What is Healing Touch?
Healing Touch is a therapy that helps to restore and balance energy that has been depleted due to stress, illness, injury, grief, medical conditions, surgery or medical treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. The goal of Healing Touch is to restore harmony and balance in the human energy system by creating an optimal environment to enable the body’s innate tendency for healing to occur.
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.
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Click Intro to Healing Touch Video (Part 2) for a Youtube demonstrating more about Healing Touch.
What happens when our energy system becomes depleted or imbalanced?
When our energy system is depleted we feel tired, we have difficulty coping and it is difficult for our immune system to function properly.
When our energy system is off balance, the energy that usually flows through and around our bodies becomes congested. For example – pain is congested energy. When an individual has pain, the practitioner focuses on removing the energy congestion so that the pain level is reduced. Think of times when you have been stressed and how it affected your body. You may have experienced muscle tightness in your neck and shoulders, developed a headache or had discomfort in other parts of your body. Stress causes congestion in our energy system. Healing Touch techniques help to relieve that congestion.
How does our body respond to energy therapy such as Healing Touch?
Healing Touch promotes relaxation.
When your body relaxes endorphins are released from the brain, which helps the muscles to relax.
When the muscles relax circulation is improved and the increased blood flow elevates oxygen levels throughout the body. This in turn allows nutrients to be absorbed more efficiently, enzymes are built to aid digestion, hormones are regulated, and toxins are released from the body.
This allows healthy cells to regenerate and promotes a sense of well-being which then supports healing and regulates the immune system.
Why do you say that Healing Touch effects body, mind, emotion and spirit?
We are integrated beings and we cannot separate the physical from the emotional, mental or spiritual aspects of ourselves.
When we are physically ill, we are also affected emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Likewise, when we are stressed or emotional about something we often feel it in our physical body such as developing a headache or we have a change in digestion or have difficulty sleeping.
Our body, mind, emotion and spirit are who we are as a whole person and we need to take care of that whole person. Healing Touch effects the whole person.
What are some of the benefits of Healing Touch therapy?
- Reduces pain
- Reduces anxiety
- Enhances recovery from surgery
- Improves mobility after surgery
- Relieves tension, stress and depression
- Provides support during chemotherapy and radiation therapy
- Strengthens the immune system
- Reduces the effects of trauma and chronic pain
- Supports the dying process
- Deepens spiritual connection
- Reduces the length of hospital stays
Is Healing Touch for everybody?
Healing Touch is beneficial to everyone and works as a complementary therapy to conventional medicine and other therapies.
You can be any age to receive Healing Touch – from newborn to the elderly.
Click here to see a video of Healing Touch being received by a child.
Healing Touch can be performed almost anywhere – in the home, hospitals, nursing homes and hospices.
For more information, please visit the FAQ on the Healing Touch Program website.