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Definition of Hug therapy (therapeutic hugging)

Hug therapy (therapeutic hugging) Definition from Medicine Dictionaries & Glossaries
A Dictionary of Alternative-Medicine Methods
Variation of Therapeutic Touch advanced by Kathleen Keating Schloessinger, R.N., M.A., in the bestseller The Hug Therapy Book (1983) and a companion volume. It is a set of "techniques" based on the "friendly science" and "art" of "nonsexual" hugging. The "advanced techniques" include "Zen hugging" and guided imagery (e.g., imagining being hugged by a favorite friend who is a good hugger). The author posits a "spirit," a "life energy that heals," and a "place" at everyone's "center" where unadulterated love is discoverable.