How to activate body’s capacity to heal itself?
In this article, we explore the more or less known ways of healing by using different touching techniques.
“(…) No “healer” ever heals, it is the body itself which performs the healing process. Each cell contains the blueprint for constructing an entire body; in fact, all of the cells in our bodies are replaced every seven years (except the central nervous system). Nothing is beyond the power of the body’s own healing process. Our understanding is not great enough to know why or precisely how this process works, so what we do is balance the energy flow and the posture, putting the body in the best possible state from which to heal itself.”
– An excerpt from Touch For Health Kinesiology Association
What is the difference between Therapeutic Touch, Healing Touch and Kinesiology?
Therapeutic Touch is a specific energy technique developed by Delores Krieger. Healing Touch is a collection of techniques developed and compiled by Janet Mentgen in the early 1980s.
Therapeutic Touch is based on the following assumptions:
- The human being is an open energy system composed of layers of energy that are in constant interaction with self, others, and the environment.
- Illness is an imbalance in an individual’s energy field.
- Clearing or balancing the energy field promotes health.
- All humans have natural abilities to heal and enhance the healing in others.
“Therapeutic touch helps people feel connected to themselves, and to the greater empathetic society,” says Munk. “It brings people out of isolation into the moment.”
Massage can also promote deeper, less disturbed sleep and reduce symptoms of depression.
Healing Touch is an “energy therapy” that uses gentle hand techniques thought to help re-pattern the patient’s energy field and accelerate healing of the body, mind, and spirit. Healing Touch is based on the belief that human beings are fields of energy that are in constant interaction with others and the environment.
Kinesiology is the study of human movement, function and performance and its effect on human health. Kinesiology uses the body as a biofeedback system, because it knows best what is good for it and what is not.
With “Touch for Health,” a method of Kinesiology, therapists use targeted muscle tests to localise energy blocks in human system and specifically resolve those using techniques e.g. based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), chiropractic and acupressure, to activate and support body’s self-healing process.
According to the theory, the individual muscles are related to the so called meridians, the energy channels in our body. There are two superordinate ones, the central and governor vessels, which are seen as the battery of the meridians energy and the 12 main meridians, which are related to the organs and emotions.
Many internal and external influences from the environment have negative effects on our system and our life energy. These factors can divided into biomechanical (e.g. posture, movement), biochemical (e.g. food, toxins, electrosmog) and our psyche (e.g. emotions, anxiety). If one or more of these parameters are out of balance, we are not able to live our full potential or the system even starts getting sick or creating diseases.
By localising these imbalances via the muscles and targeted balancing, “Touch” therapy can help body to heal itself, solving stress, pain and blockages and strengthen the entire system and increase the life energy.
According to TCM, the body is only healthy if the life energy (Qi) can flow “unblocked” in our whole system.
Another increasingly popular technique is the EFT tapping. Emotional freedom technique (EFT), also referred to as tapping or psychological acupressure. People who use this technique believe tapping the body can create a balance in your energy system and treat pain. According to its developer, Gary Craig, a disruption in energy is the cause of all negative emotions and pain. Though still being researched, EFT tapping has been used to treat people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
While touch is used extensively for stress and anxiety and in palliative care, research is now increasingly focussing on whether it can impede the progress of a number of diseases, including depression and cancer. Several studies are showing significant benefits in wound healing, pain and anxiety.
Touch orients us in the world and connects us to one another.
To touch is to give.
And in some cases, touching can help others more than saying words.