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    Welcome To Essential Touch

    Celebrating The Power Of Touch!


    "We can live without religion and meditation,

    but we cannot survive without human affection."

    ~ Dalai Lama



    Essential Touch Is Open! You May Book Sessions. Watch This Space

    For Exciting Announcements Coming Soon.

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    "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

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    “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” 
    ― Leo Buscaglia

  • About Essential Touch

    Essential Touch Is A Part Of

    Intuitive Bodywork Massage Therapy

    337 Bridge Street, 2nd floor

    New Cumberland, PA 17070

    Email: alan@intuitivebodywork.net

    Phone: 717-884-9568

    Caring Human Touch

    According to Dr. Tiffany Field, Director of the Touch Research Institute at the UniversityOf Miami Medical Center, "We are a 'touch-deprived' nation." Indeed, many current research studies and scholarly articles show beyond doubt that we live in a touch deprived society.


    New England surgeon and noted author Bernie Siegel writes, “in your touch is the gift of life and without it we die. For an infant this is true and for adults it can be psychologically and literally true. Within us live many personalities, and if they are not touched they die and take their body with them.”





    Essential Touch Offers Caring, Loving

    Non-Sexual Human Touch to Anyone Who Feels Touch Deprived Or Simply Wants More Touch In Their Life For Any Reason.

    Essential Touch Clients Come From All Walks Of Life.

    Some Special Populations Seeking Touch Might Include:

    • People who are recently divorced, widowed or experiencing a break-up with a long term partner.
    • New college or other students in an new and unfamiliar city.
    • Young professionals who are  transferred to a new location where they have not made many new contacts and feel alone.
    • The elderly.
    • Anyone experiencing a significant amount of stress in their life.
    • People who are ill, especially long term physical illness or chronic pain.
    • Anyone who is isolated for any reason or feels lonely
    • Anyone Who Lives In A Western Country, As Research shows that people in Western societies overwhelmingly feel lonelier.
    • Anyone, Anywhere Who Wants More Touch In Their Life.
  • Alan Jordan,

    My Story

    Alan Jordan, Owner & Therapist, Intuitive Bodywork & Essential Touch

    My 25+ Years Experience As A Professional

    Touch-Based Therapist & Educator ​

    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, for mental and emotional wellbeing and for achieving our full quality of life potential.


    My education and experience has 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 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!


    Education & Experence

    • BA Degree in Holistic Health, Vermont College of Norwich University
    • Certified Neuromuscular Therapist
    • Certified Neuromuscular Therapy Instructor
    • Certified Prenatal Therapist
    • Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCTMB)
    • Published Author in Massage Therapy and Holistic Health
    • Former Owner Of Wellness Spa & Integrative Medical Center
    • Former Massage School Owner, Director & Instructor
    • National Conference Presenter & CE Provider
    Alan Jordan

    Essential Touch


    by Intuitive Bodywork Massage Therapy

    337 Bridge Street, 2nd floor

    New Cumberland, PA 17070

    Email: alan@intuitivebodywork.net

    Phone: 717-884-9568


    Do You Need More Human Touch In Your Life?


    Although we all need touch and there are no prerequisite's for Essential Touch, examples of people who may feel a special need for no-risk, non-sexual human touch might include:

    • People recently divoced or widowed
    • Singles without a partner
    • People in a broken relationship
    • Someone living in a new city and feels alone or just needing to be touched
    • The elderly
    • People recovering from a physical illness or 
    • People recovering from an emotional vrisis, abuse or addiction
    • People who simply need more touch in their lives

    According to author Ray Williams In Psychology Today, "Physical contact distinguishes humans from other animals. From a warm handshake or sympathetic hug to a congratulatory pat on the back, we have developed complex languages, cultures, and emotional expression through physical contact.


    But in a tech-saturated world, non-sexual human touch is in danger of becoming rare, if not obsolete. Despite the benefits of digital advancement, it is vital to preserve human touch in order for us truly to thrive. ...Humans become nearly unrecognizable in the absence of touch."


    According to Williams, "...in a tech-saturated world, non-sexual human touch is in danger of becoming rare, if not obsolete. Despite the benefits of digital advancement, it is vital to preserve human touch in order for us truly to thrive. Scientific research now correlates physical touch with the following important areas:

    • Decreased violence
    • Greater trust between individuals
    • Decreased disease and stronger immune system
    • Stronger team dynamics
    • More non-sexual emotional intimacy
    • Greater learning engagement
    • Overall wellbeing


    In his book A Brief History of Massage, author Robert Noah Calvert writes, “Massage has survived and continues to evolve because it is the most fundamental means of giving care, affection and aid between human beings. Its healing qualities differ from those of other modalities because massage confers its benefits through the character and healing intention of those who give and receive it. The true value of massage comes from the intrinsic, inherent need of humans to have contact with one another.”


    Essential Touch, Is not massage, athough massage may be incorporated in sessions. Instead, It is pure and simple caring and loving human touch, on your terms and may take various forms according to the needs of the client. Apart from adherance to The Rules, there is no set agenda and no expectations. Each session is different and conforms to the unique needs of the client at present.



    Want To Know More?

    To Learn More About Touch,

    Touch Deprivation And Cuddling,

    Please Follow The Links Below.



  • Benefits Of Touching

    via Lifehacks Website

    Cuddling Releases Oxytocin.


    Oxytocin is a hormone that does everything from making you feel good to helping you feel connected to others

    Cuddling Boosts Your Immune System.


    When you’re so in love you feel invincible, you’re experiencing oxytocin release. This feel-good hormone makes you feel like nothing can hurt you—which is an amazing benefit! It also increases hormones that help fight infection. So, basically, you’re boosting your immune system because you’re feeling too good and healthy to get sick.

    Cuddling Reduces Social Anxiety.


    Oxytocin inspires positive thinking. It helps you have an optimistic outlook on the world. Which means when you get a hug right as you arrive at the party where you only know one person, you’re going to feel happier and more social going in. You’ll feel like you can charm everyone at the party. And with oxytocin coursing through your system, you will!

    Cuddling Reduces Stress.


    Oxytocin is an amazing natural hormone that has so many benefits for the human body. It’s only natural that all these positive effects are going to release stress, also. You’re feeling more connected with your partner, you’re feeling confident in social situations, your immune system is stronger—what do you have to be stressed about?

    Cuddling lowers your risk of heart disease.


    All the benefits listed above add together to mean less stress, less anxiety, lower blood pressure and—you got it—a lower risk of heart disease! Because your heart is happier and not working as hard to combat the effects of stress and sickness, you’ll be healthier, longer.

    Cuddling Doesn’t Have A Definition.


    Cuddling doesn’t have to be between you and your romantic partner. It doesn’t even have to be with another person—you can rub your own shoulders! You can also hug friends or play with your pets

  • The Benefits & Science Of Touch

    Why Cuddling Is Good For You!

    Dacher Keltner elaborates on cutting-edge research into the ways everyday

    forms of touch can bring us emotional balance and better health.

    The Science Of Touch



  • Cost Of Service & Book Appointment Now!

    The Cost Of Service Is Based On The Length Of The Appointment

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    Your Investment In You! 

    60 Minutes - $65

    90 Minutes - $85

    Two Hours - $99

    Three Hours - $149


    Book Appointment Now!

    Please Note: This is also the appointment booking page for Intuitive Bodywork Massage Therapy. Essential Touch appointments are located at the bottom of the page. Thanks!

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    After Booking Your Appointment:

    Complete Our Online Client Intake Form

    Prior To Your First Appointment.



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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    How is Essential Touch Different Than Massage?

    For massage, there’s this feeling that you’re being worked on and healed. It’s not mutual. It’s a completely different energy with cuddling. It’s a mutual, consensual experience, consensual, not in the sense of, “Sure, I’ll do that,” but in the sense that both people want what’s happening.

    What Happens During An Essential Touch Session?

     One of the benefits of an Essential Touch session is that it does not need to observe a strict protocol. An Esssential touch session may be designed and even changed on-the-fly to best meet the needs of the client. A session may be as little as allowing touch in a "safe place" on the body or may include touching, hugging, cuddling, stroking hair or carressing either in sitting or lying positions.


    Essential Touch itakes place in a quiet, gentle, unformal and healing atmosphere. Both parties must be comfortable for any touch to proceed.

    The session may be stopped at any time by either party for amy reason/

    Have Another Question?

    I would love to hear from you! Email me at alan@intuitivebodywork.net

  • The Rules

    Essental Touch Is Consensual And Non-Sexual Touch, Holding & Snuggling

    Man & Woman Embracing

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    Getting Ready Fot Your First Session

    Click Here To Read The WikiHow Article, "How To Cuddle"

    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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  • Contact Us

    Have Questions? Need More Info? I Look Forward To Hearing From You!

    Intuitive Bodywork Massage Therapy, 337 Bridge Street, New Cumberland, PA 17070
    Monday - Friday: 9:30am - 5:00pm
  • Thank You For Visiting Essential Touch

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    Experience The Power Of Touch!

    Alan Jordan

    I look forward to seeing you soon! Alan Jordan

    Owner, Therapist