What is Healing Touch?
Healing Touch is an energy therapy in which practitioners consciously use their hands in a heart-centered and intentional way to support and facilitate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.
Healing Touch is therapy that is an energy-based approach to health and healing.
Healing Touch uses the gift of touch to influence the human energy system, specifically the energy field that surrounds the body, and the energy centers that control the flow from the energy field to the physical body.
These non-invasive techniques employ the hands to clear, energize, and balance the human and environmental energy fields, thus affecting physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. It is based on a heart-centered, caring relationship in which the practitioner and client come together to facilitate the client’s health and healing.
The goal of Healing Touch is to restore balance and harmonies in the energy system, placing the client in a position to self heal.
What are the benefits of Healing Touch
Healing Touch is done without the use of invasive procedures such as injections, inserting tubes, medication or surgery
Research has shown that Healing Touch facilitates the relaxation response and enhances the healing process.
Medications can cause side effects and must be monitored. Healing Touch restores balance and harmony to our natural biofield without the use of pharmaceuticals.
Healing touch does not require the use of equipment or substances and can be done in any setting. An open heart, a set of hands and a willing spirit is all that is needed.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A HEALING TOUCH SESSION?
The first session involves a consultation in addition to the Healing Touch session. The provider will ask a series of questions about your physical, mental, and emotional situation, and will answer questions about Healing Touch. Then you lay fully clothed on a massage table while the provider gently places his or her hands slightly above or on the body. The session generally lasts 40 to 60 minutes, and people frequently report feeling deeply relaxed and peaceful during and after the session. Because there may be a cumulative effect of using Healing Touch over time, regular sessions are recommended.
WHERE IS HEALING TOUCH USED?
Healing Touch is used in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities, private practices, hospices, and spas. Healing Touch was founded in 1989 as a continuing education program for nurses, massage therapists, other health care professionals, and lay persons. Today, Healing Touch is taught in universities, medical and nursing schools, and other settings around the world.
Healing Touch Research
Healing Touch Research has been conducted in a wide variety of settings and with a number of different problems and situations including:
Cancer, Cardio-vascular disease, Endocrine/Immune function, Pain, Patient satisfaction and experience, Psychotherapy/Psychology, Post operative recovery, Stress
These studies demonstrate that there is support in favor of considering Healing Touch for providing integrative care. Healing Touch research has been supported and/or funded by hospitals, universities, colleges, professional organizations, private foundations, and the National Institutes of Health, as well as the Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.