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What is Energy Medicine or Healing Touch Really?

We get asked this question frequently!


Energy Medicine is typically considered an alternative, complementary, or holistic

approach to medicine that is focused on the physical body’s subtle energy field. It is

not always recognized by mainstream medicine. Though some hospitals and

facilities use Energy Medicine for pain management. As a result, Energy Medicine

finds itself being in the position of straddling two worlds.


Energy Medicine functions within the parameters of our subtle energy systems,

treating our whole energetic bodies. Chakras, meridians, and auric field are familiar

terms that apply to the subtle energy system. Our energy system is the essence of

our living life force (energy) that resides in and around our physical body. A healthy

energy system reflects as a healthy vibrant body and life. We are vibrational

physical beings!


Healing Touch is one of many modalities within Energy Medicine. The Healing

Touch Program TM defines Healing Touch as “an energy healing therapy in which

practitioners consciously use their hands in a heart centered and intentional way to

enhance, support, and facilitate physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health and

self-healing.” Healing Touch activates your parasympathetic nervous system. When

your body enters the parasympathetic state, your body is given the space it needs to

heal, recuperate, understand, learn, and process.



Is Healing Touch different then Reiki?


Yes and no. Reiki and Healing Touch are both energy medicine modalities. They both

work with the subtle energy system seeking energy balance and harmony. Each

modality promotes techniques specific to said modality and the philosophy of that

modality. Healing Touch is unique from other modalities because it is closely

structured around the nursing process, with the hope that someday it can

seamlessly be incorporated into the healthcare setting in conjunction to

traditional medicine.

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