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Introduction to Healing Touch

What is Healing Touch

Healing Touch is a relaxing, nurturing energy therapy. Gentle touch assists in balancing the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of the individual. Healing Touch works with the energy field to support the natural ability to heal. It is safe for all ages and works in harmony with standard medical care.

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How Can Healing Touch Benefit You?

  • Reducing
  • Calming ,
  • Decreasing pain
  • Strengthening the immune system
  • Enhancing recovery from surgery
  • Complementing care for
  • Deepening spiritual connection
  • Supporting
  • Creating a sense of well-being
  • Easing acute and chronic conditions

Healing Touch research suggests that there are many benefits. Individual experiences will vary.

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What Happens in a Session?

The first session involves a consultation as well as the energy session itself. The provider will ask a series of questions about the individual's physical, mental, and emotional situation, and will answer any questions. Then the individual will lie fully clothed on a massage table while the provider gently places their hands slightly above or on the individual. The session generally lasts 40 to 60 minutes, and people frequently report feeling deeply relaxed and peaceful during and after the session. There is a cumulative effect of using Healing Touch over time and regular sessions are recommended.

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Healing Touch Research and Effects

Research indicates that Healing Touch can assist in improving vitality and energy levels, support the body after surgery, and foster a sense of inner peace while reducing pain, relieving depression and easing stress (ref 1). There are no known side effects of Healing Touch, and patients report that the light, gentle touch is comforting and supportive. Healing Touch can support wellness and healing and is useful in both chronic and acute conditions.(ref 2,3,4) It has also been found to be beneficial during cancer treatment (ref 5).

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Origin and Use

Janet Mentgen, RN, founded Healing Touch in 1989 as a continuing education program for nurses, other health care professionals, and lay persons through the American Holistic Nurses Association. Healing Touch practitioners are certified by Healing Touch International, Inc. and the Healing Touch International Certificate Program has been endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Association since 1996.

Healing Touch has spread internationally and is taught in universities, medical and nursing schools, and used in hospices, spas, medical centers, and private Healing Touch practices. Numerous hospitals have Healing Touch programs including Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, La Jolla, California, and Queen's Medical Center Pain Management Department, Honolulu, Hawaii.

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  1. Wardell, D.W. & Weymouth, K. (2004). Review of studies of Healing Touch. Journal of Nursing Scholarship: Image, 36(2), 147-154.
  2. Healing Touch International, Inc. (2008). Research Survey. 9th Ed. Lakewood, CO: Healing Touch International, Inc.
  3. MacIntyre, B., Hamilton, J., Fricke, T. Ma W., Mehle, S., Michel, M. (2008). The efficacy of healing touch in coronary artery bypass surgery recovery: A randomized clinical trial. Alternative Therapies in Healing and Medicine, July-August; 14(4), 24-32.
  4. Wilkinson, D., Knox, P., Chatman, J., Johnson, T., Barbour, N., Myles, Y., & Reel, A. (2002). The clinical effectiveness of Healing Touch. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 8(1), 33-47.
  5. Cook, C.A.L., Guerrerio, J.F., Slater, V.E. (2004). Healing Touch and quality of life in women receiving radiation treatment for cancer: A randomized controlled trail, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 10(3), p. 24-41.

My thanks to Healing Touch International Inc. for this introduction (ed.)


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