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Can a Massage Therapist Pray over Her Patients If It Involves “Moving Energy Fields?”

Question:

My sister is a massage therapist who works with people whose bodies have been traumatized by car accidents or other serious injuries. In addition to massage, she says she prays over them and moves around their energy fields. Does the Church allow this kind of thing?

Answer:

It is fine, and even meritorious, for a massage therapist to pray for her patients. But she should be prudent if she wishes to do so in a way that is obvious to her patient, such as praying aloud. Asking the patient’s permission would seem appropriate. The claim that a person has an inner energy that must be manipulated for healing to occur is a New Age idea that must be rejected.

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