Therapeutic touch (TT) is a form of energy healing similar to Reiki and other modalities that use balancing of the body’s energy field as a path to better health. The human energy field is cleansed by the person practicing therapeutic touch.
Non-Contact Therapeutic Touch (NCTT) is a variation of therapeutic touch where the practitioner does not actually touch you during a therapy session. The hands are placed near your body and your energy field is manipulated to promote a balance and harmony.
The origin of therapeutic touch was at the Pumpkin Hollow Farms Retreat Center in Craryville, New York, where Dora Kunz and Delores Krieger developed this modality in 1972. Based on the belief that the human body is an energetic field and that the energy field carries specific emotions and feelings within it, they found that using therapeutic touch as a way to cleanse that energy field helps to cleanse the body of negative energies.
“Cleaning the aura” is another way to phrase cleansing the energy field. The human body’s energy field is sometimes referred to as the aura.
What Does a Therapeutic Touch Massage Do?
In a nutshell it is said to realign the body’s energy field to allow for a healthier, energetic processing of disease. It is believed that when the body is functioning at a healthy energetic level, the body will also function at a healthy physical level.
What To Expect From A Therapeutic Touch Treatment
The therapeutic touch session begins with the fully clothed recipient in a state to receive. That may be lying on a massage table (the preferred way) or sitting comfortably in a chair. They may even stand.
The therapist begins the 5 step treatment with a process called “Centering”, the first step. This is where the therapist clears his or her mind from distractions and begins to communicate with the recipient’s energy field. The process of centering is used in an effort to find areas of the body where the recipient’s energy may be blocked.
The second step, Assessment, allows for the therapist to identify areas of disturbance. This is done by placing the therapist’s hands approximately two to six inches above the recipient’s body. The hands are swept across the body in order to detect disturbances, which may come in the form of sensations of cold, heat, pressure, tingling, or weight.
In the third step, called Unruffuling or Clearing the Field, the therapist sweeps their hands over the recipient’s body from head to toe, or in a downward direction, with their hands. When they reach the feet the therapist flicks the negative or unhealthy energy away from the recipient and into the air past their toes. The flicking also keeps the energy from cling to the therapist.
The forth step, called Balancing the Field, has the therapist transferring healthy energy from the universal life force energy directly to the recipient.
The final, fifth step, called Smoothing the Field, has the therapist using their hands once again to smooth out the energy allowing it to balance and create a symmetrical flow. It is recommended at this time for the recipient to remain calm and in the same position for 10 to 15 minutes to allow the energy to stabilize. This is one reason lying down is the preferred position.
Therapeutic Touch Side Effects and Benefits
Mild side effects may include dizziness, mild nausea and thirst. Drinking water following a treatment is recommended to flush out the bodies toxins, very similar to massage therapy.
Clearing the aura of unhealthy, stagnant, or diseased energy allows for the human body to take on a more healthy appearance and fight off illness. A few health benefits to receiving therapeutic touch therapy include:
- Decreasing Anxiety
- Reduce Stress
- Ease the Symptoms of Depression
- Lessen Chronic Pain
Finding a Therapeutic Touch Practitioner
Finding a therapeutic touch practitioner in your area may be as simple as a Google search. We have made it a bit simpler by providing some links. Below is a list of practitioners in major metropolitan areas around the US. We do not have any affiliations with any of these practitioners, so do your research before handing out any money.
- New York – Dr. Elizabeth Barrett
- San Diego – San Diego Healing Touch
- Austin – Casa De Luz
- Portland – Healing Spirit Touch
- Boston – Golden Hands Healing Therapies
- Seattle – Therapeutic Touch Professional Associates
- Denver – Hand in Hand Therapeutic Touch
- Chicago – Whole Health Chicago
For a listing of Qualified Practitioner and/or Qualified Teachers, the Therapeutic Touch International Association maintains a listing of on their site. Click here to access the list.
Therapeutic touch workshops are also offered at Pumpkin Hollow during the summer. You can visit the farm as a day visitor and partake in the workshops as a recipient of treatments. You may also choose to stay at the farm retreat facilities, either individually or with a group.
Most of the time there is no charge for receiving healing treatments as a day visitor as they are part of the training of new practitioners. However, if you wish to stay for meals or overnight at the farm, there are cost associated with your stay.
Therapeutic Touch Training
There are a few options if you are seeking training in Therapeutic Touch. One option is to take a series of classes, followed by a five day mentor workshop at the Pumpkin Hollow Retreat Center. There are beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of training. Each level is taken in succession and followed by the five day long mentoring retreat or workshop.
There is a required three year long practice for those who wish to take the most advanced training. During this three year time period the student/practitioner would be required to develop their own personal healing and spiritual work as well as refine the healing touch technique that is used by others.
Classes in Therapeutic Touch are also taught at colleges and universities across the United States as part of medical training. This healing touch therapy has a longstanding history of reliable practice within the medical setting. Learning this technique while earning a nursing degree or other degree means you go right into the practice as soon as you graduate. This is something that many potential employers would appreciate seeing on an application for employment.
Here are some resources to help you find a school in your area:
- Therapeutic Touch Professional Associates – Serving the Seattle Washington area.
- Healing Touch Program – San Antonio, Texas
A Bit More About The Pumpkin Hollow Farm
The Pumpkin Hollow Farm is a refuge in itself. It allows you to experience a very nurturing and organic way of life. There are walking paths, a waterfall, a labyrinth and other sacred spaces which allow you an opportunity for inner growth and spiritual development.
Because training takes place right at the site of the retreats, students have unique opportunities to participate in their vegetarian cuisine and alcohol-free lifestyle. Group participation in work activities becomes an integral part of the therapeutic touch training at Pumpkin Hollow.
Not only will the you receive the education in therapeutic touch you came to learn, but you will also experience firsthand what it is like to live on a working farm.