Research and clinical experience have shown that TT has the following benefits:
- It promotes a relaxation response.
- Anxiety and stress are reduced.
- Pain is managed better.
- Sleep improves.
- The body’s natural healing process is enhanced.
- It provides a sense of well-being.
If you ask someone who has just experienced a Therapeutic Touch session, they are likely to say they feel more relaxed, are experiencing less pain, and are generally more comfortable.
What Do You Feel During a Session?
Responses to a Therapeutic Touch® (TT) session vary, so there is no ‘right’ way to experience it. Many of those receiving TT fall asleep during the session. Others may sometimes feel energy moving through their bodies or feel slight tingling sensations. Almost everyone feels a deep relaxation response and a sense of well-being.
Anyone can learn Therapeutic Touch. All you need is the desire to learn. If you have an open mind and a caring heart, this healing modality will be a good fit for you. You can learn TT for your own self-care by purchasing our book Be Your Own Healer, Self-Care with Therapeutic Touch, or by attending a workshop offered in your area. Contact us for information about TT for Self-Care workshops.
If you want to learn about TT to help others, then you can check out the website for the TT organization in your area.
Therapeutic Touch was developed in the early 1970’s by a remarkable woman, the late Dolores Krieger, Ph.D., R.N., then a Professor of Nursing at New York University, and her mentor, the late Dora Kunz, a well-respected “natural” healer. Together these two women developed a healing form which can be easily taught and easily learned. Dr. Krieger continued to explore and expand the possibilities of Therapeutic Touch as she actively traveled the world to share her knowledge and experiences. Therapeutic Touch has grown in popularity and is now taught and practiced throughout the world, including numerous universities and colleges in Canada and in the United States.
Therapeutic Touch® (TT) is accepted as an evidence-based modality since each possible outcome that is reported about it has been proven in research. In fact, TT has more research documentation than any other healing modality being used today. That came about because Dr. Krieger taught TT to her students. Her graduate students often chose to explore this modality in their Master’s thesis. Later on many of them earned their PhD in a similar way.
For a complete list of Therapeutic Touch research go to the TTNO website’s page Research at a Glance.