Crystal Therapy

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What is Crystal Therapy?

Crystal healing is an alternative medical technique in which crystals and other stones are used to cure ailments and protect against disease. Proponents of this technique believe that crystals act as conduits for healing — allowing positive, healing energy to flow into the body as negative, disease-causing energy flows out. 

The philosophy of modern crystal healing is based on traditional concepts borrowed from Asian cultures, most notably the Chinese concept of life-energy (chi or qi) and the Hindu or Buddhist concept of chakras, which are vortices of this life energy, said to connect the physical and supernatural elements of the body. 

 What 3rd level courses are available?

Universities and colleges in Ireland are offering Crystal Therapy courses in the following subject areas:

  • Diploma in Crystal Therapy – Gain insights into how Crystals and their energy can heal the human anatomy both physically, emotionally, and ethereally.
  • Diploma in Crystal Reflexology – Learn the techniques of gently kneading the reflexes parts of the feet with a crystal wand to improve balance, circulation, and the natural healing abilities in an individual.
  • Diploma in Crystal Healing – Learn more about crystal healing, its importance, and its history. You will be trained on how to use crystal healing to open up chakras and cleanse auras.
  • Certified Accredited Crystal Healing Practitioner Diploma Course – Cover an extensive range of information about the crystal kingdom, the history of healing with crystals, how crystal healing works, color vibrations, and chakras.
  • Accredited Crystal Fairy Healing Practitioner and Crystal Fairy Card Reader Diploma Course – The Crystal Healing Course with the Crystal Fairies is a step to reconnect with those elemental beings that you used to dance with as children.

Studying Crystal Therapy in college

Many Crystal Therapy courses take place over 1 year to 4 years depending on the course and modules selected. There are also part-time courses and night courses available so you can be sure to fit in your studies no matter what your schedule is like.

Courses will cover theory work through lectures, assignments, tutorials, and taught modules. Assessments will take place continuously with written examinations and practical assignments combined to achieve a qualification.

You could also consider work experience or a work shadow in the industry. This experience will help you to understand the work you’ll be doing as a crystal therapist which can be physically and emotionally challenging.

Relevant work experience is a good way of demonstrating a genuine interest in the field and is regarded favorably by employers. Work Experience will not only allow you to obtain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the industry, but it will also give you a chance to do some essential networking with other industry professionals and gain valuable contacts for the future.

Career options

After completing a course in Crystal Therapy you will be able to get started in a career that uses specific knowledge of Crystals and their properties.

Crystal therapists use crystals to help their clients address social, emotional, or physical difficulties. Your clients may be affected by a range of injuries, illnesses, disabilities, challenges, or difficulties and you will also work with those who want to gain an insight into themselves and how they relate to others.

Working hours will depend on whether you are employed by a company with set business hours or if you are contracted to various facilities or companies. The hours are usually full-time, Monday to Friday, although you may also need to work evenings if you’re self-employed to meet your client’s needs. Many crystal therapists work part-time, combining crystal therapy with other job roles.

Related jobs include:

  • Crystal Therapist
  • Crystal Healer
  • Yoga instructor
  • Reiki practitioner
  • Acupuncturist
  • Aromatherapist
  • Massage therapist
  • Chiropractor
  • Homeopath
  • Osteopath
  • Doctor of Chinese Medicine
  • Tai Chi or Qigong Instructor
  • Biofeedback practitioner
  • Holistic skincare specialist
  • Kinesiology or movement therapy instructor

Further study

After completing a course in Crystal Therapy you may choose to pursue further study in a specialist field of alternative healing and therapy to increase your knowledge base and skillset. Further study can also be used as a means to change career focus or to gain professional qualifications required to practice in certain career areas such as Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, or Reiki.


How to use crystals

After choosing your crystal you need to set your intention, which means deciding upon what it is you want the crystal to aid or promote you in. In a meditative-like state, hold the crystal in your hand and then focus on your goal, silently repeating a mantra, such as “please help me see my soul purpose” if you are looking to overcome self-doubt.

Where to keep crystals

You can keep your crystals wherever you wish, whether that be beside your bed, other places in your house, at work, or in your handbag. The important thing is to keep them close to you so that they have an effect on the energy around you.

How to care for crystals

When you first bring your crystal home, you’ll want to cleanse away any negativity it may have picked up. You can hold it under cold, running water from a tap or rinse it in a natural source of water. Either way, be sure the water is cool, not warm or hot.

Add a bit of sea salt to the cleanse or burn sage to help it get rid of unwanted energies. You can also leave it out to dry in morning sunlight or full moonlight to let the light filter through.

It’s not just about their physical care, though. For crystals to work their magic, you mentally have to remove the negative energy or skepticism you may have about their capabilities. It’s important to respect what they can do for you.

Where can I study Crystal Therapy?

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Did You Know?

· Clear Quartz is the strongest crystal. This natural beauty has been on earth since the dawn of time. Today, it makes up 12% of the earth’s crust and is used in everything from jewelry to technology. It’s deemed the ‘master healer’ – the rock star of all rocks – and it is claimed to ward off negative energy, balance the body and boost the immune system. 

· Almost any solid material can crystallize—even DNA. Chemists from New York University, Purdue University, and the Argonne National Laboratory recently created DNA crystals large enough to see with the naked eye. The work could have applications in nanoelectronics and drug development.

· The oldest known pieces of our planet’s surface are 4.4-billion-year-old zircon crystals from the Jack Hills of Western Australia.

· The bedrock schist beneath New York’s streets s studded with opal, beryl, chrysoberyl, garnet, and three kinds of tourmaline.

· A “fancy intense pink” diamond recently set a world record when it was purchased at auction for $46 million by a London jeweler.

Mariza Halliday

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