Crystal therapy is an ancient healing system concerned with treating patients holistically through the precise placement of crystals on the body and the surrounding room, and crystals have been used, revered and enjoyed for many thousands of years – both for their aesthetic beauty and for the peace, relaxation and harmony they seem to invoke. If you have never tried any form of alternative or complementary therapy before, the idea of going to a crystal therapy session can seem a little daunting.

Crystal therapy couldn’t be further removed from the 10 minute GP appointment you might be used to. Instead of attempting to diagnose any physical issues you may be suffering from, a crystal therapist will first assess the condition of your aura before selecting a number of crystals designed to restore its equilibrium. An aura is an invisible emanation thought to surround each person’s body. Our auras supposedly relate to our emotional, mental and spiritual make up, meaning that when we are healthy, the energy flowing through our bodies is clear and balanced. If something in our lives happens to unbalance this – such as a physical ailment, or a mental issue – then this results in a blockage that could ultimately manifest as a physical illness.

As with most alternative and complementary therapies, you will first be required to have an initial consultation. The crystals prescribed for your treatment will be entirely based upon your diagnosis. Each crystal is thought to possess a different energy which can then be matched with the ailment. For example, Amethyst is thought to be particularly good for spiritual uplifting, so many people carry it with them when they need to communicate effectively. It is also used to help with stomach and liver issues. Of course there are thousands of crystals, of which most healers only use a small percentage.