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Helping new moms relax with a Healing Touch

March 27, 2018

Helping new moms relax with a Healing Touch

Giving birth is a joyous and beautiful event. However, the process of having a baby is called “labor” for a good reason. Besides being physically demanding, it can also be emotionally stressful — and sometimes doesn’t always go as planned.

That’s where Lisa Goodman, the integrative healing coordinator at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, comes in.

“I use Healing Touch to help new mothers relax and let go of expectations of what they think is the right way to feel after having a baby,” says Goodman.

Because bringing new life into the world involves enormous change that you don’t always have control over, for Goodman, it’s a personal calling and an opportunity to make things better.

“I had my own experience with the expectation of having a vaginal birth, and also that breastfeeding would happen naturally as I was told by others,” she says.

“That wasn’t the case for me. I was so overwhelmed by the entire birthing experience, including a C-section, and I found it was virtually impossible to relax and let my body recover.”

Healing Touch is a relaxation therapy that alleviates stress and helps women move forward in their healing journey. The energy-based therapeutic approach uses gentle touch to influence the body’s energy system, and takes about 15 minutes. The practitioner’s hands are used to connect, open and balance, thus creating a sense of harmony within the patient’s body.

Recently, Goodman administered Healing Touch to a young mother who had given birth to her third son. Using her hands in a heart-centered way, Goodman applied a very light touch, at times hovering just above the patient’s body, starting at the feet and working her way up to the patient’s head. In this way, she influenced the natural energy field that surrounds the body.

To promote relaxation, soft music was also played through the GetWellNetwork®, which patients can access through their in-room TV and the comfort of their own bed.

The science behind the approach is that the human hand has a vibration or frequency — measured in hertz — that impacts healing. In traditional medicine, pulsed electromagnetic field therapy machines give off a similar frequency and have been used for quite some time in a similar manner.

New mothers who’ve received Healing Touch are responding positively to this new energy therapy. Indeed, the young mother was so relaxed she was asleep before Goodman left the room.

“We can do lots of things with traditional medication. Healing Touch can be used in combination to provide another layer of support, and it’s natural,” she says.

Reflecting back on her own experience she adds, “I believe Healing Touch would’ve helped me find balance and peace, and reduced the anxiety and stress levels I felt. Just having someone come into my room to provide comfort in the form of light touch would’ve been wonderful to ease into my new role as a mother.”

Goodman also holds certifications in reiki, guided imagery and clinical aroma therapy.

For the news media: To talk with Lisa Goodman about Healing Touch for an upcoming story, contact Erica Carlson, senior public relations specialist, at erica.carlson@sharp.com.

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