Years back, energy healing was entirely unregulated and was governed simply by the good reputation and positive outcomes provided by healers. 

There were indeed some less reputable therapists and so both laws and self-regulatory requirements issued by our various associations came into being.

The laws govern many aspects such as the reporting of various infectious diseases, a duty of care, particularly for vulnerable people, levels of hygiene, etc. and many legal requirements, as well as best practice guidance, are also set out within our related associations’ codes of practice.  We felt that it would be useful to set out a brief explanation.


The practice of healing is non-invasive and is used holistically for the body, mind and spirit.  Healing involves the transmission of a natural healing energy that can affect each and all of these aspects of every human being.  We at Sylvan believe that healing energy can both have a direct healing effect and also that it promotes the body’s own regenerative and self-healing ability.  The healer will explore and establish the client’s needs and expectations which will enable him to consider whether it is appropriate to offer this service to the client.  Once a positive decision is made, there will be an ongoing process for the healer to consider whether a modification is required to a specific treatment.  It is important that the planning of the course of healing is discussed with the client together with any carers if appropriate.

Experienced healers who are working within accepted guidelines will have knowledge of the following:

  • Legally the healer may not diagnose as he is not medically qualified. He should discuss at the outset possible responses and realistic expectations
  • Healing energy and its source
  • Holistic healing, i.e. of body, mind and spirit as all are connected
  • Channelling the healing energy flow via the energetic systems
  • The related legal framework governing healers relating to vulnerable people, trust, a duty of care, written consent
  • Respect for the client’s dignity, privacy, confidentiality, autonomy, cultural differences, rights and beliefs
  • Communication skills
  • The power of thought and importance of intent
  • Breathing techniques, meditation, affirmations
  • The sensing of subtle energies
  • Maintenance of a pleasant, hygienic healing environment
  • Method of healing – by touch, no touch, absent, Zoom, WhatsApp or similar
  • Awareness of when to refer a client for additional or alternative therapy or medical advice
  • Basic anatomy and physiology
  • Explaining clearly to clients what is to take place before, during and after healing
  • Welcome feedback from clients after healing – key as both client and healer need to monitor outcomes
  • Accurate, up-to-date records should be maintained to chart the client’s progress and these must be available to the client to check if he wishes to, or they must be deleted upon request
  • How the psychological and emotional balance of the client, as well as life experiences, diet and lifestyle, can affect health
  • Discuss the level of commitment required from the client and how he can and should learn to help himself to heal and maintain optimum health
  • Discuss the benefits of energy healing as an adjunct to a client receiving a course of medical treatment, whatever this may be

Whatever healing journey you are on, always make sure your practitioner is honest, decent and legal.