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Choosing a healer can be difficult if you don't know where to look or what to look for.
I know a lot of energy healers of one kind or another, and to a person they are caring, generous people of the highest integrity. I’d send my mom or dad to any of them with no problem.
However, because the results of an energy healing can be relatively intangible, the field is open to abuse.
So how can you choose a practitioner who is reputable and a good match for your needs? Here are some tips for choosing a healer.
To me, working with a distance healer requires special caution. I believe in distance healing, both because I understand the principle behind it, and because I have friends who practice it to good effect. However, the field of distance healing is especially open to abuse. I’ve seen lots of internet ads for distance healers. Personally, I’d want some iron-clad referrals before I laid my money (and especially my credit card number) down.
Many energy healers are self-taught, or learned from a family member, so it’s not necessarily a deal-breaker if they don’t have formal training.
However, many healers do have at least some kind of training, and it’s fine for you to ask how they learned to do energy work.
If the form of energy work that they perform involves touching the physical body (“laying on of hands”), a license (e.g massage, physical therapy, nurse, medical doctor, etc.) or ordination (to be a minister) may be required by your state, province, city, etc.
This is often the case if their form of energy work involves massage. Although the requirements vary, in most states in the U.S., formal training and a license are required to perform massage.
You should feel free to inquire about their licensing if they will be performing any hands-on work.
Personally I would be more comfortable choosing a healer who adhered to the legalities, whatever they happen to be in your locality.
There are many different kinds of energy healing. Of course, when choosing a healer, you want to pick someone who is a good match for you and your needs.
Click here to get an overview of some of the most common types of energy work.
Following are some websites that may be helpful in choosing a healer.
The Healing Touch educational program is very standardized, which gives a level of quality control to anyone who’s a certified practitioner. You can download a directory of certified practitioners in your area here.
The Reiki Alliance is an organization of traditional Usui Masters (teachers). You can go to the Reiki Alliance website at www.reikialliance.com to find a directory of Reiki masters. (For some reason I can't get their link to work, so I'll just let you copy and paste the URL.)
(Note: I have noticed that their search function isn't foolproof. For example, a search for my own state, Washington (U.S.) showed nothing, while a search on the U.S. as a whole showed several entries from Washington. So my recommendation is to zoom your query out if your first one turns up nothing.)
Another very good option is to get Reiki-initiated yourself, so that you can provide the therapy you desire, either for yourself or for a member of your family. Level-1 Reiki would be all you’d most likely need, and that can be done in as little as a long weekend. Find a qualified Master (teacher) through the website above.
Once you are part of the Reiki community, you would also have access to Reiki-shares, informal local groups that meet to trade Reiki treatments.
The Quantum Touch ® web site, lists practitioners, along with photos and descriptions here.