Have you ever had energy work done? Me neither...at least not 'til today. It reminds me a little bit of prayer...with a massage table, soft lights, and relaxing music thrown in. At best, it's said to promote healing. At worst, it's soothing and comforting (and, let's face it, I've wasted way more time on less important things).
To start, the practicitioner (also a friend) asked me to quiet my mind. She then asked me to focus on a mantra or statement of intent about my health.
Initially, all that came to mind was a bad version of a Stuart Smalley skit. I am happy I am healthy. And gosh darn it, people like me. LOL. However, as I allowed myself to relax, I heard a small, still voice. "Everything bad is leaving," it said. "Only good is coming in."
Carefully, my friend hovered her hands over different parts of my body. At one point, I experienced intense pain in my abdomen (I assume because I was relaxing). At another point, I became very emotional and heavy tears ran down my cheeks (in alternative medicine this is known as a release).
According to WiseGeek.com:
"Energy work is a form of alternative medicine which relies on the idea that the body is filled with and surrounded by energy fields which can be manipulated. If the energy is blocked or disturbed, someone may feel a corresponding illness or emotional unease. Energy workers attempt to feel the energy in their clients, and to manipulate it, eliminating blockages, undoing knots, and addressing areas where the energy appears to be flowing counterintuitively."
As for me? I'm skeptical, but open. After all, I don't have to understand energy work for it be helpful. And, as a bonus, I do feel incredibly tired/relaxed...a good outcome when you've been feeling sleep deprived.
Altered Today: Methods of healing, chakras, comfort zone