Exploring Energy Medicine: Healing Touch

By Kirsten Antony R.N. ~

Mystics and healers have always acknowledged the interconnectedness and oneness of reality.  This entanglement between all things is being revealed through the science of quantum mechanics.  Quantum mechanics exposes the fact that what we see as reality is far more mysterious and miraculous than anything we can imagine.  Through our thoughts and intentions, we can change what we see as reality.  What we see as solid objects are dense packets of energy and information.  This energy and exchange of information permeates the universe and can be exchanged instantaneously with disregard to time and space.   Our bodies are information in a compact form, but this energy flows in, through and around our bodies.  This is energy that not all can see, but can easily be felt, and is known as the subtle energy body.

The subtle energy body forms patterns in and around the body.  These patterns, channels, and layers of energy make up what is known as our energy anatomy and flows with life force energy also known as Qi.  The study and practice of working with this subtle energy is known as biofield therapy.  These therapies include but are not limited to Healing Touch, Therapeutic Touch and Reiki.  Biofield therapies are similar in the goal of balancing the energy body.  Directing the flow of energy is obtained by use of the practioners hands and intention for healing.  They may differ in techniques and philosophies.

These fields and layers of energy that surround and infiltrate the body not only operate in the realm of quanta particles, but also with electromagnetic and vibrational principles.  Our energy anatomy includes energy centers of the body, also known as chakras.  These “wheels of light” are found along the midline of the body and are seen and felt as a vortex of energy.  These vortexes of energy flow through the physical body into the subtle body and operate at different frequencies.  Those that work with energy can feel and sometimes see an imbalance in the flow of energy.  The solar plexus chakra is found in the area slightly above the belly button.  If you have ever received shocking news, you have most likely felt an impact to your solar plexus as an energetic “punch to the gut”.  When there is a change in emotions, this energy center is easily affected.  Along with chakras, a biofield therapist may also work in the layers of energy that emanate around your body such as your auric field.  

Founded by Janet Mentgen, RN, in 1989 as a continuing education program for nurses, other health care professionals, and lay persons, Healing Touch is used in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities, hospices, and private practices.  There are thousands of people all over the world that have been trained and certified in Healing Touch techniques and have been bringing this biofield healing mainstream.  I was introduced to Healing Touch in the early 1990s while I was attending nursing school in Charleston, S.C. I was encouraged to offer my newfound knowledge to other nurses in an in-service at an area hospital I was studying at.  To me, the core of this type of healing work is to be love and compassion in motion as we are vessels through which our heart connects with our hands and flows this life force energy to offer healing.  So, to my surprise, I was met with resistance from one of the nurses who had some disparaging remarks and stormed out of the room during my presentation.  For some, science is challenging to religious viewpoints although many religious institutions abide by similar ideas and beliefs under different guises in hands-on healing.  Energy is energy.   But, it brought to my attention the blurred line that religions, science and healthcare walk.  As time marches on, I know many are imbibing in the air of mystery, seeking the truth of consciousness, healing and the nature of reality.  This is encouraging as only through an open mind can we find the truth.  This experience ruffled my feathers but did not keep me from flying with my flock.

A Healing Touch session should be deeply relaxing.  A trained practitioner will have centered themselves before the session to make themselves a clear channel to sense energy imbalances and flow energy through their hands.  In Healing Touch, the practitioners may use techniques that use the hands-on and/or around the body.  The hands are used to detect energy imbalances and direct a positive and healing flow of energy.  Techniques such as unruffling, chakra spread, mind clearing and spiral meditation are a few examples of techniques that may be used during a session.  Because Healing Touch is working with energy of quanta particles, remote sessions can also be effective.
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. It has been shown to be effective towards alleviating anxiety and depression, stress reduction, pain reduction, enhancing immune function and speed wound healing.  Although this area of healing is often difficult to measure, research is proving very positive outcomes in the studies.  

It is such an exciting time to be alive as so many disciplines intersect to find new insights into life’s deepest mysteries.  It is also a stressful time as we are going through many changes and challenges as individuals and as a society.  I truly believe if we can understand this interconnectedness within ourselves and the world around us, not only on an intellectual level, but through the wisdom of our hearts, we can find peace within and without.  With this peace, we can create a new world.  A new world where we can heal.

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This content is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician and/or another qualified healthcare provider with any questions you have regarding a medical condition.

Kirsten Antony

Kirsten Antony

Kirsten Antony is a Registered Nurse and Holistic Health Care Practitioner.  She offers in-home services of foot care, reflexology, sound healing and healing touch to those in the Denver Metro Area.  For more information please visit: www.kirstenantony.net or www.facebook.com/soultosoleholistichealthcare or call 303-668-8992.

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