Tuesday, January 15, 2008


I've spent the day at the hospital with my 77-year-old mother (note our "power years" line up). She had laproscopic gallbladder surgery this morning. We're going home very shortly. She is way ahead of the recovery for this surgery, especially for someone her age. She'd tell you it's because of Healing Touch. I would tell you that too. I saw it. I'm a believer.

When she spoke to the surgeon this morning during pre-op, she said, "Now my Healing Touch Therapist is going to come. I hope you don't have a problem with that!" He said, "You know? I used to think that was just a load of huey, but I had this weird thing with my leg and I'll be damned, one of those therapists did her magic on it and it felt great!"

"And that's another thing," my mother cautioned, "no profanity in the OR. I don't need that negativity entering my body while you have me open there on the table!"

"OK!" he answered. "I used to be a sailor, but I'll check it at the door!"

This is not the woman that raised me. That woman thought doctors were gods and were not to be questioned, let alone bossed around.

Guess you can teach an old dog new tricks.

Turns out her Episcopal priest, a woman, is a healing touch therapist. My mom has been to some of the training to become one too. She thinks it's something I should look into. I'm all over it.

This is not some "New Agey" thing. This is ANCIENT. We born with the Bible in our hands folk know all about the "laying on of hands."

The woman that came to the hospital, about four hours after surgery, stayed for an hour. She whispered blessings, rubbed lavender oil into her palms, and moved them both above and on my mom's body in a very "I know just what I'm doing" way. My mom fell into a sound sleep.

Before and after the treatment, she held a silver necklace with a heart pendant dangling from it. It swung like crazy over certain areas of her body, and held still over others. Where there was extra energy, extra swinging, extra attention she paid.

I don't know what I was expecting this woman to look like, but she wasn't it. This woman had salt and pepper hair cut short, no make-up, sensible shoes, a wedding ring that said to me, "I've celebrated at least 40 years of marriage," and she told me she was an RN. Fascinating.

If I had more time to spend here, I'd start my research now, but darned if we aren't checking out!

*Photo from www.kihiwhealing.com


Marge said...

Carrie- How very kind of you to be there for your mother. The healing power of touch is underestimated in this world today. I too would love to learn more. Thinking of you and your mom. much love.

Cheryl said...

I am glad your mom is doing so well.
I am a huge believer in Healing Touch Therapists!! They can do very amazing things, even for dogs (really). I have had a few Healing Touch Massages, and it was a very powerful experience.
Look into it more, it is so fasincating, and has been going on for a long, long time.

We have this great store here called Seven Rays, see if they have a website.


Anonymous said...

YAY that your Mom has recovered so quickly!! Please tell us more about this method of healing!? -M

Suzy said...


Beautiful post Carrie.


Robin said...

Wow, this sounds amazing. If you find out any details about the training, please post them.

Kapuananiokalaniakea said...

LOVE that you know an old dog that has learned new tricks! That gives me hope.
AND...if you need a buddy to take trainings with you, I'm all over it!

Michelle O'Neil said...


What a great post Carrie.

Love to your new mother.

kario said...

Sending wishes for a speedy recovery for your mother. I can't wait to see what you find on healing touch. Sounds great to me!

Kathryn said...

Your mother rocks! I know that healing touch works first hand because I learned it in massage therapy training at the Association for Research and Enlightenment in Virgnia - Edgar Cayce's place! (Cayce-Reilly School of Massotherapy).

How wonderful to have it in the hospital after surgery.

Jess said...

Going big with healing touch. Does it seem like the most natural, sensible medicine?

Lots of research studies to prove it, too.

Glad your mom is open on this level. It's got to trickle down to other levels for her, right?

Kim said...

Good for your mom for embracing Healing Touch! I have never seen it done, but I'm not at all surprised that it can really help.

I'm glad she's recovering quickly and hope she continues to feel better.

Jerri said...

Blessings to your mother. And to you.

I did my training as a hospice volunteer along with a practitioner of Healing Touch. Truly amazing how much comfort and relief she could provide.

Looking forward to hearing what you learn.

holly said...

Love you and your mom. Good for her for being open to something new.

shauna said...

You're mom's a fireball--I love it!

La La said...

As one who has experienced and practiced the laying on of hands, I'd say, "Yes, there is power in the healing touch!"

Glad you were able to be with your mom, and that she is doing so well that she's back to "driving you crazy!" LOL!