Healing Touch is a type of energy medicine whereby the therapist moves his or her hands over the patient's “energy field,” allegedly directing the flow of chi or prana so the patient can heal. Healing Touch is based on the belief that each living thing has a “life energy field” which extends beyond the surface of the body and generates an aura. This energy field can become unbalanced, misaligned, obstructed, or out of tune.
Energy healers think they can feel and manipulate this energy field by making movements that resemble massaging the air a few inches above the surface of the patient's body. Energy healers also believe they can transfer some of their own life energy to the patient to relieve pain and reduce stress and anxiety by removing blockages to a patient's energy field.
Some practitioners have adapted Therapeutic / Healing Touch for use on pets.