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Healing Study

Elizabeth Titterton is a medium at the sir arthur conan doyle centre

The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre are pleased to announce that we are collaborating with the University of Northampton to undertake an exciting project that aims to study the effects of Noncontact healing on health and well-being.

Many studies have been conducted looking at the effectiveness of healing methods such as Reiki and Intercessory Prayer; however, none has been published that look at how effective spiritual healing might be. It is the aim of this study to see if any beneficial effects can be detected.

What you will be asked to do

As a participant in this study, you will be asked to set aside 30 minutes once a week for 4 weeks. This time will be when you cannot be disturbed. You will be asked to sit quietly and relax during that time, while a healer will work remotely to send positive healing to you.

After each healing session you will be invited to complete a short questionnaire that asks about your health and wellbeing so that we can identify any changes that might be the result of healing intentions.

Who will be sending healing?

All the practitioners taking part in the research are healers who have been trained with the Healing Trust (https://www.thehealingtrust.org.uk/) and who adhere to their code of conduct. This means that they will not conduct any healing work that they believe may be detrimental or harmful in any way. You will have no direct contact with your healer during the study, instead, your contact person will be Sophie Morrison who will liaise with you and be able to answer any questions you might have.

Who can participate?

To be able to participate in the study you must be:

  • over the age of 18
  • In general good health, and must continue with any prescribed medication during the study.

Who cannot participate?

This study is not suitable for people who are experiencing poor mental health or symptoms of addiction, or have been hospitalized or bereaved in the last 6 months.

Participation is voluntary

Participation is entirely voluntary. You may withdraw from the study at any time during the trial without having to give a reason.

How to participate

Follow the link below to our online booking system. Here you can choose to join either the May 2024 cohort or the June 2024 cohort. You can select which day and time you would like, and this day and time will be set to a recurring slot for you for 4 consecutive weeks. You will then receive confirmation of your dates and times, along with a consent form.

Once the study begins, you will be sent a reminder email of your session on the day, and a link to the questionnaire that is to be completed directly after the session. This will continue for 4 weeks, followed by a fifth week that will not require you to sit for a healing session, but will still require you to complete one last questionnaire. This last questionnaire allows you to reflect on your health and wellbeing over the previous week, and also gives you chance to feedback on how you found the study as a whole.

Additional Information

If you wish additional information about this research project, please contact us:


Faculty of Health, Education & Society, The University of Northampton, University Drive, Northampton NN1 5PH. Tel: 01604 735500

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