The lived experience of spiritual healing touch in older women with chronic pain
AuthorKelly, Mary Gay
Glittenberg Kopp, JoAnn
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe Parse research method of phenomenology was used to explore the universal lived experience of Spiritual Healing Touch in older women with Chronic Pain. Three individuals with chronic non-malignant pain naive to touch modalities received one treatment and participated in audio-taped dialogical engagement. The taped discussions were analyzed using Parse's procedure of extraction-synthesis. Three core concepts emerged to formulate a structure of the lived experience of Spiritual Healing Touch. The core concepts identified were: 1) Transcendence of body, mind and spirit emerges with relaxation while pain intensifies-dissipates in the presence of integrated wholeness; 2) Co-transcending the physical boundaries of energy emerges into the unique experience of beneficial comfort in the presence of transformational uncertainty; and 3) Energy is experienced and meaning and value is placed on it throughout the treatment process. The structure was linked to the Human Becoming Theory and beyond through a process of heuristic interpretation. The findings from the study produced new knowledge and understanding regarding the human experience of Spiritual Healing Touch.
Degree ProgramGraduate College