What is a modality?

What is a Modality?

When we are not feeling our best, our first thought is usually to call for an appointment with our medical doctor. Conventional Medicine is a term that encompasses the most commonly accepted practice of medicine, including your primary care physician and specialists that you might be referred to by your primary care physician, and any tests your medical team may deem necessary to run in order to aid your doctor or doctors in determining the cause of your ailments.

Alternative medicine is a term that covers a wide variety of options outside of conventional medicine to help people move towards better health. Alternative medicine tends to depend less on pharmaceuticals and surgeries, and more upon a recognition of the body’s natural ability to heal itself, often with a change in diet or with the removal of a blockage within the energy field of the body. This energy shift can be done in a variety of ways. One of those ways is the adjustments to the alignment of bones such as what is done by a chiropractor. Another way is by clearing energy flow within the meridian system or the chakras. Yet another way is clearing energy in the auric field around the body such as Eden Energy Medicine.

If you’re familiar at all with Alternative Medicine, you’ve probably heard the term, “modality”. What is a modality? What exactly does the term “modality” mean?

The Dictionary defines Modality this way:

“A particular mode in which something exists or is experienced or expressed.”

When we refer to a modality in the alternative healing community, we are referring to one of the different types of practices or offerings within the alternative healing community. For example, if you’re exploring energy healing, you’re going to have an opportunity to get information on a wide variety of ways energy healing can be administered. Some of the “modalities” available within the field of energy healing are Reiki, chakra clearing, and Access Consciousness. Within these and other modalities can be found a variety of means by which energy work can be performed. Some practitioners might use a pendulum, another might use their hands, while a third might use crystal bowls to create a healing frequency. Still others might use a practice called “muscle testing” to get clear yes or no answers from your individual energy field, and an energy healing practitioner might use any combination thereof.

Most energy work is science based, meaning there is a way to scientifically prove with evidence that an effect has taken place. Numerous modalities exist within the alternative healing community that, while evidence is not able to be disputed, cannot be scientifically verified. Nonetheless, such modalities do work with countless examples and testimonies to back them up. Alternative healing practitioners have been trained in their practices and are trusted by those who have seen, experienced, and lived their effectiveness.

A practitioner is usually certified, rather than licensed or given a diploma like a medical practitioner would receive. That means these practitioners have completed the required training process, and have been able to show that they have absorbed and learned to facilitate results within their specific field. As with anything, a practitioner will improve and expand their skills with time, experience, and practice. Those who are actively and constantly seeking to expand their knowledge and expertise will do so. That being said, it is important to know that each of us as human beings has our own set of gifts. Most practitioners have found themselves drawn to a specific type of healing or modality that fits their specific set of gifts. Even if a person is within their first year of practice, patients and clients will be able to experience great results with these beginning practitioners.

Why will a practitioner be able to see significant results in their patients/clients right away as opposed to having to intern for some number of years in a fashion as conventional western doctors? Simply because the modalities work, and your practitioner is not only trained, but also usually has the ability to “listen” to you. Listening to you and listening to your body actually has little to do with the ears. In reality, listening to you and your body means listening to the body’s attempt to communicate what is wrong and/or what is the underlying ailment or blockage that is causing the ailment? Above and beyond listening to the body, the practitioner also learns to listen to your energy as they work on you. The entire process is dynamic and many times, one ailment leads to another, which leads to another, which leads to numerous unexpected bonus discoveries and breakthroughs for the patient or client. This is why you will often see the beneficiaries of energy healing seam a little overly excited to share their experience with anyone around them whether that person is ready to hear their story or not. Patients/clients are so excited that they just cannot contain themselves.