The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) defines Healing Touch as a biofield or energy therapy. It is based on the beliefs listed below.
- There is an energy or force greater than human beings.
- Human beings are made up of energy. We have an energy field that extends beyond our bodies.
- The energy field is out of balance before you feel symptoms.
Healing Touch helps you to relax and supports your body’s healing process. The goal of Healing Touch is to align, balance and clear your energy field. A Healing Touch practitioner acts as a conduit to bring this energy to you by using light touch hand placements on or above your body. You will be fully clothed, except for your shoes. You can receive Healing Touch lying down on massage table or a bed, or while sitting in a chair. It can be done in any state of health.
The hands of the practitioner can become quite warm. You may feel heat flowing to other parts of your body. Healing Touch is a gentle method that helps you to receive the amount of energy you need to bring your energy field into balance.
- Increased healing of illness and wounds.
- You may feel a decrease in pain. It is believed that healing touch can release endorphins (the body’s own pain reliever).
- Relaxation response. You may even fall asleep during the treatment.
- Promote changes in attitude and insights.
Healing Touch practitioners are certified through Healing Touch International. Healing Touch is endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Association.
UW Health Dept of Integrative Medicine www.uwhealth.org/alternativemedicine/madisonwisconsin
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine NCCAM
American Holistic Nurses Association www.ahna.org
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Last Updated: 07/26/2011
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