GHS senior Molly Arnone was operating on just a few hours of sleep on Thursday and said she was experiencing anxiety over her mid term exams, and that her shoulders felt heavy.
Ten minutes after a visit with the Healing Touch volunteers set up in the foyer outside what was once the auditorium, she felt much better.
“I feel balanced, whole,” Molly said. “I fell like I breathed out my negative energy. Even my head feels lighter,” she said.
Her friend Akane Edwards, a junior, said she felt refreshed and the experience made her see colors.
A few minutes later, Coach Lapham stopped by. Then science teacher, John DeLuca. And eventually Kathy Steiner, who is a GHS health teacher who organizes the visits of Healing Touch volunteers during exams and at the health fair.
The Healing Touch volunteers will return to GHS on Tuesday and everyone is invited to give it a try, or to return for another visit.
According to Roberta Brown Brugo, the Healing Touch volunteers have been visiting GHS for four or five years. A registered nurse and certified Healing Touch practitioner, Mrs. Brown Brugo described the technique as an energy therapy that helps people feel calm and relaxed.
“It works on emotional, mental and spiritual well-being,” she said. “We look at the whole person.”
Volunteer Kay Woodard said ordinarily their volunteer services are provided to clients who are older, and are sick or in physical therapy. “This is a little different. Whereas with our typical clients we’re trying to relieve pain, here we helping to clear people’s minds. It’s about stabilizing and balancing.”
Woodard said her first GHS client fell asleep, which she interpreted as the ultimate compliment. “There was a big football player who was skeptical, but he was won over,” she said.
Martha Taylor said it is amazing to see the look of total relaxation on the students’ faces.
Mrs. Brown Brugo said the goal is to help people become calm and relaxed, reduce stress and anxiety. “It can be for just a sense of well-being,” she said. “It brings people back to the present moment and they observe their breath flowing in and flowing out.”