The power of touch is an unexplainable phenomenon. With the slightest contact, you can be soothed, aroused, reassured, angered or alerted. You can be made aware of the presence of a stranger or comforted by the arrival of a loved one. One finger can elicit immeasurable emotion, good or bad. So is it any wonder that practitioners throughout the country are employing it to heal?
Healing touch therapy, although largely publicly unknown, is a growing trend in U.S. hospitals, spas, private facilities and treatment centers. It is being used to reduce stress, calm anxiety, decrease pain, strengthen the immune system, enhance recovery, aid treatment for neck and back problems, deepen spiritual awareness and create a sense of wellbeing. Patients are swearing by it, alleging that it is better than pills as it doesn’t just take away your pain. It gives you a feeling of calm and an overall sense of goodness. Doctors don’t understand why it works or how, but they see it make a difference and so they won’t stop you from receiving it.
Before your first session, you may anticipate something akin to a massage, but what you’ll experience is very different. The practitioner may never touch, guiding her hands over your body, hovering but never contacting. If she does rest her fingers, she will do so lightly, pausing for no more than a moment at each landing. The idea is to balance your energy, the waves of electricity that emanate around you and interact constantly with your environment. By the end of your 30 minutes, you will have been taken to such a state of calm that sleep will be likely. Your pain, depression, anxiety or targeted ailment will have been assuaged. You will have been healed by the power of touch.