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Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Healing Touch workshop provides gift of healing

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

Do you want to enhance wellness for yourself and others? By becoming a Healing Touch practitioner you can share the gift of healing and offer comfort and relief to others by mastering techniques that support health through Healing Touch. CentraCare Education & Professional Development is offering a two-day Healing Touch level 1 course from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 27-28 at CentraCare Health Plaza, Windfeldt room. Registration deadline is Sept. 6.

Healing Touch is a relaxing, nurturing, energy-based therapy that uses gentle touch to influence and support the energy system within and around the body. Safe for all ages, Healing Touch works in harmony with traditional medical care to support the body’s natural ability to heal.

Healing Touch practitioners are community members and patient care practitioners including nurses, patient care assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, chaplains and others who desire an in-depth understanding of healing work that uses energy-based concepts.

Participants learn:

  • Principles and practice of Healing Touch
  • Energy system concepts related to health
  • Basic energy principles and assessment of the energy system, field, centers and functions
  • Meditation for centering and maintaining energetic flow
  • Healing techniques
  • Principles of self-healing
  • Legal and professional aspects of touch therapies
  • Ethical conduct and standards of practice, and integrity in Healing Touch

Cost is $160.00 for CentraCare Health employees and volunteers; $309.00 for all others. There also is a textbook fee of $40. Tuition reimbursement may be available through a grant provided by CentraCare Foundation for individuals who want to become Healing Touch Volunteers at St. Cloud Hospital after completing courses 1 and 2. Course 2 is Dec. 6-7. The volunteering commitment is 6 hours per month for one year.

For more information about Healing Touch contact Annie Brenner at 320-251-2700, ext. 51554, or email To register, contact the CentraCare Health Education and Professional Development department at 320-255-5642 or email Continuing education contact hours available.