Therapeutic touch is a body-energy therapy that was developed by Dolores Krieger, Ph.D., R.N and Dora Kunz in the United States during the 1970's. It is now taught in many medical and nursing schools and is a fairly common practice in many hospitals. Therapeutic touch incorporates several techniques including visualization, aura reading and manipulation of the body's energy field.
In spite of its name, this therapy usually does not involve physical contact as the practitioner's hands are usually placed a few inches away from the body. The practitioner uses slow, rhythmic hand motions to first detect energy imbalances, then to release them and restore the flow of energy. Therapeutic touch is used to reduce pain and anxiety, and to promote healing.
For further information
BC Therapeutic Touch Network