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Healing Touch Deals with Correcting Body's Magnetic Field

May 06, 2009
Healing Touch deals with correcting body’s magnetic field By Pam Mellskog © 2009 Longmont Times-Call LONGMONT — When Susie Rolando practices Healing Touch, she holds her hands 3 inches from a client’s body to feel for energy field anomalies. Certain areas of this supposed magnetic field around the body may produce sensations that include temperature differences, tingles, prickles and even magnetism, she said. Rolando then uses Healing Touch techniques to bring those anomalies back into harmony with the rest of the energy field — something proponents say promotes physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. Far out as this sounds, the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., has funded energy field research, and Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette includes Healing Touch as a complementary and alternative therapy. Nurses and massage therapists can earn continuing education credits for studying this therapy based on the concepts of compassion, energy medicine, positive intention, touch, self-empowerment and the mind-body-spirit triad, according to the Healing Touch Program Web site. However, no one knows exactly why some find this therapy effective to treat stress, pain, immune function and more. Rolando, a former software engineer, agrees that it’s mysterious. In 2002, she underwent the Healing Touch treatment — developed by Janet Mentgen, a Denver-area nurse, in 1989 — after the removal of a benign tumor in her neck reduced her voice to a whisper. She tried Healing Touch after one doctor suggested that only surgery would restore her voice and another predicted a yearlong recovery. “After a couple of sessions, my voice came back,” said Rolando, 52. The experience inspired her later in 2002 to undergo the rigorous two-year certification process required of practitioners. She became a certified practitioner in 2005 and now co-directs the North Front Range Healing Touch Clinic and support group based at Westview Presbyterian Church in Longmont. “A lot of people are curious about what it feels like. It feels relaxing,” she said of the one-hour session that begins with discussing the client’s healing intentions. “But come in willing and open to discuss what’s going on and willing and open to accept what happens,” she continued. “Some people come with a specific issue. But that’s not always the one that will be remedied.” Pam Mellskog can be reached at 303-684-5224 or pmellskog@times-call.com