What is Healing Touch?
Healing Touch supports the inner wisdom of the
body to heal. It is a gentle light touch technique
that promotes the relaxation response. This
response helps the body to be in a state of deep
rest. It promotes a feeling of well-being. It
triggers a physiological response that supports
the healing process.
How does the relaxation response work?
ξ It releases endorphins in the brain.
Endorphins are the body’s own pain
reliever and relax the muscles in the
body. Relaxed muscles increase blood
flow to the cells in the body. This
increased flow of blood brings oxygen
and nutrients to the body. It allows the
body to digest and absorb food, and
eliminate what it doesn’t need.
ξ It promotes a healthy immune system.
The immune system is a group of
organs, special cells, and substances
that help protect the body from
infections and other diseases.
During times of deep relaxation, the
body’s stress hormone levels decrease.
The immune system is supported to
work more effectively.
What are the benefits of Healing Touch?
Healing Touch practitioners offer Healing
Touch sessions to promote well- being.
Benefits may include:
ξ A feeling of well being.
ξ Decreased symptoms of pain,
nausea, fatigue, anxiety and
ξ Faster healing of wounds.
ξ A stronger immune system.
ξ A deeper spiritual connection.
ξ Changes in attitudes and insights.
What is a Healing Touch treatment like?
The practitioner starts by talking with you
about your needs for the session. The
session takes place either lying in a hospital
bed, sitting in a chair, or on a treatment
table. You are fully clothed with the option
of taking off your shoes. The practitioner’s
hands lightly touch, or are held a few inches
away from your body. The goal of a Healing
Touch session is to bring your mind, body
and spirit into harmony, alignment and
balance. After receiving Healing Touch you
may feel relaxed, calm, balanced, nurtured
What are some reasons to try a Healing
ξ Promote healing from surgery
ξ Support during chemotherapy
ξ Decrease the effects of trauma and
ξ To deepen the connection between
your body, mind, and spirit
Are Healing Touch Practitioners Certified?
Healing Touch practitioners are certified through
Healing Touch Program. Healing Touch
Program is accredited through the National
Commission for Certifying Agencies, the
accrediting body of the Institute for
Credentialing Excellence. Healing Touch is
endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses
Healing Touch Madison http://www.healingtouchmadison.com/
UW Health Integrative Health Program http://www.fammed.wisc.edu/integrative/
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health https://nccih.nih.gov/
Healing Touch Program www.healingtouchprogram.com
American Holistic Nurses Association www.ahna.org
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