This week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Julianne Hough was seen contorting her body and screaming during a demonstration of “somatic energy healing” with chiropractor and bodyworker John Amaral in a video that has now gone viral.
In the video posted to Instagram by The B– Bible podcast host Jackie Schimmel, the 31-year-old former Dancing With the Stars pro lay face down on a massage table while Amaral worked with her “energy field,” as he explained on The Goop Lab. The Netflix show features numerous alternative treatments and practices and is hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow and the Goop team.
“The human body has an energy field and we’re processing the world through it,” Amaral said during “The Energy Experience” episode of the show. “The more connected you are energetically, the healthier you will feel.”
Hough and the Goop founder respond to energy healing through contortions, and/or loud moaning. Amaral’s website explains the reaction this way: “When John is working on Gwyneth, he’s interacting with her field of energy, and that interaction has a visible reaction in the body.” The site describes him as “an energy practitioner, author, educator and founder of the Energy Flow Formula, a somatic energy healing practice.”
“The first time that John worked on me, I really just cried,” Paltrow said on The Goop Lab.
The chiropractor’s website also goes into detail about somatic energy healing as “a non-therapeutic, holistic approach that focuses on connecting the body and mind through focused attention on energy, breath and movement patterns. Through increased awareness of body sensations and feedback, new ways to address symptoms and reduce stress are developed.”
Amaral’s website also features quotes from notable celebrity clients, such as Hough herself, Hough’s husband Brooks Laich, Maria Menounous, and Carrie Ann Inaba.
Hough quote reads, “I’m forever grateful to have John by my side helping me connect physically, emotionally and energetically back to my true essence. It’s comforting to know that with all the different outlets out there, I can trust John in providing information and resources to help me ‘simply’ understand my journey into the unknown.”