Healing Touch with Gabriel Pickus, HTCP


Healing Touch is a gentle, energy field therapy that often facilitates a deep sense of calm and relaxation in the body-mind-spirit. During sessions, practitioners consciously use their hands in an intentional way to support and facilitate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.  It is based on a heart-centered, caring relationship in which practitioner and client come together energetically to facilitate the client’s health and healing.

Healing Touch treatments are typically administered while the client lies on a massage table with their clothes on. With your permission, the practitioner uses his/her hands to assess your biofield and proceeds to clear and balance it as needed using either off body touch (near body but no direct contact) or a gentle (still) touch over various areas of the body. The goal is to restore balance and harmonies in the energy system, placing the client in a position to self heal. On occasion, one may experience an acceleration of the healing process and symptoms may intensify for a brief time. When this happens, the recovery period of the illness is usually reduced.

Healing Touch Research has been conducted in a wide variety of settings and with a number of different problems and situations. These studies demonstrate that there is support in favor of considering Healing Touch for providing integrative care and that patients assess it highly. Healing Touch research has been supported and/or funded by hospitals, universities, colleges, professional organizations, private foundations, and the National Institutes of Health, Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.


About Gabe

IMG_6796 2A Healing Touchâ„¢ Certified Practitioner (HTCP), Gabriel Pickus is a student of touch in every aspect of his life. Through hand percussion, soft-style martial arts, and Healing Touch, he intentionally cultivates his sensitivity to the flow of universal energy through the body, and has learned to direct it through the hands.  Gabriel has been studying Healing Touch since 2012 and has taken classes at hospitals throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, including at Baltimore-Washington Medical Center. Gabriel thanks and honors all of his instructors from whom he has learned a great deal, but owes a special thanks to his Healing Touch Mentor Nancy Lester, one of the lead instructors for Healing Touch in the United States and former chair of the HTP Ethics Committee.

In addition to being a Healing Touch Practitioner, Gabriel  is the lead teaching artist for the Baltimore Wisdom Project. He has been dedicated to transformative education since  he attended a bi-lingual Montessori school. Gabriel is trained in Systema (a Russian martial art), Capoeira Angola, Ghanaian drum and dance, and conflict management. He is an alumni of Habonim Dror, an international youth movement that values social justice, collaboration, and positive identity formation.

His conflict resolution practice with youth throughout Baltimore informs his Healing Touch practice which he dubs a form of internal conflict resolution. Healing Touch helps the body enter a state of deep relaxation, creating the necessary conditions for a client to self-heal.

Things you can request from Gabe:
  • Deep Relaxation
  • Trauma Release
  • Balance Chakras and Chakra evaluation
  • Focus on any of the body systems i.e. to improve for example: bone density, immune function, Endocrine function, etc.
  • Mind Clearing

Cost: Sliding Scale pay $45-$85 for 1 hour HT session

Hours at Metta@BYV:
Mondays- 8-11am
Thursdays – 8am-12:30pm
Alternating Saturdays – 12-5pm
Email – pickus.gabriel@gmail.com
Phone – (630) 430.8066