Therapeutic touch: nursing activity or form of spiritual healing peter mackereth, jeannie wright there is a major movement in nursing which is exploring the part that a wide range of complementary therapies can play in expanding the therapeutic role of the nurse. Dolores krieger, then professor of nursing at new york university, formally dolores krieger is the person who has popularized therapeutic touch for nurses and the general public krieger’s mentor was dora van gelder kunz, a clairvoyant and therapeutic touch, page 2. Dolores krieger takes several steps forward in this book she shares transpersonal aspects of healing that take tt beyond the mechanistic bioenergy model of simply assessing bioenergy fields that reflect physical and psychological problems, and adjusting bioenergy states through healer intent. Therapeutic touch was developed by dolores krieger, phd, rn and dora kunz in the 1970s krieger was a professor of nursing at new york university’s division of nursing her friend dora had experienced unusual perceptual abilities since childhood, and had been following the use of laying-on of hands to treat the ill.
Therapeutic touch® (tt) is a modern version of several ancient healing practices, developed in the early 1970’s, by dolores krieger, phd, nurse researcher, and a particularly gifted and intuitive healer named dora kunz. 1970's dr martha rogers 1970's dr dolores krieger, research on therapeutic touch development of interest, research mid 1970's 1998 - national center for complimentary and alternative medicine (nccam) - part of national institute of health. Krieger, a nursing professor and co-inventor of therapeutic touch, was cited for demonstrating the merits of therapeutic touch, a method by which nurses manipulate the energy fields of ailing patients by carefully avoiding physical contact with those patients.
Developed by dolores (dee) krieger, phd, rn, and dora kunz, a natural healer, the modality was first taught to graduate nursing school students, but then expanded across the country, largely through the grassroots efforts of professional nurses. Dolores krieger, a professor at new york university school of nursing, and dora kunz, a natural healer, developed therapeutic touch in the early 1970s at first, krieger and kunz only taught the techniques to krieger's graduate school nursing students. Nursing theory and practice reflect a postmodern worldview that contrasts with both the skepticism of modernism’s scientific rationalism and orthodox christianity’s biblically based understandings of divine and human personhood, health nad healing. Introduced and developed by dolores krieger, nursing emeritus professor at the new york university, and dora kunz, pranotherapist, today is practiced at nursing in more than eighty hospitals in. Understanding therapeutic touch in a sitting or lying down position therapeutic touch was developed in the early 1970's by dolores krieger, at the time a professor of nursing at new york university, and dora kunz, an intuitive with clairvoyant abilities or go even further along the lines of quantum physics and the theory of.
This is no longer a contested theory in the life sci-ences what remains problematic is how to thera- dolores krieger’s and doris kunz’s energy work, applied and behavioral kinesiol-ogy, thought field therapy, meridian-based psychol- a unifying theory for the practice of holistic nursing, or too good to be true patrice rancour, ms. Therapeutic touch was conceived in the early 1970s by dolores krieger, phd, rn, a faculty member at new york university's division of nursing the human energy field tt theorists postulate resembles the magnetic fluid or magnetic force hypothesized during the 18th century by anton mesmer and his followers [1. Dora kunz, a theosophy promoter and one-time president (1975–1987) of the theosophical society in america, and dolores krieger, now professor emerita of nursing science, new york university, developed therapeutic touch in the 1970s.
My theory is that jean watson's theory represents institutional sexism in that it flourished in an almost completely female era and disproportionate emphasis on traditional female values like caring and bonding with the patient, and all the rest of that left-brainy stuff. Therapeutic touch, a healing method used by thousands of nurses and other professionals, was developed more than 30 years ago by dora kunz, a healer, and dolores krieger, an emeritus member of new york university’s nursing faculty. Developed in the early 1970’s by dolores krieger, phd, rn, professor of nursing at new york university, and her colleague, natural healer, and mentor, the late dora van gelder-kunz, therapeutic touch is creating a worldwide impact by profoundly enhancing the quality of nurturing care from birth to death. Similarly, parse's theory of human becoming and watson's theory of human caring contain the construct of spirituality (martsolf & mickley, 1998) mcsherry and draper (1998) postulated that the spiritual dimension of nursing care is grounded in the scientific approach.
The daughter of an industrial engineer, krieger grew up in brooklyn and attended the westchester school of nursing she graduated in 1955 and went on to earn her bs, ma and phd in nursing at. Dolores krieger, phd, rn is a professor emerita of nursing science, new york university, and co-creator of therapeutic touch she is a recognized holistic nursing theorist and pioneering researcher on therapeutic touch and the dynamics of healing. Holistic nursing theory and practice led me in 1974, to the nurse healers group: turned onto crystals by oh sha fast wolf dolores krieger was my introduction to energy work i studied acupressure, herbology and imagery incorporated all these techniques into my self-care practices.
The current ideas of tt were developed by dolores krieger, phd, rn, of nyu's division of nursing and by dora kunz, of the american theosophical society since it is taught in many mainstream nursing schools, it has undergone a special level of scrutiny rather than being dismissed out of hand. Tt was developed by an american nurse dr dolores krieger (professor of nursing at new york university) and her colleague dora kunz (a healer) in the 1970s as a procedure for the assessment and treatment of the human biofield. Therapeutic touch was developed in the early 1970s by dolores krieger rn, a professor of nursing that you should be supervised by a nurse who has a master's degree in nursing and has had 30 hours of instruction in tt theory, and 30 hours of supervised tt practice  krieger d therapeutic touch: the imprimatur of nursing american. The therapeutic touch recaptures a simple, ancient mode of healing and shows how you can now become on integral part of your own or someone else's healing process dolores krieger snippet view - 1979 the therapeutic touch: how to use your hands to help or to heal current theory, research, and application anees a sheikh snippet view.
Dolores krieger, phd, rn, is the author of the therapeutic touch, accepting your power to heal, and the spiritual dimension of therapeutic touch and is a professor emerita of nursing science at new york university. Dolores krieger, who taught nursing at new york university, became engaged with kunz's metaphysical approach to healing, and codified therapeutic touch into the system that it is today what sets therapeutic touch apart from most other alternative treatments is its level of acceptance within the medical community. Dora kunz and dr dolores krieger therapeutic touch®, a healing method used by thousands of health professionals, was developed in the early 70s by dora kunz, a noted healer and gifted clairvoyant with dolores krieger phd,rn a member of new york university’s nursing faculty. Therapeutic touch was developed in 1972 by dora kunz, a psychic healer, and dolores krieger, phd, rn, a nurse and professor of nursing at new york university in 1971, when krieger had been working as a registered nurse in a hospital, she became very frustrated when one of her patients, a 30-year-old female, lay dying from a gallbladder.