Using Healing Touch with Trauma

Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program February 2009.  Greetings from Cynthia Hutchison Healing Touch Program Director

Janet Mentgen introduced the Trauma Release Technique to the Healing Touch Program in 1996. This technique was a radical departure from traditional cognitive, behavioral and emotional cathartic therapies and — it worked. Janet didn’t know how it worked. All she knew was that it eliminated long-term symptoms of traumatic stress in over 100 people who had suffered from traumatic injuries. She would tell us to just do the work and that the science behind it would follow. She was right. Discoveries in neurophysiology research have recently validated this powerful technique.

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Ecology of Mind

Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program February Issue  Ecology of Mind by Corinne Crockett, RN, Grad.Diploma Nursing, CHTP, RSI Interim Practitioner


“My Dad died of high blood pressure at 50, I know I am next.” How many times have you heard someone tell you that the health concerns of their elders would surely be visited
upon them? It may come as a relief and asurprise to know that the relatively new science
of epigenetics reveals that belief systems have more to do with our health than does our genetics.

 

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"Welcome Home" Community Project for Veterans

Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program February Issue  “Welcome Home” Healing Community Project for Veterans by Heidi Katchia Van Vliet, MSSW, HTCP

 

In August of 2005, I organized my first volunteer project on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Oregon for my Healing Touch Program Level 5 homework. I had planned on doing HT with the elders in the assisted living program while a friend of mine, Larson, (from the reservation), played the Native American flute. When I asked Larson about playing the flute, he wanted to know about Healing Touch. I met him at the longhouse (a Native American lodge) and gave him a treatment. He felt relief from his pain from shrapnel injuries he sustained in combat. Immediately, he felt that we should bring Healing Touch treatments
to the veterans.

 

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Elder Wisdom

Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program February Issue  Elder Wisdom By Sharon Scandrett-Hibdon, RN, Ph.D., HTCP/I

 

Since this is the first attempt for us oldsters to communicate about our journey and long history, I hope to make this fun as well as informative. Let me briefly introduce myself: I am Sharon Scandrett-Hibdon and although I am at retirement age, there is still much that I want to do. I was an Associate Professor and psychiatric-mental health certifi ed specialist when I met Janet Mentgen in 1988 in Estes Park, Colorado when both of us were invited to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Holistic Nurses’ Association (AHNA). It was also the year that Janet was named the Holistic Nurse of the Year by AHNA based on her work in private practice and her years of teaching Therapeutic Touch at Red Rock Community College.

 

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Six Pillars of Enery Medicine

Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program February Issue  Six Pillars of Energy Medicine by Donna Eden and David Feinstein, Ph.D.

In the ten years since the publication of our first book together, Energy Medicine, we have seen the world begin to re-embrace the ancient art of energy healing. More than three hundred practitioners have completed our two-year Certification Program in the past three years and tens of thousands of individuals have taken classes from us this past decade. What was seen as strange and woo-woo is becoming the respected cutting edge of health care — and for good reason.


Energy Medicine (EM) is accurate, efficient, and cost-effective. It is based on a different model than conventional medicine, which focuses on the biochemistry of cells, tissue, and organs.

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Energetic Patterns Found in Persons in Recovery from Alcoholism

 

Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program Issue October 2008

Alcoholism, a life-threatening disease is no respecter of race, sex, religion, professional or financial status. Persons suffering from alcoholism are in need of compassion and caring in their search for self-healing and wholeness in mind, body and spirit. b2ap3_thumbnail_Energy_Patterns_Oct_2008.jpg

 My past experience as a counseling intern in an out-patient treatment center and, presently, in my community based Healing Touch practice confirms the reality that persons suffering from addictions are indeed searching for wholeness. Statements shared by clients post Healing Touch treatment help to validate the reality of their search:

“I always feel stress and I need to learn how to relax.”

“I feel like a butterfly coming out of a cocoon”

“I only want peace in my life.”

“I can see my self back with my family.”

“I want to feel better about myself and find out who I am.”

Relative to persons suffering from drug and alcohol addictions, Caroline Myss notes that, “the human experience, except for occasional pockets of enlightenment, is diminished in dignity. People in countless numbers are lost in the very fabric of their lives.” (Shealy N. & Myss, C., 1988). The results of a published research study revealed that HT significantly reduced pain and emotional distress and led to patients feeling happier, more satisfied and less tense. (DuBrey, R., 2006)

 

 

 

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A Healing Touch Prayer

Originally published in Energy Magazine:  The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program  April  issue.  A Healing Touch Prayer  Dianne Smith, April 2008   A Healing Touch Prayer In honor of the Divine, both without and within, We open our souls to the healing power of the Universe. We allow...
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Music and Healing by Anna Mecik, MA, Ed. M

Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program March 2008  Issue

 “After silence, which is the most incomprehensible, comes music” – Aldous Huxley.

The meeting of Healing Touch and music brings together two of the most ancient healing arts for the benefit of humanity. Music, according to ancient people, was not a science or an art but the first language where the messages present in nature, like the movement of air, water and fire are expressed in the vibration of sound. Life expresses itself as music. Life is vibration, death is stillness and silence. Music has always existed in the universe. We continually tap into it as our consciousness evolves, translating it to a new musical understanding as we recognize its value. It has shown itself through artists, healers, and visionaries. Music precedes all other formation and intuitive cognition. It comes as an expression directly connected to a human, inner-heart knowing. This heart knowing comes down from the spiritual realm to those who have developed inner hearing and are capable of translating it to audible, earthly sounds – that we know as music.

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Greetings from Cynthia Hutchison, Healing Touch Program Director

Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program March 2008  Issue Greetings from Cynthia Hutchison, Healing Touch Program Director

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the March 2008 issue of Energy Magazine! Shift and change seem to be the keynotes of both my personal life and with Healing Touch Program in the last few months. Personal meditations as well as billboards on the highway and other “messages” about change remind me that it is not something to fear, but to embrace and learn to flow with. I think back to all the changes I have experienced in over half a century and I remember that not only did I survive them, but their lessons have provided me with invaluable knowledge, new wisdom, developed skills, profound questions, a more compassionate heart, a welcomed sense of humor and deeper faith.

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Healing through Touch in the Acute Care Setting by Kimberly Grey RN, HTCP/I

Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program June  2006 Issue.  Healing through Touch in the Acute Care Setting by Kimberly Grey RN, HTCP/I (Credentials edited 2010)

We all have a story to tell. It is my hope that by briefly sharing the story of my journey with Healing Touch, you will be inspired to embrace and nurture your own story. I am very blessed that the true purpose for my life is to spread “Healing Light Worldwide”.

Professionally, my full-time position at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida, is now as a Healing Touch Practitioner and educator, with the official title of Healing Touch Coordinator. My workdays are spent  providing healing touch treatments to inpatients, in addition to educating patients and their family members, medical staff, non-clinical ancillary staff and community members regarding Healing Touch and it’s use in our daily personal and professional lives.  An equal blessing is that I am gifted to be able to accomplish this in an acute care clinical setting, where I can educate and communicate with physicians and other healthcare providers, while remaining informed of current medical trends and practices. An article was published in “The Tampa Bay Metro” entitled “Quality Care, Tampa Bay’s Medical breakthroughs and Advancements.” It depicted many local healthcare facilities and their technological advancements and contributions to healthcare in the area. I am very happy to report the article included a full-page story about our Healing Touch program.

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