Therapeutic Touch ® is a contemporary interpretation of several ancient healing practices. It is an intentionally directed process of energy exchange during which the practitioner uses the hands as a focus to facilitate the healing process. The practitioner may apply light touch with permission during the Therapeutic Touch ® session or may simply move his/her hands a few inches from the body.
Therapeutic Touch ® is a complementary therapy that may be used in conjunction with conventional medicine.
Dolores Krieger, Ph.D., R.N. (Professor Emerita of New York University) and her mentor Dora Kunz developed Therapeutic Touch ® in the early 1970s. It is now practiced by thousands of healthcare professionals, holistic health practitioners and lay people in 75 countries throughout the world.
Numerous colleges and universities teach it in their graduate and undergraduate nursing programs. Therapeutic Touch ® is a scientifically based practice, including at least 15 doctoral dissertations, post-doctoral studies and innumerable master’s theses. U.S. National Institute of Health has funded Therapeutic Touch ® research.
All BCTTNS practitioners and teachers are instructed in the Krieger-Kunz method of Therapeutic Touch ® .
Research and experience have shown the effectiveness of Therapeutic Touch ® in:
• deep relaxation
• decreased anxiety
• decreased stress
• decreased pain
• calmness, peace & well-being
• energy balance restored