Basic Definition of Healing Touch and Reiki
Both Healing Touch and Reiki are energy therapies in which practitioners consciously use their hands in a heart-centered and intentional way to support and facilitate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health and healing. Healing Touch and Reiki are holistic, complementary and integrative energy based therapies that are accomplished through the practitioner’s use of contact and/or non-contact touch and a heart-centered state of being. The healing traditions of many cultures emphasize the importance of subtle energy systems that flow through and around the human body, affecting health and vitality. Many of these traditions focus on balancing these energy fields as a way to assist the body, mind and spirit in moving towards and maintaining wellness.
Description of a Healing Session
During a session (which can vary in length averaging 30 to 60 minutes), I will gently place my hands on or above the person’s fully clothed body noting any sensations or imbalances to assess the energy field. I then choose a Reiki or Healing Touch technique that is appropriate for your needs. This may include light, non-sexual, physical touch or sweeping hand motions above the body. There is a high likelihood that you will experience a relaxation response during the session. A feedback discussion will follow. People have many different responses to Healing Touch and Reiki. Some clients feel nothing at all. Others describe sensations of moving energy, deep relaxation, feelings of being supported and nurtured, or visions of images and colors. Some patients experience an emotional release such as tears; some have what they consider to be a spiritual experience or they may develop insight into specific areas of their lives.
Benefits of Healing Touch and Reiki
Recent research studies suggest that Healing Touch and Reiki are effective for physical and mental relaxation, pain management, anxiety and stress reduction, and increasing one’s sense of vitality. Clients of Healing Touch or Reiki typically report experiencing the relaxation response and often report an increased sense of well-being and peace. Many have reported positive experiences that have helped them better cope with anxiety, illness, medical protocols for treatment of medical conditions and depression. I can make no specific claims regarding the results you may experience from a Healing Touch or Reiki session. Healing Touch and Reiki are noninvasive energetic techniques, still being researched by traditional science, and currently have no known detrimental side effects. Healing Touch and Reiki are safe for everyone including children, nursing and/or pregnant women, elderly and pets.
My Energy/Educational Training and Experience
I am currently a Registered Nurse in the State of California. I have been practicing nursing for over 14 years. I am a Board Certified Holistic Nurse and a Certified Critical Care Nurse, currently practicing as a Clinical Nurse Mentor in the Intensive Care Unit. Throughout my life, I have been interested in the human energy field, keeping harmony and balance within the human body, mind, emotions and spirit. I have always believed in holistic health and practice it myself. Over the last 8 years I have been learning and practicing Healing Touch and Reiki. I am a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner, having completed the HTI Healing Touch Certificate Program. As a RN, I am also able to use Healing Touch as a complimentary therapy on patients in the hospital setting to reduce pain, anxiety and stress as well as promote healing. I have also completed Advanced Reiki Master training and have been attuned as a Reiki Master.
My Status and Scope of Practice
I am a Registered Nurse, a Board Certified Holistic Nurse, a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Reiki Master. Healing Touch and Reiki are gentle, complementary, energy based approaches to health and healing that can assist the body with it’s natural ability to heal. I do not diagnose or treat disease and I am not a physician. These sessions are not a substitute for diagnosis or treatment from a qualified health practitioner for illnesses, injuries, or other medical conditions. My service is to provide Reiki and Healing Touch and is guided by the Healing Touch Code of Ethics and Standards of Care. I practice nursing within the standards of the Nurse Practice Act set forth by California’s Board of Registered Nursing.
For more information on Healing Touch or to view the Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice or Healing Touch Research studies, please visit Healing Beyond Borders: Educating and Certifying The Healing Touch
For more information on Reiki, please visit: Reiki Info
For more information on Holistic Nursing, please visit: American Holistic Nurses Association