fields that are worked with in energy work healing are part of energy body or human Aura. Some believe
that such an energy field could not possibly exist, However there are numerous documented cases of such a force being manipulated. There are cases of people who can walk on fire, 'create' electricity, read minds, sense impending events, the list is endless. In addition to the ability of humans to perform these feats there are also scientific grounds for such a force being in existence. A phenomenon known as Zero Point Energy which suggests that there are vast quantities of energy to be
tapped from atoms in the air and energy between atoms.

Energy work is separate from and different than Spiritual healing. Spiritual Healing is based on spiritual or religious traditions and methods such as Prayer and invoking Gods or Faith healing.  Most kinds of Energy work such as Accupressure, Tai chi, Polarity, and Reiki do not require any faith or adherence to any particular religion or philosophy. They will work with or without a spiritual or religious component.  Holistic treatment usually considers Spiritual health an essential element of complete wellness.

A basic theory of energy work is that the energy field or aura body contains channels and energy structures through which the life force flows. Different cultures feature different sets of centers for receiving dispersing and directing the energies throughout the entire body. the flow of energies could be described as being like streams of light or vibrating pulses.
The most well known channels are the Chakra and the Meridian systems. The Chakra are often referred to in metaphysical and spiritual work. The meridians are used in acupuncture, chi gong , Reiki and traditional Chinese medicine and are
considered the primary channels for the life force . These channels are not in the physical body but are in the aura . The centers and structures in the energy body may be thought of as metaphors to assist the Practitioner in mentally guiding the
energy flow to do the needed work of balancing and repairing the energy body.

The holistic understanding of energy and disease is that usually stress, trauma, and emotional reactions to events in personal life and surroundings can create constrictions and blocks or overloads, tears and such other distortions in the aura. These blocks, constrictions, holdings etc. if not healed can in time, manifest as disease and emotional or mental disturbance and susceptibility to accident.
When the aura is damaged as the result of physical injury and the deformation to the energy structure is not repaired then illness, injury, or chronic pain may occur in the physical area or in an energetically related one. In order to truly heal a
physical problem you must also heal and restore the energy body .

Using your own energy to treat others can drain a person and leave them feeling weak so Energy practitioners learn ways to draw on frequencies of universal life force to build up a surcharge of energy to use in healing work or learn how to allow
the universal energy to flow through them similar to the way electricity and phone calls travel through wires .

Some ways to build up a surcharge include Yoga, Tai chi, Chi gong , specialized breath exercises and chanting and guided mediation designed for this purpose . Some energies can be accessed by intention. Many subtle touch systems have
people use the ability to intend and imagine to connect with a source of healing energy. Huna , Therapeutic Touch and other subtle touch systems are activated this way.
Other ways to gain access to healing energies include attunements or transmissions /empowerments . The ability to connect with a specific set of energy frequencies is transmitted to you by a teacher of that energy work system. Reiki , Drisana , Love Stream, Tera Mai are among the systems that use attunements.

People Either learn to do energy work for themselves and others or go to a practitioner of one of the forms available . Typically someone seeking treatment from an energy work practitioner discusses the reasons they wish treatment with
the practitioner and receives an explanation of what to expect from the treatment .  People go to energy work practitioners for many reasons. Some are seeking improvement in physical or mental and emotional conditions or want to increase
relaxation or hoping to improve sports performance for example.  Most energy work treatments do not produce instantaneous cures though minor pain relief such as relieving headache or muscle cramp may take only a few moments.  Energy work is intended to restore and maintain energetic balance and treatments are usually repeated daily or weekly for several weeks or longer . Typically the client will be seated on a stool or chair or lie down on a massage table and the practitioner will place their hands on or near the body in a sequence of positions for around three to five minutes a position . The client may feel heat or tingling as the treatment is done. Most treatments take around 45 minutes and clients usually report feeling unusually relaxed afterwards.

Everyone has an energy field. Most people can learn to sense or see this field The Energy ball exercise is one way used to learn how to sense the energy field around us. Begin by holding your hands a foot or so apart, bringing them slowly
towards each other, until you feel as though a mass of energy has built up between your hands. This is your personal Chi or energy field . You may feel a tingle.  You may also try scooping motions to collect ambient chi from your surroundings. It may take some practice to feel the energy ball. Some people do not sense energy this way at all. Sometimes people don't feel their own energy ball, but they would feel other people's because the frequency is slightly different. Energy balls can be used in
energy treatment but for the most part the purpose is to familiarize you with your own personal energy.

Anyone can learn to do energy work. Some attunement methods take only a few moments or a few hours to learn how to open your energy channels and allow you to run universal energy through your hands .

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