What are the two types of energy therapies?

Energy therapies have become increasingly popular among alternative and complementary care treatments. There is a growing body of research that suggests that some energy therapies may be beneficial for managing mental and physical health. But what are the two major types of energy therapies?

Energy therapies are broadly divided into two categories: internal and external. Internal energy therapies originate within the body and are used to affect energy fields in and around the human body, such as chi, prana and ky. External energy therapies are those that involve the use of external sources, such as light, sound, or magnets.

Internal Energy Therapies

Within the category of internal energy therapies, the most well known and commonly practiced treatments are Reiki, Healing Touch and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).

Reiki is an ancient healing tradition characterized by the practitioner channeling energy, usually through their hands, to the client. The focus of Reiki treatment is to restore balance in the body and promote healing from within. It is believed that mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing can be achieved through this experience.

Healing Touch is a holistic therapy that focuses on the energy field that envelops and penetrates the patient. During a Healing Touch session, practitioners use a variety of hand techniques, including gentle strokes and other moves, to restore balance and energize the body.

EFT, or the Emotional Freedom Technique, is a form of “tapping” that aims to improve an individual’s mental and physical health. During an EFT session, the practitioner applies pressure to various “meridian” points on the body to unblock stagnant energy, reduce stress and anxiety, and bring the individual into a more balanced state of mind and body.

External Energy Therapies

External energy therapies are those treatments that involve the use of external sources such as light, sound, and/or magnets. One of the most well-known forms of this type of energy therapy is Thought Field Therapy (TFT), which is a form of self-administered, rapid, and non-invasive therapy aimed at targeting particular symptoms or problems.

Other forms of external energy therapies include Light Therapy, which exposes the patient to healing colors of light to relieve mental or physical stress; Magnetic Field Therapy, which uses magnets to provide healing energy; and Sound Therapy, which uses sound waves to bring balance to the body and promote relaxation.

Also included in this category of energy therapy is Pulse Therapy, which involves the use of electric currents of different frequencies, applied to the body to stimulate healing and promote relaxation.


Energy therapies are becoming increasingly popular with many people looking to complementary and alternative care to address mental and physical issues. While there are many types of energy therapies, the two most common types of energy therapies are internal and external. Internal energy therapies include Reiki, Healing Touch and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and external energy therapies include Thought Field Therapy, Light Therapy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Sound Therapy, and Pulse Therapy. With the wide variety of energy therapies available, it is important to talk to your medical provider before beginning any treatment.

Nancy Crawford Smith

Nancy is a registered nurse who has trained in various energy therapies, including Reiki and Maya Abdominal Therapy. She uses a combination of body work, energy therapies, and spiritual healing to assist individuals in a holistic healing journey.

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