Therapeutic Touch

There is a Universal Life Force Energy that flows through all living organisms. This Energy links us all together and unites us into a Oneness. In the human body, this Life Energy flows freely into, through and out of the body, when it is in a state of health and wholeness.

It is this flow of Energy that nourishes all the organs and systems in the body. This flow of Energy creates an energy field around the body that can be objectively perceived and measured and even photographed Kirlian Photography.

When there is illness, pain, injury, disease, etc., this Life Force Energy becomes interrupted, obstructed, or even depleted in one or more areas of the body. This change in energy and flow can be easily felt by the practitioner.

The technique involves scanning the body by placing both hands together, side-by-side, palms down, facing the body.

Start at the top of the head, 3-5 inches above the body (in the energy field) and proceed to feel the energy from head to toe, both on the front as well as backside of the body.

You will actually feel various energy sensations like: tingling, heat, cold, heaviness, and a drawing feeling, to name a few. Depending on what you feel, that will give you the information on what type of imbalance is present..loose congestion, tight congestion, localized imbalance, or an energy deficit / void. This then gives you the data needed to proceed knowledgeably.

Therapeutic Touch works with the interaction between the energy fields auras of healer and patient.

Physical contact is not necessary because at the level of physical proximity and focused intent used, the energy fields of healer and patient are continuous.

This is an active healing process; the healer must have an active intent for healing to occur, and the patient must desire (even unconsciously) a return to health.

Therapeutic Touch can be practiced on babies, pets and plants as well as adults. Research indicates that it does produce statistically significant l evels of effective healing.

Patients generally report an increased sense of well-being and respite from pain after Therapeutic Touch sessions.

The key to practicing Therapeutic Touch is balancing the patient's energy.

Pain or injury within the body or mind is reflected by changes in the energy field that surrounds and penetrates the physical body.

With the healer's own energy field properly shielded and stabilized through meditation and centering, the patient's energy field can be rebalanced, which will in turn allow the patient's own energy to effect the necessary healing.

After the available energy is redistributed, the healer will often channel universal background energy into the patient's aura as an extra reserve for the patient to use at will.

This safe, noninvasive practice satisfies most ethical concerns about free will and doing no harm.

Each healer and each patient will interact differently; a healer must rely on his or her own intuition to decide how best to respond to whatever form a patient's energy takes. Imagery directs the healing; untangling knots of energy, warming cool areas, smoothing throbbing or rough spots or allowing a stream of energizing color to flow through a patient's aura.

Some healers will talk during the session, explaining continuously what they are doing or feeling. Some play meditative music and burn candles or incense. Many combine Therapeutic Touch with similar therapies such as hypnosis, massage, or acupressure.

I have found that it works very well in a coven setting, where all participating coveners direct energy to the patient after the primary healer has unruffled the patient's energy field.

The only caveat is to be gentle; too much energy can make the patient jittery or headachy.

The main functions of Therapeutic Touch are relaxation and pain reduction, which allow the patient to take a more active part in their own healing.

The auric manipulation and healing techniques that gave rise to Therapeutic Touch were derived from teachings found in Theosophy.

Some study of chakras and Eastern energy systems will make the philosophy behind Therapeutic Touch more comprehensible, although it is not necessary to the practice.

Like Western magical practitioners, Therapeutic Touch operates out of the experience that, ultimately all things in the Universe are connected.

All exist as part of the Universal energy, which is why healers and patients alike can draw upon that Universal energy to supplement their own energy fields for healing.

A healer does not need to believe in this philosophy to be able to heal using Therapeutic Touch; He / she needs only the desire to help the patient. Nor does the patient need to believe; only to be willing to accept help

Fourth-grader's Experiment Rattles World of Touch Therapy

April 1, 1998 - Reuters - Chicago

It was as simple as a test could be. Since healers who practice therapeutic touch claim they can manipulate a patient's energy field to treat everything from burns to cancer, they were asked to prove it.

The 11-year-old girl who devised the test for her fourth-grade science fair two years ago concluded that 21 practitioners of the widely taught practice were unable to detect the "energy field." Emily Rosa's study was published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

"I thought it was interesting because it was practiced in hospitals and private clinics all around this country and they were getting paid from $30 to $70 a treatment,"

Emily said this morning on the NBC "Today" show. It immediately drew fire from supporters of the practice, who say it is respected worldwide.

Therapeutic touch is practiced in at least 80 North American hospitals and taught in more than 100 colleges and universities in 75 countries, said the study written by the Loveland, Colo., girl, her parents and a Pennsylvania doctor who works to uncover quackery.

Those who practice the technique say an energy field emanates from every person and is detectable above the skin through a tingling sensation or a feeling of hot or cold. The healer moves his or her hands over the patient's body to modify the field. Touching the patient isn't necessary.

More than 100,000 people worldwide have been taught the technique, including at least 43,000 health-care professionals, the study said.

Emily set up a cardboard screen through which practitioners put their hands. With their sight blocked, she asked them to identify which of their hands was near one of hers.

The 21 practitioners chose the correct hand 44 percent of the time.

That was less than the 50 percent chance they would have had of choosing the correct hand by guessing.

"To our knowledge, no other objective, quantitative study involving more than a few therapeutic touch practitioners has been published, and no well-designed study demonstrates any health benefit from therapeutic touch," the study concluded.

Emily's mother, Linda Rosa, acknowledged that she is a longtime skeptic of the practice. Emily, who wants to be a veterinarian or an astronaut, "or even both," said she conducted her study for a school science fair because she was a bit skeptical herself. There were no winners in the fair. She got a blue ribbon like everyone else.

The validity of therapeutic touch has been established in numerous doctoral dissertations and "innumerable" clinical studies, said Krieger, who has written two books about it.

The practice has been safe and helpful in improving conditions from premenstrual syndrome, headaches, burns and bone fractures to asthma, reproductive problems, cancer and AIDS, she wrote.

Dr. George Lundberg, editor of JAMA for 16 years, said he handled the editing of Emily's report and found the research to be sound.

Patricia Abrams, 59, said therapeutic touch saved her life 17 years ago after conventional doctors had given up on treating her for agnogenic myloid fibrosis, a fatal, incurable blood disorder.

She said she underwent therapeutic touch weekly for two years, along with meditation and visualization. She later learned therapeutic touch herself and uses it in her volunteer work with hospice patients.