MARSHALL - Human touch can be a powerful thing. And area resident Barb Grube said she hopes to use it to help people improve their well-being.
Grube, a Cottonwood resident, is offering Healing Touch therapy services at the Shiatsu Massage Center, located on 3rd Street in Marshall. Healing Touch is an alternative method to help support the body's healing process and ease the symptoms of a wide range of conditions, Grube said.
"It's a form of energy healing," Grube said. Practitioners use gentle touches to help balance energy fields on the human body, she said.
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Barb Grube began offering Healing Touch services at the Shiatsu Massage Center in Marshall this summer. Healing Touch is a technique that Grube said can be used to help with conditions ranging from stress relief to pain management.
Grube said she has worked as a dialysis nurse in southwest Minnesota for more than 17 years. But at the same time, she said she's always had an interest in additional methods to help people.
"There's more to health care than just the physical piece. You have to combine it with the emotional, mental and spiritual pieces," Grube said. "Not everything works for everyone."
Grube took classes from the American Holistic Nurses Association on alternative methods of healing, to complement physical care. One technique that particularly caught her interest was Healing Touch therapy.
Grube said Healing Touch is not the same as massage, although it has some similarities to shiatsu. It's hands-on, she said, but "it's a gentle touch, from head to toe."
Healing Touch doesn't use oils or lotions and is always done with clothing on, Grube said. She said it can be used in a wide variety of situations, from managing pain or recovering from surgery, to stress relief and relaxation.
Grube emphasized that Healing Touch is not a cure, or a replacement for medical care.
"It's a complement to traditional care," Grube said. As a practitioner, she doesn't heal people. However, Healing Touch is a tool that people may find helps to ease physical symptoms and side effects.
Healing Touch sessions vary from client to client, she said.
"It's kind of tailored to what the person needs," Grube said. The effects may vary from person to person, as well. Often, people say they feel relaxed, or are sleeping better. "Enhanced sleeping is probably the first thing people notice."
Grube started offering Healing Touch services in August. She said she and Shiatsu Massage Center owner Mary Taylor have worked well together, sharing the same space at different times of the week. Grube offers Healing Touch services on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Marshall, or at other times by appointment.
So far, Grube said, most of her advertising has been word-of-mouth, but the response has been good. She also had an open house earlier this month.
"The more I do it, the more excited I am," Grube said of practicing Healing Touch. "The response has been very positive."