Jen Coldwell, from Fulwood in Sheffield, is an Alternative Medicine Practitioner, also known as a Holistic Therapist.
For the past 20 years Jen has practiced ancient hands-on healing methods known as Reiki and Seichem. These methods are known to reduce pain and can benefit people with a range of different problems including pain, insomnia, anxiety and depression.
“It is a way of channeling energies. It is a relaxation technique, a bit like massage but you keep your clothes on,” Jen describes.
So how does it work?
“I simply place my hands on different parts of the body and let the energies flow. I can’t predict how many appointments you might need or how it will affect you, because everybody and every session is different.”
Before becoming a Holistic Therapist, Jen worked as a Press Officer for the Crucible Theater.
“I don’t think that working theater is compatible with bringing up a child. So I left when I fell pregnant. I was sort of drawn into this by a gradual disillusionment of allopathic medicine. There are so many side effects of drugs, and risks with surgery. It isn’t the answer to everything and it certainly doesn’t cure everything,” she explains.
Jen first discovered Reiki 20 years ago, when she read about it in an alternative therapy book. She found someone who taught Reiki and decided to join a course.
Now she works for St. Luke’s Hospice, which offers specialist care for seriously ill people, as well as working from her home in Fulwood. Jen also teaches Reiki to others and says that it is something that anyone and everyone could do.
“It’s just like playing the piano. Everybody can do it, but some are better than others.”
Reiki and Seichem are taught in levels. The first level is a two-day course which will show people how to how to do a full session, how to balance the chakras, how to scan the aura, how to do an emotional clearing and a mental clearing and how to do psychic surgery.
But Jen admits that before she begun to practice alternative therapies, she didn’t believe in them herself.
“I was very skeptical. A bloke who used to work at the Crucible said that I was the most cynical person he’d ever met. And I think we all are to an extent. We are brought up to hand over the responsibility of our health and well-being to an expert. With alternative therapies, it is more like a journey between two equals.”
So how does it feel being able to heal people using only your hands?
“It can feel very humbling. Sometimes I am absolutely wiped out, I can barely speak. You have to keep grounded and keep mindful. You have to remember that it is not you or your power, you are just channeling something,” Jen says.
Clearly this is something that Jen has a real passion for. She says that even after 20 years, it still fascinates her.
“No two days are ever alike and I enjoy meeting people. I really believe that change is possible and if you can relieve somebody of their pain, why wouldn’t you? I have, and it is really really satisfying. I just want to keep doing what I love. ”
Words by Jessica Peace