For more than two days, a mother and daughter remained with their loved one as he received care in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center. During this difficult time, their nurse reached out to the hospital's Volunteer Services team and Chaplain Bogar Hernandez to provide additional support for the family.
“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 Chaplain 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 a noninvasive 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 person in a position to self-heal.
Benefits of Healing Touch:
- 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
Healing Touch is a complementary service available to patients and their loved ones at Sharp Chula Vista through its Spiritual Care and Volunteer Services departments. It is also available at Sharp Coronado, Sharp Memorial and Sharp Grossmont hospitals. This service is one of many Integrative Medicine options available to those receiving care from Sharp HealthCare.