Healing touch: Using bio-energy for stress relief

“Bio-Energy for Stress Relief for University Students,” was presented by the Women’s Center in SUB 168 on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Caroline Madill; an MSU nursing, honors student and student research assistant; and Alice Running; a professor of nursing at MSU, Ph.D. and board certified nurse practitioner, led the lecture and introduced healing touch. Healing touch is a form of complementary health care therapy that interacts with the human bio-energy system. The theory is that each person has their own energy field as a result of the nerve impulses and electric current that flow through the body. A practitioner will realign and interact with an energy field of a patient by placing his or her hands in certain defined sequences or through particular motions around and on the patient.

Madill and Running have conducted studies in the library during finals week for the past two semesters. The purpose of these studies was to determine whether healing touch could lower the stress levels of students. The results were conclusive that healing touch is in fact a good form of stress relief. Running would like to offer healing touch to students more regularly as she believes it is extremely beneficial. If you are feeling particularly stressed this finals week, the two hope to be back in the library helping students relax once again. This lecture was presented by the Women’s center as part of their Sack Lunch Seminar series. All of these lectures take place from 12-1 p.m. in SUB 168. Interested in attending a future sack lunch seminar? The schedule of events can be found at montana.edu/women/sacklunch.html