Healing Touch Program would like to welcome you to this introduction to Healing Touch and we hope that you will gain a clear understanding of what energy healing is all about and how people around the world are benefiting from it.
Healing Touch is for the individual who wants to enhance wellness in themselves and the lives of people they care about by using the gift of energetic touch. Learning Healing Touch will enable you to offer comfort and relief when nothing else seems to help. You will possess a life-changing gift that you can give over and over again, once you have mastered simple, easy-to-learn steps and techniques that support health and facilitate the healing process.
This introduction area was designed to answer the most frequently asked questions about Healing Touch. Most people want to know:
- What is Healing Touch?
- What do the experts say about Healing Touch?
- How does Energy Healing work?
- What are the benefits of Healing Touch?
- What to expect from a Healing Touch treatment
- Who can practice Healing Touch?
- How to find a Healing Touch Practitioner
- How to find a Healing Touch Class
- Bring an HT Introduction Class to your area
- How can you get involved?
The answers to these questions may surprise you. Moreover, we hope that they will inspire you to not only learn more about Healing Touch but to take a class and consider becoming a Healing Touch Practitioner.
What is Healing Touch?
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.
Healing Touch is a biofield (magnetic field around the body) therapy that is an energy-based approach to health and healing.
Healing Touch uses the gift of touch to influence the human energy system, specifically the energy field that surrounds the body, and the energy centers that control the flow from the energy field to the physical body.
These non-invasive techniques employ the hands to clear, energize, and balance the human and environmental energy fields, thus affecting physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. It is based on a heart-centered, caring relationship in which the practitioner and client come together energetically to facilitate the client's health and healing.
The goal of Healing Touch is to restore balance and harmonies in the energy system, placing the client in a position to self heal.
"IN A FEW DECADES SCIENTISTS HAVE GONE FROM A CONVICTION THAT THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS ENERGY FIELDS IN AND AROUND THE HUMAN BODY TO AN ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY THAT THEY EXIST."
-James Oschman Ph.D.
Energy Medicine, The Scientific Basis, 2000.
Healing Touch Research
Healing Touch Research has been conducted in a wide variety of settings and with a number of different problems and situations including:
- Cardio-vascular disease
- Death and dying
- Endocrine/Immune function
- Patient satisfaction and experience
- Post operative recovery
These studies demonstrate that there is support in favor of considering Healing Touch for providing integrative care and that patients assess it highly. Healing Touch research has been supported and/or funded by hospitals, universities, colleges, professional organizations, private foundations, and the National Institutes of Health, Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
How does Energy Healing work?
Many theoretical frameworks on how energy medicine works exist in the literature of quantum physics and holistic healing. However, while the exact physics mechanisms can not be definitively described at this time, the cumulative results of numerous related studies on energy medicine and consciousness indicate strong support that "something is happening" and that recipients respond positively to energy therapies such as Healing Touch.
Over the years, researchers have developed ways to measure the energy field. Theoretically, by correcting any defects in the energy field, energy therapy practices may facilitate healing of the body, mind and spirit.
Energy therapies focus on removing energy congestion that form in our energy fields (aura) and energy centers (chakras). Once these imbalances and disturbances are cleared, the energy channels resume their task of integrating the body, mind and soul to restore health and promote healing. It may also help to prevent future issues by restoring balance to energy field disturbances, which could later result in illness if left unbalanced.c
To gain a deeper understanding of the science supporting energy healing, please refer to the many books, journal articles and research findings written on this subject. Scientific evidence does exist that supports the premise that energy healing is effective. However, an experience is worth a thousand words, so the receiving of a Healing Touch treatment can do more to understand this phenomena than all the writings in the world.
- NON INVASIVE
- Healing Touch is done without the use of invasive procedures such as injections, inserting tubes, medication or surgery.
- Research has shown that Healing Touch facilitates the relaxation response and enhances the healing process.
- NON TOXIC
- Medications can cause side effects and must be monitored. Healing Touch restores balance and harmony to our natural biofield without the use of pharmaceuticals.
- Healing touch does not require the use of equipment or substances and can be done in any setting. An open heart, a set of hands and a willing spirit is all that is needed.
The treatment is typically administered while the client lies on a massage table with their clothes on. With your permission, the practitioner uses his/her hands to assess your biofield and proceeds to clear and balance it as needed using either off body touch (near body but no direct contact) or a gentle (still) touch over various areas of the body.
On occasion, one may experience an acceleration of the healing process and his/her symptoms may intensify for a brief time. When this happens, the recovery period of the illness is usually reduced.
Who can practice Healing Touch?
Healing Touch courses are open to all nurses, massage therapists, body therapists, counselors, psychotherapists, physicians, other allied health care professionals as well as individuals who desire an in-depth understanding and practice of healing work using energy based concepts and principles.
Janet Mentgen, the Founder of Healing Touch, believed that anyone could learn how to facilitate healing in others. As she observed thousands of students doing Healing Touch, she noticed that there was no difference in the outcomes of well prepared non-nurses to those of well prepared nurses.
Janet believed that anyone with a compassionate heart and a desire to be of service to others could become a practitioner of energy healing. All that was needed was a commitment to learn and to grow.
How to find a Healing Touch Practitioner
Go to: Find a Practitoner for the Healing Touch Certified Practitioner Directory. The directory will help you, your family, and friends find a Healing Touch Practitioner in your area.
How to find a Healing Touch class
Introductions to Healing Touch:
If you would like to attend an Introduction to Healing Touch class in your area, please visit the class schedule at: Find an Introduction Class
Bring an HT Introduction class to your area:
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Find out how Healing Touch can have a positive impact on your life and the lives of the people you touch!
- Continue exploring energetic healing by signing up for a Level 1 Healing Touch class at: Class Schedule
- Enhance your own healing by treating yourself to a Healing Touch session. Find a Practitoner
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- Explore the Healing Touch Program website
- View the "Introduction to Healing Touch" DVD online at: Intro to Healing Touch Video