I am fairly new to Crystal Therapy Practice but I feel that the way in which it works hand in hand with my day to day practice of Relaxation Therapy gives me an interesting view on the utilisation of the practice itself, and that being said I wanted to share my journey with the community and the wider world.
Starting my journey
When I started my journey into the realms of using crystals as a method of treatment 2 years ago I have to say it, sadly, was as a sceptic. I often sat and thought to myself when I was training for my Diploma in Professional Relaxation Therapy “What place in modern treatment methodology is there for such an outdated concept?” (A question I have found commonly asked when people read through the various services I and other Practitioners offer.) I have now come to realise that this method of treatment couldn’t be more relevant in today’s modern, fast paced and stress filled world.
Again, sadly, as is often the case with this subject, it was through my lack of knowledge and ignorance of the subject that I based my opinion. So I am here to dispel a few misconceptions and explain, from my understanding, what it is that Crystal Therapy/Healing is about.
I’d like to dispel a few misconceptions and explain, from my understanding, what it is that Crystal Therapy/Healing is about.
What exactly is a Crystal?
One question I asked myself a lot is “What exactly is a crystal?” I know it seems like an odd question for a practitioner to ask themselves but a person’s answer can actually be used as an assessment method for a potential client’s suitability for the treatment itself among other things.
Now, I have heard many different answers to this question from “Isn’t it just a chunk of rock that looks nice?” or “A crystal is a piece of a homogenized solid having a natural geometric form with symmetrically arranged plane faces.” to “Crystals are natural formed gifts from God/Goddess/Creator to their children, a little piece of divinity to touch and aid in the healing of ailments, spiritual, mental and physical.” In my opinion all of the above answers are correct. Crystals have different meanings to different people and all are just as correct responses in their own right.
Crystal Therapy – What is it? What can it do? Who can it benefit?
In terms of Crystal Therapy. What is it?, What can it do? and Who can it benefit? Well I shall endeavour to share what I have learned and my perspective on this subject.
Thousands upon thousands of articles have been written on the subject of Crystal Therapy/Healing and its interlinking topics, however they all share one common theme and that is that everyone can agree that there is no definitive answer on where the practice itself originated.
Since the dawn of time crystals have been in held in the highest of spiritual regard and valued by various cultures from ancient Babylon, China and India. More often than not it is considered by many that the latter two civilisations are the forebears of the practice. Crystal Therapy works using a few key concepts from the ancient Chinese medicine’s beliefs in Chi (Qi) (Yuan Qi), the original life energy and acupuncture points as well as the concept of the subtle energy vortexes more commonly known as Chakras originating from the beliefs of the Indian continent.
The process of Crystal Therapy
A very fast and basic run through of the process is as follows: A client undertaking Crystal Therapy treatment will have crystals placed around various points of the body and these crystals act as a focusing key and strengthening for the subtle body energies flowing around, through, and within us.
These various crystals can then remove, recharge and/or enhance the subtle energy system within and around the client and in doing so aid the client in their presenting issue.
Crystals have the amazing ability to emit, store and hold electromagnetic energy. So, by placing various crystals at various locations on an out-of-balance body the crystal can re-balance the electromagnetic energies of the subtle body system and jump start the body’s natural energetic rhythm again.
The truly amazing thing about crystal therapy is that it can be used by anyone, even to help an animal, and is completely painless more often than not. You can, with time and training, use Crystal Therapy to aid your their own physical, spiritual and mental up-keep.
What things can Crystal Therapy help with?
Whilst not scientifically backed in the medical profession, Crystal Therapy is a complementary therapy that can be used in conjunction with medical treatment. You wouldn’t come to see a Crystal Therapy Practitioner to treat cancer itself, but it could be used, and has been used in conjunction, with medical treatments to help with the effects of stress and aches and pains caused by medical treatment.
Treatment using crystals can help with ailments such as:
- Anger Management
- Electromagnetic Stress
- PMS Symptoms
- Joint pain
- Bi-polar Disorder
The list goes on with many more issues that Crystal Therapy can aid in treating.
How does it work with other therapies?
Crystal Therapy works hand in hand with particular methods of treatment I utilise in my profession as a relaxation therapist. Both essentially, are used to achieve the same or similar goal of inducing a state of deep relaxation which in turn allows us as practitioners to really get to grips with helping the client in re-balancing and treating their presenting issues. I love using crystal therapy as it can be used in numerous ways to help treat physical, mental and spiritual issues. It is a truly versatile therapy to utilise.
Part of my philosophy as a practitioner is connections to the self and balancing the three, in my opinion, most important things that make up a life. The Mind – The Body – The Spirit. Connecting or reconnecting and balancing these three things is crucial to having a long, healthy, and in turn, happy lifestyle.
By utilising Crystal Therapy in conjunction with Relaxation Therapy I have found great results can be achieved.
So, in closing I would just like to say that Crystal Therapy has numerous uses, can be used by almost everyone in some way shape or form, and is a great way of aiding in balancing the Mind, Body and Spirit.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. Have a wonderful Day/Night wherever in the world you may be. It has been a pleasure sharing with you.
About the Author
Author: Alec J Booker Dip AH, AHCP.
My Name is Alec Booker and I am 30 years old. For many years I was a chef, 10 years to be precise, until I had an accident at work that ended my career as a chef. I then decided to take a leap of faith and turn my long term interest in Psychology and counselling into a full time job so I embarked on my Diploma in Professional Relaxation Therapy with the good folks at the BSY Group.
In March of this year after losing my Father in the previous December, I decided to start my first therapeutic company dedicated to the mental health and well-being of the people in need. So I founded Komorebi Gateway Counseling Ltd. With the mission to aid people on their journey to not only a better state of mental health but to treat the client as a whole utilising holistic methods of practice encompassing the ethos Mind, Body & Spirit are as one.
I also manage a mental Health Advocacy website and facebook page called Mission:MHAM whose on going mission is to combat and end the stigma surrounding mental health through compassion, education and understanding.
Please feel free to check out the links below or if you have any questions or would like to use my services i will add some contact info too.