Healing Touch Practitioner

Nurse Anesthesiologist

Healing Touch is a recent form of therapy developed by Janet Mentgen, RN, BSN in the eighties. Healing Touch is a form of therapy that takes an energy-based approach to health and healing. By using non-invasive touch to influence the energy system in the human body, specifically the energy field surrounding the body, the practitioner can clear, energize, and balance the body’s energy and therefore affect the client’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. Healing Touch is based on a heart-centered relationship between practitioner and client in which they come together to help the client’s health and healing process. The goal of the Healing Touch method is to restore balance and harmony in the body’s energy system, leading the client’s body to heal itself. This method is often used as a supplement to traditional health care practices, as well as with other holistic methods of healing, and is also used to treat clients who cannot tolerate direct physical contact such as they might receive with other forms of touch therapy, like massage.

Healing Touch practitioners work in offices, clinics, and hospitals, as well as in schools that teach the methods of this practice. Nurses often continue their education in healing touch courses, as it often counts as a continuing education requirement, as well as providing benefits to their patients. Their hours may vary as such, according to the capacity in which they are employed, as does their salary. Those who incorporate it into their nursing or massage practice will likely earn the average salary of a registered nurse or massage therapist, depending upon location, place of business, and client base. The outlook for this career is as good as with any other type of therapy, though it is perhaps a little slower to catch on.

Training and certification for this type of healing therapy is available in several states across America, as well as in Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and South America. Currently there is no international standard of certification for Healing Touch, but Healing Touch International, Inc. and other organizations are working toward such standards.

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