Healing Touch was developed by Janet Mentgen in the late 1980s in Colorado, USA. Janet recognized the importance of energy and the healing properties of touch through her work as a nurse, and she formally created Healing Touch as an energy medicine program. Healing Touch is a wonderful complementary therapy to help manage pain, assist with the healing process and work with your personal physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual energy.
The goal of Healing Touch is to restore balance and harmony in the energy system, placing the client in a position to self-heal.
Healing Touch and Reiki
Healing Touch is similar to Reiki, in that both are research-based energy medicine modalities. However, the two techniques also bear some differences.
Healing Touch includes a variety of energy healing techniques that Janet Mentgen created and added on from well-known energy healing pioneers around the world. These techniques aim at clearing, balancing and energizing the client’s energy system, with energetic assessment that takes place before and after each treatment. There is a standardized curriculum consisting of at least 2 years of studies, 108 classroom hours, over 30 healing techniques and sequences, as well as a portfolio review and board-certification exam that each healer needs to complete in order to become an accredited Healing Touch practitioner. The Healing Touch curriculum is accredited by the American Nurses Credential Center and the Healing Touch program is endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Association, abiding by a Code of Ethics, and Standards of Practice.
Reiki, on the other hand, is a less standardized Japanese healing technique that is passed down from a Reiki Master to a training practitioner. Reiki is usually taught in four levels which include usage of various sacred Reiki symbols, and there is no standardized curriculum nor a mandatory practitioner certification, as the content varies and is defined by each Reiki Master. There are various Reiki systems with the most common one being the one created by Mikao Usui in 1922. Understandably, there is also no standardized Code of Ethics or Standards of Practice for Reiki.
"We cannot be a spark in someone else's life if our spark has gone out"
Healing Touch is used clinically (most often by nurses in USA hospitals) to:
Promote relaxation before and after medical procedures (such as surgery, childbirth, and diagnostic procedures) and aid in quicker recovery.
Reduce acute and chronic pain.
Promote wound healing.
Manage symptoms of chronic conditions, such as fibromyalgia or chronic headaches.
Reduce fatigue in cancer patients receiving radiation.
Enhance the immune system and bring balance to the mind-body-spirit system.
Cleopatra Kostandoulaki, Athens