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What Is Touch Therapy: 


Touch therapy falls under the broader categories of energy healing, which includes other practices like reiki, tai chi, and acupuncture. These forms of therapy are based on the principles of mind-body wellness and the idea that the body has a natural energy field that ties into that complex connection.


The foundational principle of energy healing suggests that imbalances in the mind-body connection or the flow of energy in the body can contribute to pain, illness, and mental health issues. Touch therapy practitioners use touch's healing power to manipulate the body's energy flow to restore balance and promote healing.


Therapeutic Touch (TT) is a practice developed by Dolores Krieger and Dora Kunz in the 1970s and it is sometimes known as non-contact therapeutic touch (NCTT). This is a form of energy therapy in which the practitioner may not actually touch the client but holds their hands a few inches above the body to direct the flow of energy.


Healing Touch (HT) was developed by Janet Mentgen in the late 1980s. This therapy may involve some level of physical contact with the client, though it depends on the specific technique being used. Practitioners of healing touch often use a combination of energy healing therapies (as noted above) to balance the client’s energy field and support the body’s ability to heal itself. Healing touch can be particularly beneficial for relieving anxiety and depression, reducing pain, and strengthening the immune system.

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