What is Healing Touch?
Healing Touch (HT) is a relaxing, nurturing, heart centered energy therapy that uses gentle touch to help the body rest, restore and rebuild. We have a subtle energy field (biofield) that surrounds us and energy centers within our body supporting us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The concept of this energy, often called chi or prana, is well-known in Eastern medical traditions. If this energy field becomes stagnant and/or congested the energy is compromised and affects our entire well-being. It is safe for all ages and works in harmony with standard medical care. It is recognized by the The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) as an energy medicine or biofield therapy. Healing Touch is also endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Association and is used as a complementary therapy at hospitals, cancer centers, nursing homes, and hospices across the country. Lastly, Healing Touch is nationally accredited with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) providing continuing education programs in energy medicine.
What am I to expect?
Come to a Healing Touch session wearing comfortable clothing. You will receive HT fully clothed on a massage table. A healing touch practitioner consciously uses their intention while employing a series of hand techniques to apply either gentle touch, feather light strokes on the skin or positions hands above the body to elicit the body’s own innate healing process, the ‘relaxation response’, thereby, facilitating your own natural ability to heal. This restores harmony and balance to the energy system placing you in the best possible condition for self-healing to occur as a whole person. A session lasts from 30 minutes to an hour based on the needs of the client.
Most people experience deep relaxation during the session. You may also perceive heat, tingling or a pulsing sensation flowing from the palms of the practitioner. Results are often subtle. Some recipients say they feel little during the session, but afterwards notice a decrease in pain and stress levels, as well as a reduction in physical and psychological symptoms. Sleep is often deeper and more restful. There is a feeling of calm and well-being.
The Benefits of Healing Touch
o Decrease pain, reduce stress and improve sleep
o Strengthen the immune system and increase energy levels
o Prepare for and recover from surgery or other medical procedures
o Reduce side effects of drug therapy and support cancer care
o Ease acute or chronic conditions
o Calm anxiety and depression
Practitioners and instructors are certified through Healing Beyond Borders Educating and Certifying the Healing Touch™ .