What are the benefits
of Therapeutic Touch?

What can you expect from a session?

After a short time of centering and grounding the practitioner will use the heightened senses achieved in this deeply relaxed state to assess your energy field for any imbalances or blockages. With compassion and focused intention, they then begin to re-balance the energy field, using universal energy to support the process.

Some key points of the Therapeutic Touch process:

  • Clients remain fully-clothed
  • Clients may be seated or lying down
  • Treatment can be performed with hands on (with touch) or 10-20cm away from the body (without touch), whichever is preferred
  • Treatment time depends on the client’s age and health. Generally, 20-30 minutes for adults and 5-10 minutes for children and the elderly
  • Sessions finish with a further 5-10 minutes of rest

The number of treatments required is variable. Therapeutic Touch can be used very effectively in acute first aid or emergency situations to reduce distress and calm the patient. Long-term or chronic conditions may require regular sessions of Therapeutic Touch over an extended period of time.

What will I feel during a treatment?

Whilst each person’s experience is individual, most report a feeling of profound relaxation and calm during treatments. Others may not feel anything at the time but experience an improved sense of wellbeing up to several days after a treatment.

What is the history
of Therapeutic Touch?

The Therapeutic Touch process was developed in the USA by Professor Emeritus of Nursing Dolores Krieger, PhD and natural healer, natural healer, Dora Kunz, and was inspired by the results of research they had conducted on healing in the early 1970s.

They met after Professor Krieger began investigating complimentary ‘healing’ practices in the 1950s, to ascertain whether there was any therapeutic benefit that could be scientifically verified. After meeting several healers, she was able to verify the evidence of therapeutic benefit. Professor Krieger then began asking whether the healers she studied could teach others how to replicate the benefits using their techniques. Each healer declined, until she met Dora Kunz who was also involved in researching people with a natural healing ability. Dora was initially unsure if she could teach others her process but was willing to explore the possibility. Professor Krieger and Dora spent three years researching, developing and verifying Dora’s healing process, from which Therapeutic Touch was born in 1972. Continued scientific research has resulted in Therapeutic Touch evolving into the practice it is today.

Therapeutic Touch is in fact a modern interpretation of several ancient healing practices, developed as an extension of professional skills for health care practitioners. Initially, Professor Krieger taught Therapeutic Touch to nurses completing their Masters and Doctoral studies at New York University.

Therapeutic Touch has since expanded to include a variety of health professions including:

  • Nurses
  • Carers
  • Doctors
  • Counsellors
  • Psychologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Ambulance personnel
  • Massage Therapists
  • Complementary Therapists
  • Animal care

Therapeutic Touch is also being taught in the community for use with family and pets.

Therapeutic Touch is now practiced in over 80 countries, including USA, Canada, UK, South America, Turkey, Africa, New Zealand, Australia and across Europe. It is practiced in mainstream and complementary health care, as well as in the home and workplace.

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