Relational Touch

Did you know there are two types of touch? It is useful to understand the difference between quick touch and slow touch. Quick touch goes along big, thick A fibre nerves. These nerves are like motorways. Slow touch is different, it goes along slow, thin C fibre...
We Touch Whole People, Not Parts of People

We Touch Whole People, Not Parts of People

When it comes to working with people’s pain and trauma, it turns out that feeling safe and exploring someone’s stories; their hopes, dreams and fears is key to healing.  I trained as a chiropractor where we often only treat part of the body. One of the central ideas...
Why safe touch feels amazing and bad touch feels awful

Why safe touch feels amazing and bad touch feels awful

Lockdown has been a massive experiment in non-touching. The stories of people isolated in hospital with only a screen to communicate to loved ones or the images of people on either side of plastic barriers, are heartbreaking. The past 12 months have reinforced the...