Video shows Julianne Hough screaming, writhing during chiropractic demo

It’s not the tryout for a horror movie, but it might as well be. In a recent Instagram video, former Dancing with the Stars judge Julianne Hough is seen writing and yelling during a demonstration of an “energy healing” treatment.

Us Weekly reports Hough was at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland on Wednesday when John Amaral, who’s known for his specialized chiropractic procedures, performed his technique on the star.

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Gonna tell my kids this is “The Exorcist”.

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In the video, Amaral touches Hough’s neck and draws his hand down her spine with his hands hovering over her backside. Hough releases a blood-curdling yell as her body contorts upward.

“Most people… wouldn’t make that sound,” Amaral said following the demonstration. “They would have physical pain, tension building up in the body. So, we’ve just made it easier for that energy to be liberated.”

Amaral is one of several experts set to appear in the new Netflix original, The Goop Lab, which launches on Friday. According to his website, Amaral “is a somatic energy practitioner, author, educator and founder of the Energy Flow Formula, a somatic energy healing practice.” He says his Energy Flow Formula combines “body and energy work that includes breathing, focused movement, mindfulness and meditation.”

Amaral did not immediately respond to the Daily Dot’s request for comment.

The video was posted by Jackie Schimmel, creator of the podcast The Bitch Bible. She captioned the post, “Gonna tell my kids this ‘The Exorcist.'” Online reactions mirrored Schimmel’s observation.

Prior to the demonstration, Hough said she’s in a very “liberated” place in her life, according to Us Weekly.

“I feel so much more liberated on the inside that I can speak my truth clearly, stand in my power and not feel overtaken by emotion, my mind and I feel free inside myself to just be,” she said.


Correction: An earlier version of this piece misstated John Amaral’s profession. He is a chiropractor. 

Allyson Waller

Allyson Waller

Allyson Waller is an editorial intern at the Daily Dot and a senior journalism major at the University of Texas at Austin. She has written for student publications the Daily Texan and ORANGE magazine. Her work has also appeared in the Texas Tribune and the Miami Herald.