What is Healing Touch?


As  a faith-based organization, we believe spiritual and emotional health are vital elements of overall well-being.  This belief guides us in all that we do and is a contributing factor for the foundation's support of the Healing Touch Program at St. Anthony's Hospital - a relaxing nurturing energy therapy which creates a positive recovery through a variety of human touch techniques.

Healing Touch is a gentle, complementary energy-based approach to health and healing. The goal is to restore harmony and balance to the human energy system through a heart-centered caring relationship and the use of contact/non-contact touch to greatly assist the body in its natural ability to heal.

Healing Touch influences physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of healing. Some positive effects include the reduction of pain, anxiety and nausea. A profound sense of relaxation is often experienced during and following a treatment.

How can Healing Touch benefit you?

Healing Touch research suggests that there are many benefits.  Individual experiences will vary.

  • Calming anxiety, depression
  • Decreasing pain
  • Strengthening the immune system
  • Enhancing recovery from surgery
  • Complementing care for neck and back problems
  • Deepening spiritual connection
  • Supporting cancer care
  • Creating a sense of well being
  • Easing acute and chronic conditions

Healing Touch Providers

The Certified Healing Touch Practitioner (CHTP) credential is widely recognized in energy therapy training.  Look for the CHTP credential to assure the highest standards. All CHTPs:

  • Complete a rigorous training and certification program 
  • Abide by a professional Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice

Your Healing Touch session may be provided by a specially trained volunteer. Please tell your nurse if you would like a Healing Touch Treatment during your hospital stay.

For more information, please contact St. Anthony's Hospital Healing Touch Program at (727) 502-4270.