Energy healing, though its own separate practice, is often conflated with the movement that embraces tarot, birth charts, moon phases and crystals.
Anything remotely ‘celestial’ or astrological is seen as similar in vibe, but energy healing doesn’t actually require any kind of interest in these other things or prior knowledge.
You don’t need to know about tarot meanings or your birth chart.
Maria Lodetoft, a healer at London’s The Wellness Foundry, says that people are ‘welcome just as they are’.
This is how I was advised to turn up to my (virtual) energy healing session.
‘I can feel if they bring sadness, anger or low self esteem, and that’s all ok,’ Maria explains.
‘Sometimes my clients don’t even know what’s wrong, they just know that they can and want to feel better.
‘This a safe space for you to be just as you are and to bring whatever needs to healed.’
Inviting you to bring these things up is how she starts a session – surprisingly, there is much more conversation than you would expect. It feels almost like therapy.
So what actually is energy healing?
Maria explains: ‘As a healer working with a healing and channeling mediumship, I have the capability to connect to the vibrations and energy that flows around us, and channel this energy to flow to certain parts of your emotional, physical and spiritual body to help release blockages, distortions and trauma.
‘Our physical bodies are very clever, and they hold information and experiences within our facia, the connective tissue, and when we hold on to negative experiences they can create anxiety, depression and disease, due to the irregular flow of energy.
‘The same happens in your energetic bodies, such as the aura – and within your emotions. Energy healing is all about letting go of everything that no longer serves you, and open up a smooth flow of energy within and around you.’
That might sound a bit out-there, but don’t be put off – you don’t have to buy into all of this to give energy healing a go.
At my session, Maria urged me to consider letting go of what ‘no longer serves’ over a period of an hour and a half.
Without pushing, she repeated: ‘We always have a choice.’
The structure of each session will likely vary depending on who you see, but Maria focused on talking to me, her angels, and then ended with reiki.
Closing my eyes, I was instructed to breathe in deeply and to let anything that wanted to arise be free – whether laughter or tears (there were lots of these).
Maria asked for permission to connect to my energy while instructing me to picture a golden light at my heart centre, as her hands rested on my shoulders (which is something that would happen for real if the session was held in person).
Maria began tracking my energetic field and ‘grids’ to then rewrite my ‘codes’.
She explained that everyone has ‘codes’, things that inform the energy they’re putting out into the universe and therefore are attracting back.
By going through the codes that limit you, the energy healer claims to be able to rewrite them to be more positive in the hope of moving you forward and raising your energetic vibrations.
The aim is to bring more of the things you want into your life.
Quickly Maria tapped into my codes and identified some of my own personal limiting beliefs. She pointed out a clear pattern that takes shape in my life, something I’d totally missed myself.
Scarily, she then said: ‘Did you say before you keep putting off meditating?’
I hadn’t told her this, but it had been playing on my mind that, although I know meditation is good for me, I hadn’t made time for it in weeks and kept telling myself I’d do it another day.
It seems my guides were keen to convey a message to her that I should start again.
Throughout the session, she told me she was in contact with her angels and spirit guides to help bring forward messages and to heal my energy.
She then figured out more about my life – without me telling her – and began to work on my ‘distortions’.
‘A distortion is a negative belief that is influencing you in a negative way,’ says Maria. ‘I help my clients change the way they think and feel about certain things.
‘Some very common areas of healing is around your self worth, the sort of relationships you establish and the partner and friends you attract.
‘A healing session can help to release negative patterns so that the next step will guide them forward and not backwards.’
Calling on the angels, Maria began repeating what distortions she could identify in me, asking for help to remove them from my coding.
Then she repeated the new coding she wanted to become natural to me, repeating positive thoughts I should hold.
Everyone will feel the effects of energy healing on a different time scale, Maria tells me, and mine is looking to hit after around 72 hours.
There is no set number of sessions to have to see these claimed benefits – energy healing tends to be very catered to the individual.
‘I like to think of the sessions as the opening of a rose, unfolding one petal at the time, seeing what comes up next and what the client might be holding onto underneath this layer,’ Maria says.
‘Some have worked with me just once and some keep coming back monthly.’
While how I feel in a few days remains to be seen, I felt lighter after the session ended, as though heavy weights on my mind had been aired out – things I wasn’t prepared to visit.
Maria promised I’d ‘feel a shift already after one session’ – and she delivered.
I felt more aware of my personal roadblocks and issues in my headspace.
Towards the end of our time, after Maria illuminated these problems to me, I asked: ‘What can I do now to change it?’
She replied by telling me that’s what the code rewriting is for, to encourage lasting change.
Following my energy healing session, Maria followed up with me by emailing across some further information. She warned that I may feel unwell and advised:
• Try to avoid triggering situations for 24 hours
• Refrain from alcohol and stimulants until you feel well and 100% recovered
• Take a nap if needed, and if certain food cravings arise to feel into whether rest instead is what’s needed
Maria said I may experience physical ailments for a few days, such as headaches, a cold, a loss of concentration and trouble sleeping, as ‘the physical body is releasing energy and recalibrating’. Alongside rest, she said to eat well.
Things may be emotional too, which Maria says is normal especially if ‘deep trauma’ was worked on in the session. She tells me to journal and give space to my emotions if they arise.
Maria says she gets a range of clients, including ‘total newbies looking for holistic practices’; especially from an older generation who might not have been exposed to this ideas in their youth.
The commercialisation of clairvoyant activities has helped make them more accessible and introduced old practices to a wider audience, and clearly there’s a demand.
As we seek out different ways of healing – methods that diverge from traditional medicine and science – the trend of turning to the universe for answers continues to grow.
Maria tells us: ‘With everything that happen over the last year I believe people are more aware that we should prevent instead of treat, and by using holistic practices we can go deep into stored trauma.
‘Talking therapy is not for everyone and by exploring other holistic alternatives, you have more options.
‘Energy healing is very powerful and can help you heal trauma and emotional imbalances that you might no be able to pin point before the session, but once we start our work many things can come up to be healed.’
Sure, there will always be sceptics, and we wouldn’t advise going to energy healing as your first port of call for treating mental health issues – talk to your doctor first.
But if you are curious, and open to the possibility that energy healing might work for you, it could be worth a go.
I opened Maria’s Zoom call excited but with no expectations about what might happen or how I’d find it. Given that I am an anxious overthinker who doesn’t like surprises, I think this did me well.
At the end of my session, Maria pulled out an oracle card and an affirmation card specifically for me.
Holding them up to the camera, she knowingly looked into the lens. Of course, they were absolutely spot on.
What you need to know before booking a session
Pricing for sessions with Maria at The Wellness Foundry:
- £80 for 1 hour via Zoom
- £100 for 1 hour face to face
- £40 for a 30 minute follow up session
Is there an accredited database of energy healers?
Not one in which all healing styles falls under. There are some specific ones, such as the Reiki Federation, and reiki can be part of energy healing.
Maria advises: ‘When choosing a practitioner it’s important that you feel comfortable and safe. I would say a good practitioner will be open for a pre-session consultation and have their diplomas and credentials available to view on their website. They should be able to tell you about their healing style and what they will do in the session, and I believe they should always ask for your permission before and during the session if: they use hands on placements, working to change your beliefs or will connect to you energetically.’
Where do you need to be careful with energy healing?
Dr Audrey Tang is a psychologist and mental health expert. She says: ‘Such interventions are not a substitute nor an alternative to traditional methods, but can work extremely well in tandem with current treatment, or, if using it as a wellbeing practice, can often give you the headspace you need to focus on the most effective and healthy action to take.
‘Research has shown that clients who have engaged with complementary tools alongside their medical or classical therapeutic work, have longer lasting results and are better able to maintain their wellbeing without relapse.’
Dr Audrey believes these kinds of practices can help someone, even if it’s down to ‘the power of the placebo effect’, but only if they aren’t doing any financial or physical harm and they shouldn’t be seen as an equal alternative to therapy and counselling – especially as there is far less regulation and accredited bodies. She doesn’t discredit them and is of the view that it’s down to what works for the individual.
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