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Energy therapies

These type of therapies aim to improve your physical and emotional health. By little or no physical contact it is believed to affect the ‘energy’ around your body to improve your wellbeing.

Energy therapies include Reiki, therapeutic touch and spiritual healing. Reiki is one of the most well-known energy therapies. Reiki is Japanese for ‘universal life energy’, a term used to describe a natural system to help bring about an improved sense of wellbeing.

With all of the energy therapies you can either sit or lie down, fully clothed, while the therapist places their hands above, or on, certain parts of the body. You may start to feel very relaxed during the treatment and this may last for some time after treatment.

There is no medical evidence that energy-based therapies will treat symptoms, but you may still find them relaxing and calming.

Most practitioners belong to a reputable professional association for Reiki and should be registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) as a Reiki practitioner.

Published Feb 2016

Next planned review: Feb 2018