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Center Piece

Center Piece

Each month or so The Center Piece will feature one of the practitioners involved at The Center. This month features Sue Ripp who provides Spiritual Healing Touch.

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”   Victor Frankl


Life is a journey with rich adventures and some detours along the way. Each of these experiences enriched my life and opened my heart and mind to greater awareness.  My husband, Ken, has been a great support on this journey. He draws the best from within me encouraging growth and courage for each day. Being a mom of two sons has been a gift teaching me unconditional love, joy, sadness and the meaning of family.  My family’s support and encouragement led me to take the risk of returning to school for a career in chaplaincy.


As a board certified chaplain since 1985, I have walked with thousands of people on their journey through health care. I have witnessed the value of working with the “whole” person —- body, mind and spirit.  Walking alongside people with a variety of faith traditions and those with no beliefs, I have learned we all have a spiritual nature within. It is that place where reflection on the meaning and purpose of life resides, the longing for something more and the search to uncover our true self.

A health crisis will cause people to literally stop the fast forward pace of life providing the opportunity to reflect on the bigger questions of life and death. Our well- being consists of so much more than our physical body. There is scientific evidence which demonstrates what affects the body also affects the mind and spirit; what affects the mind also affects the spirit and body; what affects the spirit will also affect the body and mind. As a chaplain, I provided spiritual support and guidance; however, I questioned what modalities could be utilized to integrate healing of body, mind and spirit. I found Spiritual Healing Touch complements conventional health care to accomplish this goal.


SHT is a gentle energy balancing approach to health and healing.  It uses touch and calls on God’s loving light and energy to clear, align and restore balance to the human energy system, thus harmonizing the physical, spiritual, emotional and mental health for healing.


Research and anecdotal evidence supports the use of healing touch for the following situations:

*Reduction of anxiety and stress

* Promoting relaxation

*Relief of pain

*Acceleration of wound healing

*Enhancing spiritual connections and sense of well-being

*Preparation for and follow up of medical procedures and treatments


Everyone!!! We live in a fast paced world of pressure, stress and anxiety. It is easy to get caught up in this way of living. As a chaplain, I provided Spiritual Healing Touch at Mayo Clinic Health System for trauma patients, cancer patients and others requesting SHT for specific needs. I recently retired as chaplain, but continue to provide SHT in the Cancer Center at Mayo.  Throughout my time at Mayo, I worked with people who were already injured or ill. I realized the importance of SHT for our everyday well-being and began providing it at The Center for those seeking overall wellness and prevention of illness by keeping our body, mind and spirit in balance for optimum wellness.


Spiritual Healing Touch is available at The Center by appointment. The process is tailored to your needs. You remain fully clothed lying on a comfortable massage table with support under your knees and head as needed.  You are asked to let go of thoughts and allow yourself to deeply relax. This process includes a light touch of your body and/or hands slightly above your body. Quiet music plays in the background to increase relaxation.

Call or email Sue Ripp for an appointment or questions.

715-829-3822    suerippht@charter.net


In addition to Spiritual Healing Touch, another of Sue’s interests is working with her husband, Ken, as executive Couple for the Chippewa Valley Marriage Encounter Affiliates which provides weekend retreats encouraging couples to enhance their marital relationship.

Sue and Ken will be facilitating the next LEARN AND GROW presentation on FRIDAY, MAY 15 FROM 7:00 – 8:30 pm at The Center.

“Growing Together Among the Blossoms and Thorns:

Our Journey Through Life, Love and Loss”

From the friendship of our teen years, through our 42 years of marriage, through the death of our son in 2013 and to this day, we have experienced many blossoms and thorns. We will share how these experiences nurtured growth as individuals and as a married couple creating the unique and beautiful garden of our lives.

This is a free event. Any free will donations will benefit The Center.

Contact information: suerippht@charter.net


*Parking space is limited. Please share a ride.