Energy work focuses on clearing blockages, disturbances, or imbalances in the human energy field. The practitioner supplies the energy or the practitioner acts as a channel or focus for a greater energy field. The work restores harmony to the client's energy field.
There are different types of energy work, from the practitioner using a detailed energy assessment system, to using passive treatment where the practitioner channels energy, to allowing the client's body to intuitively decide how the energy should be used.
There are several written and oral histories of cultures throughout the world spontaneously healing by using hands with focused thought and intention. Energy work became popular in North America during the New Age movement and the self-help and self-awareness movement of the 1970s.
Energy work practitioners begin by physically feeling the energetic layers outside the client's body. Treatment in energy work can take on several forms. In distance healing, the practitioner focuses on the energy field of the client and attempts to create favourable change by focused thought and intention.
Other energy workers actively palpate (with their hands and intuition) the energy field. Based on what they find, they may use both energy and physical movement to alter the client's field.
Some energy workers incorporate massage techniques into their energy work, while other practitioners incorporate energy work into a separate practice.
Energy work is a whole-body treatment. It restores harmony to the client's energy field and may be experienced as relaxing, restorative, refreshing, or invigorating. The long-term goal is to optimize the client's health based on the premise that, over time, a healthy energy field forms or helps create a healthy body.
A level of training that includes every competency component needed to safely and appropriately apply the treatment.
An additional treatment that first requires the practitioners to be trained in an appropriate related discipline.