Energy healing that once was synonymous with eastern mysticism, miracles, or paranormal phenomenon has become main stream to hundreds of occidental medical hospitals across the nation, according to Bonnie Nichols at Central Peninsula Hospital (CPH). “Today many physicians make it standard orders for their patients and is a skill that can be learned by anyone interested in offering more tools to their loved ones for their well being,” she said. Recently CPH offered a Healing Touch Level 1 Class to anyone interested and offered continuing educational units for nurses and massage therapists. Mary Szczepanski, a medical nurse and certified holistic nurse at the Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau came to teach the weekend certificate program from Healing Touch International, “Many came with experience in energy healing but the class was set up to include those who had never had experience with Healing Touch or any kind of healing experience and they were able to learn the techniques as well,” she told the Dispatch in an interview.
Szczepanski, author of “A Path of Healing” has been teaching and practicing the techniques for some 20 years and says the outcome has been amazing, “Now as more people have heard of it people seem to be learning it faster and are much less suspicious of it and more accepting of it as an alternative,” she said. While not everyone is healed through the techniques Szczepanski says there are always positive benefits, “Not everyone gets healed when they get medical treatment either, but if the symptom doesn’t go away one of the special benefits of energy modalities and holistic practice is that an emotional or spiritual healing might occur even though they still might have the symptom they might feel more like a whole person,” she explained.
According to the student workbook Healing Touch is a relaxing, nurturing, energy therapy, “Healing Touch works with your energy field to support our natural ability to heal. It is safe for all ages and works in harmony with and may be integrated with standard medical care. These non-invasive techniques utilize the hands to clear, energize and balance the human and environmental energy fields, thus affecting physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health and healing. It is based on a heart-centered caring relationship in which the practitioner and the client come together energetically to facilitate the client’s health and healing.” Healing Touch is used in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, private practices, hospices and spas worldwide. The Healing Touch Certificate is open to all with an interest in healing. Szczepanski says she will be returning in February to teach a second level of Healing Touch. Details are available from Bonnie Nichols at 714-4500. The book A Path of Healing by Mary Szczepanski is available at www.iuniverse.com, local book stores or on-line retailers.