Healing Touch is one form of the ancient art of “hands-on-healing” that is portrayed in both the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian New Testament. A holistic, energy-based approach to healing, and a practical form of communal prayer, it is an expression of love and compassion for those who are in need of healing of any kind.
The goal of Healing Touch is to restore harmony and balance to the body, mind and spirit, and thus allow the person to move toward further healing by awakening the body’s own healing powers. Working with the energy field surrounding each of us, changes can take place, changes which may be physical, emotional, and/or spiritual.
Healing Touch does not cure a particular condition, problem or illness. It is not a substitute for medical care. It can be helpful in promoting relaxation, strengthening the immune system, reducing pain, speeding healing of tissues and bones, and increasing a sense of well being.
If you want to receive Healing Touch, you may attend one of our regularly scheduled sessions. That is one of the best ways to learn more about this practice. When you come to a session, you will meet with the people (usually 2) doing the healing touch, to share your health concerns and learn how they plan to offer the healing care. It is done with you fully clothed, and lying on a padded table, or seated in a chair. The practitioners will move their hands in gentle motions around your body. A light touch may be used if you are comfortable with this. The practitioners will ask your permission.
During the session, you may simply relax, or ask questions or share any feelings you are experiencing. You are “in charge” of the session and at any time, you may ask that it be stopped. Sessions usually take about 30 minutes. Afterward, you might want to ask more questions or reflect on the experience.
The Healing Pathway group at Glebe St. James also offers sessions in your home, if you are unable to come to the church. We also organize training sessions, through Naramata Centre, BC, for anyone who wants to become involved in this ministry. The web site is www.naramatacentre.net/
To arrange a session, or to contact us for more information, leave a message with Sandy at the church office, and she will forward your name to us.
James Isaac, Co-ordinator