Energy healing has been used for centuries in various forms and has been used to cure medical conditions and most ailments related to mental health.
It is primarily related to the ancient chakra system, which originated in India. Chakra healing involves the seven chakras in the body, which should be in balance with each other. It is a holistic practice that activates the body’s subtle energy systems to remove blockages. Breaking through these energy blockages stimulates the body’s inherent ability to heal itself. Energy healing is used to cure medical conditions, most ailments related to mental health.
The effects of energy healing and the impact of meditation on the brain have both been the subjects of research over many years. Scientific analysis of integrative medicine has shown that the alpha/theta state of mind spawns a cascade of relaxation hormones that are very beneficial to physical and emotional health.
These include endogenous benzodiazepines (tranquilizers), anandamide (and other endogenous cannabinoids), melatonin and N-dimethyltryptamine, which is thought to be the chemical responsible for the experience described as spiritual or inner peace.
Further analysis has shown how events occurring outside of the body are translated to a form that the body can read. The pineal gland is the link between our external environment and the network of internal body systems. The pineal gland takes environmental information and converts it into chemical and electrical signals within our bodies.
There is convincing evidence that the pineal is the master gland of the endocrine system. It converts light, temperature and magnetic environmental information into neuroendocrine signals, which regulate and orchestrate body functions influencing broader lifetime rhythms.
It is also thought that the pineal gland may well be the physiological interface between the mind–body connection and subtle energy experiences – a sort of gatekeeper of experiences that transcend the five senses. In brief, the pineal is the energy transducer (a device that converts energy from one form to another) that sends hormonal and electrical messages throughout the body, while the chakras may well be the energy transducers for subtle energy.
Therefore, various forms of energy, such as light, sound, electromagnetism and the energy behind the healing effects, are translated into electrical and chemical signals within our bodies.
The chakra system originated in India. The meridians, the energy superhighways of the body, originated in China. Both are ancient.
Two other forms of healing that have emerged in recent years are Reiki healing and theta healing.
A combination of testimonials and scientific research and analysis are addressing lingering scepticism about these practices.
Reiki is a Japanese traditional healing art that was rediscovered during the 1800s, targeting the life energy that flows through every being. It was the subject of a 2017 review of clinical studies that found it to be better than a placebo with broad potential.
Reiki is an effective form of energy work that usually takes anywhere between 60 to 90 minutes. A Reiki practitioner places their hands on the crown of the head of the person making their way down to the feet. A recipient of Reiki might feel a tingling sensation or warmth during the session. This method of simple energy transmission has been proven to have transformative benefits on the mind, body, and soul.
Through this state, Reiki helps the body balance, creating an environment for healing. People seek it out across the UAE for everything from physical aches and pains to managing stress.
Theta healing suggests there are seven planes of existence, or chakras. Each one carries particular energy or vibration. This energy healing modality uses quantum physics to alter matter on the atomic level, seeking to align these energies.
This meditative technique is conducted while the brain is in a theta brainwave state, which occurs mostly in our sleep, although is also achievable via deep meditation, when the brain waves slow down and relax. This is where the real healing begins. Theta healing has been shown to be effective with physical ailments and also emotional and physical wellbeing. People seek theta healing for everything from boosting creativity to creating internal balance.
• This article is courtesy of Illuminations Wellbeing Center, located in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Ann Marie McQueen
Ann Marie McQueen is the founding editor-in-chief of Livehealthy and host of The Livehealthy Podcast. She is a veteran Canadian digital journalist who has worked in North America and the Middle East. Her past roles include features editor for The National, trends writer and columnist for the Canadian newspaper chain Sun Media, and correspondent for CBC Radio.