Healing Touch + Reiki are offered in Brooklyn (Gowanus, Park Slope) + Manhattan (Union Square)
Healing Touch (similar to Reiki) is a great treatment modality for facilitating the relaxation response and reducing anxiety, stress, fatigue, and pain. At my offices in Brooklyn (serving Gowanus, Park Slope, and Greenpoint) and Manhattan (Union Square), I see patients who are dealing with chronic pain (back pain, neck and shoulder pain, knee pain, hip pain, and ankle pain), digestive issues (IBS, colitis), infertility, stress, insomnia, PMS, women's health, and autoimmune conditions (Lyme, Hashimoto's, thyroid conditions, and many more).
Healing Touch is a gentle, non-invasive energy therapy, similar to Reiki or Therapeutic Touch, which uses light touch to influence the biofield and human energy system, facilitating the body's relaxation and self-healing response. When in a state of relaxation, our bodies are able to self-heal, whether our current challenges are on the level of body/mind/spirit, or all three! The extensive quantitative research shows that Healing Touch techniques can do the following:
- Reduce anxiety, tension, and stress; fatigue; and pain
- Reduce hospital length of stay
- Improve immune function in cancer patients
- Ease effects of trauma and PTSD
There are a number of other suggested benefits that have not yet been studied quite as extensively, including improving sleep quality; preventing illness; enhancing a sense of spiritual connection; and providing support during chronic illness, medical interventions, and the dying process. In my experience, Healing Touch is an especially supportive complement during significant life changes (moving, loss, change of job, change of family structure) or chronic illness, and for those struggling with the all-too-common New Yorker constellation of stress/anxiety/depression/insomnia. Healing Touch is also a great option for those who are highly sensitive, when even an acupuncture treatment is a bit too intrusive, and for women who are pregnant or postpartum and are minimizing the use of drugs, supplements, and/or medical interventions.
The Healing Touch techniques were synthesized and developed by a pioneering holistic nurse, and they are commonly used in hospitals and integrative healthcare institutions across the US and beyond. In addition, Healing Touch has a long and rigorous certification program, and is the first energy medicine to offer accredited certification through the NCCA. This accreditation provides value and accountability to the public by affirming that the program has achieved an objective standard of excellence, and ensuring that certified practitioners meet standard knowledge and skills levels.
You can read a bit more about why I am passionate about Healing Touch on my blog. I work with people in person and also via Skype; if you'd like to work with me remotely, I'll share a bit more logistical info after you've scheduled your appointment.