What is Healing Touch?

Healing Touch is a gentle hands-on energy therapy that supports relaxation and balance on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. It supports your natural ability to heal and is safe for all ages.  Healing Touch works in harmony with traditional medical care.

How can healing touch help you?

  • Reducing stress
  • Calming anxiety, depression
  • Decreasing pain
  • Strengthening the immune system
  • Enhancing recovery from surgery
  • Complementing care for neck and back problems
  • Deepening spiritual connection
  • Supporting cancer care
  • Creating a sense of well-being
  • Easing acute and chronic conditions

Healing Touch research suggests that there are many benefits. Individual experiences will vary.

What happens in a healing session?
The first session involves a consultation as well as the energy session itself. The provider will ask a series of questions about the individual’s physical, mental, and emotional situation, and will answer any questions. Then the individual will lie fully clothed on a massage table while the provider gently places their hands slightly above or on the individual. The session generally lasts 40 to 60 minutes, and people frequently report feeling deeply relaxed and peaceful during and after the session. There is a cumulative effect of using Healing Touch over time and regular sessions are recommended.

Healing Touch and Cancer
Healing Touch can assist individuals with cancer by supporting wellbeing and helping to reduce side-effects of cancer treatment. Research indicates that Healing Touch can assist in improving vitality and energy levels, support the body after surgery, and foster a sense of inner peace while reducing pain, depression and stress. There are no known side effects of Healing Touch, and patients report that the light, gentle touch is comforting and supportive. Healing Touch can be effective with any stage or any type of cancer. 

Origin and Use
Janet Mentgen, RN, founded Healing Touch in 1989 as a continuing education program for nurses, other health care professionals, and lay persons. Healing Touch practitioners are certified by Healing Touch International, Inc. and the Healing Touch Certificate Program is endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Association. Healing Touch has spread internationally and is taught in universities, medical and nursing schools, and used in hospices, spas, medical centers, and private Healing Touch practices. Numerous hospitals have Healing Touch programs including Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, La Jolla, California, and Queen’s Medical Center Pain Management Department, Honolulu, Hawaii.