My first professional healing sessions weren’t very professional. Some went long, while others ran out of things to do halfway through. I gave long answers where simple ones were needed. Professionalism took time to develop.

Today, what I’ve learned about doing professional healing sessions to help you transition from hobbyist to professional energy healer.

Client Intake

Sessions start with the client intake. I cover that here.

Use a Massage Table

When doing healing work with friends, I’ll sit next to them on the couch, have them lie on the edge of the bed, or some other setup. I only need to lightly touch the area I’m working with. The position doesn’t matter much.

But there’s a ritual to getting on a massage table. It feels like the work is beginning. It matters for professional sessions.

Could you do this work in some other setting? Sure. But make a conscious decision. Choose a setting associated with professional healing, not friendship.

Discuss Touch

First, do no harm.

Some people do not want to be touched. Most people do not want to be surprised.

When working with someone new, ask how they are around touch in general.

Each time you touch the client, ask, “Can I touch your shoulder?” (Or wherever you’re going to touch.) Wait for their reply before moving to touch them.

Many clients will tell you that you don’t need to ask. Still, say, “I’m going to touch your shoulder,” and pause a second before touching. Clients may doze or zone out. Don’t surprise them.

If I’m working with a sensitive area, such as the buttocks or chest, I explain, “We have a few options. Easiest and most effective is to touch the affected tissue. I would have you place my fingertips on the location of your pain (or whatever symptom they have). Alternately, I can touch tissue near the affected area, or hover my hand over the area. Which would be most comfortable for you?”

Most clients select fingertips. I hold out my index and middle finger for them to place on their body. Putting the client in control like this helps them feel safe.

(All sessions are done fully clothed.)

Scan Their Energy (Sometimes)

By this time, the client has identified areas they would like me to address. If I expect that work to take the full session, I skip the energy scan. But if I expect us to have extra time, I start the session with an energy scan.

Hover your hand over their head. Feel the energy there. Slowly move your hand down their body, hovering, reading their energy. As you go, notice any unusual signatures, including inflammation and muscle tension.

(Advanced practitioners: This is the superficial layers of the energy field. Big picture view.)

I’ll share what I observe and make recommendations for energy adjustments. (See below.)

Focused Energy Observation

Using sensory connections, I closely observe the main areas of the client’s body we’ll be working with. These areas are typically identified during client intake, but can also come from the energy scan, or from knowledge of anatomy (for example, a client with sciatica might feel pain down their leg, but need an energy adjustment to their lower spine.)

If a client has several related areas, such as arthritis in multiple joints, I’ll observe the energy in each area before discussing observations and recommending an adjustment, then adjust all the areas one after another.

If a client has unrelated areas of focus, such as arthritis and insomnia, I’ll observe one, discuss, make the adjustment, then proceed to the other area.

Discuss Observations and Recommendations

Tell the client what you observed.

Humility is key here. I don’t say, “I saw inflammation.” I say, “I saw an energy I associate with inflammation.” I’m reading energy, not tissue, and making my best guess at what it means. I want my words to be true to that reality.

I take a similar tone with recommendations. “I recommend an energy designed to reduce inflammation.” And I tell them, “I say ‘designed to’ because, in order to say definitively what it does, I would need to work with biologists to verify the results on a cellular level. That’s part of why Healing Lab exists, to do that work, but we’re not there yet. What I can tell is, many clients are experiencing excellent results from this energy.” I find that speaking precisely and honestly puts clients at ease and helps increase their trust.

If I’m recommending a healing technique with a higher-than-minimal chance of side effects, I discuss that, too.

Then I ask the client what they want, giving them control over the energy they’ll receive. Most of the time, they go with my recommendation. Sometimes, they ask questions. Occasionally, they provide additional information that changes my recommendation, and we make a new plan.

What if you observe something they aren’t aware of and should see a doctor about? Wait until the end of the session, when they’re sitting up. Explain your observations with extra humility and care. “I saw an energy signature I often see in clients with cancer. I can’t say for certain what this energy means for you, and it’s entirely possible it’s nothing. But I would recommend seeing your doctor about it as soon as is practical.” If they ask for precise answers, don’t guess. Honestly say, “I don’t know,” while providing information about location that will be useful to their doctor.

(This has not yet happened for me. If anyone has experience with this situation, please share in the comments.)

Do the Energy Adjustments

After you and the client agree on a plan, perform the energy adjustments.

If there is extra time, I’ll do an energy scan, re-check the energy adjustments, and ask the client if there is anything else they’d like me to look at.

If the work is complete a little early, that’s OK. Unlike massage, this work has zero entertainment value. The client is paying for the result. If I can get them the result more quickly, most clients view that as a feature, not a bug.


I aim to leave five minutes at the end to talk with the client. (Getting off the table around 45 minutes into the session.) This allows time to answer questions and talk about next steps, including discussing future work together.


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