Many individuals, especially those who are ill, note that the touch of another human being is often enough to make them feel just a little bit better. The therapy known as Healing Touch takes that premise a few steps further. This emerging therapy has been utilized by patients of aggressive cancers like mesothelioma, as well as other diseases and malignancies.
Healing Touch Therapy was developed in 1989 by Janet Mentgen, a registered nurse, who spent some 25 years studying and practicing energy therapies and teaching them to her colleagues and others who wished to learn. Today, the therapy is offered in hospitals, hospices, private practices, nursing facilities, and spas worldwide and is being utilized by patients battling cancers like malignant mesothelioma.
Healing touch is said to work with the person’s energy field to help support the body’s natural ability to heal. It is considered safe for all ages and for those with various disorders or diseases because it is totally non-invasive. It is generally used in tandem with traditional therapies, and proponents of the technique do not profess to being able to cure any particular disease with Healing Touch Therapy.
For cancer patients, Healing Touch is recommended for those currently undergoing standard cancer treatments including mesothelioma chemotherapy and radiation. Because these treatments harm healthy tissue in addition to killing cancer cells, and also cause pain and prompt anxiety, it is believed that supportive treatments with Healing Touch Therapy can help lessen these side effects (including nausea and fatigue), relieve stress, hasten recovery after surgery, and improve the patient’s quality of life overall.
Healing Touch Therapy is performed by a certified Healing Touch practitioner who has studied this holistic complementary therapy in one or more of the many classes offered nationwide by Mentgen’s Healing Touch International network. At a therapy session, the practitioner will begin by consulting with the patient as to his/her concerns and what issues they would like to address. After discussing the treatment and answering any questions, the therapist will ask the patient to lie on a table - fully clothed - and will place his/her hands on or just above the patient in order to connect with their energy field. The session lasts between 45 and 60 minutes and during the treatment the practitioner aims to clear and balance the energy field at the appropriate points on the body.
It is important to understand that Healing Touch Therapy is not a scientific mesothelioma treatment or cure for cancer, nor is there any proof that the biology of the disease can be altered in any way by this therapy or that this therapy will cause the cancer to improve. There are, however, no known risks associated with the treatment and many patients report an overall feeling of well-being when the therapy has concluded.
Therapeutic Touch Therapy
While not recognized by traditional medicine, Therapeutic Touch Therapy is also gaining popularity in integrative oncology circles. Again, this practice encourages relaxation and the relief of symptoms resulting from traditional therapies. The most basic form of this therapy involves the practitioner gently gliding their extended hands over the body, while not actually touching it. This allows for an energy field to be established.
Once this energy field is established, the practitioner will identify areas of the body which may have their flow inhibited or blocked. Once the locations of blocks or inhibitions to the energy field are identified, therapeutic touch practitioners will initiate the second stage of therapy which can include therapeutic touch massage to relax the individual.Sources
Healing Touch International
Healing Touch Program