Therapeutic Touch facilitates relaxation and a sense of well-being. Research has shown that Therapeutic Touch is effective in decreasing anxiety, altering the perception of pain and mobilizing the individual’s own healing energies to restore balance and order. It can help facilitate the body’s natural healing processes, such as wound healing, mending fractures and fighting infections. Symptoms that are associated with stress are particularly responsive to Therapeutic Touch. It is not unusual to see signs of tension release during a treatment, such as perspiration, crying or a slowing and deepening of breathing, relaxation or a decrease in heart rate. Therapeutic Touch has been shown to stimulate the body’s immune system, and can decrease the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
The response to treatment is individualized. You may notice an immediate change, or it may occur hours or even days later. One treatment can be sufficient. However, it is usually helpful to have regular treatments, especially for chronic problems, as the response can be cumulative. Because Therapeutic Touch facilitates relaxation, it can be useful in health maintenance and is therefore is not limited to treatment of an illness.