Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Find answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions below:

Find answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions below:

What is Energy Healing?

Energy Healing is the act of restoring balance and harmony to the body, mind and spirit of the client. It is a therapeutic approach which is natural, non-evasive and holistic. The intention is to promote self-healing and bring about a sense of well being and peace to the client.

How does it work?

An Energy Healing practitioner is able to act as a conduit, connecting to the life force and will either lightly touch or work a few inches from the body. This allows healing energy to pass into the client's energy field, thus restoring balance and harmony.

Holistic medicine teaches that the body's energy system is a key element to maintaining health and vitality. When the body's energy system becomes imbalanced and blocked, illness can result. By channeling source energy through the Healing practitioner to the client, these blockages are energetically removed and the body starts to function as it is designed to.

What are the benefits?

Research has consistently found that energy healing:
Speeds recovery from illness and injury
Decreases pain and discomfort
Reduces stress and anxiety
Enhances immunity
Creates a feeling of deep inner peace
Lowers blood pressure
Minimizes the side effects of medication
Improves sleep

Is there any proof it works?

Lots. Please refer to our Research page

How old is this modality?

Actually, energy healing is perhaps the oldest medical intervention, dating back thousands of years. Even the Father of Medicine, Hippocrates, was a hands on energy healer. The Healing in America Energy Healing Method was instituted by Harry Edwards in 1954 in Great Britain when he formed the National Federation of Spiritual Healers(now known as "The Healing Trust")

How does the HIA method differ from Reiki and other healing modalities?

There are a number of energy healing modalities available today. For all of them, the energy originates from the same place and the differences have to do with country of origin and how the practitioner is trained. Reiki originated in Japan and teaches the use of symbols. The Healing in America Method originated in England and does not use symbols. Healing in America offers a certification program which indicates the practitioner has met certain standards of training and practice. Reiki does not. For more information, see our video.

Is it necessary to have faith in order for healing to work?

No. But an open mind is helpful. Healing works very effectively on young children and animals.

What is the difference between a healing and a cure?

A "cure" is a return to physical health. For example, cancer goes into remission, tumors shrink and disappear, paraplegics walk again. Healing restores balance to body, mind and spirit and may or may not include a cure.

Can anyone learn to do energy healing?

It is our belief, and the belief of our founder Harry Edwards, that everyone can learn to do energy healing provided they have compassion and a desire to help others.

Does healing always work?

It almost always helps in some way in that it brings relaxation and balance to body, mind and spirit. It does not guarantee a cure although a cure often takes place.

Can you guarantee a cure?

We cannot guarantee a cure. Neither can medical doctors for that matter. But energy healing almost always brings about some benefit as it balances body, mind and spirit.

Can healing do any harm?

Energy healing never does harm. However, in the course of receiving healing sessions, a patient sometimes feels slightly worse before feeling better. This is a result of the illness leaving the body and is considered a good sign.

Why take classes from you if I already am a natural healer?

Many people have a natural ability to do healing, but without learning how to ground and protect themselves, they can feel depleted or take on their client's illness. Like a prodigy who can sit down at the piano and play by ear, they will only improve with lessons.

How can you charge money for something that's so natural? [see post]

Yes, healing is very natural and it is the position of HIA, The Healing Trust and founder Harry Edwards that everyone has the innate ability to do healing providing they have compassion and a desire to help others.

Contribution and generosity are the cornerstones of a balanced life and something handed down from all ancient societies. There is a teaching among Native Americans that, "it's hard for us to say, 'thank you' without something in our hands."

Many healers depend upon income from offering their healing skills to clients. Many have spent many years of practice and training to reach a high skill level in order to give the best possible healing experience to recipients. Others give healing free - but charge for their time.

We also teach the importance of self-healing of the healer and learning to do energy healing in a grounded, protected manner for the protection of both the healer and the client. Training to enhance the gift is highly recommended -  healers may have a natural gift, but not enough training to know how to use it fully and keep themselves well.

A client giving something in exchange for a healing session shows that the client values the time and effort the healer has put into enhancing what may have started out as a natural gift.

Research shows that the best healers have a strong meditation practice. All the time that goes into the healer's own self-healing and spiritual practice adds to the benefit they are able to offer clients.

Last, but not least, being willing to give something in exchange indicates that the client is invested in and committed to their own healing. Money is a highly convenient medium of exchange in our society, but it's not the only way to offer exchange. Experience has shown that where there is an exchange of energy - the outcome is more positive.

The concept of exchange for value makes the world go round in a smooth, harmonious manner. And makes us all gracious guests on planet earth.

What does a session look like?

A client sits on a chair or lies on a massage table fully clothed.

What do your courses cost?

Course tuition differs in different parts of the country. Please see the website page for the States nearest to you.

Can I take just one course or must I take all three?

You may take just one course. To become certified as a healing practitioner by Healing in America you must take all three courses.

How do I become certified as an HIA healing practitioner?

Upon taking the Certified Energy Healer Training Part 1 you may join as an intern and commit to completing all three courses within a 1-year period. After 12 months, if all three courses have been completed, you may apply for certification. The certification process includes:

Keeping a log book of all courses and healing events you have attended, books read and DVDs watched that are about healing, spirituality, body/mind medicine – anything showing your desire to advance on your healing path.
Submitting four client references
A panel interview where you demonstrate chair healing as we teach it and answering correctly questions demonstrating your familiarity with our Code of Conduct. Some panel interviews may be given using Skype to reduce travel costs.

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