The foundation for therapeutic interactions is based on the natural human potential to reach out in compassion and empathy. Therapeutic Touch (TT), which is derived from, but not the same as laying on of hands, is one such modality in its most contemporary expression.
Therapeutic Touch is based on the assumption that a human being is not only a physical body, but also consists of a pattern of energy. Disease is associated with disorder, deficit, and/or blockage of the energy pattern. During the process of Therapeutic Touch, the therapist helps the individual by releasing congestion and balancing dysrhythmic areas. The individual's innate healing ability is enhanced by the treatment.
Therapeutic Touch is a contemporary interpretation of several ancient healing practices. It is an intentionally directed process during which therapists use their hands to facilitate healing.
Therapeutic Touch has been practiced since 1972 and has one of the strongest research bases of the complementary healing modalities. It can be used with clients of all ages from premature infants to the elderly. It has found to be extremely helpful with patients facing terminal illness.
Research on Therapeutic Touch has demonstrated the ability to elicit a rapid relaxation response, can relieve pain and enhance one's comfort and sense of well-being. Therapeutic Touch can reduce stress and anxiety, promote calmness and the body's ability to heal itself. It has been shown to have a positive effect on the immune system and to promote comfort for the dying person.
- Indralaya - site of one of the International Therapeutic Touch Invitational Workshops
- Nurse Healer-Professional Associates International - this is the international professional organization that supports Therapeutic Touch and establishes curriculum for all levels of TT classes.
- Therapeutic Touch Network - Ontario, Canada