International Journal of Psychosomatics: Official Publication of the International Psychosomatics Institute
This study was a replication and extension of previous research which indicated that Non-Contact Therapeutic Touch had a significant effect in normalizing the activity of the "end organ" for the central nervous system (CNS). The study utilized a randomized double-blind within subject crossover methodological design to examine the effect of nontraditional distant prayer upon autonomic and CNS parameters.
In a world of expensive treatments and high technology, human touch is a valuable therapeutic intervention with dramatic implications. In 1972, Dr. Dolores Krieger and Dora Kunz, both RNs, began developing therapeutic touch as a healing modality specifically designed for health professionals. Since that time, interest has grown so much that therapeutic touch is now taught in more than 80 colleges and universities in the United States and in more than 70 foreign countries, especially in schools of nursing.
CONTEXT: Many relaxation, meditation, and imagery techniques that implicitly or explicitly involve focused attention on the body, including qigong, massage, and noncontact therapeutic touch, purportedly employ energetic and physiological mechanisms. OBJECTIVE: To show that, from a perspective of dynamical energy systems, relaxed self-attention enhances connectivity between the brain and body.