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What is Theta Healing?

By Gayle R.
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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Theta healing is a simple energy-healing and self-help technique. It is based on the idea that everyone can use their basic intuitive powers to create change on several levels: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Practitioners of theta healing believe that by slowing a person's brainwaves to the theta state, they can create instant healing.

The theta healing technique is a type of alternative medicine that was first discovered and described in 1995 by Vianna Stibal — a massage therapist and intuitive reader. She was undergoing cancer therapy and used the techniques she used for her readings to heal herself. Since then, she has perfected her techniques and has taught many others to use this type of therapy to heal themselves, as well as family and friends.

Theta healing therapy relies on theta brainwaves, which are those that people experience in the seconds between sleep and wakefulness. The brain produces electrical energy waves of different frequencies — the deeper the state of relaxation, the slower the brainwave frequency. Delta waves are the lowest-frequency brainwaves and occur during periods of deep sleep. Theta wave frequency is the next lowest frequency wave and is the state reached during hypnosis and deep meditation.

Many people believe that theta waves create a portal between the unconscious and conscious mind, and opens up intuition and creativity. The purpose of theta healing is to purposefully enter this state between unconscious and consciousness to direct the Universal Consciousness, Creator, or God — whichever one believes in — to bring about personal change. Believers think that by tapping into the creative energy of the universe, they can reprogram their core beliefs and affect permanent changes at the cellular level.

Practitioners claim that they can go directly into theta brainwave state. They teach their patients how to enter the theta state in order to discover and remove any blocks or limiting beliefs that inhibit health and well-being. A typical theta therapy session lasts 30 to 60 minutes. During a therapy session, patient and therapist use relaxation techniques to enter a theta state and use muscle-testing techniques to uncover traumas, past experiences, and core beliefs that interfere with mental, physical, and emotional health.

As with other energy-healing techniques — such as acupuncture, healing touch, and reiki — there is little scientific evidence to support the theories surrounding theta healing. Anecdotal evidence and testimonials from practitioners and patients have convinced many that theta healing is a viable alternative to traditional treatments. A good option could be to integrate any alternative healing techniques with more traditional forms of medicine.

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