How can Therapeutic Touch Help You or Someone You Love?
Anyone experiencing stress, anxiety, pain (acute or chronic), grief, wounds, infections, or immune system disorders can benefit from Therapeutic Touch (TT). A deep sense of peace is often experienced with TT and each person has a unique response. TT promotes a relaxation response and sense of well-being. TT may influence all aspects of an individual: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
Therapeutic Touch (TT) is a gentle procedure that uses the hands with intention to promote relaxation and comfort. Touch may or may not be used, as this process primarily helps restore balance within an individual at a subtle energetic level. The official organization, Therapeutic Touch International (formerly Nurse Healers-Professional Associates Intl., Inc), definition: “Therapeutic Touch® is a holistic, evidence-based therapy that incorporates the intentional and compassionate use of universal energy to promote balance and well-being”.
TT was developed in the early 1970's by Dolores Krieger, PhD, RN, and Dora Kunz, a natural healer, whom Barbara Denison has studied with annually or semi-annual between 1986-2008. TT is grounded in nursing research. The co-founders endorsed NH-PAI, currently Therapeutic Touch International, as the organization to disseminate education about TT.
A significant amount of nursing research studies have been completed since TT was developed. There is nursing research that supports its usefulness to help decrease pain, anxiety and promote wound healing and immune system function. Barbara conducted her research thesis on TT and fibromyalgia in 2002. An article describing her research thesis about the use of Therapeutic Touch for the experience of pain and quality of life for persons with fibromyalgia has been published. The reference for this article is: Denison, B. (2004). Touch the Pain Away New Research on Therapeutic Touch and Persons with Fibromyalgia Syndrome. Holistic Nursing Practice, 18:3, May/June, 142-151.
Nurse Healers-Professional Associates, Intl. Inc. – the credentialing body of Therapeutic Touch International Association (TTIA)- has a peer review credentialing process with standards of care and scope of practice to become recognized as a Qualified Therapeutic Touch Teacher (QTTT) or Qualified Therapeutic Touch Practitioner (QTTP).
To become eligible to apply for each of these recognitions, a year-long mentorship is recommended.
Where Can I Learn TT?
Learning TT is a natural human potential. Barbara Denison is a Qualified TT Teacher/Practitioner (QTTT/P) and has taught numerous Therapeutic Touch programs in the U.S. and internationally. She offers classes at InnerWorks, watch the events tabs on this website for scheduled classes. She is also available to come and teach in your area or mentor you to become a TT practitioner.