Energy healing. Anyone with a vaguely pragmatic disposition (or those with a dose of good British cynicism) is bound to dismiss it. There are, however, things in this world are intangible yet undeniable. Instinct, for example. Gut reactions. And love, of course, that's a biggie.

We Young Ladies are always up for new experiences, so this one found herself trotting along to Wimpole Street one rainy Monday evening to meet Jackie Mannell. Jackie spent more than two decades working as a hairdresser and, realising that she spent a great amount of time listening to and consoling her clients, decided to focus on her natural affinity for healing. She retrained as an Energy Practitioner, and now operates The Navitas Clinic (the Latin word for 'Energy') in both East Sussex and London.

Her role is effectively to channel the healing energy of the universe to help those with a condition. This condition can be anything, from eczema to aching limbs to cancer. The way Jackie explains it is that you can't have a problem without having feelings attached to it. Our minds and bodies are so interlinked that these feelings affect our physiology, ultimately determining the behaviour of our cells. Jackie's belief is that she can locate the root cause of the problem (those unsettling feelings which manifest as a condition), and transfer energy to clear it away.

A consultation with Jackie (who has a wonderfully calm aura about her) begins with a discussion of your issue. Mine is that I am short-sighted. Not the most severe of problems, admittedly, but one that affects me on a daily basis. After pinpointing how and when the short-sightedness began, Jackie talks me through a meditation. I feel a little self-conscious at first, but with my eyes closed and Jackie's soothing voice taking me on a little mental journey, I am soon absorbed in the moment.
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Next I lie down on the clinic's bed, and Jackie stands behind me with her hands pressed to my head. This is to channel energy, and as she gently moves her hands to different pressure points, I can feel a sort of tingling. Whether this is genuinely the transfer of energy or simply the power of suggestion, it nonetheless is a definite sensation.

Jackie's clients have been known to hobble into her clinic on a walking stick, and practically skip out by the end of the session. I can't say my eyesight was suddenly restored, but I certainly felt something go through me during my hour with her. I was fantastically relaxed by the end, and I slept better than night than I have in aeons.

Energy healing is a tricky thing to get your head around (no pun intended) if you're not an especially spiritual type. I like to think of myself a sensible sort of girl, but I unequivocally felt something go on in Jackie's gentle presence. If you have a problem and are at your wit's end trying to sort it out, why not throw away your preconceptions and give this a go? I am very tempted to book another session. Who knows...I could be flitting to my next Young Ladies' appointment with perfect eyesight.

For more information visit www.thenavitasclinic.co.uk