I have two stories one short and one long.
Short one first. I used to go for massage regularly. My regular massage therapist went on maternity so I tried a new lady. Her approach was different, she was very efficient but her touch wasn't invasive and I was used to the no pain - no gain mentality. Yet her massages were the only ones that left me exhausted and hung over. One thing I could NEVER have done is my feet. I have high arches and they always hurt. No touch is pleasant, they are very sensitive. She cautiously mentioned that she practiced reiki and explained what that was: force field, energy or something or other. Sounded like the kind of flaky stuff that massage therapists can embrace. She was in her mid-forties and had just left her job as a paralegal to follow her calling. OK, I went with it. She said that she had noticed a yellow aura around my middle and I should see a doctor. (I had a tumour!) She did some reiki on my feet and since that time I love a foot massage! But gently. Something occurred with her.
Second: I have allergies, not just the sniffly kind (that too) but the whole body kind. It's more of a drag as I got older because all the specialists were pediatricians! I never got the memo that I was supposed to outgrow this. Anyway years of steroids, etc. and I can mostly control it. Then 5 years ago I turn red, really red. Bright enough that people stop and ask if I'm okay and if I should go to the hospital red. Great for the vanity. *sigh* Anyway I go to the GP who is more or less useless because allergies are a benign thing that don't get much attention in medical school. So I go on oral steroids and am not happy (they give me a moon face, it's still red but now it's ROUND and red!) I want to find out why I am red and all I get is "don't worry this will help, it won't come back." (2 years later when I learned what caused this and confronted him, he admitted he just didn't know what to do. I have serious food allergies and he said he learned a lesson... I'm off topic.) Steroids and two other things he gave me did nothing. I had hives all over and was shining like a fresh sunburn. And my face feels hot! One lady at a bank wanted to touch it! Yuck. Anyway during this time, I made an appointment with my acupuncturist for my hip. I rarely see the 'big cheese' himself (which is fine because I can't understand him anyway), I usually get set up and left alone by one of the young ladies or his cutie-pie assistant. Anyway, I'm sitting in the waiting room when Dr. Aung comes flying out "You are so hot I can feel you down the hall. I can not work, come here!" This man is so small and usually quiet, but talks very fast -- I could have just died on the spot. So I go into his office (feeling quite intimidated and flustered) 'take off top and sit in chair' he had to say it three times before I understood it and then I just didn't know WHAT to do so I took off my top and sat in the chair! A young lady came in the room with a tinkling tray of little jars and he lit a candle and applied the 'cups' to my back and front of my chest. It wasn't 5 minutes and ALL my heat was gone. I couldn't believe the hickies!! I was a regular colour for almost two months!
I am a firm believer that there is more to our bodies than present science understands.