Transformative Touch

“Learn to read symptoms, not only as problems to be overcome, but as messages to be heeded.”

– Gabor Maté, When The Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress

Your body is the keeper of all your secrets.

It is home to all of the memories, experiences, and unprocessed trauma that life inevitably brings. The body holds the fight, the flight, and the freeze response we experience as we navigate this world. Our body is always communicating with us, and sensation is its language.

Transformative Touch (TT) Somatic Therapy is a fully-clothed treatment using gentle talk and touch to open a dialogue with your body as the starting point to explore the Self. It is a holistic form of counseling that is grounded in the relationship between the mind and the body.

The body reacts, responds, and remembers the story of our lives in its structure, muscles, nervous system, and energy. 

During sessions the power of adding gentle, consensual touch helps soothe the nervous system. This can bring a felt sense of comfort and safety into the session and the body, which can allow for access to information and wisdom stored in the body. This “story” can unfold with or without words, and a reorganization and a repatterning of the nervous system can occur.

Transformative Touch (TT) sessions help clients move into wholeness and well-being – body, mind, heart, and soul. These are all aspects of the self that are inseparably interwoven and are addressed at all levels, a concept often ignored in traditional talk therapy. TT therapists work with the clients nervous system to help them learn from the wisdom of their body. 

“Where intention goes, energy flows.”

-James Redfield

What is Transformative Touch?

 

Transformative Touch offers a variety of benefits:

  • Reduces discomfort, strain, and stress in the body
  • Transforms negative emotional experiences 
  • Enables you to discover and process emotional blocks held in the body
  • Creates a greater sense of Self
  • Helps create a new, compassionate relationship with the body
  • Assists in helping you befriend your body
  • Develops a conscious connection between the mind and body
  • Reveals unconscious adaptation strategies/coping mechanisms

TT can be extremely beneficial to anyone interested in reconnecting with their body, understanding their body’s language and wisdom, or who is simply curious about exploring alternative modes of healing.

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Our body is always communicating with us,
and sensation is its language.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does an in-person Transformative Touch Session look like?

All Transformative Touch (TT) sessions are 50 minutes. We will start with a brief check in and conversation, and then move to the massage table, where we will spend the majority of our session. You will be fully clothed, and your therapist will be moving around the table, applying gentle, compassionate touch in specific areas of your body (based on nervous system regulation) while you and the therapist engage in dialogue about your awareness and bodily sensations during the session. The TT therapist will assist you in exploring your internal experience based on what is happening in your body during each session. The areas touched and moved in most sessions are the head, neck, arms, back and hips/legs/feet.

Is Transformative Touch (TT) like massage? 

No. The touch utilized in TT is very gentle and on top of clothing. Occasionally, parts of the body may be encouraged to move, or gently manipulated, but there is no massage during the session. Comfortable clothing and socks or bare feet are recommended while on the table. 

Is Transformative Touch (TT) the same as Psychotherapy?

No. There are similarities in that the therapist will have an interactive dialogue with the client, but we do not explore the background or story behind what information is coming forward in the session. We focus on the experience, the sensation, the body wisdom, and emotional expression in the present moment. We work with the body to explore the unconscious wisdom stored below (sub) our ‘brain’ (conscious narrative/meaning). Those who want to consciously process the awareness discovered in session can do so by working with a traditional psychologist or psychotherapist.

How many Transformative Touch (TT) sessions will I need?

The answer to this is somewhat impossible to know at the beginning of our work together. We will explore your goals and interests at the beginning, and determine how many sessions you will have together as we go. While always a collaborative effort, you are always ultimately in control of the frequency and duration of our work together.

"'Crazy busy' is a great armor, it's a great way for numbing. What a lot of us do is that we stay so busy, and so out in front of our life, that the truth of how we're feeling and what we really need can't catch up with us."

- Brene Brown

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