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.
Comfort Touch(R) - Massage for the Elderly & the Ill
workshops in 2013:
All workshops use Comfort Touch: Massage
for the Elderly and the Ill (Rose. LWW 2009)
as the required textbook. Participants are encouraged to read the book
before attending a workshop. --
19-20 -- Boulder, Colorado.
-- Loveland, Colorado.
27-28 -- Newberg, Oregon.
-- Boulder, Colorado.
If you are interested in sponsoring a workshop in your area contact Mary Rose at 303-651-9375 to discus scheduling and 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 I’ve had. Mary is a gifted healer and excellent teacher." S. P., registered nurse and massage therapist
incorporating the six Priniciples of
Professional Consultation, Private & Group Instruction
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, a Comfort Touch Home Study Course, and professional consultation. 303-651-9375
"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