The benefits of the healing touch therapy
Whether you have chronic illnesses, like I do, or you had an acute injury, getting back to your personal optimal self as soon as possible is all of our goal. I love using alternative healing practices to aid in this process. Healing Touch Therapy is one of those practices.The benefits of the healing touch therapy Click To Tweet
What is healing touch therapy?
Healing Touch Therapy is a complementary therapy, that works in conjunction with conventional medicine to heal the patient. It is non-invasive, often not even requiring any touch, which may lead to some confusion. It was developed by a Nurse in 1989, and originally meant for giving the healthcare professionals only another tool to aid their patients, but has since been made open to anyone who would like to gain a certification. It is accepted as an continuing educational credit for nurses and massage therapists in the United States.
Is Healing Touch Therapy the same as Reiki?
No, it is not. Healing touch therapy is a taught skill, that is optained via a certification course – usually up to 5 levels, while Reiki, no matter which origin or type is shared via a combination of attunement and teaching. I am a Reiki Master, but I am not a Healing Touch Therapist. A session, however, can seem quite similar for the recipient, as some Healing Touch therapist do not actually touch the body, similar to Reiki therapy.
What are the benefits of Healing Touch Therapy?
- Aid in recovery from surgery and injury
- Easing the dying process
- Easing the complications and side effects of chemotherapy
- Easing the symptoms of depression and anxiety disorders
- Reduces the length of recovery and hospital stays
- Reduces the discomfort of physical therapy
- Strengthens the immune system
- Aid in the relief of seasonal allergies
- Aids in the relief of pain
What to expect from a healing touch therapy session?
A Healing Touch Therapist may or may not touch you during the therapy session. Unlike in massage therapy, you are not required to lay down, but you should be in the best and most comfortable position that is possible. Removal of clothing is not required, but I do recommend that you wear comfortable and non-restrictive clothing, and shoes you can easily remove, as some practitioners prefer if you are not wearing shoes during the sessions.
Check with your individual therapist for her or his practices, and discuss if you are comfortable with being touched – this is especially important if you tend to have any sensory related disorders. Also mention any allergies, as some practitioners use incense, or similar to clear the room before the each new client, which can be troublesome if you are allergic to any airborne substances.
A standard session can last anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the practitioner as well as your ailment.
How to find a practitioner
The best way to find a practitioner is to visit the Directory of Healing Touch Therapists, http://www.htpractitioner.com where you can access a list of certified practitioners.