Therapeutic Touch

Therapeutic Touch is a technique used to promote relaxation, change the perception of pain, reduce stress and anxiety, enhance the body’s natural ability to heal itself and bring about an improved sense of well being at the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels.

Any condition that could be helped by these effects can benefit from Therapeutic Touch.

What: Therapeutic Touch – to learn more about Therapeutic Touch see below
Where: The comfort of your own home or office
When: Anytime that works for you, contact me to set up a time
Cost: $55 per treatment

Learning more about Therapeutic Touch

What is Therapeutic Touch (TT)?

Therapeutic Touch is a holistic, evidence-based therapy that incorporates the intentional and compassionate use of universal energy to promote balance and well being.  Therapeutic Touch practitioners are educated to modify a person’s energy field when dis-ease or illness obstructs or depleted their flow of energy.  The Therapeutic Touch treatment restores order and harmony to the client’s field.  Based on the belief that the body can heal itself, Therapeutic Touch is a method of helping a person to mobilize their own natural healing abilities.

The practitioner uses his/her hands in the client’s energy field to bring that field to balance and harmony. Therapeutic Touch induces relaxation, reduces anxiety and stress, improves pain management, improves sleep, facilitates the body’s natural healing process and fosters a sense of well being.  By creating a heightened sense of awareness of body functions, Therapeutic Touch enables the early recognition of changes, encourages the natural movement toward restoration and wholeness, and fosters skills in self-help and healthy lifestyle choices.

Therapeutic Touch is a complementary therapy that enhances existing treatment methods integrating body, emotion, mind and spirit.

When we are balanced we feel better mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

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History of Therapeutic Touch

Therapeutic Touch was developed in the early 1970’s by Dolores Krieger, a professor of nursing at New York University, and Dora Kunz, an intuitive with clairvoyant abilities.  When Dolores Krieger and Dora Kunz met, the scientist and the intuitive joined forces to develop a method of healing that has since been taught to tens of thousands of people and practiced throughout the world.  Many practitioners are nurses or other health professionals; and many are lay people, like myself.

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How does Therapeutic Touch work?

One of the underlying working assumptions of Therapeutic Touch is that human beings are open energy fields.  We may think of our own energy fields surround our bodies, or go even further along the lines of Quantum Physics and the Theory of Relativity, and consider ourselves consisting of pure energy, as matter is considered to be energy.  This is just a question of degree or interpretation.  In either case, any physical illness can be viewed as an imbalance in this energy field – as some form of disorder.

Another working assumption of Therapeutic Touch is that our bodies and their energy fields, just like the universe in which we live, have an innate tendency towards order.  This may sound like a commonplace statement, but it is something very fundamental of which we are usually unconscious.  Imagine for a moment what would happen if the planets did not stay quite in their orbits, or if your heart didn’t maintain its rhythmical beat so that it had a pulse of 200 for a couple of hours and then rested for a day in between, or that apples didn’t ripen in the fall but haphazardly over the course of 12 months.  This is disorder, and while we may laugh at the examples, when disorder happens in our bodies or in our lives we usually don’t find it funny.

The intent of the Therapeutic Touch practitioner will therefore be to restore this order in the energy field.  Intention is an important factor in the Therapeutic Touch process.

An additional working assumption of Therapeutic Touch is that we are bilaterally symmetrical, not just physically, but in our energy field as well.  If the energy of the right shoulder feels different than the left, this indicates disorder, energetically speaking.  Whether it originates from a physical strain of the shoulder, bursitis, a back problem, nervous tension or something else, is irrelevant, in a practical sense, as we make no diagnosis.  If the energy field can be restored to order, the underlying physical condition is likely to improve as well.

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When can Therapeutic Touch be helpful?

Relaxation and pain relief are two of the most reliable and immediate effects of Therapeutic Touch.  Therefore, any condition that is made worse by stress or pain can be improved by Therapeutic Touch.  Other common effects are accelerated healing, improved immunity, reduced anxiety, increased hemoglobin levels, improved circulation, increased well-being, and improved sleep.

Some nursing homes are lucky enough to have staff or volunteers who practice Therapeutic Touch.  In hospice and palliative care, Therapeutic Touch can be a blessing in the last stages of life.  Therapeutic Touch does seem to make the passing process easier, not hastening it, but allowing the dying person to go peacefully.  Entry into this life can also be helped greatly.  Therapeutic Touch can be used during and after childbirth, for the mother, child and also for the father.  There is hardly an instance in human life that cannot benefit from Therapeutic Touch.

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What happens during a treatment?

First, the practitioner quiets her mind, becoming calm and present in the moment.  Then, as she moves her hands from the head to the feet, two to four inches from the body, the practitioner notes any differences in the quality of the energy flow.

Following this, the hands are moved in a gentle, rhythmic motion with the intent to redistribute and rebalance the client’s energy field.  The Therapeutic Touch session ends with a rest period of 20 minutes or more, during which time the body’s natural healing mechanisms respond to the client’s altered and rebalanced energy flow, and the client’s own healing momentum continues.

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What does the client do during the treatment?

The client remains fully clothed.  Depending on the preference of the client, Therapeutic Touch can be done with no physical touching, or with light touch on the shoulders, arms and legs.

The session can be administered while the client is sitting or lying down.

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How long does a treatment last?

Always individualized, a Therapeutic Touch session usually does not exceed 40 minutes.

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What will a client feel during a treatment?

As responses to a Therapeutic Touch session vary, there is no ‘right’ way to experience it.  Many of those receiving Therapeutic Touch fall asleep during the session.  Others may sometimes feel energy moving through their bodies or feel slight tingling sensations.

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Benefits of Therapeutic Touch

Research has shown that Therapeutic Touch is helpful for people who are ill or in pain.  Results show that it promotes a relaxation response, reduces anxiety and improves sleep.  Therapeutic Touch facilitates the body’s natural restorative process, bringing about an improved sense of well-bring.  If you are someone who has just experienced a Therapeutic Touch session, you are likely to say you feel more relaxed, are experiencing less pain and are generally more comfortable.

Scientific research and experiences show that Therapeutic Touch is effective in

  • promoting relaxation
  • reducing stress and anxiety
  • altering the perception of pain
  • accelerating healing
  • boosting immune function
  • facilitating the body’s natural ability to heal itself
  • improving sleep
  • increasing hemoglobin
  • reducing the sense of isolation
  • improving sense of well-being and hope
  • creating feelings of calm, peace, well-being and balance
  • restoring wholeness and well-being at the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels

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What are some specific examples of when Therapeutic Touch has helped?

There is hardly an instance in human life that cannot benefit from Therapeutic Touch.

Below are a few examples of when Therapeutic Touch has helped:

  • initial diagnosis of trauma
  • prior to treatments and procedures
  • pre & post operative care
  • rehabilitation
  • end-of-life care
  • family members and caregivers
  • grief support
  • labour, birth and neonatal care
  • in medical and surgical units
  • in intra operative
  • in trauma units and emergency departments
  • in oncology
  • in psychiatric units
  • in geriatric units
  • job stress
  • in first aid to induce a rapid relaxation response for pain management and reduction in anxiety
  • burns
  • degenerative arthritis
  • osteoarthritis
  • fibromyalgia
  • multiple sclerosis
  • emotional trauma
  • sleep issues
  • family demands
  • change management
  • digestive upset
  • weakened immune system
  • depression
  • helps reduce side effects of chemo/radiation

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Research reflecting specific benefits 

  • Addictions – Reduces anxiety in pregnant women with chemical dependencies
  • Alzheimer’s and Dementia – reduces behavioural symptoms
  • Cancer patients – decrease trend in pain and fatigue caused from treatment
  • Elderly – benefits people suffering from chronic pain, depressive symptoms and attitudes, and poor sleep quality by increasing length and quality of sleep
  • Palliative patients –  Increases comfort, enhances regular symptom management
  • Post surgery – lowers level of pain, reduces cortisol levels, higher killer cells levels
  • Pre-Term Infants – reduces hospital stay and presence of complications, increases comfort and reduces stress

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Scientific testing results

  • efficacy in muscle relaxation, stress and anxiety reduction
  • physiological effects – pulse amplitude, blood pressure, pulse and temperature
  • subjectively measures stress, time perception, self assessment of health
  • hemoglobin levels increase
  • increases proliferation of fibroblasts, osteoblast and tenocytes
  • stimulates cell proliferation
  • increases human osteoblast DNA synthesis, differentiation and mineralization and decrease differentiations and mineralization in a human osteo sarcoma-derived cell
  • reduces states of anxiety
  • reduces the incidence of all cardiac dysrhythmias except premature ventricular contraction and regulated vital signs
  • safe treatment with no risks
  • 2 x a week for 8 weeks reduced pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis in the knee
  • reduces pain levels
  • reduces cortisol
  • increase natural killers cells

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Who can benefit?

  • People of all ages
  • People of all ailments
  • Everyone who seeks health maintenance and balance

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Is Therapeutic Touch covered through extended healthcare benefits insurance?

Therapeutic Touch may be covered by your health insurance plan.  If not, I have a form that you can send to the company to let them know you are benefiting from Therapeutic Touch to encourage them to extend benefits in the future.

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Note: these treatments are not intended to replace medical or psychological care, but they are complementary therapies to medical  or psychological care.