Trainings  in
Comfort Touch(R
A Nurturing Style of Acupressure


     Workshop participants practice Comfort Touch with clients in the supine position.
Emphasis is given to efficient, comfortable body patterning for the therapist,
enhancing the overall quality and effectiveness of touch, and enjoyment
for both the giver and receiver.  (See below for more images from workshops.)

    Take the opportunity to learn Comfort Touch(R) - a nurturing style of acupressure that gives special consideration to the physical and emotional needs of the elderly and the ill. Its primary intention is to provide comfort through techniques that promote deep relaxation and relief from pain. Participants acquire skills in applying the principles and basic techniques of Comfort Touch(R) for use in a wide variety of settings and circumstances, including hospitals, hospices, wellness centers, home-care and long-term care facilities. In most workshops Continuing Education Units are available to qualified massage therapists, nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists. 

Continuing Education Workshops in Comfort Touch(R) in 2017:

Note: All workshops use the textbook "Comfort Touch: Massage for the Elderly & the Ill" by Mary Kathleen Rose (LWW 2010) as the required text. Available on this site or


Comfort Touch(R) - Nurturing Acupressure for the Elderly & the Ill - Omaha, Nebraska

March 26 to March 28, 2017 - Sunday -Tuesday  9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Universal College of Healing Arts     

For more information visit: or call 402-556-4456 to register.

21 hours CEU


Comfort Touch(R) - Nurturing Acupressure - Loveland, Colorado

April 28 to April 30, 2017 - Friday - Sunday -- (optional session: Monday May 1)*
Sunrise Ranch Retreat Center.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn the principles and techniques of
Comfort Touch(R) while letting yourself be nurtured in the beautiful setting of Sunrise Ranch in the Rocky Mountain foothills near Loveland, Colorado.

Course fee is $265 by April 17             →

Early bird discount
is $235 by March 31.

(returning students may attend for a

 fee of $165, space permitting.)

          -- plus --
To register for course fee send check to:
Comfort Touch -
PO Box 2455 Longmont, CO 80502  or
register online here:
To register online for workshop:
Retreat Center Fee - includes all            
wholesome meals & snacks, and is variable,
depending on type of accommodation.
Call Sunrise Ranch at 970-679-4200 or
register online at

Required Textbook: "Comfort Touch: Massage for the Elderly & the Ill." (Rose. LWW 2009. Available on Resources page.

questions? Call Mary Rose at 303-651-9375 for more information.

    Approved for 15 Contact Hours of Continuing Education by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

*Note: Mary Rose will be offering a special 4-hour session Monday, following the weekend, for massage and healthcare educators, who are interested in teaching Comfort Touch. Call 303-651-9375 for pre-requisites, fees, and other details.

Comfort Touch(R) - Massage for the Elderly & the Ill

October, 2017 -Longmont, Colorado - dates to be announced
Saturday and Sunday -- 8:30 am to 5:30 pm


Cancellation Policy: If a class is cancelled by the instructor - a full refund will be given to the registrants. If a registrant cancels more than 3 weeks before the class (via phone or email to instructor), she or he will be refunded the full amount, minus a $25 processing fee. If a registrant cancels less than 3 weeks before the class, and more than 72 hours, she or he will be refunded 50% of the class fee. If a registrant cancels less than 72 hours, or doesn't show up to the class at all, there will be no refund. Payments cannot be transferred to future classes. Completion of the workshop in its entirety is required to receive Continuing Education credit. No partial credit is given.
Note from Mary: These days I am teaching primarily in Colorado, but if you are interested in sponsoring a Comfort Touch workshop in your area, for your healthcare organization or massage program, contact me at 303-651-9375 to discuss scheduling, travel and administrative details.

Mary Rose emphasizes correct body patterning  for the therapist to enhance the quality of touch experienced by the client. This lesson focuses on the significance of the major tonic acupressure points in the trapezius muscle.


Comments from workshop participants:

"Thank you so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge and experience. You share in such an easy, usable way." K. C., massage therapist

"I enjoyed everything about this class: the humanness, the power of simplicity and awareness. The presentation, content and hands-on work were truly magnificent...This is one of the most useful and highly enjoyable massage classes Ive had. Mary is a gifted healer and excellent teacher." S. P., registered nurse and massage therapist

See further comments from workshop participants:

Students practice incorporating the six Priniciples of
Comfort Touch into basic techniques for clients in the seated position.


Professional Consultation, Private & Group Instruction, Online Study

    Mary Rose offers ongoing support to massage therapists and other health professionals who provide hands-on care to the elderly and those in hospitals, hospices, homecare, skilled nursing facilities and home care. Her services include one-on-one training, in-services, private and group lessons, and professional consultation.    303-651-9375

The Institute for Integrated Healthcare Studies offers the only authorized Online Course in Comfort Touch.
For more information follow this link:


"Mary's advice helped build my confidence in working with the elderly and the ill in medical settings and homecare. Though I had studied geriatric massage and oncology massage, I have benefited by learning her unique style of nurturing acupressure which is adaptable for people of all ages and physical conditions.  She helped me with a marketing strategy...her emphasis on body patterning and self-care is a real bonus."  M.A.F., massage therapist

More comments from workshop participants:

"Comfort Touch acupressure is excellent for relaxation and comfort  prior to physical therapy therapeutic exercise to enable the patient to get increased range of motion. After therapeutic exercise, it could be beneficial to relax muscles, so the patient will be in a relaxed state, more apt to continue in the exercise program." K. G., physical therapist


Students offer Comfort Touch in an Assisted Living facility.


"I was amazed at how relaxed I felt after receiving this work. And as the giver I enjoyed how effortless it was to provide comfort to the receiver." R. R. W., massage therapist

"This a course for any massage therapist working with a non-ambulatory patient or client. It allows you to connect with the patient without hurting yourself with poor body mechanics. I work with hospice patients and oftentimes, I find myself in awkward positions for my own body. This will really save me while the patient can receive quality touch." V. M., massage therapist

"This will be a wonderful complement to starting a treatment session and creating a comfort zone and trust factor to initiate other activities for occupational therapy goals. This is an extremely practical and beneficial tool to add to my therapy bag of skills. Thank you so much!" C. K., occupational therapist

"Comfort Touch could be an incredible addition to the breathing exercises learned and practiced in pulmonary rehab." S. A., respiratory therapist

"The principles of Comfort Touch slow, comforting, respectful can serve as a mantra for any busy health professional. This work has proven to be practical and engaging. It possesses a simple beauty since it articulates not just a method, but a way of being with those in physical, emotional, or spiritual distress." P. D., director of spiritual care