Healing touch is an energetic healing therapy. Energy-based therapies involve a very light touch either directly on the clothed body or around the body. Healing touch incorporates numerous techniques from a variety of sources, all with the intent of obtaining harmony and balance in the energy system.
How does healing touch work?
Every person is composed of a physical body as well as an energy system. This energy system flows through and surrounds the physical body and consists of three parts: an energy field, energy centers and meridians. Healing touch experts believe that blockages in the flow of energy lead to imbalances not only in the physical body, but also in the emotional and spiritual aspects of a person's life. Healing touch practitioners have been trained to assess the state of the energy system and use specific techniques to change and optimize the flow of energy.
What are the health and wellness benefits?
Energy-based therapies have been used for a variety of acute and chronic health conditions. Anecdotal case studies have reported benefits in alleviating symptoms of numerous conditions, including but not limited to:
- Stress-related conditions
- Migraine headaches
- Tension headaches
- Emotional disorders
- Multiple sclerosis
- Chronic fatigue
- Neurological rehabilitation
- Premenstrual symptoms
- Back and neck pain
- Chronic pulmonary disorder
It also can be helpful for preparation and recovery from surgical procedures and enhancement of spiritual development.
Research in therapeutic touch, another energetic healing therapy, has demonstrated:
- Decrease in anxiety, stress levels and pain
- Enhanced immune function
- Improved wound healing
Training in healing touch requires a minimum of 120 classroom hours and at least 100 hours in clinical practice. The training program is endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses’ Association and certification is provided by Healing Touch International. At TriHealth, practitioners must be registered nurses with a minimum of two years' clinical practice.
- Charlette Lev Gordon RN, CHTP*, CHTI**
- Ceese Belisle RN, CHTP*
*Certified Healing Touch Practitioner
**Certified Healing Touch Instructor
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