What is Therapeutic Touch?

Therapeutic Touch® is a holistic, evidence-based therapy that incorporates the intentional and compassionate use of universal energy to promote balance and well being.

The intention of a Therapeutic Touch practitioner is to influence a person’s energy flow to rebalance the field of energy and to move it towards wholeness and health.

Any physical illness can be viewed as an imbalance of a person’s energy field. With the help from the Therapeutic Touch practitioner’s hands, that persons’ energy field can be returned to balance. If the energy field can be restored to order, any underlying physical conditions is likely to improve as well.


Therapeutic Touch was developed in the early 1970s by Delores Krieger, at the time a professor of nursing at New York University, and Dora Kunz, an intuitive with clairvoyant abilities. When Delores Krieger and Dora Kunz met, the scientist and the intuitive joined forces to develop a method of healing that has since been taught to tens of thousands of people.

Possible Benefits

Releases the relaxation response  

Eases discomfort

Reduces anxiety and stress

Helps with a better night’s sleep

The body is able to jump start the natural healing process

Better sense of well being

What to Expect

Each session is approximately 40 minutes, which includes a 10- to 20-minute rest period giving time for the energy field to return to balance and harmony.

The client is either laying down or in a chair, fully clothed. There is a gentle laying of hands by the practitioner or no touch if preferred.

Slight tingling sensations or energy movement may be felt. A nap is optional as the relaxation response is released.

Please note that while Therapeutic Touch can be very effective, no medical claims are made as to the effect or outcome of this treatment approach. Each person is encouraged to be responsible in the use and choice of professional healing assistance as needed.

In the practice of Therapeutic Touch, it is important for us to keep in mind the whole person…. but also to recognize that each person is a part of an ordered universe.  The concept of the whole person can be very difficult to visualize.  It is easier, and actually more correct, to think of the concept of order.

Dora Kunz, The Spiritual Dimension of Therapeutic.

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