What is Energy Healing

Energy Healing
What is Energy Healing, and What Does it Mean for Massage Therapists?

Whenever anyone talks about massage, there is almost always a focus on more than just medical science and Western modes of thought. As a field, massage therapy arises out of a belief that personal health and well-being is so much more than a mathematical equation or scientific study. It taps into ancient Chinese healing practices and the knowledge that a balance of energies and the spirit-mind-body connection is essential in balancing the individual as a whole.

Known more formally as “energy healing,” this idea is common in massage circles. In addition to providing relief through muscle manipulation, many trained practitioners also target bodily energies and whole body wellness.

There are many different kinds of energy healing, including Reiki, Qi Gong, Vibration Therapy, Acupressure (and Acupuncture), and Polarity Therapy, among others. Used to treat everything from anxiety and mental disorders to chronic pain, these methods can sometimes meet with great success.

Training to Be an Energy Healer

Because it is not sanctioned by Western medicine or at a governmental level, there are few regulations in place regarding energy healing training and practices. However, that doesn’t mean you can just slap energy healing on your list of massage offerings and hope to reach more clients. In order to successfully and ethically provide these treatments, it is important to get the right training.

Many schools exist solely to teach energy healing, and others (like massage schools) include energy healing as part of a larger educational package. Training typically falls between 400 and 1,000 hours before you are qualified, and the costs are similar to those of traditional massage school tuition rates.

Individual modalities have their own certification boards, as well, so if you’re serious about pursuing any of the energy healing subsets, you should start your search there. For example, some of the more common energy healing organizations include:

Energy healing isn’t for everyone, and it requires a fundamental belief in the principles of qi and balance in order to be done properly. If you’re looking for a way to diversify your massage therapy offerings and branch into an entirely new clientele, energy healing can be a great choice. As is the case with any massage modality, however, the real key is getting the right education.




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  1. Judith F. Epperson says:

    I became a Reiki Master in 1986 from John Harvey Gray from MA. I’ve been using Reiki off and on since then. However, an opportunity presented itself to offer Reiki to clients at a local Salt Cave Spa. I’ve been told I need a license and/or certificate to offer Reiki to clients. Never thought this was needed until now. Is there any direction and/or advise
    to assist me? Thank you.

  2. Linda says:

    I have recently had the misfortune of being a victim of sexual abuse by an unlicensed PA massage therapist/bodyworker/energy worker. I reported him to the DOS and the case will be resolved soon. This therapist insisted he “doesn’t do massage” and that he is an “energy worker.” He most certainly did practice massage, as well as energy work. His training on his website lists various massage modalities, craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, and breathwork healing. He tried to avoid accountability by claiming he didn’t need to be licensed because he does energy work. This is something that needs attention at the highest levels. Those calling them “energy healers” should be licensed and held to the same standards as licensed therapists.