Energy Healing is, generally, a form of healing emphasizing concentration and intent. The term encompasses a wide range of forms, and the greater topic of Energy medicine is a major facet of "complementary and alternative medicine" as defined by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Energy Healing practitioners have appeared at booths at the Whole Earth Festival, and local Davis residents practice energy healing.
There appear to be no local meetings devoted to Energy Healing, but if you are interested, the following people are also interested in forming a group to meet locally. (Alternatively, if you know of a meeting in town, click the "Edit" icon and tell us about it!)
Regionally, there are classes held periodically at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Carmichael.
Quantum-Touch, one form.
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2008-07-24 14:10:42 Surprisingly, there are quite a few studies exploring so-called "therapeutic touch" (TT) practices that came up from my search in Web of Science. No findings from reputable journals demonstrate any evidence of healing beyond the placebo effect level. One article tested practitioners' claim to 'sense' the energy field of others and found that their ability is only randomly successful: "Their failure to substantiate TT's most fundamental claim is unrefuted evidence that the claims of TT are groundless and that further professional use is unjustified" (Rosa L et al., Journal of the American Medical Association, 279:13). I would guess that there is a natural, therapeutic advantage found in intimate touching—part of our limbic regulation is tied to feeling connected with others—although I would hope everyday relationships and friendships would suffice. If for some intimacy cannot be found interpersonally, then perhaps paying for it is a rational short-term solution. However from my vantage, Quantum Touch seems like another scheme designed to capitalize on people's medical problems. Why not take a restorative yoga course, instead? That way you’ll get some exercise and a sense of connectedness without having to opt into any faith healing paradigms. —ZN
2008-07-24 19:23:03 An interesting thing is that yoga also emphasizes energy based practices, such as chakras. I agree that the exercise is good for you, but if you ignore an aspect of its history, practice and belief, aren't you just bastardizing it for modern society? —SunjeetBaadkar
2008-07-24 21:27:59 Speaking of reputable journals, do you know the average publishing fee for said journals? Thousands. —Sankofa416
I've never heard of this being a serious obstacle to publication. Could you perhaps cite some kind of source? -JoePomidor