What is Therapeutic Touch? 

Therapeutic Touch is an evidence- based practice that incorporates the intentional and compassionate use of universal energy to promote balance and well-being

 It involves conscious intent on the part of the practitioner to help promote balance, rhythm and energy. Practitioners move their hands about two to four inches away from the body while a person is seated or lying down for a treatment. Assessment of the energies allows practitioners to more effectively individualize the treatment.

It is believed that a person’s own healing potential may be enhanced by this elegant and graceful process. The most commonly reported effects are relaxation and a profound sense of well-being.

Therapeutic Touch helps …

  • reduce anxiety
  • reduce pain
  • enhance relaxation response
  • decrease diastolic blood pressure
  • facilitate wound healing
  • Ease end of life care; guiding the client towards a more peaceful passage 

It also is incremental in the personal transformation of the Therapeutic Touch practitioner.

When did Therapeutic Touch begin?

Therapeutic Touch was developed in the early 1970’s by Dolores Krieger, PhD, RN, Professor of Nursing, Emerita, New York University, and Dora Kunz, a gifted clairvoyant/clairaudient president of the Theosophical Center. It is based on the belief that a human being is a complex system of energies; disease may occur when there is congestion, depletion, and/or imbalance of energy. A Therapeutic Touch treatment is administered with the intent to help a person re-pattern energy to facilitate healing and bring the client back to wholeness. 

Therapeutic Touch was founded within nursing science in 1972. Research continues in major medical centers and universities. No guarantee of results can be made. Therapeutic Touch may be used as an adjunct to other health care practices.  website of Therapeutic Touch International Associates, Inc.since 1975


Janet Goldenbogen-Self, RN
Holistic Health Practitioner
Holistic Therapies, Inc.
Port Townsend, WA


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