Through lecture, discussion, personal reflection in both group and dyad exercises, participants will have the opportunity to discover and define the multi-dimensional relationship of touch as it pertains to daily caregiving. This course is for professional and family caregivers, doulas, and massage therapists.
Instructor: Irene Smith
“Touch is the integral thread that weaves the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of care together to create the essence of comfort care.” — Irene Smith
Through integrating awareness of the touch component at the core of daily caregiving activities with education about our sense of touch, caregivers have the opportunity to recognize the possibilities of deeper levels of trust and tenderness that exist in the caregiving relationship.
Touching Moments integrates this knowledge, of the multi-dimensional relationship of touch, with the comfort strategies including positioning the medically frail person with pillows in a bed and a chair and applying lotion to the skin.
Using these techniques in a therapeutic model supports relaxation, nurturing, relief from anxiety, grounding, to assist in pain control, deepen respiration, offer personal reflective time, additional social contact, comfort, and pleasure. Because the healing in touch is reciprocal many of the positive outcomes for the medically frail person are also experienced by the caregiver.
Touching Moments will serve anyone providing hands-on care for a loved one, patient or client, or who is exploring the possibility of serving in a caregiver capacity.
- Grounding meditation
- The science of touch
- Therapeutic Presence
- Interactive touch exercises with a partner
- Positioning pillows for comfort in a bed and a chair
- Applying lotion to the hands and feet in a supervised hands-on practice with a partner
- Personal sharing
- Group discussion
- Questions and Answers
- Supportive text online
- We use massage tables so the caregiver may practice pillow positioning and application of lotion to hands and feet;
- Please wear loose, comfortable clothing;
- You may bring shorts for lying down to receive the application of lotion to the feet or wear pants that may be rolled up to mid-calf;
- Please wear a blouse or shirt that allows for the application of lotion to the hands and mid-forearm.
What to Bring:
- A bed pillow with pillowcase;
- 2 hand towels – used as a prop for positioning;
- 1 bath towel – used as a prop for positioning;
- 2 flat sheets – will be used to cover a massage table and a top cover.