Spirituality, in many ways, describes the essence of the person, the soul or spirit connection and comes from the Latin spiritualis, of breathing, of wind (1). Healing Touch is believed to work with an individual’s energy field, which has a spiritual “layer” or component resulting in a heart-centered interaction between the client and practitioner.
In an end of life study, Healing Touch participants reported increased relaxation, relief of pain, spiritual benefit, calmness and improved breathing (2). A large survey of over 300 Healing Touch students found those in higher levels of the program had higher scores on spirituality measures (3). The study findings suggest involvement in an energy-based therapy may be one way to develop spiritual awareness.