Ask any energy healer, holistic therapist, or resident of a hip L.A. neighborhood, and they will extol the virtues of crystals, raving about their ability to heal, energize, and calm both the mind and body (not to mention realign the chakras—more on that here).
Although there’s little scientific evidence to support the energy effects of crystals, they’re definitely welcome additions to our living spaces. First, there’s the obvious aesthetic appeal. As I write this, I think of the white fluorite and amethyst that take my messy bookshelf from a piece of furniture filled with papers, old textbooks, and warped novels to something more, well, elevated. But second, and most importantly, there’s the possibility of increased emotional and physical well-being. Why not give them a shot?
That seems to be the cultural consensus as of late because crystals have gone mainstream. Take Modrn Sanctuary, an alternative medicine studio located in New York, which now offers Crystal Bed Therapy. A 25- to 45-minute session “promotes emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual healing.” One editor from The Cut, Allie Jones, went to try it out for herself. The verdict? It’s just as interesting as it sounds. Keep reading to hear about her crystal bed therapy experience.
As it turns out, the crystal bed isn’t made out of magical stalagmites like I had imagined. According to Jones, “The crystal bed is not a pile of rocks; it is a flat massage table with several exciting elements. There are ‘healing’ amethyst crystals embedded in the table itself, and there is an infrared heating mat on top of it, which feels nice and warm. There is also a small white machine attached to one side that plays binaural beats through plush headphones and vibrates the bed in time to the music.” It makes sense why she likens the crystal bed to “a baby bouncer for adults,” as it sounds so relaxing.
But the most important part of the crystal bed are, you guessed it, the crystals. Seven “extremely clear, highly polished precise Vogel quartz crystals, cut to a specific frequency,” hang above the bed, in a single row. Once the session begins, “Colored lights matching the vibrational frequency of chakra colors radiate light and energy through the crystals to each respective chakra. They shine on/off in healing rhythms to cleanse, balance and align your energies.” In other words, your chakra system and aura will be healed and restored by getting rid of energetic “blocks.”
“The idea is you come in with an intention of ‘I’d like to release this, to bring this in,’” Modrn Sanctuary’s founder, Alexandra Janelli, says, “so that the scalar energy that goes through you can actually help to release those blocks that are energetically happening in the body, and begin to re-vibrate it to the proper frequencies.”
During the session, you lay on the table under the heat blanket and crystals, absorbing all of the benefits. That’s it. There’s no extra work on your part, just pure relaxation. Jones deems it “the perfect state of napping.”
After waking from a deep sleep to learn her session had finished, she left the studio feeling like she was “on a puffy, pink cloud.”
Sounds pretty amazing, right? For an entire 30-minute session, you pay $75. The crystal bed at Modrn Sanctuary’s retails around $9000 (!), so comparatively speaking, it’s not overly expensive. However, if you don’t live in NYC, or a crystal bed therapy session doesn’t sound quite like your thing, there are other ways to get your gemstone fix.