Visitors to Village Fair receive Therapeutic Touch

Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2002

With over 82 participants at this year's Health Fair, there were many modern as well as ancient techniques for staying healthy on display.

Therapeutic/Healing Touch, is an energy-based therapy derived from the ancient art of "hands-on healing," according to Mary Lou Klauder, BSN Certified Healing Touch Practitioner. "Actually, Therapeutic Touch is a set of nursing techniques derived from the ancient practice of laying on of hands which has a basis in many cultures," explained Klauder who is also a school nurse at Mt. View Elementary school.

Some of the conditions treated by Therapeutic Touch include headaches, back and neck conditions, anxiety, pain, and arthritis. Techniques include both touch and non-contact approaches, which balance the body's energy field, and promotes natural healing on all levels, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual, says Klauder. It is not even necessary to believe in it for it to work, "I've seen amazing results, that's what has kept me so interested and intrigued by it. In hospital situations I've seen different side effects from pain medication, but with healing touch many times the patient feels alert, and oriented and in a great state of mind when they get pain free," added Klauder.

For more information about local practitioners call Mary Lou Klauder at 283-6600. A workshop in Therapeutic Touch is planned for April 5-7 at Central Peninsula General Hospital for information about the workshop, call Bonnie Nichols, or Susan Shoemaker at 262-4404.

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