WHAT IS HEALING TOUCH?
Healing Touch is an energy therapy where practitioners use their hands in a heart-centered and intentional manner to support and facilitate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health and healing. Healing Touch is a complementary (or integrative) energy therapy that can be used in conjunction with conventional therapies.
Healing Touch utilizes the hands to clear and energize the human energy systems allowing balance and harmony to be restored to the mind, body and spirit. This modality increases wellness by providing the body an opportunity to heal itself.
The first session normally takes 75 minutes, with follow-up appointments lasting about 1 hour. Clients are asked to fill out an initial intake assessment form, which covers some medical and lifestyle questions. The goals are set based on the client’s personal needs.
Generally, the session takes place on a massage table, with the client fully clothed. (Appointments can be given with clients in wheelchairs, etc.) An energetic assessment is taken and some additional questions may be asked of the client at that time. This assessment, together with the information from the intact discussion, dictates which techniques will benefit the client's own healing process for that particular session.
Energy System Balancing and Healing
Healing Touch techniques allow healing of the energy systems of the body by clearing and balancing the bio-field. Healing Touch and other energy-based therapies such as acupressure, Reiki, reflexology, and therapeutic touch use the concept of field theory that states that our being does not stop at the skin. Our body is an open system that experiences input, throughput, and output of energy. Different energy centers hold our body’s history.
The following are factors that can negatively affect your energy field:
Lack of sleep
Stress at work or home
The Healing Touch Procedure
Suzanne will hand scan above the body to distinguish any imbalances in the energy system and flow. Based on this understanding, the practitioner uses their hands to influence the human energy field and affect the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of the client. Thereby the time and space is provided for self healing. Clients find that they can Relax…Restore…Rejuvenate during the process.
Although each appointment is unique, after a session, clients report feeling deep relaxation or desired emotional shifts and increased clarity.
“Sessions with Suzanne make me feel serene and relaxed. Since beginning Healing Touch, I’ve noticed a progressive reduction in pain and more restful sleep.” Bridget G.
“After my first session, I felt “complete” and restfulness not experienced through massage or facials.” Mimi D.
Suzanne Weeks, CHTP/I, B.A., CP-FS is a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Instructor who began her training in La Jolla at Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine. She has a Bachelor’s degree from U.C. San Diego in Microbiology and works as a certified person in food safety.
In 2007, I had a heart event and did not find the answers in the traditional western model of medicine. I began looking for solutions other than taking daily prescription medication for the rest of my life. My healing journey led me to seek out physicians who embrace holistic health principles. After completing the lifestyle change program at Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, “I realized that I needed to focus on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of life in order to maintain optimum wellness.”
I have over twenty years’ teaching experience. I have taught in wellness, management, marketing, scientific research and scuba diving. I have been a PADI Instructor (OWSI) for U.C.S.D. Recreation since 1994 certifying over 243 scuba divers. Teaching allows me to deepen my knowledge and share my passion with others.
In 2011, I became a certified Healing Touch Instructor. Offering Healing Touch to clients and students allows me to share my insight and experience helping others find a balanced path to health and healing.
Healing Touch Certified Practitioner: I became a certified Healing Touch practitioner with Healing Beyond Borders* in 2008. This involved 18 months of study and completion of five class levels (102.5 CEUs). Certification requires a one year mentorship with a nurse; as well as 150 hours of documented HT sessions and 100 hours of study. Many consider the work to be a master’s equivalency. Once a practitioner is given certification they are responsible for maintaining ongoing training and recertification every five years.
Healing Touch Certified Instructor: In 2011, I earned instructor certification with Healing Beyond Borders*. Instructor Training requires an additional 36 Continuing Education Units and another minimum one year mentorship with a nurse. As part of my training, I observed four classes, co-taught three classes and taught the 18 hour class while being evaluated by a nurse mentor. Topics of study during the year included: anatomy and physiology, learning and teaching styles for the adult learner; as well as psychology and ethics. Instructor status is gained only after meeting requirements as evaluated by the nursing instructor review board.*formerly Healing Touch International
18 CEUs — Continuing Education Units for nurses and massage therapists.
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