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Dr. Jean Watson takes Healing Touch Level 1

Posted by on in HT Community Newsletter

Cynthia Hutchison, HTP Educational Program Director

On January 9th-10th, I taught a Healing Touch Level 1 class in Boulder, Colorado, my home town. Each year I offer two rounds of Level 1, 2 and 3, one early in each year and another in the autumn. My most recent Level 1 was very special for two reasons. The first is that I had five amazing instructors in training who were there for a Teaching Assistant experience.

The second reason this class was special was that we were honored to have the presence of Dr. Jean Watson, who is one of the most honored and esteemed holistic nurses on the planet! In the 1970s, when Jean was the Dean of Nursing at the University of Colorado in Denver, she was a primary founder of caring science and caring theory, which she has made her life's work. She has become a world-renowned and deeply beloved nursing consultant and nursing theorist in many countries around the world and is highly regarded for her helping to bring Caritas (caring) back to hospitals, health care facilities and other health related organizations. Many hospitals have earned Magnet status because of incorporating her caring science and theory into their organizations. Jean was friends with our founder, Janet Mentgen, and they lived fairly near each other in Colorado. Jean has been a keynote speaker at HTP conferences twice and endorses HTP. Jean has received Healing Touch a number of times and recently decided to take the Level 1 course with me.


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Healing Touch - Can You See The Love?

Posted by on in Energy Magazine


Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program September/October Issue

So gentle. So gentle. Wonderful.” “You’re really magic!” “I’m so relaxed, I can’t describe it.” “I went to la la land.” Testimonials from Hospice Patients

One day, after having served hospice and palliative care families with Healing Touch and reflexology for many years, I was asked to visit with an older woman receiving hospice care who b2ap3_thumbnail_can_you_feel_the_love.jpgwas experiencing terminal agitation. I began clearing and balancing her energy field with Healing Touch, and she soon quieted down. Her daughter watched as her mother opened her sea-blue eyes wide, looked deeply into mine, and relaxed into the experience. She had not spoken clearly for days, but then she said with wonder, “Can you see it – the love? It’s so beautiful, the love.” I am forever touched by the profound connection and awe of that transcendent moment.

Healing Touch, an energy-based therapy, is gently powerful in easing the way for families confronting serious illness. It is well documented that the compassionate exchange in Healing Touch and other complementary therapies (CAM) can improve the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual well being of hospice and palliative care patients. Family caregivers also benefit by being empowered with techniques to relieve symptoms of their loved one, and self-care to ease debilitating stress. For both patients and caregivers energy-based therapies can assist in allowing them to do the more subtle inner work that can gift the family with a more peaceful end-of-life experience. For this reason the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) strongly endorses the use of CAM in end-of-life care. As Valerie Hartman, Coordinator of the Holy Redeemer Hospice Complementary Therapy Program in Philadelphia and Chair of the Allied Therapy Committee of NHPCO, states, “One of the greatest benefits of comfort massage and other complementary therapies in hospice care is to break the stress response in fear and ease stress related physical symptoms in all stages of the dying process.”

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