WHAT IS THERAPEUTIC TOUCH?
Therapeutic Touch is a complementary modality developed in the early 1970s by Dora Kunz and Dolores Kreiger PhD. R.N. at New York University. It brings the essence of ancient healing practices to present day application. Through the use of the practitioner’s hands, the energy field is assessed then balanced towards wholeness and health.
Several assumptions underlie Therapeutic Touch
- In a state of health life energy flows freely in, through and out of the field in an orderly manner.
- In disease or injury, the flow of energy is affected and may be described as obstructed, disordered or depleted.
- Therapeutic Touch practitioners attempt to influence the energy flow to restore the integrity of the field and to move it toward wholeness and health.
Always individualized, a session usually does not exceed 20 minutes. The client may remain fully clothed. It can be administered while the client is in a sitting or lying position and is always followed by a period of rest.
Numerous dissertations and master theses have been done on Therapeutic Touch Research and experience have shown the effectiveness of Therapeutic Touch in:
- eliciting the Relaxation Response and reducing anxiety
- changing the perception of pain
- facilitating the body’s natural restorative process
- enhancing the rapport between a client and a practitioner, counselor or therapist
Any condition which could be helped by these effects can benefit from Therapeutic Touch.
THE THERAPEUTIC TOUCH NETWORK, ONTARIO
The Therapeutic Touch Network of Ontario was founded in 1986 and became incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1994. The TTNO promotes the practice and acceptance of Therapeutic Touch as developed by Dora Kunz and Dolores Krieger PhD. R.N. and recognizes its effectiveness as a non-invasive complementary modality.
The Therapeutic Touch Network, Ontario
Marita Concil began studying Therapeutic Touch in 1993 and became a recognized practitioner as of 1999. She offers Therapeutic Touch sessions at the clinic but also incorporates her skills in the other modalities she offers, and in her work as a hospice volunteer. For practitioners in the Stouffville area, she hosts and facilitates a Therapeutic Touch Practice Group at the clinic.