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Amelie St-Pierre

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What is the difference between healing and therapy?


You might think those two words are the same, but there is a very important subtlety between the two.

What is Therapy?


Let’s take the word therapy. Therapy means a treatment intended to relieve or heal a disorder. So in a sense anything that is applied in order to change the physiology is a therapy. This includes all forms of techniques or modality.

A therapy can be very effective in what it can provide.

What is Healing?


Now’s let take the word healing. Healing is the process of the restoration of health. The root of the word healing means ‘to make whole’.

From this angle, you could say that therapy and healing is the same thing, but there is a difference.

Therapy is an external process, it is something applied to the body (physical, emotional, energetic, etc.).

Healing is an internal process, it is something occurring inside the body (physical, emotional, energetic, etc.)

This difference is a major one in my personal view. Because a therapy can be applied with some success, but it will have a lot more effect if the person is taking part in their healing.

What Does it Mean to You?


This mean the responsibility of the results do not rest on the practitioner only, but on the person desiring a certain change.

Each person must be responsible for their own healing. They must be part of the process.

Being part of the healing process include :


  • Commitment –  Committing to your health and what is required (time, finance, change of habits, etc.)

  • Openness –  Seize the opportunities that present themselves and try new things

  • Trust –  A minimum of trust in the process and in the practitioner is required. Skepticism is ok, but if you don’t feel like you resonate with the process or the practitioner you can ask him or her to refer you to someone else or find something you resonate with.

  • Receptivity - Being receptive of your body’s messages

  • Gratitude – Don’t underestimate the power of gratitude. Just being grateful for the opportunity to heal or to have found a method or practitioner who might be able to help you can make a big difference.

  • Attentiveness – Noticing what is different (in every area), not focusing on the results you are expecting.


I have noticed a lot of difference in results between clients who embody most of those qualities and the ones that don’t.

Is a Healing Session For You?


Before trying any kind of therapy, including conventional and alternative methods, it is important that you take a moment to verify where you are. Which of these qualities do you embody? On a scale of 1 to 10, where do you feel you are in relation to these quality?

If you score very low in some areas, is there a way for you to change your perspective in order to move up the scale? This simple exercise could impact the results you are getting from any therapy.

What To Do Next


If you would like to work on an a physical or emotional issue and a healing session is for you, read my Emotional Release page to see if this method is for you. I also do Reiki and Reflexology .

If you are not quite ready for a healing session, but would like some help with managing your stress, enter your name and email below to receive my free report on the best iPhone apps for stress relief.

Please leave a comment to let me know your thoughts.

(Illustration by Kimberly Vohsen)

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