An Introduction to Energy Healing


You may have overheard someone talking about an energy healing experience they had recently, or maybe you’ve been coming across it more often online, in books, or in conversation. The experience sounds interesting, but it also seems too esoteric or far out; you’d like to try it, but what does energy healing mean?

Though it may seem that energy healing is “New Age,” the practice is actually ancient and rooted in spiritual concepts that are as old as healing itself. The experience is often hard to explain, as it is mostly understood by being felt, but these are some of the most common questions we answer about energy healing here at Healing One.

What is energy healing and what is it used for?
The term energy healing encompasses a large range of modalities that affect your energetic body, alternately called an energetic field, a spirit body, or aura; it is sometimes described as a massage for your energetic body, helping to release blockages and tension in your auric field to help your energy to flow with strength and ease. Energy healing is a skill that is innate to humans and other beings, and though there are different conceptual frameworks, one of the most common is the chakra system. The chakras are energetic centers in your body that represent and depict fluidity or imbalances in specific physical and emotional areas of ourselves. Breathwork, the act of using your breath to move energy, is a very powerful tool for healing, as it is directly tied to your energetic system. These may also be blended with the concept of mind/body/spirit, and while we may be more familiar with ways of keeping our mind and body clear and in shape, energy healing focuses on feeding and resting our spirit, keeping our energetic system running smoothly.


What are some examples of energetic healing modalities?
Some examples of energy healing modalities include Quantum Touch, breathwork, flower essences, qigong, ThetaHealing, cranial-sacral, Access Bars, shamanism, reflexology, acupressure, acupuncture, and Alexander Technique. Most have heard of Reiki, a modality that has gained a large following, and even that can be broken down into different lineages, such as Holy Fire, Usui, Raku Kei, etc. There is a large array of options for those interested in energetic healing; because of this we recommend starting with a healer that you feel most comfortable with - the modality isn’t always pertinent, the trust with your facilitator is.

Why are they called “Healers”?
The term “Healer” is a slight misnomer, as the client is actually the person healing themselves, while the healer holds space and provides an open connection to the divine and a higher vibration to resonate and cleanse with in a process called entrainment. Healers are individuals that have learned to ground, raise, or move energy for themselves and others. It may be easier to think of them as a creator of a container, the container being the time and space (the session) within which you and your healer will channel high vibrational energy or chi. Only the person receiving the healing knows what their highest self is moving towards, where their boundaries are, and where it is safe to challenge and push themselves. It is not our focus to “heal” you, but to provide you with a safe and energetically charged space to help you relax, open up, and heal yourself with the guidance of a healing practitioner. This concept is reflected by our mission statement: “Our wholehearted intention is to bring healing to everyONE willing to open up and allow themselves to become the healer in their own lives.”

Is there any physical touch, such as in a massage?
Only healers that have certifications to administer physical touch have the right to do so, this includes an array of different practices and should be discussed prior to beginning your session. The facilitator may lay a hand on your body where they feel a connection is necessary, but only with consideration and your explicit consent. There usually is very little physical touch within energy healing sessions, but that doesn’t mean you won’t feel anything. We often describe energy healing as a massage for your energetic body, and during the session you may feel physical sensations such as tingling, heat, coolness, pressure, twitching, rushes, or pulling. It is not often that these sensations are uncomfortable, though they may be new and strange. In an instance where they are, please make your practitioner aware immediately.

How will I feel afterwards?
Every person’s energetic system reacts differently when they give or receive energy, so the results vary in nature and noticeability. People often report feeling much lighter, as if they have dropped a lot of energetic baggage that they seem to carry around without noticing. Other effects reported are having more clarity, feeling less self-doubt, a sense of calm, a quiet mind, and more self awareness. We usually ask clients to leave their expectations for sessions at the door in favor of intentions, as expectations lead to disappointments, but intentions are powerful - they lead to manifestations.

What should I expect for my first session?
When you come into Healing One for your first energy healing session, you will be asked to fill out some paperwork relevant to your health history while a float technician prepares your organic tea or water. Your healer will come and introduce themselves, look over your paperwork, and take you to your Healing Room. In the room, your healer will discuss with you the conceptual ideas of energy healing, body awareness, the energetic system, and intentions for the session. Before you begin, together you will set an intention, which may be broad (such as a general cleansing of the system) or more personal (such as a specific energy or direction you’d like to bring into your life). After you are happy with your intentions, you will lay on a massage bed and relax as the healer opens the space and begins to work with your energetic field. Expression through talk, movement, or emotional outlets are appropriate and helpful, and more than likely there will be some discussion during the session. Your healer will then close the space and check in with how you’re feeling. Hugs are often given after the session, as they are fun and healing too!

How can I schedule an energy healing?
Like most of our services, you can book an energy healing session online. If you are new to the practice, you might feel more comfortable calling our center and talking to our receptionists. They will help you book a service, as well as answer any questions you may have about the session or healer you are booking with. You can read more about our healers in our About Our Healers page on our website at

Client Testimonials:

“When you are open to all possibilities and willing to allow another soul to share those possibilities, you begin to shed the various layers that hold you back and embrace the other layers that make you extraordinary. Through massage and energy work, each person you work with at Healing One provides a safe space for you to let go and lean on as much as you allow yourself to release unnecessary feelings and find a spiritual connection with your healer. Healing one has revealed the tools in myself that I didn’t know, or had forgotten, that I had. Energy work is really incredible - I can’t describe it very well; incredible though, for sure. I am able to respond to stress in a more productive way, and I am continuously learning techniques for breathing, releasing, embracing, and accepting all that life offers. I will forever be grateful for every smile I’m greeted with at Healing One and for the experiences through massage and energy work that they graciously provide.” -Amber

“I believe in order to understand energy work, we must first understand energy. The law of conservation of energy states that energy can neither be created or destroyed; energy can only be transferred or changed from one form to another. When I came in to get energy work, it was usually because I needed a safe space from the outside world. After the first session, I felt more grounded and focused. After the second session, I started to notice that there was almost movement in my focus, a shift, like I was going deeper into myself…. This has allowed me to look deeper within myself, to notice my surroundings more, to notice my body more… to become more focused and clear-headed. After my last session, I have more energy and a clear heart and mind to deal with what comes up in my life, because if there is one thing that I’m beginning to learn and develop, it’s feeling like I have the strength and energy to get things done, look life in the face, and dive in head first.” -Anonymous

Healing One, 235 Redfield Parkway, Suite 103, Reno, NV. We provide packaged deals and membership specials, as well as individual services, gift cards, and complementary organic, hand blended tea with your service. You can contact the center at 775-499-5393. Hours are 8am – 8pm Friday – Wednesday; Thursdays 12pm – 8pm. Additional information and online scheduling is available at

Chaz Allen