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What is the difference between therapeutic touch and massage?

Unlike massage, which is hands-on healing, therapeutic touch is based on the assumption that a "human energy field" extends beyond the skin. The idea behind therapeutic touch is that this human energy field is abundant and flows in balanced patterns in health but is depleted and/or unbalanced in illness or injury. Practitioners work to restore health by sensing and adjusting such fields.  Proponents say therapeutic touch can heal wounds, relieve tension headaches, reduce stress and pain, and facilitate "the body's natural restorative processes."
Miracle Touch: A Complete Guide to Hands-On Therapies That Have the Amazing Ability to Heal

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Miracle Touch: A Complete Guide to Hands-On Therapies That Have the Amazing Ability to Heal

Discover the Healing Power of Human TouchCurious about the benefits of touch therapy? Interest in hands-on therapies has skyrocketed, and even conventional physicians now embrace these treatments as...

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