Healing Touch is a relaxing, nurturing, energy therapy that uses the hands to balance the energy field surrounding the individual.
Healing Touch practitioners work with the client in a heart-centered, intentional way to facilitate healing and to balance the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well being. The goal of Healing Touch is to restore balance in the energy system thereby supporting the client’s natural ability to heal.
Healing Touch is safe for all ages and is a complementary therapy that can be safely integrated with conventional health care.
– Healing Touch Association (Canada)
Like other complementary medicine therapies, Healing Touch starts with the idea that people are naturally healthy. The way people live and think may disturb their natural energy, and they may become ill. The aim of Healing Touch is to focus (or channel) healing energy to restore natural health.
Practitioners of healing touch believe they can use their hands to change a person’s energy flow and restore health. During a session, the practitioner moves their hands several centimeters above the person’s body, often making sweeping hand motions. The practitioner also may place their hands lightly on specific parts of the person’s body.
– HealthLink BC
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.