My first introduction to Therapeutic Touch was during a Memories & More session that NSCR’s Caregiver Support program hosted a few years ago. Therapeutic Touch practitioners visited a session and offered a 15 minute treatment to caregivers who were currently supporting their loved ones’ journeys with dementia. I watched as the caregivers sat in a chair or laid down and closed their eyes. I saw the practitioners gently placing their hands on their arms, legs, and feet. It was different than watching someone get a massage. The treatment seemed calmer, gentler… if not a little ambiguous. What stuck in my mind was the shift in the caregivers’ energy after the treatment. They seemed to walk, breathe, and speak slower. Their shoulders were relaxed – like a weight had been lifted.
Fast forward three years when it’s suggested to me that I interview Therapeutic Touch practitioner Alex Jamieson to help inform more caregivers about this valuable therapy. I began my interview process as I usually do – by researching the subject to find out more. I quickly discovered that reading about Therapeutic Touch is a bit abstruse, much like witnessing a session. You know and understand that it’s a healing experience, but you’re not really sure why or how. “Therapeutic Touch is a contemporary interpretation of several ancient healing practices. It is an intentionally directed process of energy exchange during which the practitioner uses the hands as a focus to facilitate the healing process,” says the BC Therapeutic Touch Network Society. “The practitioner may apply light touch with permission during the Therapeutic Touch session or may simply move his/her hands a few inches from the body.” I was intrigued, but I wanted to learn more about how this treatment helps people heal.
Alex and I found time to speak on the phone, and I learned that Alex volunteers his time as a Therapeutic Touch practitioner entirely on a volunteer basis. (See Jamieson Bio, below). I asked Alex how he would describe Therapeutic Touch to someone who had no idea what it was. He told me that the best way to understand Therapeutic Touch was to experience it, and offered to gift a session to me. Of course, I accepted.
Alex greeted me at their front door and I noticed that I immediately felt a wash of calm come over me. We chatted for a few minutes and he showed me to their at-home treatment room. I laid down on the massage table and was covered in a warm blanket. Now, I have to break here to explain to the reader that although I had every intention of remembering each moment of the treatment, I don’t. I remember feeling gentle pressure on my shoulders, arms, legs and feet. I remember feeling resonating from Alex’s hands, though they weren’t touching. I felt very, very relaxed – more so as the treatment went on, which was only about 20 minutes in length. Near the end of the session, it felt as though my whole body was vibrating… like a tension was releasing that I didn’t even know I was holding on to. Alex came in after the session to check in with me and I explained my experience as best as I could. Alex said that when doing a body scan, he did not detect any pain or illness, but he did notice that my throat chakra seemed closed. “You’re a singer, aren’t you?” asked Alex. “Yes,” I responded. “You have to share your gift with people,” he said. Unexpectedly, I burst in to tears. How could he have known that for months prior I hadn’t been singing or writing music? It was amazing. I left feeling a little vulnerable, but also cared for and open. A healing had undoubtedly occurred.
My hope for caregivers reading this article is that you and your loved ones will experience a Therapeutic Touch session, if for nothing else than a chance to take a break and to let someone care for you.
Alex and Brenda Jamieson have been practicing Therapeutic Touch (TT) for about 15 Years, and have also learned to utilize other modalities such as Heating Touch. They are both comfortably retired, but still offer energy medicine sessions on a volunteer basis at Paul Sugar Palliative Centre in North Vancouver, at Evergreen House long term care residence, and elsewhere.
They first learned about the energy medicine used in the UK at churches where hands-on-healing was offered on a regular basis. After Brenda was helped by such a treatment, Alex began taking TT courses, and eventually Brenda joined in. They have many anecdotes of successful outcomes.
For example, they visited a man in St. Paul’s Hospital who had just had an operation for bowel cancer and was in extreme pain. They could feel the pain when they put their hands near his abdomen… They did a treatment and the next day he was off the morphine. “He had confirmed that it worked,” Alex explains, “but this is not magic, people can learn to heal themselves. The energy comes from The Field, or from God, we are just channels” says Alex. “We never saw the guy with the cancer again, except we noticed him walking happily along Lonsdale one day…”
If you would like a session, Alex and Brenda recommend the following:
For more information on Therapeutic Touch, visit https://bctherapeutictouch.com/. On the North Shore, there are free “Practice Groups” on Thursdays.
For a Healing Touch session, see: http://www.healingtouchcanada.net/ or Contact Irma Jerusa at: email@example.com or see: https://www.facebook.com/irmajeru/
Paul Sugar Palliative Centre offers free energy healing sessions for caregivers and patients every Monday and Wednesday. See http://www.palliativesupport.ca/sessions