Energy Work – What is it?

Energy work is a form of healing that has been used for thousands of years.  Energy work comes in many forms.  Some of the most popular forms are “Healing Touch”, Therapeutic Touch, Reiki, and many others.

Energy work deals with the energy that exists in every living thing.  How energy moves from person to person is similar to how radio waves work.  We know radio waves carry sound even though we can’t see the sound traveling from a radio station to our radio.  The same goes for energy, it can travel from one living thing to another, through space and time even though we can’t see it.  Energy exists all around us.  Some of you have probably experienced energy work without even knowing it.

It is non-manipulative and is safe for everyone. The practitioner uses certain hand placements over chakra points in the body.  Chakras are energy centers within the body that coincide with our physical and emotional self.  The chakra system is also referred to as the energetic system.


Root – located from the rectum to the bottom of your feet

Sacral – located over the pelvis 

Solar Plexus – located between the belly button and our lower abdomen

Heart –located at the heart

Throat – located at the throat and mouth

Third eye – located at the middle of the forehead

Crown – located at the top of the head to about 12 inches above our head


Energy work is beneficial for everyone

  1. Helps with insomnia
  2. Calming
  3. Great for individuals who cannot receive regular massage:
    1. Terminally ill
    2. Pre and post surgery
    3. Frail clients
    4. Hospice care clients


  1. Hospitals
  2. Clinics
  3. Chiropractic offices
  4. Spas
  5. Private practice                  

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Article written by Maria Leonard,  Network Dean of Massage Therapy for Globe Education Network.