Can you tell the difference?

Can you tell the difference between…

  • A client who is experiencing a healthy release of locked up emotion, and a client who is re-traumatising themselves and reinforcing past traumas?
  • Touch that loosen muscle, and touch that specifically impacts the emotional centres of the brain?
  • Clients that need to connect with their breath and body, and those that might be psychologically contraindicated?
  • Clients that are “going with” your touch, and those that have “gone away from” the touch?

These are four key issues for every practitioner to be confident identifying – let me explain more:

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN: a client who is experiencing a health release of locked up emotion, and a client who is re-traumatising themselves and reinforcing past traumas…

All healing walks a tight rope between what is known as a healthy release of repressed emotion and what is merely adding yet another traumatic experience to the client’s history. After more than 30 years of clinical experience I am convinced that trauma lies at the root of 80% of the reasons why clients come to see us. Many distinguished writers and psychotherapists agree with this position (Van Der Kolk, Robert Scaer, Pat Ogden, Peter Levine).

On my forthcoming Neuroscience of Touch workshop you will learn how to distinguish between the two and what to do with the client who is merely re-traumatising themselves with no therapeutic gain.


THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN: Touch that loosens muscle, and Touch that specifically impacts the emotional centres of the brain…

For clients to return and recommend you to their friends and family they literally need to be “touched” by you. This means using an approach to touch that validates the emotional reality of our clients as well as their physical state. Very few Massage training schools address this issue.

The Neuroscience of Touch explores exactly what touch reaches into these emotional centres so you can incorporate it into your work with great benefit for your clients.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN: Clients that need to connect with their breath and body, and those that might be psychologically contraindicated…

Touch is phenomenally powerful. It can heal but it can also destabilise our clients. Running a safe practice for both yourself and your clients means that it is vital to recognise the  signs that indicate a psychological  contraindication to touch. At the Neuroscience of Touch workshop I present a simple model that will enable you to do this.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN: Clients that are “going with” your Touch and those that have “gone away from” the Touch

As therapists we all pride ourselves on our sensitivity. Yet when we are touching our clients, what are the signs that they have ‘disappeared’ from the treatment and what can we do to “bring them back”. This is a powerful piece of information that can make a great difference to those clients that seem to struggle to “let go”.

As practitioners our role is to assist in healing – and being able to recognise the subtle but distinct difference in each of these four areas will support your clients in continuing to grow with your work. For more details on the Neuroscience of Touch day where you will learn about each of these four aspects, click here.


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