Touch Psychotherapy for ‘Emotional Detox’
12:03 am | Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
Much has been written about the power of touch. As a psychologist, I call it 'touch psychotherapy,' a form of body-mind therapy used for emotional detox and for integrating the body, mind, emotions and spirit.
By applying gentle and nurturing touch in a scientific and respectful way, emotional baggage trapped in the body is allowed to surface and release.
Touch psychotherapy is not massage, spiritual healing, or energy healing. It doesn’t treat psychiatric disorders or medical illnesses. It’s a tool for self-awareness, personal growth and emotional healing.
I first learned about the potential of touch as a tool for emotional healing many years ago while having a massage. Throughout the session, I became aware of many thoughts, feelings, images and memories that came unbidden. From then on, I developed a touch therapy approach by which the body unlocks its psychological content for emotional healing to take place.
The sessions last from 45 minutes to an hour. The person, minimally clothed and covered with a light blanket or sheet, lies down on a cushioned table. The touch psychotherapist applies a gentle yet firm touch on various areas of the body—face, back, shoulders, chest, upper and lower abdomen and extremities. Now and then, he says supportive words to release thoughts and feelings.
In doing touch psychotherapy, ethical boundaries are always respected and sessions are confidential.
Results are encouraging.
A nun who had touch therapy on her belly understood why her spiritual life seemed to suffer a setback. She became aware of how hard it was as a child to meet her parent’s high expectations. She let go of her perception of God as a perfectionist and punitive Being, and discovered how He could be compassionate and loving.
A young man who was touched on the chest became aware of the deep hurts and shame he repressed from childhood experiences of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Subsequent sessions helped him release his emotional burdens so he could live life more joyfully and meaningfully.
Touch therapy applied on an elderly lady’s middle back yielded laughter suppressed for years. As a child, she was always told to be prim and proper and in control of her emotions.
Not yet convinced? Try touch therapy and experience its healing wonders for yourself.
The author is a psychologist, psychiatrist, osteopath and mind spa therapist. His website is randydellosa.com. You may reach him at tel. nos. 4156529 or 4157964.