Therapeutic Touch

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.

Origin

pumpkin hollow retreat centerThe 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.

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Therapeutic Touch – Centering

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.

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:

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.

What Is Vibration Therapy?

There are two different forms of vibration therapy that will be discussed here. The first is a form of energy healing in which Tibetan Singing Bowls are used to generate sound and vibration as the receiver, or patient, lays on a table or sits in the lotus position.

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tibetan singing bowls

This form of energy healing has been in use for many generations to compliment a Reiki session or on their own for meditation and relaxation. These highly refined metal bowls are designed to hold their tone, when struck by a soft hammer, for a long period of time.

The sounds and vibrations are intended for bringing balance and harmony to your Qi through relaxation and stress reduction.

How Vibration Therapy is Performed

A common way to administer vibration therapy, when used in energy healing, is for the receiver of the therapy to lay flat on their back, usually on a massage table. Similar to a massage session, the atmosphere in the room is peaceful with very little noise and disturbances.

As you lay on the table, with your eyes closed, the practitioner may begin the session with some Reiki massage to create connection between them and you. This initial stage sets the stage for the remainder of the session.

After you have relaxed and calmed your mind, the practitioner will begin using the bowls by softly tapping them with a cloth hammer. The bowls are often lifted and hovered over you. They are cradled in a soft pillow that allows for the vibration to last a long time. Different sized bowls are used that emit different sounds and vibrations.

Check out this video of a Vibration Therapy session:

As you can see, this is a very peaceful and soothing form of energy healing. The idea of the sounds and the vibrations coming from the bowls stimulates your Qi and releases blockages that can cause pain and discomfort, stress, depression, and other disorders and aliments.

Other Ways of Using Vibration Therapy

Laying on a message table and receiving vibration healing from a practitioner is not the only use of Tibetan Singing Bowls. Just listening to a sound recording of the bowls being rung can sooth and calm the mind. Listening to these sounds during meditation, or even as background sound when you are working, can calm the mind and assist in balancing your Qi.

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The second form of vibration therapy was developed nearly fifty years ago in Russia, the former Soviet Union, and is very different from vibration therapy used in energy healing. It is included here in order to emphasize the power of vibration and its effect on the human body.

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Most supporters of this second form of vibration therapy most likely do not know about the use of vibration to bring harmony and balance to your Qi. However, they do understand the ability of vibration to treat certain physical disorders and energize and condition the body.

Modern Vibration Therapy

As stated earlier, the Soviets discovered the benefits of vibration therapy years ago. However, it was kept under wraps by the secretive government for many decades. Their discovery came during the years of the competitive space race with the United State in the 1960’s.

Russian studies determined that cosmonauts were able to spend more and more time in the zero gravity states of outer space when vibration was administered to their bodies. Among other benefits, the Russians found that they were able to preserve muscle mass and bone density under the zero gravity conditions of outer space.

Decades later, long after the secret was revealed, athletic coaches began infusing vibration therapy into high performance athletic training. They found athletes were able to recover more quickly after athletic events, and strength and resistance training were easier on the body. Vibration therapy eventually become a standard training tool for athletic trainers and coaches at all levels.

Recently, vibration therapy has made a revival in popularity with its function as a therapeutic and healing modality. It has worked its way into the mainstream allowing you to obtain maximum benefit from your specified training routine.

Vibration Therapy Machines

Vibration therapy machines

Vibration Therapy Machine

This form of vibration therapy is very different from the vibration therapy used in energy healing. Modern vibration therapy uses sophisticated machines that produce very specific levels of vibration that shake the body.

The shaking that occurs is similar to putting your body through a rigorous training regimen. People that have used them are physically tired after treatment and are sweating, whether they just stood on the machine, or performed exercises while on the machine.

Benefits of Vibration Therapy

Vibrational Healing works like a combination of aerobic and anaerobic exercise. Whole body vibration therapy increases muscle mass, physical strength, and increases balance and endurance. It boosts your circulation system which in turn increases the oxygen levels within the body. All with less effort than weight training or resistance training commonly part of a workout routine.

Vibration Therapy – A Part of a Physical Therapy Plan

Modern and progressive Physical Therapists are using whole body vibration therapy as part of a comprehensive physical therapy treatment plan.  It has been used successfully in treating many conditions such as:

  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Muscle Atrophy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Osteoperosis

Vibration has been shown to improve bone density, relieve joint pain associated with trauma or arthritic disease, and even something as mundane as poor posture is helped by the therapeutic properties of the vibrations. It is an excellent tool for increasing strength, and because of its ability to increase strength, a person’s balance is impacted in a positive way.

How to Use Vibrational Therapy

Whole body vibration is put into operation by standing on a vibrating platform. The person using the vibration therapy machine may simply stand there, or for optimum results may hold static exercise poses or they may move about, as with dynamic exercises.

The vibrating machine that is chosen for use, along with the ability of the user, will determine what type of exercise, if any, is put into practice. The vibrations generated under the platform are transmitted to the person who is on the machine.

The intensity of the vibration is calibrated by the user in order to attain the desired effect. Sonic vibrations, up to 50 per second, stimulate full body muscle-contractions for each of the vibrations. These muscle contractions encourage a dramatic increase in blood flow to joints, muscles and the connective tissue within the body.

The result is an increase in bone mass and muscle strength and flexibility. High performance athletes from nearly every sport and discipline have benefited with their results from vibration training. Other non-sport related activities can benefit from vibration therapy machines as well.  Practices like yoga, or standing meditations may be done while standing on a vibration machine.

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Vibration Therapy Class

Vibration therapy machines are not for exclusive use. No longer limited to professional or high level performance athletes, vibration therapy may be used at home to elicit fantastic results.

Personal trainers incorporate the use of vibration into customized plans and goals for the people they work with. Many of today’s workout gyms have a vibration plate for their clients’ use. Vibration plates are widely available to the general public. However, it is highly recommended that you educate  yourself and gain some experience in using a vibration machine prior to using one within your home work out routine.

Now, before you get to thinking, “hmmmmm, I remember old Aunt Millie used to have something like that tucked away”, you must know, these vibration machines are nothing like the ones used back in the sixties to attempt to firm unwanted fat.

The energy generated by these platforms (or in some cases reclining chairs) holds its vibration at a different level for a different purpose. The vibration machines of the past shook you up like someone busting concrete with a vibrating machine. Today’s vibrational therapy platforms are calibrated to produce small sonic vibrations.  While you still want to use caution if moving on the machine, today’s machines are not designed to jiggle you all over the place.

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Vibration Therapy – For Fitness or Energy Healing

When planning goals for fitness you might want to consider using vibration therapy  with a vibration therapy machine as a possible compliment with your current plans and goals. When used in addition to a movement plan that includes walking combined with strength training, the vibration machine may just be the ticket for improving the health and lifestyle back to a level of youthfulness and vitality.

You can also consider vibration therapy as another tool for energy healing. In this sense, you are treating not only your body, but your spirit. A restful and peaceful body is better able to heal and recover than one that is stressed.

Tapping Therapy

Tapping TherapyYou face many challenges each and every day. There are the routine chores and errands that need to happen and mundane decisions to be made. What’s for dinner? Who will make the beds? Do I have time to go to the store?

Yet, how often do you just take time to think about yourself? What it is that could make your life better. There are many ways to improve your well being, including the method of meridian tapping, or tapping therapy.

This technique is easy to learn, and fun to do.  It may be done in as little as ten to fifteen minutes each day. Tapping therapy may be performed alone or under the direct guidance of a counselor or other health professional.

One of the keys to understanding tapping therapy is to understand your body’s meridian lines. The meridians line define the flow of energy throughout your body. These lines are not visible and cannot be felt in a traditional manner. Traditional Eastern Medicine uses the meridians as the basis of many forms of practice.  Those who use tapping therapy follow these lines.

So What is a Meridian?

Your body is made up of energy, just as the Universe is made of energy. This energy is referred to as Ki, Qi, or Chi (pronounced – Key or Chee).  Just as with the energy of the Universe, the human life energy flows throughout your body in a continuous motion.

Qi is made up of the opposing forces of Yin and Yang that flow in harmony and balance with each other. When one force is greater than the other, the balance is disturbed. When there is an imbalance within the body, the Qi gets stuck, or blocked, and will not flow properly and sickness arises.

The meridians are the lines that traditional Chinese medicine believes the life energy flows through. There are twelve of them and they correspond to particular organs of your body, are affiliated with only one of the two forces of Yin and Yang, and associate with a particular time of day. See the chart below of an outline of the different meridians.

Meridian

Yin/Yang Affiliation

Time of Day Association

Heart

Yin

11 AM – 1 PM

Small Intestine

Yang

1 PM – 3 PM

Bladder

Yang

3 PM – 5 PM

Kidney

Yin

5 PM – 7 PM

Circulatory/Sexual

Yin

7 PM – 9 PM

Triple Heater

Yang

9 PM – 11 PM

Gall Bladder

Yang

11 PM – 1 AM

Liver

Yin

1 AM – 3 AM

Lung

Yin

3 AM – 5 AM

Large Intestine

Yang

5 AM – 7 AM

Stomach

Yang

7 AM – 9 AM

Spleen

Yin

9 AM – 11 AM

The meridians run symmetrically along your body.  The twelve primary meridians run in a continuous pattern throughout the body in a circular/elliptical pattern. Each of these meridian lines have branches that flow out from them. The ends of these branches are where the pressure points from tapping are located. Using meridian tapping techniques helps to keep the flow in motion and not slowed or stopped by blockage.

Tapping Therapy – How to Use This Information

Since there are particular points along the meridians that are associated with various parts of the body as well as a particular time of day, you could keep track of time and notice when discomfort or dis-ease occurs. Then using that time frame, you may learn which meridian is out of balance.

When the points associated with that time frame or body locale are stimulated through tapping, they allow the energy to begin to flow more freely and thereby help to alleviate suffering throughout your body.

When using the tapping technique described below keep in mind that it is done as a total approach. Although you certainly could place additional focus on a single pressure point, it is more effective to keep the entire flow of energy in balance if each of the points are successively tapped.

Meridian Tapping – Tapping Therapy

tapping therapySimply put, meridian tapping is light tapping on specific energy points of your body to relieve stress, promote relaxation and to remove unhealthy blockages. Meridian tapping techniques help to break blockages and move them along so the Qi will flow freely.

To use the tapping technique, identify an emotion or imbalance (for references here use a headache as the example of the blockage).  Set a positive intention such as “This headache is of no use to me, I am more than a headache, I am pure love and I love myself”. Use the affirmation and begin to tap on key acupressure points along the meridians.

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The Karate Chop Point

These points are often stated as the top of the head, the inner eyebrow area under the brow bone, outer eye bone, the hollow above the lip, the hollow in the chin under the bottom lip, the collarbone, and a spot approximately four inches under the armpit.  A point on the hand is also used. It is called the karate chop point and is located on the outside of the hand about an inch below the knuckle of the little finger. The karate chop point is proper point to begin and end a meridian tapping therapy session.

Now, while continuously repeating the positive affirmation, tap each point lightly 7-10 times.  This practice should take about ten to fifteen minutes.  You might feel immediate relief or you might feel an emotional release of some type hours or even days later. As with any energy working practices, remember to stay well hydrated to keep toxins from accumulating.

Tapping Therapy and Western Medicine

Western Medicine is beginning to understand, and even incorporate into health care treatment plans, what are considered to be the more traditional Eastern practices such as Acupuncture, Acupressure, Meditation and Reiki. It may seem like these are New Age practices, but in fact they have been in use for thousands of years in one form or another.

Your state of mind has much to do with your ability to accomplish goals and deal with life’s challenges. Keeping a positive affirmation in mind at all times during the tapping session is a great way to put your mind in a state where goals are more easily accomplished. In addition to following the doctors’ instructions, a positive approach to all over health and well being might include a variety of alternative therapies.

What is EFT?

In the field of energy healing, EFT primarily stands for Emotional Freedom Technique, though some may call it Energy Field Tapping. What is EFT all about? It is a psychological acupressure therapy that uses techniques derived from the energy healing modalities of acupuncture, energy medicine, neuro-linguistic programming, and Thought Field Therapy (TFT).

EFT practitioners and advocates believe that by tapping on certain meridian points (acupuncture/acupressure), while verbally focusing on a specific issue (Thought Field Therapy), and then repeating a positive affirmation (neuro-linguistic programming), you are able to correct a variety of psychological disorders (energy medicine).

EFT was brought into the field of energy psychology by Gary Craig in the 1990s via his book “EFT Handbook”. Mr. Craig, a Stamford University Engineering graduate and ordained minister, used this technique for many years to help people with an array of issues.

His daughter, Tina Craig, has followed in her father’s footsteps, and together they continue the advancement of this technique. There are many variations of the EFT tapping techniques available. The common thread running through most of them is the specified tapping points that stimulate your body’s energy meridians.

EFT Tapping Therapy Points

  • What is EFT

    Tapping Points

    Karate Chop – the place to begin tapping; it is used to set up the affirmation

  • Top of the Head – top of the crown and center
  • Eyebrow – at the inner side of the brow by the nose bridge
  • Side of the Eye – at the outside edge of the eye bone
  • Under the Eye – directly under the pupil on the edge of the bone
  • Under the Nose – in the grove between upper lip and nose
  • Chin – in the hollow under the lower lip
  • Collarbone – in the hollow between the collarbone and the first rib
  • Under the Arm – approximately four inches below the center of the armpit

EFT Therapy Process

Begin by identifying an issue that causes you some sort of discomfort or dis-ease and then rate the intensity of that particular issue on a scale of zero to ten, with ten bearing the highest level of intensity. The goal of the process is to reduce the intensity level of the identified issue to a rating of zero, or no intensity. Once an issues is reduced to an intensity level of zero, you may move on to another issue.

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The Karate Chop Point

After identifying and rating an issue, declare the following affirmative statement with the identified issue included: “Even though I have (state the issue) I completely love, honor and accept myself.”  Repeat the affirmation three times while gently tapping at the karate chop point of your non-dominant hand using the tips of the dominants hands’ fingers. For most people this would be tapping the karate chop point of the left hand with the finger tips of the right hand.

EFT2Then, proceed to tap each of the eight therapy points at least 7 times (but not many more than 7) beginning with the top of the head and proceeding down until reaching the under arm point; all the while continuing to repeat the affirmation while tapping. Once a person is accustomed to using the method described, tapping may be used anytime for relaxation and healing.  To some it may even feel a bit like a meditative practice. Most will find it, at the very least, a peaceful way to spend ten or fifteen minutes.

After each round of tapping, repeat the identified issue and, again, rate the intensity of the issue. In order to accurately rate the intensity, you must be aware of your feelings. Notice what you are feeling when you state and think about the issue. At the beginning of a session, your feelings, what ever they may be or however they manifest, will be strong and easier to notice. After a couple of rounds of tapping, you will notice the feeling are harder and harder to detect.

Continue rounds of tapping until the intensity level of the identified issue is zero, or at least 1 or 2. Very powerful and deep issues emote strong feelings and may not be able to be brought down to zero in the initial sessions. Additional sessions may be necessary to reach zero.

EFT4Using this therapy, you may address more than one issue at a time, but unrelated issues are best treated at different times.  As with many types of alternative healing treatments, EFT practitioners should be sure to consume enough water to stay hydrated and to flush away any toxins that may have been built up into the body and were released during the tapping session.

What is EFT Helping to Do?

Using EFT is believed to help:

  • Release old patterns and unhealthy habits
  • Dissipate negative emotions
  • Instill positive goals

EFT may be used as a way to assist a smoker to drop the habit. Or, although it would be the most effective as a compliment to more traditional methods, EFT could be used to help a person in recovery to elevate self-esteem, and move on to a more typical lifestyle.  The use of tapping therapies to rid the body of disease, such as headache or nausea, and emotional dis-ease, such as obsessive thought patterns or hyperactive behaviors is another way this form of energy healing may be used.

If you are familiar with Eastern Medicine’s theories of accessing the body’s meridian points, you will recognize that the tapping points follow the Eastern form of medicine using some of the body’s meridian points.  Just as acupuncture follows the meridians, EFT does the same.  One could think of EFT as acupuncture therapy without the needles.  It may be a perfect alternative for someone who wants the benefits of acupuncture but is afraid of needles.

What is EFT Therapy Preparing For?

EFT3EFT will continue to enhance other forms of personal healing. It is a compliment to talk therapy, other alternative energy healing work such as Reiki or Cranial Sacral work, and also works well with traditional western methods of healing physical and emotional illnesses.

Healing the mind and body using tapping to transfer and balance the energy flow is a method that may be used at home or within a therapy session with a health care provider or practitioner. It can prepare the body for future events in order to make that event heal quicker – i.e. prepare for a medical procedure. Or it may be used to repair damage that was inflicted to the mind or body from a much earlier time.  One would simply formulate the affirmation to correspond with the particular event.

EFT is a non-invasive way to address issues within the body and spirit and access personal growth and healing. It has been used to help children and adults recover from early childhood trauma. Whatever the dis-ease, EFT may bring forth a happier, healthier mind, body and spirit. That certainly is worth whatever time and effort was expended.

Energy healing may not show immediate results and results may differ with each individual. When using any therapy it is a good idea to keep in mind that in most cases the issue being resolved did not develop overnight. Therefore, although anything is possible, it may take longer than overnight to resolve the issue.