Therapeutic Touch / Bodywork

Therapeutic Touch

Therapeutic Touch was developed in the early 1970’s through the pioneering efforts of Dolores Krieger RN PhD; a professor at New York University and Dora Kunz, a natural healer. It is a contemporary interpretation of several ancient healing practices based on the idea that the human body is surrounded by an energy field that is a reflection of the physical body.  When we are healthy, that energy is freely flowing and balanced.  In contrast, disease is a condition of energy imbalance or disorder. The human energy field extends beyond the level of the skin and the Therapeutic Touch practitioner attunes him or herself to that energy using the hands as sensors. In a consciously directed process of energy exchange, the practitioner uses the hands as a focus to facilitate the healing process.  After assessing the energy field, the practitioner seeks to instill balance, symmetry and healthy flow to the energy field.  The result frees up the body to heal itself using the innate sense of wholeness that each of us carries within.

Craniosacral Therapy was devised by John Upledger, D.O. F.A.A.Q. His work focuses on the craniosacral system composed of the cranium, spinal column and the membranes lining these structures.  The sutures connecting the various bones of the cranium are still flexible into adulthood and there is a subtle pulsing flow of fluid which rhythmically expands and contracts the junction between these bones.  This rhythmic pulse extends to the spinal column and the sacrum as well, creating a closed system in which the cerebrospinal fluid bathes all the structures.  This pulsing flow of fluid allows nutrients to be delivered to the nervous system, and the byproducts of metabolism to be removed from the cells.  Physical trauma and emotional tension can damp down or prevent this pulsation, resulting in a system where toxins build up and nutrients cannot reach the cells that need them.  Craniosacral Therapy uses subtle manipulation of the bones and tissues of the body to release these obstructions to the flow of cerebrospinal fluid and blood to foster healing.  The result is an extremely relaxing modality that induces healing.

TLC Bodywork

Transforming Life at the Center Bodywork uses soft, rocking, rhythmic movement to assist the client in releasing physical and emotional restrictions. In anatomical terms, the human body is composed of compartments in which body fluids make up much of the contents.  To use movement in bodywork is to use the natural wave action of water itself to soothe and open the body to greater ease and facility in movement.  The approach is excellent for relaxation, mobilization of restricted muscles and joints, and for release of trauma that is held in the body. Although gentle and non-invasive, it has deep therapeutic effects and can help to alter movement patterns.

Since every aspect of the body is interconnected, a session includes the whole body and lasts one, to one and a half hours.  To ensure that the relaxation lasts as long as possible after a session, moves can be taught that can return the client to that ease and relaxation if the stresses of life begin again to take their toll.

It is easy to see how these three approaches complement each other and can be used together to augment the overall results of a session focused on personal healing!  Clients may request a session focused on one of these approaches, or may use the availability of all three to experience a customized combination of two or more of these modalities.


Maria Arrington
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Maria Arrington

Therapeutic Touch & Body Work