Energy medicine is an exciting new field of medicine
and psychology. Mounting scientific research suggests that skillfully
managing the body’s energy systems can restore balance and
harmony. This is accomplished by utilizing techniques from healing
traditions such as acupuncture, yoga and kinesiology. These techniques
have proven effective in promoting stress reduction, increasing
wellness and augmenting peak performance. Energy medicine can be
used as either a complement to traditional health care or as a complete
system of self care.
Energy psychology is a unique method of activating
the body’s energy system. It is based on the ancient Chinese
art of acupuncture. Instead of needles, fingers are used to stimulate
specific meridian points while thinking about a painful issue or
memory. The underlying premise is that blocked or imbalanced energy
in the meridian pathway can manifest as a physical, mental, emotional
or spiritual symptom. The symptom can be ameliorated by assessing
and correcting the energy blockage.
The human energy matrix is the vibrational structure
of the human physiology. It includes three major systems, the energy
field, energy centers and energy pathways. The energy field also
known as the biofield or aura, occupies the space around all living
things. The energy pathways which are acupressure and acupuncture
points called meridians distribute vital energy flow throughout
the human anatomy. Lastly, the energy centers, commonly called the
chakras are found in specific locations throughout the body and
act like energy data bases, informing and changing the frequency
of energy to assist psychological as well as physiological functioning.
These systems can be strengthened and balanced individually or collectively
to activate the body’s natural healing potential.
As human beings, we are multidimensional. Yet traditional
Western medicine, which has dictated health practices, has remained
focused on more concrete dimensions like the physical body as seen
through biology and physiology. While this approach has been invaluable,
it is incomplete without consideration of the mind (thoughts and
emotions), society (interpersonal relationships), spiritual beliefs
The last two decades have produced significant
mind-body research demonstrating how thoughts, emotions, relationships
and spiritual practices can impact the human physiology and affect
health and healing. This research has produced treatment approaches
that include guided imagery, hypnosis, biofeedback, meditation and
The next wave in health and healing incorporates
another ingredient, energy. Invisible by Western medicine methods,
yet an integral part of other world traditions, this model involves
creating the flow of vitality in and around the human physiology.
This vital force energy is also known as chi (Chinese), ki (Japanese)
and prana (yoga). Working with this energy often requires the manipulation
of the vital force via use of light touch or non-contact of hands
like Therapeutic Touch or Reiki, stimulation of energy meridians
and, or balancing other components of the human energy matrix.