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Sharp Health News

A healing touch for those in need

Oct. 16, 2015

Healing Touch at Sharp Chula Vista

For more than two days, a mother and daughter remained with their loved one as he received care at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center’s ICU. And for more than two days, neither of them slept just so they could remain near him. It was on the third day that they decided to reach out to Bogar Hernandez and Lisa Golden for support.

“When we first met with the patient’s family, they requested Healing Touch therapy to help calm their anxiety during such a trying time,” says Bogar Hernandez, staff chaplain for Sharp Chula Vista. “This specific therapy provides patients and their loved ones with the necessary support needed beyond the bedside.”

Healing Touch is an energy-based, therapeutic approach that uses touch to influence the body’s energy system. Considered to be a non-invasive technique, practitioners use their hands in a heart-centered and intentional way to harness the specific energy field that surrounds the body. Through this method, they are able to support physical, emotional and mental health. The goal of this technique is to restore balance and harmony within the human energy system, placing the patient in a position to self-heal.

Benefits of Healing Touch include:

  • Enhanced relaxation
  • Reduction in pain, anxiety and stress
  • Increased sense of well-being
  • Support for the body’s natural healing process
  • Reduced effects from trauma and chronic pain
“Not only are we providers of health care services, but we are also healers, instructors and artists,” explains Lisa Golden, manager of Volunteer Services at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center. “In this specific instance, we were able to provide the mother and daughter with much needed respite and comfort.”

Healing Touch is a complementary service available to patients and their loved ones at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center through its Spiritual Care and Volunteer Services departments. This service is one of many Integrative Medicine options available to those receiving care from Sharp HealthCare.

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