Total Health Dimensions
Loudon, TN 37774
Rev. Mary Ann Geoffrey, RN, HTCP/I is currently in private practice as a Holistic Nurse specializing in Healing Touch (HT) to help clients move toward wellness. She teaches beginning and advanced levels of the Healing Touch Program nationally. Ordained in 2002, Mary Ann recognizes caring for the soul in the healing process and works with a holistic approach. An enthusiastic speaker, she incorporates humor in her teaching style.
Born in Michigan, Mary Ann moved to beautiful TN in 1998. She is a Wife, Mom and Grandmother of 5 children & 8 grandchildren. She loves travel, gardening, cooking, books and games.
Q. How did you get started in this work of Healing Touch?
In the late 1980’s, I was inspired by Dora Kunz, who along with Dr. Dolores Krieger founded Therapeutic Touch. At a workshop I attended, Dora worked on a man who had slurred speech and walked with a shuffle as he was suffering from Parkinson’s disease. The following day, I saw him walk and talk normally. This was my first exposure to a change that occurred as the result of utilizing what is termed today “energy medicine”.
I felt guided to learn more about working in the energy field surrounding and interpenetrating the body. I started classes in 1989 with Janet Mentgen RN, the founder of the Healing Touch Program, and became certified as both a practitioner and instructor in Healing Touch. Wow!I just realized I have been doing this work for over 25 years.
Q. What do you think the public needs to know about holistic health?
I have some favorite statements from the Healing Touch Integrative Care Program book published in June 2013.
I love the term “Integrative Medicine” because it is an approach that involves the care of the whole person.It puts the patient at the “center” and recognizes the full range of physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, social and environmental issues that affect our health. As Healing Touch addresses the whole person, body, mind and spirit, it provides patient/client care at all levels.
An Integrative medicine approach combines complementary/alternative modalities (CAM) with the best practices of conventional therapies. It’s a team approach. Trends in healthcare indicate that Healing Touch and other CAM modalities are playing an increasing role in the health and well-being of patients. Patient satisfaction is on the rise.
A perceived shift in health care is that people desire more active participation in decisions about their health. Patients need to be empowered to take a very active role in their health care.
Health care today directs the “limited time” a doctor can spend with the patient as today’s approach includes cost effectiveness. That’s only one of the reasons a team approach is refreshing. Often holistic practitioners have the “time” to be better listeners and can help the patient identify ways they can participate in their own healing process.
And yes! There is a difference between cure and healing. Cure relates to physical healing or dissipation of symptoms, whereas healing is a broader term, encompassing the emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of being human. Think of Christopher Reeves. His physical body was not cured, but his “spirit” of courage, his compassion, dedication toward wellness and caring for others reflected healing and holism. Did you see the news recently? Four paralyzed persons are standing and moving their legs thanks to the dedicated efforts of doctors/scientists and the Christopher Reeve foundation.
Q. What do you think the public needs to know about Healing Touch?
Healing Touch methods work with the human energy field which penetrates and surrounds the body and the energy centers within and beyond the physical body. The term “Aura” is familiar to many.
Healing Touch is an energy healing therapy in which the practitioner consciously utilizes light or near-body touch to clear, balance and energize the human energy system to promote health and healing for mind, body and spirit. This is a holistic approach.
The suggested benefits of Healing Touch from Qualitative Research, Anecdotal support and Pilot studies include:
– facilitates wound healing,
– assists in preparation for and recovery from medical treatment, surgeries and procedures,
– supports individual and families through the dying process,
– supports individuals through chronic illness,
– improves the quality of sleep and enhances a sense of spiritual connection.
Quantitative studies support the use of HT for reducing anxiety, tension, stress, fatigue and pain.
In addition, Healing Touch can be used with individuals of all ages and stages of health/illness.
Who does Healing Touch?
Healing Touch is used extensively in the nursing profession. It is also practiced by many allied health care professionals such as massage therapists, body workers, chaplains, spiritual directors, social workers, chiropractors, physicians and other energy medicine practitioners.
Also, very important are the Individuals outside the health professions who study Healing Touch for personal reasons, such as self-care or helping family or community members. I want to highlight this as a reason to take a beginning level of Healing Touch. I like to say “help your family, help your friends and help your pets”. The techniques are easy to learn.
Janet Mentgen always felt there should be a Healing Touch Practitioner in every home and family. Imagine having the ability to help a family member feel “less pain or anxiety” by using some movements of your hands, smoothing the energy field surrounding the body.
Individuals who want to learn to “help their family and friends” would benefit from taking a Level 1 class, which is a two day workshop. A better term for it would be a “fun shop”. Most people report that Level 1 is a life changing experience and they usually feel they have the skills to “help those in need”. This is a great place to start. Those who desire a professional practice can take additional levels of Healing Touch. Classes are held in the Knoxville area throughout the year.
What are you most proud of?
Family tops the list. I believe that Healing Touch is my life mission. I am proud of every student who has taken a Healing Touch Class. Why? They touch the lives of those in need by offering them heart-centered compassionate care with Healing Touch.
I am very proud that the Healing Touch Program has received National Accreditation. It took years of hard work to achieve this great credential. This is a huge “milestone”!
Accreditation and Healing Touch
Healing Touch Certification and the Healing Touch Program are pleased to announce that the Healing Touch Certified Practitioner (HTCP) credential has become the first Energy Medicine profession to achieve accreditation through the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE).
The NCCA‘s mission is to ensure the health, welfare and safety of the public through accreditation.
Holding this credential represents the excellence of a high quality program and demonstrates to the public the accountability to maintain a set of standards in the field of Energy Medicine and to create safe and excellent client care.
We join approximately 300 NCCA accredited programs, such as the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses, and the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. You can review the accredited program directory on the NCCA website.
That’s all Folks! Hope to see you in a class of Healing Touch!