Therapeutic Touch® is a non-intrusive therapy that may be used to compliment traditional medicine. It has been a successful part of patient care in many settings such as hospitals, rehab centres, hospices, palliative care, nursing and retirement homes for many years. Therapeutic Touch is used by health care professionals of many different disciplines such as registered nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, and counsellors. It is also used by chaplains and massage therapists.
It was originally taught to medical professionals, however everyone has the potential to learn the practice of Therapeutic Touch (TT). The only equipment you need is your hands and it can be performed anywhere with intention and compassion.
Therapeutic Touch is an energy based therapy in which the practitioner uses their hands as a focus to detect blockages in the flow of energy and helps the body to re-pattern its energy field toward wholeness using techniques taught in workshops, universities, colleges and nursing programs by Recognized Teachers.
TT is taught and practiced in many countries around the world using the basic principles established in the United States in 1972 by the founders Dolores Krieger, PhD, RN, and her colleague Dora Kunz, a pioneer in alternative healing.
Everyone has an energy field that flows down through and around the body to maintain health. With the presence of illness or disease in the body, the energy flow may become depleted or obstructed. The TT practitioner using a series of techniques helps the body to re-establish balance and harmony to the energy field. Intention is an important element throughout the whole process.
Extensive research has shown that the effects of this therapy may include an improved sense of well-being, calming of the mind, overall relaxation and changes in the perception of pain. Research has also shown that TT may stimulate the body’s own immune system. The relaxation response is important for the body to promote its own healing process.
During a Therapeutic Touch session, the client remains fully clothed and can sit or lie down – whichever is more comfortable for them. It is not necessary to touch the body as the practitioner will move their hands a few centimetres or inches from the body, and through the client’s energy field thus assessing for any imbalances. A TT session lasts from 5 to 20 minutes depending on the individual and/or situation. Getting permission is very important before the session begins.
Actual touching of the body is not necessary and done only with the permission of the client.
TT is also used in self-care and self-healing as the relaxation response reduces stress and anxiety thus supporting a centred calm state of well-being.
Therapeutic Touch® is a registered trademark in Canada