What is Healing Touch?
Healing Touch is a holistic energy therapy that emphasizes compassionate, heart-centered care in which the provider and client are equal partners in facilitating health and healing. Gentle, light or near-body touch to clear, balance, energize and support the human energy system within and surrounding the body to restore harmony, energy, balance and self-healing for the whole person: mind, body and spirit.
Healing Touch is a complementary, integrative energy therapy that can be used in conjunction with traditional medicine and is safe for all ages and conditions.
How can Healing Touch Benefit You?
- Reducing stress
- Lymphatic drainage
- Calming anxiety, depression
- Decreasing pain
- Provides support during chemotherapy
- Strengthening the immune system
- Enhancing recovery from surgery
- Complementing care for neck and back problems
- Reducing the effects of trauma and chronic pain
- Deepening spiritual connection
- Supporting cancer care
- Creating a sense of well-being
- Easing acute and chronic conditions
- Supports the dying process
What can you expect?
Healing Touch facilitates a deep sense of calm and relaxation as well as overall and specific responses for body-mind-spirit healing. You may feel nurtured and energized. A Healing Touch session can be given anywhere from a chair in the infusion room, a bed or our lovely treatment room. The sessions typically last 50 minutes and are done on a treatment table with clothes on. The practitioner uses his/her hands to assess your energy system. S/he proceeds to clear and balance it as needed by using either off body touch (near body but no direct contact) or a gentle (still) touch on various areas of the body.
How does energy healing work?
Energy therapies focus on removing energy congestion that forms in our energy fields (aura) and energy centers (chakras). It re-establishes healthy energy flow through opening, connecting and balancing the human energy system.
History of Healing Touch
Healing Touch was founded by Janet Mentgen, RN in 1989 and is now an international program taught in a variety of settings. Healing Touch is endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA).
Who are Certified Healing Touch Practitioners (CHTP)?
The Certified Healing Touch Practitioner (CHTP) credential is widely recognized in energy therapy training. Healing Touch Practitioners complete a rigorous training program and abide by a professional Scope of Practice and Code of Ethics. All of our healing touch practitioners are certified by either Healing Touch International or Healing Touch Program.
Has research been conducted on Healing Touch?
Healing touch research has been conducted in a wide variety of settings exploring issues such as:
- Stress reduction/relaxation response
- Cancer treatment and care
- Cardio-vascular disease
- Death and dying
- Endocrine/Immune function
- Pain reduction and management
- Patient satisfaction and experience
- Post operative recovery
- Wellness and prevention
- Spiritual and Personal growth
Studies support Healing Touch as an integrative therapy. Surveys indicate that patients evaluate it highly. Research has been supported and/or funded by hospitals, universities, colleges, professional organizations, private foundations, and the National Institutes of Health: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).
Healing Touch is accepted, validated and utilized in hospitals, hospice, long term care, integrative health centers, private practices, and clinics.
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