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Preparing for Surgery

Susan was preparing for a hysterectomy. She was so filled with anxiety that she was like a deer in headlights. She looked at me wide-eyed and asked, “What if I die?” 

Her eyes filled with tears as I said gently, “Let’s see what we can do to help.”

Surgery can often be an invasive, painful and downright scary procedure that most people wish they could avoid, but I knew that Healing Touch could reduce Susan’s fears so that she could enter the operation feeling calm and confident.

Susan’s doctor had prescribed some anti-anxiety medication that she could take if she started to feel too anxious in the days leading up to the procedure, but she was feeling reluctant to take it. I told her that there are many tools in the toolbox, including prescription medications, that can be helpful. But, I also honored her desire to avoid extra medicine if possible.

We set the intention that she would feel more settled. When I assessed her energy system, the edge of her biofield was constricted and I sensed a prickly heaviness surrounding her. I performed two Healing Touch techniques: Mind Clearing to elicit the relaxation response and Magnetic Clearing to help release the physical, emotional, and mental tension that she was experiencing. At the end of the session, her field was balanced, lighter, and more expanded. She reported feeling calm, centered, and more peaceful. “A bit of anxiety is still there, but it isn’t so overpowering.”

Then, we discussed self care. I recommended she listen to a guided imagery CD to integrate the work that we had done and to support her preparation and recovery from the hysterectomy.

After the surgery, I visited her in the hospital and asked her how it went. Though still groggy from the anesthesia, she said, “After our session the anxiety completely melted away. Listening to the CD was helpful and I didn’t even need to take the medicine.”

Of course, I was delighted that our session had been so helpful! She agreed that our next step would be to use Healing Touch to facilitate her recovery, clearing the effects of anesthesia, reducing pain, and accelerating the healing process.

Are you, or someone you know, anticipating surgery? I’d love to connect with you to discuss the possibilities for preparing and recovering with grace and ease. Indeed, Healing Touch can be a powerful tool for your healthcare toolbox.

Katie Oberlin

A Healing Touch Certified Practitioner, Katie received advanced training in shamanic healing at The Power Path School of Shamanism in 2014. Her travels have taken her to power spots in the southwestern United States, as well as Mexico and Peru, where she has worked with shamans from the Q’ero and Shipibo indigenous healing traditions.