Cheri Brady, a Nurse Practitioner and Mind-Body Specialist, has been a Therapeutic
Touch Practitioner for over twenty-five years. She has studied at the advanced level
for many years with the founders of Therapeutic Touch, Dolores Krieger, Ph.D., RN
and the late Dora Kunz. Cheri was trained as a Therapeutic Touch Teacher by Dolores
Cheri has met the requirements through Nurse-Healers Professional Associates International,
Inc. as a Qualified Therapeutic Touch Teacher, Practitioner and Mentor. She provides
training programs for health care providers and the general public.
Therapeutic Touch treatments are provided in a professional, private, safe and
confidential environment. Sessions are by appointment only.
Therapeutic Touch - The History
Therapeutic Touch (T.T.) is a contemporary interpretation of several ancient
healing practices. It is a consciously directed process of energy exchange during
which the practitioner uses their hands as a focus to facilitate the healing process.
Therapeutic Touch was developed in the 1970’s through the pioneering work of
Dolores Krieger, Ph.D., RN, a professor at New York University and Dora Kunz, a natural
Therapeutic Touch is a scientifically based practice. Experimental research
has been conducted at major hospital centers and universities by scientists in nursing
and related health care fields. Some of this research has been funded by the National
Institute of Health.
Therapeutic Touch is currently taught in over 35 countries and is practiced by an
estimated 35,000 professionals in the United States, Canada and around the world.
Therapeutic Touch can be used alone or in conjunction with other modalities, including
conventional medical treatment.
Therapeutic Touch - The Process
Therapeutic Touch is based on the idea that human beings are energy in the form
of a field. When you are healthy, the energy is freely flowing and balanced. In
contrast, disease is the condition of an energy imbalance or disorder. The human
energy field extends beyond the level of the skin and the Therapeutic Touch practitioner
attunes to that energy with their hands.
The Therapeutic Touch treatment is a process that is always individualized
and usually does not exceed 30 minutes. The technique is done with the recipient
fully clothed while working within the energy field surrounding the physical body.
The practitioner will pass their hands over the body from head to toe and front
to back, holding them approximately 2-4 inches from the skin. This is done to assess
the human energy field. They may then use rhythmical, sweeping motions as they work
to get the human energy field in a more balanced and flowing pattern to facilitate
You can be skeptical and Therapeutic Touch will still work, but you must be open
to change. With a qualified practitioner, Therapeutic Touch is an exceptionally
Therapeutic Touch - The Response
Therapeutic Touch promotes relaxation and a sense of comfort and well being.
Research has shown that Therapeutic Touch is effective in decreasing anxiety, altering
the perception of pain, and mobilizing one’s own healing energies to restore health,
balance and order.
Therapeutic Touch 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 sensitive to Therapeutic Touch. It is
not unusual to see signs of tension being released during a treatment, such as physical
relaxation, slowing of breathing, and decreased heart rate and blood pressure.
The response to a treatment is individualized. One may notice an immediate change
or it may occur hours or even days later. One treatment may 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 is useful in wellness and health maintenance.