"Touch has the power to comfort us when we are sad, heal us when we are sick, encourage us when we feel lost, and above all else, allow us to accept that we are not alone.
-- Samantha Hess, Professional Cuddler
But What if I am really uncomfortable with touch or just not ready to jump into the full Essential Touch experience?
Alternative Sessions: Connection Without Touch ... or until you are ready to add touch.
Essential Touch may be helpful for a variety of emotional and psychological conditions, including:
The Essential Touch Team
Alan Jordan, LMT, NCTMB
Following a 23-year career owning and directing massage therapy schools in Tennessee, Florida, and New Jersey, I decided to return to my passion as a full-time massage therapist in private practice and opened Intuitive Bodywork Massage Therapy, Edgewater, New Jersey in 2009 In 2010, I relocated and moved Intuitive Intuitive Bodywork to Downtown, New Cumberland, PA.
I believe that safe, nurturing touch is essential to achieving optimal health, mental and emotional well-being, and for performing to our full quality of life potential.
My education and experience have led me to specialize in Massage Therapy for Stress Relief and Relaxation, Neuromuscular Therapy for Pain Relief and Joint Mobility, Prenatal Massage, Lymphatic Breast Massage, Energy Bodywork, and Mind-Body Healing, with a focus on women's health.
During my 25+ year career as a practicing massage therapist, a massage school owner, instructor, and a continuing education provider, I have performed over 26,000 massages! I have taught thousands of massage therapy students, professional massage therapists & other health care professionals. During this time, I have also been a student of massage, bodywork, and holistic health with a diploma in massage and neuromuscular therapy, dozens of continuing education certificates, and a BA degree in Holistic Studies.
I have helped thousands of people feel better by providing relief from physical pain and illness, emotional stress, trauma, and energetic dysfunctions. I have witnessed many amazing healing experiences.
But, Did I Miss The Greater Need?
Yet, after all this time I can’t help but feel that on some level, as a person who has made an entire career in the field of professional touch, I have missed something very important - The act of just offering simple, nonjudgemental caring touch, holding, cuddling and non-sexually "just being" with another person.
To quote Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR in Her Massage Today article Have We Created a Touch Deprived Society, "I believe that perhaps our real work as massage therapists, regardless of your clientele, is to help usher in a new age where human touch returns to its rightful place in our world."
"Touch deprivation is a reality in American culture as a whole," writes Reverend Anthony David of Atlanta. "It's just not babies needing to be touched in caring ways, or the sick. It's not just doctors and nurses needing to extend it. It's all of us, needing connection, needing to receive it, needing to give it, with genuine happiness at stake." (Source: Massage Therapy.com article by Nora Brunner, The Power of Touch)
At Vermont College, I completed a six-month study on The Link Between Touch Deprivation At Birth & In Early Childhood And Violent Behavior In Adolescence And Adulthood. Not only did I learn that the link is real, I learned about the reality of how widespread touch deprivation is throughout life, and the resulting harm to both the individual and society.
Essential Touch - The Beginning
Thus, Essential Touch was born as a division of my Intuitive Bodywork Massage Therapy practice. It's a bit of a risky venture... I am sure there are people who will think I am nuts to offer such a thing as pure non-sexual touch for health and healing... But I have learned too much to sit back and do nothing.
If you have read this far, I hope that you will have the opportunity to experience Essential Touch for yourself! I invite you to make an appointment soon!
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Touch Releases Oxytocin.
Touch Boosts Your Immune System.
Touch Reduces Social Anxiety.
Touch Reduces Stress.
Touch lowers your risk of heart disease.
Touch Doesn’t Have A Definition.
The Essential Touch Rules
Essental Touch Is Consensual And Non-Sexual Touch, Holding & Snuggling
All Participants Must Wear Proper Attire
Clothes Must Stay On Throughout The Session!
Essential Touch may be performed in loose, comfortable attire of your choice including street-wear, tights, exercise outfits, pajamas, t-shirts, swimsuits and similar atttire. It's up to you. Nudity is not allowed.
There Is No Sex. Ever. Anytime. For Any Reason.
Don't Even Think About It!
Essential Touch is platonic, non-sexual touch, carresing, snuggling designed to provide a safe place for people to explore and experience the health benefits of human touch.
Both Parties Must Ask For Permission Before Touching
You Must Get A Verbal "Yes" Before Touching. If You Are Yes, Say "Yes." If You Are A No, Say "No." If You Are A "Maybe," Say "No." ---No Always Means No!---
You may change your mind from a yes to a no or from a no to a yes at anytime. Genitals, the anus, nipples and other sensitive areas are never touched. Don't even ask.
Either Party May Stop The Session At Any Time
You Are Under No Pressure To Start Or To Continue An Essential Touch Session At Any Time. If Either Party Is Uncomfortable For Any Reason, He Or She May Choose To Stop The Session At Anytime!
There are times you may not wish to touch or be touched. That is okay. You are in a safe space.
Be Clean. Practice Good Hygiene!
Take A Bath Or Shower On The Day Of Your Session. Brush Your Teeth. Don't Smoke Just Prior To Your Session. Avoid Heavy Perfumes.
Essential Touch is intimate. caring touch. Everybody likes clean!
Getting Ready Fot Your First Session
Being nervous before a session Is normal. The nervousness will dissipate quickly. You are encouraged to laugh, cry, talk, be quiet, express your thoughts or work through issues as desired or needed. Have fun, feel good, enjoy the session and experience the benefits of human touch!
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