Healing is not regulated in many countries. It is therefore a good idea to ask your doctor or other healthcare professional for recommendations. Friends, family, other people with Parkinson’s or your national Parkinson’s association may also be able to advise based on personal experience.
It is advisable to see a healer who has experience of Parkinson’s so do ask about their experience of the condition.
Although there is little scientific evidence to support the benefits of healing generally and particularly in Parkinson’s, those who have tried this treatment say that it triggers feelings of wellbeing and calm - which can be beneficial to family and carers too. In a survey conducted by the Parkinson’s Disease Society (UK) in 1998, 80% of people who tried healing said that it had helped them, although the benefits tended to be psychological rather than physical.
Whilst the benefits of healing are unclear, it can provide a positive energy that may help to combat feelings of negativity. The sense of calm and soothing that healing can bring may also help allay feelings of depression. Some practitioners claim healing is also successful for relieving pain, skin problems, stress management and insomnia.
As healing is not regulated in many countries, it is a good idea to ask your doctor or other healthcare professional for recommendations. Friends, family, other people with Parkinson’s or your national Parkinson’s association may also be able to advise based on personal experience.
It is advisable to see a therapist who has experience of Parkinson’s so do ask about their experience of the condition as well as their qualifications.
Depending on the school of healing your practitioner belongs to, you may meet in a clinic, your home, the healer’s home or a place of worship. You will generally be asked some questions about your condition, medical history and lifestyle, and the healer will spend a little time ‘centring’ themselves, or attuning themselves to you. You may be asked to sit or lie down – fully clothed - and the healer will probably stand or sit next to you.
The healer will lightly place their hands on you, or hold them two to three inches above your body in order that the healing energy flows through them. He or she will then make sweeping movements in order to conduct the energy, direct it to where it’s needed, and detect any imbalances or blockages in your own energy field. Candles, crystals and soft music may be used.
When receiving healing, you may experience sensations of tingling, heat or coolness. This won’t be painful and will soon pass. Some people have found the treatment so relaxing they have had to go home afterwards to rest.
A healing session can be very short, just a few minutes of actual healing, or as long as an hour. Generally a course of up to 10 sessions will be required as instant cures are extremely rare.