Therapeutic Touch is a safe, evidence-based holistic practice that facilitates the body’s own healing process by incorporating the intentional and compassionate use of universal energy to promote balance and well-being.

Therapeutic Touch is used in a variety of settings including hospitals and many organizations. Nurses, doctors, social workers, hospice workers, AIDS caregivers, veterinarians, addiction workers, midwives, physiotherapists, massage therapists, and others use Therapeutic Touch in their practices.

The Consumer Protection BC offers CEUs to Funeral Directors and Embalmers for Therapeutic Touch Levels 1, 2 & 3 and the Art of Self Compassion. 

Therapeutic Touch is accepted in the policies and procedures of an increasing number of health care institutions worldwide and as an intervention in a number of Canadian hospitals, residential care homes, hospices, and clinics. In BC and other provinces, once trained in Therapeutic Touch, it is considered part of a nurse’s scope of practice.  

Consumer Protection BC accredits the courses:

Therapeutic Touch Level 1, 2, 3 and The Art of Self Compassion for Funeral Directors' continuing education credits (CEUs).

Yes, you can develop your own Therapeutic Touch business. The Langara Therapeutic Touch Certificate Program gives you the skills necessary to do just that. Training in Therapeutic Touch can also optimize other health care practices. Providing Therapeutic Touch with other healing methods or by itself can be very rewarding, both personally and professionally.

Therapeutic Touch is currently taught at many colleges and universities around the world. The individual courses are also available through provincial Therapeutic Touch Networks. Langara College, here in Vancouver, BC has just recently launched a comprehensive Therapeutic Touch Practitioner Certificate Program. 

This is the only comprehensive program of its kind in Canada. This program delivers all the requirements needed to be certified as a Recognized Therapeutic Touch Practitioner in BC and as an internationally accredited Qualified Therapeutic Touch Practitioner. Students will receive extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology, self-care, and self-compassion skills for success, as well as an extensive mentorship program including clinical practice. Students are offered a choice of direction for further study focusing on continued self-care or business ownership skills, giving the student a solid base as a Therapeutic Touch Practitioner and the skills needed to own and/or operate a Therapeutic Touch business if they so desire. This program is open to anyone wishing to develop a career in being of service to others and those wishing to facilitate healing in themselves and others.

The practitioner moves his/her hands approximately 2-3 inches above your body sensing the differences in your energy. He/she then directs and rebalances your energy with his/her hands. He/she reassesses and notes any energy change throughout the session. If a practitioner chooses to touch you, he/she asks permission to do so. 

Length of a treatment: 

The average treatment takes 20 - 30 minutes. However, other factors such as size of the individual and the individual's overall state of health need to be considered.

Where does a treatment take place?

The treatment is usually done in the practitioner's office but can be done in most locations. Ideally, the treatment is done with the person sitting on a stool or a chair or lying down. The treatment can also be done while the person is standing or even walking. You will remain fully clothed during the treatment.

What Does it Cost?

Treatment sessions by a certified practitioner usually range in cost from $30.00 to $70.00. Rates are set by practitioners. Treatments are not covered by B.C. Medical, however, they have been covered by the Workers' Compensation Board, ICBC,  and some extended medical plans.

Will it Interfere With Your Medication?

Therapeutic Touch does not interfere with any medication or treatments you may be taking. It may even decrease the need for pain medications.

What can I do to help my session?

During the treatment, relax and let your mind be quiet. After the treatment be quiet for 10-20 minutes to allow your rebalanced energy patterns to take hold.

Student supervised treatments are currently off-site at practicum locations. Please check back in 2017 to see if drop-in Therapeutic Touch clinics have resumed.

In BC Therapeutic Touch Practitioners must have completed Therapeutic Touch Level 3 before charging for Therapeutic Touch sessions. You may want to ask how many years of experience the practitioner has, what other training they have in this area; If they have a Langara Therapeutic Touch PractitionerCertificate, or if they have been certified as a Recognized Therapeutic Touch Practitioner.

Therapeutic Touch is one of the most highly researched complementary therapies. The Therapeutic Touch Network of Ontario has an extensive listing of research studies at www.therapeutictouchnetwork.com  Sources for 3 research studies are given below:

  1. Coakley, Amanda and Mary Duffy. ‘The Effect of Therapeutic Touch on Postoperative Patients.” Journal of Holistic Nursing 28.3 (2010): 193-200. Print.
  2. Jhaveri, Ankur, Stephen Walsh, Yatzen Wang, MaryBeth McCarthy, Gloria Gronowicz. “Therapeutic Touch Affects DNA Synthesis and Mineralization of Human Osteoblasts in Culture.” Journal of Orthopaedic Research 26 (2008): 1541-1546. Print.
  3. Stephen, Joanna, Gina Mackenzie, Sarah Sample and Jennifer Macdonald. “Twenty years of therapeutic touch in a Canadian cancer agency: lessons learned from a case study of integrative oncology practice.” Support Care Cancer 2007; 15: 993-998. Print.

Dolores Krieger and Dora Kunz have written several books on Therapeutic Touch and the human energy field. One of the latest books is:

Kunz, Dora with Krieger, Delores, The Spiritual Dimension of Therapeutic Touch. Rochester, Vermont: Bear& Company, 2004.

Who Can Benefit From Therapeutic Touch?

  • Children
  • Infants

  • Youth
  • Adults
  • Expectant mothers
  • Plants
  • Pets and other Animals
  • Individuals with mental, behavioral, or physical disabilities

Therapeutic Touch has been shown to aid in:

  • decreasing stress and tension
  • dealing with stress or anxiety
  • dealing with loss
  • recovery from minor ailments
  • recovery from surgery
  • relief of pain
  • relief from symptoms of chronic or serious illnesses
  • support of the immune system
  • health maintenance/balance
  • connection with others, particularly those that may experience difficulties in communication e.g. babies, young children, those with mental health issues, dementia, stroke, in coma, or other physically disabling conditions.

Courses are offered through Langara College www.langara.bc.ca/cs

To register: 604-323-5322

Lead instructor: Cheryl Larden, R.N. B.S.N., T.T.R.T. clarden@shaw.ca

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Details to obtain your Therapeutic Touch Practitioner Certificate can be found at www.langara.bc.ca/cs