What is crystal therapy?
Crystal therapy is a vibrational energy-based system of healing. It is relaxing, non-invasive, and holistic, treating the integrated subtle energy systems of the body as a whole. By balancing the chakras (energy centres) and clearing blockages from your energy field, crystal healing enables the body to activate its own healing process.
The technique uses precisely placed crystals either on or around the body, individually or in geometric grids. Crystals can also be used with continuous movement within the subtle energies (aura), or given to you to hold during treatment. The crystals absorb, focus, direct, detoxify, shift and diffuse energy as they interact with the electromagnetic forces and vibrations within the subtle physical or environmental energy field.
In the context of crystal healing, illness is thought of as a dis-ease; the manifestation of spiritual, environmental, physiological, psychological, emotional or mental imbalance or distress. Crystal therapy involves bringing mind, body and spirit back into harmony, restoring the body’s natural rhythm and equilibrium.
What does a session involve?
As holistic therapy takes into account lifestyle, emotional, mental and physical factors, a brief history will be taken, so that the full picture can be acquired and the most effective treatment plan for the session devised.
Lying comfortably on a therapy bed, you are encouraged to close your eyes and relax. Crystals will be placed on or around your body as appropriate (an experienced therapist uses knowledge, experience and intuition to determine this) and left in place while you relax. They may occasionally be changed, added or removed during this time.
If it will be of benefit and you are comfortable with it, some Reiki and other energy healing techniques may also be included in your treatment to help amplify the healing benefits.
What are the benefits?
Benefits can occur at all levels;
At an emotional level, crystal healing can stabilise and harmonise moods and enhance confidence and self-esteem.
At a mental level, it promotes clarity, focus and motivation. It can be very helpful in releasing unwanted behaviours, thought patterns and addictions.
At the physical level, crystals help to rebalance the systems and facilitate the body's natural ability to heal and repair.
At a spiritual level, it creates an acceptance of, and harmony with all aspects of life, leading to inner peace and wellbeing.
The deep relaxation that is created from crystal therapy is an effective antidote to stress, anxiety or depression, and is very helpful in maintaining general wellbeing and assisting during life changes/transitions. It can help relieve the physical symptoms of stress-related illness, and may assist with immune disorders, as well as provide pain relief through the relaxation of muscle tension.
How will I feel during and after a session?
Crystal therapy is a very unique experience, and each session is tailored to the individual. Some people are naturally sensitive to the subtle energy systems of the body and crystal energy, and so will feel more, others will be less aware. The effects can often be subtle, but this doesn't mean it won't be working.
During a session, you may feel tingling sensations, warmth, coolness or gentle shifts as your body releases patterns held in your muscles. Some people experience emotions as repressed feelings are released, or nothing at all except a sense of peace and relaxation suffusing the body - the experience is different for each person and treatment.
Some may experience results very quickly, or they may take place subtly over a period of time. The energetic state of your body will play a part - sometimes energetic detoxing and unblocking is required before the therapy starts to take effect. There may also be protective emotional or mental barriers to gently disperse before healing can begin.
How does it work?
Each variety and colour of crystal has a unique internal structure, which causes it to resonate at a certain frequency. One molecule is repeated throughout its structure so it has fundamental stability and maintains a constant electromagnetic signature at the vibrational level. It is this resonance that is believed to give crystals their healing abilities; the human body is made up of thousands of different molecules, each with its own vibratory pattern. With a disharmony in one area, the function of the whole system is altered. Bringing a crystal into the vibrational field and applying the resonance in a particular way can help to 're-tune' and restore balance and harmony to the body's energy systems, stimulating the body's natural healing mechanisms.
From a crystal therapy perspective, illness occurs when energetic influences on us (from diet, lifestyle, events or the environment etc) are much stronger than, and in contrast with our own, so they begin to disrupt our energetic field patterns. Where there is a weakness or stress of some kind in the body's systems, the imbalance will begin to show itself in the form of health problems and illness.
Crystal therapy does not concern itself with the physical symptoms (the tip of the iceberg), but aims to release enough stress from the underlying energy structures of the body so regulation can be restored and the body can repair itself.