Healing Touch for balance and well-being

Healing Touch taps into that energy field in order to bring about balance.

by Carol E. Gutierrez —

Healing Touch is being incorporated into more and more hospitals across the globe. This low-tech approach to improve the health and well-being of patients can minimize pain and anxiety, as well as aid in relaxation. In fact, Healing Touch can be provided without even touching the patient.

The body has an innate ability to heal itself. Healing Touch taps into that energy field in order to bring about balance. With honor and respect, the practitioner uses his/her hands to clear and balance the energy in and around the body, facilitating the enhancement of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

Nurse Janet Mentgen founded the Healing Touch program in 1989 at the University of Tennessee. The practice has since evolved into a successful certification program with a year-long mentorship and a credentialing process. The fact that the program was created by a nurse means that it has a standardized curriculum that makes it attractive to health care systems.

Numerous research studies have been done on the positive effects of Healing Touch for pain, anxiety, headaches, wound healing and the side effects of cancer treatment, to name a few. Healing Touch works with standard treatments to enhance healing, while minimizing negative side effects. Sound research lends credibility to energy medicine (biofield therapies), which makes it more attractive to traditional practitioners.

Most Healing Touch programs in hospitals are provided through volunteers. Across the United States, 40 hospitals provide Healing Touch at no cost to the patients. Ask your local hospital if it offers this valuable service.

For information on Healing Touch and how it can help you, see


Carol E. Gutierrez holds certifications in holistic nursing, massage therapy, clinical aromatherapy, Healing Touch and guided imagery. She specializes in reflexology and toe reading. 808-721-3605 or

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 30, Number 1, Feb/Mar 2011.

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