In Therapeutic Touch, therapists place their hands on or near their patient’s body with the intention to help or heal. The focus is on balancing the energies of the total person and stimulating the body’s own natural healing ability rather than on the treatment of specific physical diseases.
State laws vary regarding the practice of Therapeutic Touch (TT.) There are many levels of TT training from Basic and Intermediate to Advanced TT workshops, which are for persons who have at least 3 years practice. Nurses, massage therapists, and body workers often learn TT to add to their practices. Nurse Healers-Professional Associates International, Inc. (NH-PAI), the official organization of Therapeutic Touch, provides national credentialing in TT. To apply for National Credential, one must complete a basic TT Course, a year long Practicum and Mentorship, and Intermediate TT.
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