A major part of touch therapy is massage. As John Harvey Kellogg, physician, and natural-breathing pioneer from the Battle Creek Sanatorium wrote, "The first healing gesture of the mother is to reach out with soothing touch--massage. The first healers of the human race, thousands of years before the beginning of what we call medicine, used hands-on healing--massage. Massage is the most ancient healing art."
In The Healer Within: Using Traditional Chinese Techniques to Release Your Body's Own Medicine, Roger Jahnke writes, "As people begin to choose natural healing methods for their health care, massage emerges as one of the primary therapeutic modalities. Hospitals and even corporations are hiring massage therapists to enhance health, help increase productivity, and prevent the negative impacts of stress.
"Most of the newer comprehensive cancer treatment programs have begun to offer massage. Many forward-looking hospital systems have nurses on staff who practice 'therapeutic touch,' a special form of therapy using healing hands.
"Many millennia ago Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, relied on massage as a key tool for healing. Both ancient and current master physicians in the Asian cultures frequently make massage their primary healing specialty.
"Massage is available in every hospital in China. while it is particularly satisfying to receive massage from a trained professional or even a family member, it is possible and very effective to do it for yourself as well. The best part is that this can be done at any time of the day or night, no appointment is necessary, and there is no cost."
FYI...I've been reading this book and learning how to do this self-massage, and it really does work. It doesn't compare to a massage I had in a bathhouse in Istanbul when I was 22 (that's another story), but it does help me relax.