Healing Touch is a relaxing, nurturing energy therapy. Gentle touch assists in balancing your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Healing Touch works with your energy field to support your natural ability to heal. It is safe for all ages and works in harmony with standard medical care.

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

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


Healing Touch is used in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, long term care facilities, private practices, hospices, and spas. Janet Mentgen, RN, founded Healing Touch in 1989 as a continuing education program for nurses, massage therapists, other health care professionals, and lay persons. Today Healing Touch has spread internationally and is taught in universities, medical and nursing schools, and other settings internationally.


The first session involves a consultation as well as the energy session itself. The provider will ask a series of questions about the individual’s physical, mental, and emotional situation, and will answer any questions. Then the individual will lie fully clothed on a massage table while the provider gently places their hands slightly above or on the individual. The session generally lasts 40 to 60 minutes, and people frequently report feeling deeply relaxed and peaceful during and after the session. There is a cumulative effect of using Healing Touch over time and regular sessions are recommended.


History of
Healing Touch

The Healing Touch Certificate Program was developed by Janet Mentgen, RN, BSN (1938-2005) during her nursing career. Over the last 25 years of her life she was committed to studying, practicing, and teaching energy therapies. Healing Touch developed from her study and experience with other healers and her own practice and teaching through courses she offered in nursing continuing education in a Denver community college in the 1980's. Her healing practice helped her understand and implement the energy techniques and provided the basis for the self care emphasis within the curriculum.

In 1988, Janet was honored as the holistic nurse of the year by the American Holistic Nurses' Association (AHNA) for her outstanding work in teaching touch therapies and for its impact on individuals and community. AHNA's efforts to bring energy therapies within their organizational framework created an opportunity for Janet and others to offer Healing Touch in Memphis, Tennessee, and in Gainesville, Florida as a pilot project in 1989. Due to its success, Healing Touch became a certificate program of the AHNA in 1990 with 25 programs offered across the USA in that first year. Colorado Center for Healing Touch, Janet's for-profit business, was established as a provider of Healing Touch classes.

AHNA began offering certification for Healing Touch practitioners and instructors in 1993. In 1996 due to its tremendous growth and diversity of the practitioners, Healing Touch International, Inc., a non-profit educational organization, was formed to administer the certification program while also providing community and continuing education, and promoting Healing Touch research and health care integration. AHNA continued to support Healing Touch by providing endorsement for the Healing Touch Certificate Program.

Healing Touch International, as the professional membership organization, has as its mission to spread healing and light worldwide through the heart-centered practice and teaching of Healing Touch. There are over 2000 members of HTI with over 200 certified instructors and nearly 2000 Certified Healing Touch Practitioners.

Healing Touch continues to expand worldwide and is now currently taught throughout the United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Sweden, The Netherlands, Germany, Romania, India, South Africa, Trinidad, Italy, and South America. Over 50,000 individuals have taken Healing Touch classes. Classes are offered through independent instructors and businesses, universities, and health care facilities. New areas are continually opening and requests are being received from the international community to continue to offer programs. Healing Touch is in harmony with people from all walks of life.

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