What is Energy Healing?

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Energy Healing has been around for many years.  It is used and respected as an enhancement to standard medical care by various medical institutions including Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto - CA, Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego – CA, University of Wisconsin’s Integrated Health center. It is also used in spas, hospices, private practices, and other settings.  Scientists have noted its benefits and there have been numerous articles written referencing its evidence based results. 

Energy balancing modalities, such as Healing Touch and Reiki are powerful therapies that promote overall wellbeing including physically, emotionally, and spiritually. These healing techniques are often used to support healing from a holistic approach. They have proven to be safe and effective for both children and adults. 

Healing Touch and Reiki are not intended to be used as a replacement for the care you receive from your physician.  Your doctor should always be your first point of contact when experiencing medical concerns.  However, many physicians recognize the benefits of using these techniques to support and enhance healing.

What are the Benefits of Energy Healing?

  • Proven reduction in the side effects of Cancer Therapies such as chemotherapy and radiation

  • Pain reduction – pain management

  • Helps decrease stress related symptoms including anxiety and insomnia

  • Aids recovery pre and post-surgery

  • Accelerates healing of infections, colds, and sinus/migraine headaches

  • Helps reduce agitation in dementia patients

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What to expect from an Energy Healing Session

  • Sessions are an hour in length, and treatment is confidential.  The initial session includes an additional 15 to 30-minute discussion of your medical history, followed by assessment and consultation of your concerns.

  • During treatment, you remain fully clothed either laying down or sitting comfortably in a chair.

  • I will scan your body with my hands, either over or lightly touching, I will adjust the energies as needed; providing feedback either during or after the session.

  • ​You may feel sensations such as warmth, cold, tingling, or have pleasant visual or sensory experiences; It is not unusual to fall asleep and to feel extremely relaxed both during and after treatment.

  • There is no set number of treatment session requirements.  Some people only need one session to feel the benefits.  More complex ailments including those undergoing cancer treatment may require several sessions to support and enhance their cancer care.


About Reiki - Training

Reiki was developed in the 1920s by Dr. Mikao Usui, following a more Eastern approach to healing.  It is based on the Japanese concept that “ki” (life force energy) flows through us and is what causes us to be alive.  If one’s “ki”(pronounced chi) is weak, we are more likely to get sick or feel stress; however, if one’s “ki” is strong, we are more capable of being healthy and happy.  Reiki practitioners receive a series of “attunements” from a Reiki Master that enable them to flow universal energy through their hands to their client’s energy field to increase the client’s “ki” to promote maximum well-being.


About Healing Touch - History & Certification Requirements

Healing Touch was developed by Navy nurse Janet Mentgen, RN in 1989; it is now an internationally recognized training program, also recognized by the American Holistic Nurses Association – AHNA as a complementary healing modality that promotes self-healing and personal growth.  Healing Touch practitioners use a variety of techniques to address specific physical issues and to bring their client’s energy into balance.  Certification in Healing Touch usually takes 2-3 years of training, including five levels of curriculum-based classes; a year’s mentorship with a registered nurse; independent study of quantum physics, anatomy, energy medicine/holism and ethics; and other requirements.

Research Validates the Many Benefits of Healing Touch – Cancer Care

Healing Touch is currently being used to complement cancer treatments in various medical facilities.

Here are several links to news articles chronicling the medical benefits of Healing Touch.

San Francisco NBC News – Stanford Medical Center’s Healing Partners program brings Healing Touch to women with breast cancer.

San Diego Channel 6 News – Young patients at Rady Children’s Hospital benefit from regular Healing Touch treatments.

University of Wisconsin – Cancer patients at the University of Wisconsin Integrated Health are provided with Healing Touch sessions. 


For current Healing Touch studies please go to the following link: