The simple human touch can facilitate healing of the body, mind and spirit. Human touch can bring the body to the stage of relaxation. The energy field or electromagnetic field around the body is the probable reason for health and healing effect of touching.
When gentle physical touch comes from the right person, it helps to reduce the pain, fatigue and anxiety. The positive and nurturing impact of physical contact is well documented on human baby’s development.
- The warm skin-to-skin contact with newborn baby is known to regulate body temperature and breathing.
- Gentle baby massage and skin contact is encouraged for faster healing and weight gaining of premature babies.
- Infant massage not only helps the babies to relax it also relieves their colic and increase the sleep quality.
- Therapeutic touch as form of massage, reflexology, healing touch, reiki or acupressure can improve the well-being by decreasing the stress and anxiety.
Studies on Healing Touch
Healing Touch research has been supported and/or funded by hospitals, universities, professional organizations, private foundations, and Natural, Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioners. Still the exact mechanism cannot be clearly explained, but studies on energy medicine and consciousness show that something happens with touch and the energy is transferred between the bodies. Scientists are still trying to figure out the connection between energy field, mind and physical parts of the body. The benefits of healing touch for chronic pain, accelerated healing and improved sleeping is well documented.
Healing Touch Therapy
There are special Healing Touch therapists, it is believed they use their own bio-energy power to enhance wellness of others. These therapists are people who carry naturally strong energy fields that can support health and healing by touch. The therapists touch their patients to transfer the healing energy for better physical, emotional, mental and spiritual status. The goal of Healing Touch is to restore balance and harmonies in the energy system, placing the client in a stage of self-healing.
The Need for Human Touch
The need of human touch is getting more important among young generations as most connections are made through electronic devices these days. There is less opportunity for physical interaction now that we have become so efficient in our digital communication systems.
You don’t have to be a therapist to show your own loving and healing power of touch. Hugging your loved ones, kissing your kids, stroking your pets, all send messages to the brain for a feeling of calmness and relaxation.
Written by: Tina I Ureten MD, RDMS, RDCS