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Therapeutic Touch

Sue Gregory BAppSc.(OT), AdvDip.SOP, QTTT

What is Therapeutic Touch? Therapeutic Touch (Krieger Kunz method) is a non-invasive healing therapy with extensive scientific research. Based on the theory of human energy fields, the therapist conveys caring through the hands in a process of energy exchange. It facilitates the body's own ability to relax and supports holistic wellbeing. It has been practiced in hospitals and health care setting for over 30 years in 80 countries as a support to regular medical care and therapies. It has had more research undertaken to study its efficacy than any other complimentary therapy. This is because it originated in the hospital/ medical setting of New York University Teaching Hospital. Benefits of Therapeutic Touch Extensive scientific research and numerous clinical studies have found the following benefits: · · · · · · · · · · · · Relaxation Feeling of wellbeing and less worry Improved sleep Reduced pain Increases in the body's natural healing capability Reduced anxiety Muscle relaxation and mobility Reduced fluid retention Acceleration of wound healing Reduced inflammation and swelling Supportive for a peaceful dying process Settling of disruptive behaviour

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What is Therapeutic Touch used for? Therapeutic Touch helps people with the following conditions: · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · Pain Sleep disorders Panic Attacks Stress Breathlessness and difficulty breathing Sport injuries Depression Irritability and anxiety Hyperactivity Chronic fatigue Premenstrual Symptoms Menopause Rheumatoid Arthritis Elevated temperature Nausea and vomiting Cancer (reduces the nausea associated with chemotherapy) Acute trauma Pre and post operative anxiety People in bereavement Neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease CVA AIDS Premature babies Labour and delivery Supporting people who are dying Hospice Family ailments such as colds, hay fever, bites and stings, migraine, headaches, cuts and wounds, bruises, swelling, sunburn

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Where is Therapeutic Touch practised? Therapeutic Touch is practised in: · · · · · · · · · · Acute and General Hospital settings Rehabilitation Community Care Complementary therapy practices Disability and Child care Care of the elderly Aged and Palliative Care Midwifery Intensive care Animal Care ­ both in the home and veterinary clinics

Who uses Therapeutic Touch? Health and healing professionals, carers, family members and volunteers use Therapeutic Touch. Practitioners undertake nationally recognised training and have a responsibility to act according to ethics for the practice of Therapeutic Touch. Family members can also attend specially designed classes to learn effective ways to help a loved one with Therapeutic Touch. The requirements to practice Therapeutic Touch are a personal health, compassion and willingness to practice being centered to develop a peaceful mind. Why Massage Therapists use Therapeutic Touch and why clients want it Therapeutic Touch Centering When we go "on centre" in the Therapeutic Touch (TT) process, we go within and unite with a peacefulness, a quietness and a calmness. As we continue to practice "sustained centering" we have the potential to uncover greater depths of listening, of compassion, and the carried components of healing. All of this can be incredibly helpful to the client. They will be able to feel that calmness in our field and they themselves will be able to relax. We are able to listen more acutely and hear the unspoken needs of the client and be able to respond more appropriately. Assessment of the Energy Field The Therapeutic Touch information extends the assessment information about the client from a purely tissue and circulatory point of view to also include an energetic field view. This provides information not only about the physical/vital

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energy filed but also of the emotional and the mental filed. Combining these assessments can give you a much clearer view of the WHOLE person. Speeding the relaxation response: Instead of taking 15 - 20 minutes to induce the relaxation response by massage, it can be induced with TT in as little as 5 ­ 7 minutes. This allows the rest of your work to reach much deeper level in the client and also makes the massage physically easier for the therapist to perform. By using TT to relax the tissue by sending peacefulness into the congested area, I find that deep tissue massage can be minimised. This results in tissue rejuvenation and less soreness after the massage for the client, and a saving of hands for the therapist. By sending TT energy through a tense muscle it actually seems to help the tissue to soften. Continuity of care: Because massage is something people do for many years, you as he therapist, can stay with them and provide appropriate care through all of life's changes by using TT when massage is too much for their systems. By preforming TT hands on, the still feels the reassurance of touch but is not overwhelmed by stimulating the circulatory system too much. What does a Therapeutic Touch treatment look like? The client remains fully clothed, and may be lying down or seated. In cases of dementia or active children the person may be walking or standing. The practitioner quietly centres to quieten the mind, and then uses gentle, quietening and rhythmical movements over the body in a downward direction to convey an intention of peacefulness and tranquillity. The process does not require oils or equipment. It is not necessary to touch the body, which is helpful for those who prefer not to be touched or who have fragile skin. A treatment is generally 5 - 15 minutes in length. People often report feeling deeply relaxed and calm.

History of Therapeutic Touch

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Therapeutic Touch was developed in the nursing profession by Dr Dolores Krieger PhD, RN, Professor Emerita at New York University and Dora Kunz, a natural healer as a means to balance the hi technology of nursing care with bedside caring. . It is based on the assumption of universal energy, which in the East is referred to as chi, prana or qui. The process involves re-balancing the energy field. Since its inception over 30 years ago, quantum physics has validated its efficacy The Principles of Therapeutic Touch Therapeutic Touch is based on the principle that there is a constant flow of energy through the body from the environment. When this flow is affected in any way, either by obstruction or too much flow, there is disease or discomfort of a physical, emotional, mental or spiritual nature. On a physical level an example of too much obstruction or flow would be constipation or diarrhoea. Another principle is that the body has the ability to re-establish self regulation or harmonious flow. This natural tendency towards balance and self-healing can be facilitated by the practitioner of Therapeutic Touch using the hands as a focus energy transfer. A Word on Healing Healing does not mean cure. Rather, it is the integration of body, mind and spirit towards a greater feeling of peacefulness and harmony to enable the body to do its own healing. When we feel well, there is a feeling on balance, wholeness and harmony. When we are unwell we feel out of balance, sometimes isolated, ungrounded or fragmented. Therapeutic Touch, can enable a more peaceful and tranquil frame of mind, which can therefore trigger insights that lead to a change of a physical behaviour, mental or emotional states or a feeling of greater connectedness. There is a coming into harmony with oneself. A person may, for example, experience healing even though they may be dying. That is, they may be able to die with peace, contentedness and lack of pain. To further explain the difference between healing and curing, a person may have a triple bypass to eliminate heart difficulties. However, if they return to a Type A lifestyle, without a change in patterns of unhealthy diet, lack of exercise and high level stress, then there has been little opportunity for healing on all levels of the being. The Steps of Therapeutic Touch

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1. Consent Explain Therapeutic Touch Gain permission. 2. Centering Quieting own thoughts and feelings. Developing a feeling of peacefulness Having an intent of becoming a conduit for universal life energy Developing an attitude of acceptance and seeing the person as "whole" i.e. healthy and well on all levels Making the person the "centre of your world". Coming into the present moment. 3. Assessing the Energy Field Passing the hands gently through the energy field, 3 to 5 inches from the surface of the skin. Starting at the top of the head and moving down to the feet. Locating imbalances in the energy field, which may be felt as heat, cold, tingling, congestion, pressure or pulsations. Assessing takes no more than 15 to 20 seconds. Your notes: 4. Clearing the Energy Field Sweeping gestures of the hands to smooth out areas of imbalance in the energy field. Slow, rhythmical movements working from the centre of the body out, and moving from the head to the feet. Your notes: 5. Transfering/Offering of Energy Using the hands to direct energy to balance deficits in the other person. Directing energy to strengthen the individual's intrinsic healing ability. Grounding energy through the person's feet. Your notes:

6. Knowing When to Stop Using the intuition to sense when the session is complete. When the person's energy field is in balance. Average treatment is 10 to 20 minutes. Note that the above steps are not always sequential. As you become practiced they will flow together in response to the energy cues in the field

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7. Rest Recommend to the person that they rest for 10 to 20 minutes. Considerations for Practicing Therapeutic Touch This workshop is an introduction to Therapeutic Touch, designed to give participants an insight into therapeutic touch and the practical experience of centering and energy flow and how it can be used in a massage setting. The practice of Therapeutic Touch in professional settings requires extensive study and training set out by the international body, Therapeutic Touch International, set up by Dr. Dolores Krieger PhD, RN, the co-developer. A few considerations: Be careful to avoid setting up high expectations for your self or the person to whom you are giving Therapeutic Touch. Upon completion, they may ask you what you felt. Therapeutic Touch does not diagnose. It is important best to reduce any possible anxiety by being less descriptive of what you may have felt. Respect that not everyone will want Therapeutic Touch. If you become tired or drained of energy, stop and re-centre. Watch the clients face for signs of relaxation (deep breathing, sighing, muscle twitching) or discomfort Make sure you are centred and grounded. The regular practice of centering and grounding will enable a good sense of the energy flow. In fact, it is essential to the practice of therapeutic Touch. Do not force energy ­ think of the person taking in what they need rather than the concept of directing/projecting the energy. It is a natural flow rather than a force. Use Therapeutic Touch sensitively and gently for short periods of time ­ 1520 minutes maximum. Children, persons in trauma who may be in shock, persons in fragile health e.g. elderly, and psychologically disabled persons (who usually like Therapeutic Touch but may become frightened by sudden movements) may only require 1-5 minutes. Be very gentle. People can overdose on energy. It is better to under do than over do. With regards to pregnancy, Dr. Dolores Krieger trained husbands to use therapeutic touch for their pregnant wives. However, unless you are the spouse, Therapeutic Touch for pregnant women is best left until you have undertaken intensive training in Therapeutic Touch.

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Contact Details: Sue Gregory Healthy Outlook PO Box 789 Sandy Bay TAS 7006 [email protected] Ph: 0419 1197 44 Useful References: Krieger, D (1993) Accepting your power to heal: The personal practice of Therapeutic Touch. Santa Fe: Bear & Co. Macrae, J. (1988) Therapeutic Touch: A practical guide. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. Sayre ­ Adams, J. (1995) The Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Touch. New York: Churchill Livingstone Websites: - Sue Gregory's website ­ Australasian Association of Therapeutic Touch - Nurse Healers professional Associates International ­ Canada

Being On Centre. By Sue Gregory AUDIO CD $24.95 GST incl Being on centre is the cornerstone of Therapeutic Touch. It is the process of quietening the mind and becoming still within. The CD will support you with skills to see the beauty and wholeness in both yourself and others, and to touch the world with compassion. Order from:

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© 2007 Sue Gregory ­ Healthy Outlook/ / Direct 0419 119 744 /


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