Judith Nourse, RN
A series of early cancer deaths in my family when I was in my teens and 20's underlies my ongoing quest to understand what causes illness and what supports wellness. My career path the past 25 years has been a progression of learning, practicing and teaching the several complementary healing modalities that have had the greatest impact on my own health and wellbeing.
My Career Path
Professional Nursing and Therapeutic Touch™
In the late 1980's, I left a career in dental hygiene for nursing school –- Riverside School of Professional Nursing, Newport News, VA. I was profoundly impressed by Bernie Siegel, MD, and intended to work with cancer patients. While in nursing school, I learned the energy healing method Therapeutic Touch, attending intermediate and advanced retreats with Krieger and Kunz, developers of the method. I practiced and began teaching Therapeutic Touch during nursing school, as a hospice volunteer, during my years as a staff nurse in emergency, ambulatory surgery, and psychiatric settings, and I continue to practice and teach it to this day.
Also during this time, my husband and I completed Holotropic Breathwork training and certification with Christina Grof and Stan Grof, MD, and began facilitating workshops together in this life-changing and health-enhancing work. Currently I am involved in the collection of anecdotal reports from around the world of spontaneous resolution of symptoms after Holotropic Breathwork.
In 1994 reflexology completely alleviated the severe sciatic pain I'd had for two years. I was so impressed, I began professional training a month later and left nursing in 2000, when my practice had grown to fulltime. Read more…
Adjuncts to Holistic Nursing Practice: Introduction to Reflexology and Therapeutic Touch
In 2008 I was invited by associate professor of nursing Dr. Margo Governo at Wagner College, Staten Island, NY to introduce her students to reflexology and Therapeutic Touch in a 6-hour class during their last semester. The class receives consistently positive evaluations by students, and I have continued to present it twice a year since then. It is available for presentation at other nursing schools. Read more…
Feng Shui came into my life the same year as reflexology, 1994, but I treated it as a curiosity while earning credentials in professional reflexology. However, the deeper I delved into Feng Shui through courses with recognized authors and masters, the more fascinated I became!
Going well beyond the superficial media messages about attracting wealth and the love partner of your dreams, I learned that Feng Shui is actually a philosophy that instructs us in the effects of our surroundings on our health! And when I looked at the floor plans of my reflexology clients, I was able to see evidence of their health challenges in the patterns in their homes. Read more…
Judith lives in Hendersonville, NC with her husband, Jim Nourse, an author, clinical psychologist and licensed acupuncturist, and their cat, Charlie. They have one daughter, Beryt, son-in-law, Adam, and grandson, Joshua Rush.
Judith is an avid gardener and cherishes her weekly volunteer hours in the North Carolina Arboretum greenhouse. She also volunteers at The Free Clinics in Hendersonville, where she developed and teaches The Effects of Stress and Emotions on Blood Sugar Levels for diabetic clients several times a year.
She is on the board of advisors for the Center for Integrated Health and Healing and the Brain Integration Institute, both in Brevard, NC.