The Healing Power of Touch..Sat, August 15, 2009 - 6:55 AM
Perhaps that’s why many hospitals worldwide have started incorporating therapeutic touch, Reiki, and other forms of healing touch into hospice care. As an example, the The Portsmouth Regional Hospital in New Hampshire has provided well over 8,000 Reiki treatments to patients since 1995. Reiki (pronounced “ray-key”) is a Japanese healing art that involves laying-on of hands to channel universal healing energy through the practitioner to the recipient. The word “Reiki” is Japanese for “universal life energy.”
The highly successful Reiki program, started by Patricia Alandydy, BSN, RN, offers Reiki treatments in every department of the hospital. Now, patients can have Reiki alongside more conventional surgeries, radiation, and other treatments.
And research is documenting the positive healing effects of Reiki and healing touch on diseases like cancer, heart disease, endocrine disorders, immune disorders, orthopedic conditions and injuries, pain, post-operative recovery, and psychological disorders. In one study at St. Clare’s Center for Complementary Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Oncology Complementary Medicine Pilot Porgram, complementary therapies of meditation, healing touch, reflexology, Reiki, massage, and acupuncture were administered to outpatients. Patients who received Reiki or healing touch showed an average reduction in pain by 48 percent.
In a study of 48 patients who had total knee replacement surgery, along with pain and mobility impairment, those who experienced healing touch showed 30.6 percent greater mobility only 2 days after the surgery than those who had only conventional therapy, and 27 percent greater mobility than those people who experienced a placebo-type version of healing touch therapy.
The power of touch to heal is immense. In a world driven primarily by work and responsibilities, touch therapy has the capacity to help us slow down, experience the compassion of another human being, and heal our bodies, minds, and spirits.
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I am trained up to Level 2 Reiki (distance healing)....That said, my body and mind cry out for regular, nurturing touch..... the isolation and boredom are getting to me very bad.... I'm going to have to DO SOMETHING....
I second that motion...
ya know..having pets..helps alot too..
my dog and cats are so tactile..they are always touching me..and requiring them to touch them.. think that helps
and ohhhhhhhhhhhhh..hugg as many people as you can...it feels so good~
Touch is so important!I miss raves. It was not about DRUGS, but rather, about the music and --the HUGS!
also, the community...touch is so important! (bears repeating)
Reiki is energy work that involves the practitioner laying on hands in a specific manner, and channeling the specific energy he/she is attuned to. Universal Love & Light, Life Force, yes.
I love to see how massage transforms a person. Very rewarding to impact the quality of a person's experience, by helping them to shift something in themselves. Massage is considered to be a Complementary Alternative Modality (CAM) as is Reiki. I have Reiki II credential but have not used it much in years. I have other methods I prefer, but it is quite popular and mainstream here in the Northeast, so I am considering rekindling my Reiki attunement and practice to expand my palette or "toolbox".
Hug someone whenever you can. If it is unfamiliar to you, start with family. Expand to friends. Hug a tree, a pet. A well-timed hand on a shoulder can work wonders for the discouraged. I am so in need of bodywork since we left school!
But lately I am REALLY wanting something else, a more intimate touch, and all that goes with it. Life is too short to think it is ever too late for that. My brother's dog was upset because he left him with us at Dad's and didn'tcome home that night. The dog whined until I finally asked "what do you WANT?!" With that, Hunter jumped his 45 pounds into my lap & laid his head down on the arm of the chair. He wanted touch, contact!
from Science Daily: 'Pleasant Touch' Decoded: Signals From Stroking Skin Have Direct Route To Brainwww.sciencedaily.com/release...4453.htm