JSB Special Issue-1

Journal of Spiritual Bodywork

Special Issue No. 1                                 ISSN 1079 - 8390                                         May 1, 1996

REPORT ON
The Church for Spiritual Healing and Health,
The Spiritual Massage Healing Ministry,
Spiritual Massage Healing, and Co-Creative Massage
January 1995 through April 1996

by Albert Schatz, Ph.D.
 

Contents


    1. General information
    2. Contents of the Journal  , Spitural Massage Ministry Newsletter and Massage Law Newsletter
    3. Members of the Advisory Committee
    4. Information about Albert Schatz - founder of the Church and editor of  the Journal  and Newsletter
    5.Widespread interest in spiritual massage healing

1. General information

1.  The Church for Spiritual Healing and Health was established as a non-profit corporation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in January of 1995.The religious, charitable, scientific, and educational purposes of this Church, set forth in its Articles of Incorporation, specifically define, identify, and include

    (a) Spiritual massage, also known as spiritual massage healing, and co-creative massage which is a co-creative health science; and
(    b) the practice (i.e., form of worship), teaching, and study (i.e., research) of spiritual massage healing and co-creative massage.

2. Massage can be done as spiritual massage healing, co-creative massage which is a co-creative health science, and secular massage therapy. These three modalities are philosophically and legally very different.

3. Spiritual massage healing is a religious ceremony. It is a form of divinely inspired and divinely guided religious healing. It consists of prayer, love, anointing with oil and movements derived from the laying on of hands. It is the practice of one's religious faith and conscience. It is a mode of worship. The spiritual massage practitioner is a religious healer. Prayer is an integral part  of spiritual massage healing. It provides the healer with guidance. Without prayer, there is no spiritual massage healing.

4. Spiritual massage healers are accountable to God. The Spiritual Massage Healing Ministry does not attempt to motivate anyone to do spiritual healing, including spiritual massage healing.  Each individual decides for herself whether to do spiritual healing; and, if so, what to do and how to do it; and assumes responsibility for what she does For some, spiritual healing, including spiritual massage healing, is a calling comparable to the calling for ordination  -- Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you.  -- John 15:16. Some spiritual massage healers believe that just as God has chosen certain people to be ordained, so He has chosen certain people to be spiritual massage healers. Others have themselves chosen to be spiritual massage healers as their way to serve, worship and work with God. Either way, spiritual massage healers believe they are all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister  ( Hebrews 1:14), and are answerable to a power higher than secular state law. They are accountable to God.

5. Massage therapy is a secular, symptom-directed, medically-oriented treatment. According to the American Massage Therapy Association: "Massage Therapy is a profession in which the practitioner applies manual techniques, and may apply adjunctive therapies, with the intention of positively affecting the health and well-being of the client. Massage is manual soft tissue manipulations, and includes holding, causing movement, and/or applying pressure to the body. Therapy is a series of actions aimed at achieving or increasing health and wellness. Manual means by use of hand or body." (Basayne-Smith, A. Definition survey: what you had to say.  In Hands On, the AMTA newsletter. 9:6-7, Fall, 1993)

6. Co-creative massage is a co-creative health science because it is administered in a co-creative partnership with nature spirits and other nature intelligences. It is also done in partnership with the White Brotherhood. Jesus Christ is  a member of the White Brotherhood. This information about Jesus, and the following information, is in Machaelle Small Wright's  book MAP. The Co-Creative Medical Assistance Program. She also wrote Behaving as if the God in All Life Mattered. The White Brotherhood, who are part of the Family of Man, live on different levels and dimensions of reality. 

The White Brotherhood is therefore not "some white supremacist/sexy organization… The name 'White Brotherhood' has been used for this group for centuries… 'White' is used to signify all  the rays of the light spectrum. 'Brotherhood' is used to signify not only the family of all people' - "but also the family of all life."

Co-creative massage is a co-creative health science which, like all other co-creative health sciences, has its own curriculum (course content), dialectic (investigative reasoning by dialogue), didactics (systematic instruction) and pedagogics (art of teaching). It is taught and practiced in a co-creative partnership with nature and in association with the White Brotherhood. It therefore has an involution/evolution (i/e) balance. In a co-creative partnership, one collaborates with nature and the White Brotherhood.

The co-creative massage practitioner teaches her students (clients) that the human body is one of nature's gardens, and how to work in a co-creative partnership to regain and maintain good health. They do this with flower essences, the Medical Assistance Program (MAP), Calibration, Professional MAP teams, the Energy Cleansing Process, and other processes developed at Perelandra. They also obtain advice about nutrition, exercise, the use of herbs, etc. from nature and the White Brotherhood.

The quintessential nature of co-creative massage, which distinguishes it as a co-creative health science, is its concept of the human body as one of nature's gardens and the co-creative partnership which gives it what we call an i/e balance. In these respects, co-creative massage is  qualitatively different from somatic therapies, massage therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. These therapies - which are defined legally and otherwise as symptom-directed, medically-oriented treatments - are different from co-creative massage because they do not consider the human body as one of nature's gardens, they are not taught and practiced in a co-creative partnership with nature and the White Brotherhood, and they do not have an i/e balance.  Somatic therapies, massage therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy are therefore not co-creative health sciences.

7. Articles in the Journal for Spiritual Bodywork  and the Spiritual Massage Ministry Newsletter discuss at length and in detail (a) how massage therapy and spiritual massage healing differ legally and otherwise from secular massage therapy, and
(b) why spiritual massage healing is protected by the constitutional doctrine of separation of church and state.

 8. The Articles of Incorporation of the Church for Spiritual Healing and Health  authorize this Church to ordain individuals as ministers (clergymen and clergywomen) with the title Spiritual Massage Healing MinisterSM

9. The following service marks are registered with the Corporation Bureau of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

    (a) Spiritual Massage HealerSM
    (b) Spiritual Massage MinisterSM
    (c) Spiritual Massage PractitionerSM
    (d) Spiritual Massage TeacherSM
    (e) Spiritual Massage Healing MinisterSM

10. The affiliates of the Church for Spiritual Healing and Health are (a) The Theological Seminary which intends to offer courses, workshops, seminars, conferences, and other educational programs on spiritual healing, including spiritual massage healing, and spiritual aspects of health.(b) The Federation of Healing Organization, which has not yet been activated. (c) The Spiritual Massage Healing Ministry.

11. The Spiritual Massage Healing Ministry (a) is listed in the 1995 Touch Training Directory  published by the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP), and (b) publishes the Journal of Spiritual Bodywork  and the Spiritual Massage Ministry Newsletter.

12. The Journal of Spiritual Bodywork  and the Spiritual Massage Ministry Newsletter (a) are the only periodicals which are concerned primarily with spiritual massage healing and the spiritual aspects of other kinds of bodywork. (b) are copyrighted, (c) have ISSN (International Standard Serial Numbers) 1079-8390 and 1080-3262, respectively, in the National Serials Data Program, Library of Congress.       
 
13. The Journal of Spiritual Bodywork  will be listed in the next edition of Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory.

14. The Spiritual Massage Ministry Newsletter will be listed in the next editions of (a) Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory, and (b) Gales' Newsletters in Print.

15. Glenda Kuhl, Mary Brewster, and Albert Schatz offer workshops such as the one described on pages 1 and 2 of Vol. 1, No. 3 of the Spiritual Massage Ministry Newsletter. The title of this workshop is An Unusual Workshop. Co-Creative Science for Self-Health Care, Bodyworkers, and Other Health Care Providers. Information about Glenda Kuhl, Mary Brewster, and Albert Schatz is on pages 6-10.

2. Contents of the Journal  , Spitural Massage Ministry Newsletter and Massage Law Newsletter
 

3. Advisory Board for the Journal of Spiritual Bodywork and the Spiritual Massage Ministry Newsletter

The following are members of the Advisory Board of the Journal of Spiritual Bodywork  and the Spiritual Massage Ministry Newsletter. All articles in these periodicals represent the authors' positions, and do not necessarily reflect the views of members of the Advisory Board or the Ministry which publishes these periodicals. Articles for which no authors are listed are often written by the editor or associate editor

Mary Brewster is the Associate Editor of the Journal for Spiritual Bodywork  and the Spiritual Massage Ministry Newsletter. She has a background in music and theater, is an ordained minister, developed the co-creative health science Somatic Education,SM and is founder and director of the Healing Arts Institute and the New England Academy of Co-Creative Science.

Keith Goffe, M.D., is a Diplomate in the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Glenda Kuhl has a degree in theology from Marquette University and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the Australian National University. She is a national presenter on topics in adult learning, ethics in higher education, and career satisfaction. She has been a national board member of the American Association of University Administrators and a national committee chair for the Association of Continuing Higher Education. She is a philosophy teacher and has been a university dean for fifteen years. She is a co-creative health practitioner, a cancer survivor, and a long-time activist and consultant in natural health.  She is now engaged full-time in the healing arts under the auspices of WingSpread, a private practice offering natural therapies for health, life and image.

Dr. Nai-shing Hu completed more than 9,000 hours of apprenticeship, in 1978, in traditional Chinese Medicine under Dr. Yang Guo-chai at the Chengdu Peoples Hospital. In July, l982, she received her bachelors degree in Medical Teaching and English from the West China University of Medical Science. She subsequently  completed her advanced clinical training in Acupuncture at the Sichuan Province Research Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and her advanced clinical herbal medicine training at the Chengdu College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She then toured Europe and lectured on Chinese medicine for more than a year in Germany, England and Switzerland;. and worked in Egypt as acupuncturist to President Mubarak's family. Before emigrating to the United States, Dr. Nai-shing Hu was promoted to Assistant Professor of Chinese Medicine at the Chengdu College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Sichuan Province. Since 1993, she has been practicing Chinese Medicine at the Chrysalis Natural Medicine Center in Wilmington, Delaware. She is a registered acupuncturist in Pennsylvania, and is on the Executive Board of the American Herbalists Guild.

Alan Tillotson has a Master's degree from Goddard College for his work in Asian Medical Systems, and a doctorate from the Jin Shan School of Chinese Meditation in Taiwan. He has been a practicing herbalist for over fifteen  years, and  is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. He teaches T'ai Chi, Chi Kung and meditation classes; and maintains a research library in natural medicine's clinical applications from around the world. He is co-author of the Handbook  of Ayurvedic Medicine, and publishes and writes for the Journal of Well Being. He is the founder and director of the Chrysalis Natural Medicine Center in Wilmington, Delaware. He is a regular guest lecturer on natural medicine topics at the Thomas Jefferson Medical University sophomore class on complementary medicine.
 

4. Information about

ALBERT SCHATZ. Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Temple University

Dr. Schatz founded the Church for Spiritual Healing and Health, and edits the Journal of Spiritual Bodywork  the Spiritual Massage Ministry Newsletter and the Massage Law Newsletter.

Dr. Schatz has for some 30 years bridged two worlds -the physical and the metaphysical, the scientific and the spiritual.


SPIRITUAL

Dr. Schatz is an ordained minister, a spiritual healer, and is or has been a member of (a) the International Fellowship of Healing of the National Federation of Spiritual Healers (United Kingdom), (b) the National Association of Bodyworkers in Religious Service, (c) the Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship International, (d) The Wider Quaker Fellowship, a program of the Friends World Committee for Consultation, and (e) the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health (Great Britain).

He is an Observer and Friend of The Healing Minute, which was "inaugurated by the Harry Edwards Spiritual Healing Sanctuary" in England "in May, 1954. The Healing Minute "has its origin in the 'Big Ben Silent Minute' introduced during the Second World War by Sir Winston Churchill at the time of the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940. At 10:00 p.m. every night, tens of thousands of people of goodwill all over the world link up in prayerful thought for God's healing influence to reach all who are sick in body or mind, and for Divine Guidance to be with the leaders of all nations for the coming of world understanding and peace."

Dr. Schatz is a Therapeutic Touch practitioner, has given workshops in Therapeutic Touch for several years, and is a member of the Nurse Healers Professional Associates. This organization is primarily concerned with Therapeutic Touch.  Some individuals who do Therapeutic Touch reported that they experienced feelings of "oneness with God" and of being "an instrument of God". Therapeutic Touch is derived from, but not the same as the laying on of hands.

Dr. Albert Schatz and Dr. Karen Carlson were the first to integrate Swedish Massage with Therapeutic Touch and with spiritual healing, and recognize the spiritual nature of massage.  

MASSAGE/BODYWORK

Dr.  Schatz has eleven years of research and teaching experience in Swedish Massage. He has been the Scientific Advisor to and an Associate Instructor at The International Academy of Massage Science (IAMS). He has hands-on experience with Feldenkrais, Tragerwork and CranioSacral Therapy; and is a member of the International Massage Association, the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals and the American Massage Therapy Association. His writing has appeared in Massage  magazine, Massage & Bodywork Quarterly,  Massage Therapy Journal,  Massage Message  published by the Florida State Massage Therapy Association, and the IAMS Holistic Massage newsletter and magazine. He has done research on state massage laws since 1989.

Dr. Albert Schatz and Dr. Karen Carlson were the first to integrate massage with certain aspects of quantum physics and recognize the subtle energy component of massage.  They pioneered in involving students in a massage course in research. They also integrated massage and nature through co-creative science, and expanded body, mind and spirit to nature, body, mind, and spirit.

ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CARE   

Dr. Schatz is interested in alternative health care (AHC) modalities because their effectiveness has been well established and because they are useful in conditions where orthodox medicine has little to offer. He has been involved with AHC since 1952, when he became a consultant for Rodale Press, Inc. He has lectured on AHC throughout the U.S. and in Canada, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Sweden,England, and Hungary. The Cuban Ministry of Public Health invited him to visit that country in 1972  because officials in that Ministry were interested in learning about AHC.

Andrew Ivy, M.D., introduced Dr. Schatz to alternative cancer modalities in l958 when his father was diagnosed as having cancer. Dr. Ivy, because of his international stature as a doctor and research scientist, was chosen by the United States, the Soviet Union, France and Great Britain to evaluate the Nazi's experiments on humans. Dr. Ivy concluded that their experiments provided no information of any value. Dr. Schatz got to know Dr. Ivy well and collaborated with him on a research problem involving the bacterial transformation of cholesterol in the intestine.

Dr. Schatz learned much about AHC from doctors in the American Holistic Health Association. These doctors were getting good results by treating their patients with AHC modalities, and had left the American Medical Association because that organization refused to seriously consider the AHC modalities they were using. They formed their own organization, the American Holistic Medical Association. In the 1970s, Dr. Schatz was invited to speak on the Therapeutic Aspects of Humor  at an annual convention of the American Holistic Medical Association.
 
He has served as scientific advisor for the Foundation for Alternative Cancer Therapies, and was chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Cancer Victims and Friends. He has studied Scientific Swedish Massage, Feldenkrais, Tragerwork, and CranioSacral Therapy; and was for several years the Scientific Advisor for and Associate Instructor in the International Academy of Massage Science.

Information about Dr. Schatz's involvement in Therapeutic Touch is in the section SPIRITUAL.

TRADITIONAL SCIENCE

Dr. Albert Schatz did his undergraduate and graduate work in the College of Agriculture at Rutgers University. His undergraduate major was Soil Science. The areas of interest for his Ph.D. were Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry.

As a 23-year-old graduate student, Dr. Schatz discovered the antibiotic streptomycin which was the first effective means of treating tuberculosis. This disease, also known as The Great White Plague,  has killed more than a billion people during the last two centuries. Frank Ryan, M.D., commented on Schatz's contribution as follows in his book The Forgotten Plague. How the Battle Against Tuberculosis was Won — and Lost.

    So, calmly and methodically, Albert Schatz, barely twenty-three years old, now performed an experiment that would ultimately prove one of the most important in the history of medicine. He tested streptomycin against tuberculosis. 

Streptomycin was also the first effective treatment for pneumonic plague which is the most deadly form of bubonic plague, also known as The Black Death;  and for tularemia, brucellosis, and other serious infectious diseases; for which penicillin is ineffective.

Dr. Schatz was awarded honorary degrees and medals, and was named an honorary member of scientific, medical and dental societies in Europe, Latin America and the United States. He received the Selman A. Waksman Honorary Lectureship Award from the Theobald Smith Society, the New Jersey Branch of the American Society for Microbiology. He was awarded the Rutgers University Medal for the discovery of streptomycin. The citation which accompanied the
medal states that The worldwide impact of this discovery is now part of medical history.  The  Society for Industrial Microbiology also honored him for that  contribution.

Dr. Schatz initiated the research which led to the discovery of nystatin, an important antibiotic which controls serious fungus and yeast infections. He has also done research with other infectious diseases, cancer, multiple sclerosis, atherosclerosis, the proteolysis-chelation theory of dental caries, fluoridation, the role of chelation in the formation and fertility of soils, and the use of  garbage and soil to teach science. He was a consultant in Science Education to the Pennsylvania
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Department of Education and the School District of Philadelphia. He has published three books and more than 700 articles. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi.

Dr.  Schatz  and his family lived in Chile for three years (1962-1965). During that time, he was a professor at the University of Chile —  in the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, Faculty of Agronomy, Faculty of Odontology and Faculty of Philosophy and Education. As a member of the Rector's Advisory Staff at the University of Chile, he helped reorganize research and science teaching in that country. In addition, he was associated with projects at the Chilean Ministries of Health, Agronomy and Education; at the University of
Conception and Catholic University; and with UNESCO and the Food and Agriculture Organization.

In November, 1965, the University of Chile awarded him an Honorary Degree for his contributions to that country. He has honorary degrees from four other Latin American universities.

Dr. Schatz has been doing research in many areas for more than half a century. His present interests are (1) co-creative science and the survival of man, (2) the social responsibility of science, (3) the increasingly serious devastation of nature, and (3)  new approaches to multiple drug-resistant tuberculosis, AIDS and other "new and reemerging diseases".

Dr. Schatz has been invited to lecture in the U.S., Canada, England, Germany, Sweden, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Hungary, Mexico, Columbia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic.


CO-CREATIVE SCIENCE

Co-creative science was developed at Perelandra, a Nature Research Center. Dr. Schatz has been involved with Co-Creative Science since 1989, and has lectured and given workshops on Co-Creative Science. He wrote (a) the Forward  for Machaelle Small Wright's Perelandra Garden Workbook II, (b) the Preface  for her book MAP The Co-Creative White Brotherhood Medical Assistance Program, (c) the Epilogue for her book The Perelandra Microbial Balancing Program Manual; and (d) he drew the chart for the Split Molecular Process in her book Dancing in the Shadows of the Moon.

Co-Creative Science involves our working in a co-creative partnership with nature and the White Brotherhood in a qualitatively unique way. This is different from how scientists, researchers, holistic health practitioners, organic farmers, and those in permaculture work with nature. These individuals make decisions by themselves about how to function harmoniously with nature. In Co-Creative Science, we discuss what we want to do directly with nature and the White Brotherhood. We then work in a co-creative partnership with nature and the White Brotherhood to accomplish objectives which we have mutually agreed upon. Working in a co-creative partnership with nature is not supernatural because nothing is more natural than nature. It is when we attempt to do certain things without working in a co-creative partnership with nature that we often attempt to be supernatural.

Dr. Schatz believes that the global devastation of nature has reached a stage where it now threatens our survival as a species. If we want to survive, we have to convert this planet into what is a balanced environment from nature's point of view, which is very different from our point of view. To do that we have to work in a co-creative partnership with nature, which nature would welcome. Working in a co-creative partnership with nature is what co-creative science is all about. This is why co-creative science is the only way to effectively counteract the global devastation of nature and ensure our survival.    

For this and other reasons, Dr. Schatz believes that Co-Creative Science is the most important advance in the history of science and the next major advance in man's evolution. The anthropologist R.E. Leaky and R. Lewin researched "the common origin of humankind and the basic characteristics  - cooperation and sharing - that nurtured our long evolution." They concluded that cooperation enabled man to survive, and that competition would have been fatal. "Cooperation" they wrote "propelled the human brain toward its unparalleled evolution" and "must therefore be a very basic motivation in human nature." (People of the Lake. Mankind and its Beginning. Anchor Press/Doubleday. New York 1978.)

Our early ancestors survived and evolved in a hostile environment because they cooperated with one another. Our survival as a species is now threatened by the globally hostile environment which we have created by devastating nature. To survive now, we must cooperate not only with one another but also with nature. Co-Creative Science offers us a unique opportunity to save ourselves by working in an interdisciplinary way with nature and other intelligences that know far more than we do.

EDUCATION

Tenured Professor of Education at Washington University, Graduate Institute of Education; and Temple University College of Education.

Educational Consultant to the Pennsylvania Department of Public Instruction. Developed the science unit Microbiology for Elementary School Children in the 4th, 5th, and 6th Grades. This was published as Curriculum Development Series No. 9  by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Instruction in 1963.

Educational Consultant in the Teacher Advisory Center, School District of Philadelphia. Participated in the Follow Through  program in District 6 (after Head Start was so successful for 3- and 4-year-olds). Follow Through  used the Education Development Center (EDC) model in which parents learned to be classroom aids. The staff of the Teacher Advisory Center helped educate parents for that responsibility.

Public School Teachers Certificate, from the Department of Education of the State of Missouri, to teach Biology, Chemistry, and Physics in public schools, grades 7 through 12.

Research on unconventional (alternative) modalities ) e.g., Feldenkrais, CranioSacral Therapy, and Body-Mind Centering, for treating children with cerebral palsy.

Consultant to the Ministry of Education of Chile for projects to reorganize primary, secondary and post-secondary education in Chile.

Consultant on curriculum development in science and agricultural education, University of Bogota (Jorge Tadeo Lozano), Bogota, Colombia.

Member of a Comparative Education Society Study Group that conducted a 6-week survey of elementary education in the Soviet Union  (Moscow, Kiev, Leningrad, Tashkent) after Sputnik in 1958.

Recipient of $500 National Science Teachers Association award for having pioneered the development of innovative and inexpensive curricula, materials, and methods of teaching Environmental Science; and for his two books Teaching Science with Garbage  and Teaching Science with Soil.


Recipient of the Gold Medal Award (Thorlet Prize) from the Societé Académie d'Éducation et d'Encouragement, France, for outstanding contributions to methods of teaching environmental science.
 

5. Widespread Interest in Spiritual Massage Healing

I feel strongly about the spirituality of my work… I have been leaning more and more toward this [spiritual] avenue of approach…  I'm writing to applaud this most recent effort [for networking and communication]. B.R., PA

I am a Christian [massage therapist] who truly believes that God has blessed me with the opportunity and vehicle [with] which to minister to others through touch… I have found myself attracted to the concept of healing the whole person, or body, mind and spirit. In my practice and personal life, I have come to realize that without spiritual and mental healing, anything I do in the physical realm in only  a temporary fix. The tools I lack is the knowledge base to back up these concepts as shown in the Word of God… I would like to offer my appreciation for your effort and devotion in this area. H.J., MI

When I am giving a massage, I feel a power working through me that does the work. I am merely the vehicle for the energy to flow through and "touch" the client's deepest true self. D.L., KS

I would like to strengthen the spiritual side of my massage and emphasize spiritual healing of mind and body. G.T., PA

Jesus heals with love and was always tender [in] touching those who needed His love. Because He is, I am. H.W., WI

I feel that I am already practicing spiritual massage. Prayer is always included in my massage session, and I feel motivated by spirit much more than by my knowledge of anatomy and physiology. Thank you so much for creating this organization so that like-minded people can connect and feel supported in our pursuit of God-centered healing and living. J.A., NJ

In 1975, I had a Near Death Experience which ended with the "light" telling me "it was in my .hands." It took 12 years for me to go to Esalen for some massage training 'cause "nice girls don't do that." … At Esalen, the resident spiritual healer … accepted me as a sister. H.N., IN

We are interested in membership in the Spiritual Massage Healing Ministry to ministry. Our approach to massage encourages students to begin the journey of healing themselves, while learning a way to share their love and gifts with others. L.U., CA

[I want to be a member of the Spiritual Massage Healing Ministry] because my higher self said "yes" when I asked the question. M.T., PA

Over the past three years, I have undergone a whole spiritual transformation of my life… During this healing time, I was led from the inside to take the training for Reiki and Therapeutic Touch, and am… interested in the network you are establishing that relates bodywork as a spiritual modality. W.M., WI

I am a Catholic … massage therapist… I am already doing [spiritual massage], just by my own "inner call." … I know I am moving in the direction that God calls me for my vocation and my life's work. L.M., FL
 
I am a full time massage student who is interested in the connection between the mind and the body - specifically the spiritual aspects of healing. I recently decided to learn more about massage therapy as I have known for a long time that I was a spiritual healer, but didn't quite know how to use my talents in a materialistic society… Hopefully, once I graduate from massage school, I will be able to incorporate what I have learned regarding the physical aspects of healing with the workers, in general, who connect with their clients and patients, not just on a physical level but also in a spiritual way as well. W.A., Alberta, Canada

I'm interested in … the spiritual nature of massage. My partner and I have been in business for about seven and a half years and are both aware that this subject is not given enough attention.  H.M., FL

I am a massage therapist… As a Christian, I find massage the perfect situation to care, pray, and listen to people. W.C., CT

As a massage therapist delivering … energy, my work is very spiritual in nature. My studies have taken me through the "Healing Touch" program… Both modalities originated in generations past. I am … considering theology training as an addition to my current work. B.S., NC

I have been a [massage] therapist since '93… People say I'm a natural. Lots of people get healed. I quit going to church … after going to Bible College for a year. It seems that the more religious people get, the less spiritual they become. I have found massage to be a priestly profession. Depression, suicide, stress, etc. are what I understand and can deal with through massage. I do lots of physical therapeutic massage, but I think a real "Biblical Priest" should be an anointed massage therapist. G.D., Alberta, Canada

I am a bodyworker, having spent the past three years as a self-employed massage therapist. I'm a devout Episcopalian, and have been called a "healer" when I work on people. I was called to do this work by God. R.S., CA

I am a newly certified massage therapist, a Christian who embraces the Full Gospel of the Bible, which includes the practice of anointing with oil and laying on of hands. I don't yet know how my spirituality will affect my massage practice. G.C., VA

It was great to read your letter in Massage  magazine about the religious origin [of massage]…Since my interest in massage came to me at a very difficult time in my life, … I feel that the massage training was a gift from God. My life had already been changed … when I gave my life to Jesus and in massage school… I started asking Him for the Gift of Healing through my hands. I really believe He wants to give us gifts, and if I didn't ask I wouldn't receive. So, I asked. P.C., NY

I am a true believer that bodywork and spirituality go hand in hand, and I am excited at the possibility of joining a network group to expand on this aspect of massage. P.M., CA

I feel very strongly about the spirituality of my [massage] work. A.P., PA

I am a Franciscan woman, religious, working 7 years in the ministry of massage. I'm always interested in deepening the spiritual level of massage. S.D., WI

 I'm so glad the spiritual basis of massage is being recognized and reestablished…  I long ago recognized that massage is of God and that the 'anointing with oil and laying on of hands" mentioned in the Bible must have been massage. I enter each massage session by giving it over to God for His healing through me and my Christ. It is beautiful… I use … Swedish techniques which have evolved into my own unique massage… Since I open it with prayer … and keep the prayer open through the session, it usually takes off on its own much to my and my client's … delight…  It is always a beautiful confirmation to learn others have been led by the same guidance within relatively the same time period. Those called will, I hope, come together in work, around the country and the world… for massage and its yet undiscovered gifts to manifest themselves in spiritual healing. I am not highly educated in the formal sense. Nevertheless, God has called me … to do this work at this particular place and time… I believe massage is included in "his sun" in Matthew 5:45. C.M., AR

Massage is clearly a tool, a technique, a path for spiritual awareness… altering our mind-state, shifting our consciousness, and gathering in spirit. D.D., FL

I am [the] owner of a 3-year-old [massage] practice. This has been in many respects a ministry as I share Bible verses of encouragement and hope (when appropriate) and silently pray for people while working with them. So, yes I am interested in being a part of your network. U.T., MA

I am anxious to make contact with others doing God's healing work in these difficult times. I believe we need to support each other in legal and Spiritual ways; especially as the Government and the AMA exert more and more control over people's lives and choices. F.A., TX

We would appreciate any information you have on Christianity and massage. We are planning to start a group here … to promote massage, and lend each other support, all with Christian emphasis. I wrote the two other groups that were mentioned in the Massage  magazine, and we will see if these groups are one with God. Let us know your goals and if we can help. I am a massage therapist and also a free-lance writer and can offer help with writing, marketing and promotions. We were in the process of praying about starting a Christian group of massage therapists when we saw your letter in the magazine. We're anxious to get together and share ideas and encourage. W.N., MI 

I am a practical nurse who also has studied Therapeutic Touch and Reiki… Although this work helps people with physical problems, I have always felt it helps them even more with reconnecting themselves to their souls, and even helps develop their relationship with God. K.J., NY

Massage is spiritual communication. C.K., PA

I [am] pleased to learn that there are others who do massage with a spiritual background. V.D., NC

Thank you for your spiritual vision. W.M., MA

I truly believe that massage is a sacred act of unconditional love and energy sharing. L.N., TX

I have often wondered how I might tie massage to my increasing spirituality and religious beliefs. What can I do that might help others and myself grow in these areas? I have little interest in monetary gain from this endeavor. As the area and church I am from are fairly conservative, I am a little shy and naive about what I might do to contribute. D.C., CA

I know we have a similar path in life and I want to commend you for your views expressed in Massage  magazine. It saddens me … that there is so much emphasis on technique; that is, until I read comments such as yours… I believe I was put on this planet at this time to hold a place for the truly magical healing experience that massage and touch can hold for us all. I entered massage after heading down the medical path because there was an intense knowing that something mysterious and powerful existed at the core of the massage experience. Without asking why or how, I answered the call of my path and will continue … for the mystery of massage to be honored without explanation of how [or] why … it works…  If there is anything I can do to support you … let me know. I would like to become a member of your new spiritual healing group. K.D., TN

I am interested in your ministry… Although [my work] helps people with physical problems, I have always felt it helps them more with reconnecting themselves to their souls and even helps develop their relationship with God. K.J., NY

I am interested in learning about everything you offer. P.K, AZ

I am a recently-graduated massage therapist who is very interested in the spiritual aspects of bodywork. H.J., VA

I am most interested in your publications as well as any other information you can send me about your work in spiritual massage healing. G.M., KY

I have been practicing a combination of massage techniques since 1976 and have found myself moving steadily in the direction of prayer work and invocation. I am delighted to witness the expansion and recognition of Spirits' presence on so many levels in so many people's lives as they endeavor to create [the] right [kind of] livelihood. G.B. VA  

I am a massage therapist working with women recovering from traumatic touch … in a Christian Counseling Center. I would like to network with others doing spiritual work and massage. B.A., OR

We … are very interested in learning  about the Church for Spiritual Healing and Health … Newsletter and Ministry. It sounds so wonderful… My husband and I would like information as soon as possible. P.E., PA

I represent a newly formed association … that is dedicated to the service of the Lord through the business of massage. At … present … our focus is just in reaching Christian therapists… I'm sure … [that] whatever information you care to share would be most beneficial to us. H.C., CO

I have been drawn to working with more people facing life threatening conditions and those dealing with much physical, emotion and spiritual pain. In addition to my private practice, I work one day a week offering massage at a residence for individuals who are HIV positive and also volunteer at a hospice.  B.T., MA 

I am already a minister so I can do various forms of spiritual hands-on healing. H.M, CT

I am interested in joining your organization as a spiritual Healer bodyworker. K.K., CA

I feel … that finding your organization has been an answer to [a] prayer… Please send me … information that relates to the work you do, your beliefs, and any literature that will help me better understand your work. D.C., B.C., Canada

Thanks so very much for the information… What you're doing is just fantastic. W.P., DC

What I would like to do is become active within my own church … and other churches in [my] area… I believe if I can present my services with a spiritual aspect, many will be open to seeing the benefit of bodywork. W.J., PA

The Spiritual Massage Healing Ministry … sounds exactly like what I have been looking for. C.J., NM

I am so glad to know that there are others out there who are putting the spiritual aspects of massage first in their practice without necessarily being aligned with a particular religion. Your publications will be eagerly awaited. B.C., GA

I am a practicing massage therapist who recognizes [that massage] goes far beyond the traditional medical views. The work is spiritual. W.R., WA

I am a retired minister [and] will pray for your work. I cannot afford your annual dues. H.R., GA

The climate of massage has changed so much {that} I'm not that much interested in participating in it [anymore]. The massage profession seems to be heading toward inclusion in the medical model, with much emphasis on insurance clients, large practices - focus on business. I can talk the line but it isn't what I love. I realized yesterday, while talking to my friend …, who was expressing much the same discontent, that I want to take massage back to the people as a way of loving connection and personal discovery instead of training professionals. I have become discouraged about [doing] what I love to do and do well.-  R.J., FL

I have been a giver as well as a recipient of healing through massage, and was very pleased to learn that  there are others who do massage with a spiritual background. -V.D., NC

As I approach any person for massage, it is with the intent of both physical and spiritual healing. - H.S., PA

I have been a massage therapist for [several] years and my work seems to be touching people at many levels. I feel I need support as I don't know too many massage therapists who work at the spiritual level. - G.L, CA

I worry about the requirement [that] massage shall be ... medical in nature. It bothers me that it seems to only be OK to be touched if we are sick. It just seems that to be touched for health and wholeness and as fellow members of the human race is a much healthier approach. - T.N., TN

I am ... an ordained minister. I always bring prayer and spiritual conversation into each and every healing touch meeting. I am totally committed to bringing the word forth with good cheer to those who will and need to hear... I feel we should have an association for massage that is spiritual- The Laying on of Hands. - C.C., PA

Most of the work I do is geared toward a Spiritual Approach. I've noticed that all roads lead to Rome, and "Rome" is indeed the spiritual center of our lives. - A.R., TN

I've been doing energy work/laying on of hands in a hospital ... for the last five years. I'm a Psychotherapist, healer, ... minister, and artist; and am interested in connecting with others in the same work. - R.L., MA

I am currently with the ... Church ... and am in my intermediate year in the ... School of Massage. Through my own research and reading of the Bible, I have become interested in the oil and laying on of hands, and am very interested in whatever you have to offer in terms of literature or just research. - M.A., MD 

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