What is crystal therapy: Crystals have been around as healing tools for thousands of years because of their easily accessible inner energy.
This is probably why these stones are used in precision technology such as quartz clocks, where exact time-keeping is the result of energy being released when the crystal is stressed.
How it works: Healers believe that a crystal is like a “tuning fork” to which the human energy field resonates. If our energy bodies are “out of tune” because of disease or psychological stress, the crystal helps restore harmony by bringing them back into sync with its own vibration.
Since different crystals have different healing qualities, therapists will normally ask a patient to select one to which he or she is intuitively drawn. This is because we are naturally attracted to those stones whose energy pattern we can most benefit from.
Crystals are specially effective in psychosomatic illnesses such as headaches, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion and asthma.
The healing session: A crystal healer will begin by asking about medical problems, your emotional state, and what you hope to receive from therapy. Sessions start with an exercise to help you relax.
Next you may be asked to lie down on a massage table fully clothed, and hold the crystals or have them placed at specific points on or around your body. You may feel tingling, warmth, coolness, expansion or pressure, or release a pent-up emotion which can sometimes be painful.
The therapist may also recommend wearing a particular stone between sessions. Prognosis: Chronic conditions can take anywhere from twelve to twenty four sessions for significant improvement. If you don’t feel better after the first dozen, its probably best to discontinue or find another.
Finding a therapist: Crystal healers worldwide are listed on the internet. Log onto www. internationalholistictherapies directories.com.
Chakras are energy vortices in the body that transmit the life force throughout the body.
This life force is called Prana by Ayurveda and Chi by the Chinese. Certain crystals and gems are associated with these chakras and can be used to cleanse them and bring balance. The body has seven basic body chakras, each with a corresponding stone.
The Root Chakra, Muladhara Bloodstone Garnet Ruby Sacral chakra, Svadhisthana Ruby, Carnelian Citrine Navel Chakra, Manipura Citrine Topaz Heart Chakra, Anahata Rose Quartz Kunzite Rhodochrosite Throat Chakra, Vishuddhi Sapphire Blue Topaz Azurite Knowledge Chakra, Ajna Amethyst Moonstone Crown Chakra, Sahasrara Diamond Clear Quartz Opal