What is Therapeutic Touch?
Therapeutic Touch® (TT) is a non-invasive, holistic approach to healing which stimulates the receiver’s own recuperative powers. A modern form of laying-on-of-hands, it’s based on principles of an energy exchange between people.
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How Is It Done?
Always individualized, a Therapeutic Touch session usually takes 20 to 30 minutes. TT can be done with no physical touching, or with light touch on the shoulders, arms and legs – that’s your choice. You may be sitting or lying down. You remains fully clothed.
As the practitioner, we begin by quieting our mind, becoming calm and present in the moment. Then, as we move our hands from the head to the feet, two to four inches from the body, we 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 flow. The TT session ends with a rest period of 20 minutes or more, during which time your own natural healing ability responds to the altered and rebalanced energy flow, and your own healing momentum continues.
Where Is TT Used?
Health professionals today stand firmly on it’s 40 years of effective clinical practice and the solid Therapeutic Touch research that has resulted in it’s wide acceptance. Almost all Therapeutic Touch research has been done on patients, within clinical settings. Today there are more than 18 PhD theses on Therapeutic Touch and 22 Post-Doctoral Therapeutic Touch
In Canada, Therapeutic Touch’s clinical acceptance is growing rapidly. The Order of Nurses of Quebec, the Ontario College of Nurses and the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) have accepted Therapeutic Touch as a complementary therapy. In various Canadian hospitals it is used in Oncology and Maternity, with organ transplant, in Intensive Care Units and on the wards. In some Canadian hospitals many nurses are learning this skill; in others it is studied on a volunteer basis. It is used widely in hospice and long term care settings.
With aging parents TT allows people to comfort them without the need for talking. Because TT promotes relaxation, reduces anxiety, and often alters a person’s perception of pain, it is especially useful in hospice work, allowing volunteers and family members a positive way to “utilize” their compassionate feelings, giving them an effective form through which their loving feelings are organized in a positive and healing way. As one of our students said, “Knowing Therapeutic Touch is never having to feel helpless” — now that’s empowering!!!
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