What is it?

Healing may take many forms, such as:

  • faith healing
  • ‘laying on of hands’
  • spiritual healing
  • lay healing
  • ‘distance’ (‘absent’) healing
  • Reiki

Healing often has close links with specific belief systems, which may be religious, spiritual, social or cultural.

In a typical healing session, the healer will try to assess your ‘energy field’ and then try to pass energy to your body by way of a gentle touch or by sweeping their hands close to your body. Distance healing tries to achieve through thought, meditation or prayer.

Is it safe?

Healing practices are safe to try, and many are non-contact. But be aware that some do involve light touching, tapping or the ‘laying on of hands’, which could cause discomfort if you have painful joints.