"Our soul must perform two duties. The one is that we must reverently wonder and be surprised. The other is that we must gently let go and let be." Julian of Norwich

...Cancer teaches both!!!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Healing Hands

Yesterday I was able to reconnect with a local healing community and resume a regular treatment plan of Healing Touch. For a time after my original surgery and during chemo I was able to receive this gift several times a week.  It has always been a part of my complementary care program.

A typical session of Healing Touch lasts for about an hour. I lie on my back and the practitioners work from either side of me using their hands, with some light touch, as instruments of energetic healing work. The sessions take place against the backdrop of gentle, contemplative music. The whole experience is one of deep meditation and peace.
Healing Touch is an energy based system similar to Reiki in which the healers work with your energy system to promote balance, wholeness, and harmony. The Healing Touch Program has been developed through the work and experience of holistic nurse Janet Mentgen. Healing Touch International is the professional organization which oversees the training and certification of Healing Touch Practitioners. They consist of over 200 trainers and 2000 Certified Healing Touch Practitioners who have as their mission “to spread healing and light worldwide through the heart-centered practice and teaching of Healing Touch.” They define Healing Touch as follows:

“Healing Touch is a relaxing, nurturing energy therapy. Gentle touch assists in balancing your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Healing Touch works with your energy field to support your natural ability to heal. It is safe for all ages and works in harmony with standard medical care.” www.healingtouchinternational.org

According to Healing Touch International, Healing Touch can be helpful in the following ways.
- Reducing stress
- Calming anxiety, depression
- Decreasing pain
- Strengthening the immune system
- Enhancing recovery from surgery
- Complementing care for neck/back problems
- Deepening spiritual connection
- Supporting cancer care
- Creating a sense of well-being
- Easing acute and chronic conditions

Experiences of Healing Touch vary from individual to individual. Personally, I find it to be incredibly beneficial in terms of relaxation, pain reduction, wound healing, and spiritual grounding. Try it out if you ever get the chance.


“There is deep wisdom within our very flesh, if we can only come to our senses and feel it.” Elizabeth A. Behnke

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