Learn the healing techniques of Reiki and soft touch massage

Griffin Hospital invites the community to learn how to perform the healing benefits of Soft Touch Massage and Reiki with two workshops at the hospital this February.

The Soft Touch workshop is set for Saturday, Feb. 20 from 1-4 p.m. The Reiki workshop is scheduled from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27. Both therapies are offered to patients and their caregivers at Griffin Hospital as a way to reduce their anxiety, pain and stress.

Soft Touch is a therapeutic, relaxing and gentle rub that can be given to an individual's hands, feet, or back. The workshop is led by Licensed Massage Therapist Joanne Halstead, R.N., BSN, and Physical Therapist Nancy Corvigno, MSPT, PRPC. This basic-level training includes a demonstration of various Soft Touch techniques as well as opportunity for hands-on practice.

The cost is $30 for the public and free to current Griffin Hospital volunteers and staff. The registration deadline is Feb. 6. To enroll, contact Laura Murphy, Planetree Services supervisor at 203-732-7466.

Reiki is a complementary healing method based on ancient healing practices. It involves the conscious direction of healing energy -- through the practitioner's hands - to the patient. When channeled properly, this energy promotes healing by relieving energy blockages to the body. The practice of Reiki is intended to bring balance to the energy fields thereby promoting healing on all levels.

Reiki Masters Eileen Carino, R.N.-BC, MA, ADS, and Mark Sampieri, R.Ph., will teach the basic concepts of Reiki, allowing ample time for hands-on practice. The cost is $125, including certificate and Reiki book. Griffin Hospital employees and current volunteers can register at the discounted rate of $25.

Workshop space is limited, and preregistration is required by Feb. 13. To register, call Laura at 203-732-7466.