I am a life long student, my healing graces have been focused on learning the energy therapy of Reiki.
Have you heard of Reiki? The practice can come in a variety of forms, the one I like best is one on one, practitioner and receiver, it is both intimate and focused.
The receiver either sits in a chair or lies down comfortably, it could be a bed, hammock, yoga mats on a porch, the beach, or local park the closer to nature the better.
Relaxation, an open mind, and focus on the reason for the energy treatment is all the receiver has to do. The rest is done by the Reiki practitioner. Depending on your relationship with the receiver the practitioner could move their hands close to the body or actually touch the person they are working with.
Many studies have been done on the benefits of meditation which is part of the Reiki practice, meditation is a focused mind. Again, there are large amounts of data on the healing ability of human touch. The benefits of a 10 second hug translate to our blood pressure and heart rate calm, our mind becomes focused and stills, worry is sidetracked and breathing becomes relaxed. That is in just 20 seconds we are powerful energetic beings, calm focused energy plus intention between the receiver and giver allows the mind to still, the body to quiet, and breath to flow.