|Comfort Touch is a style of massage that
gives special consideration to the physical and emotional
needs of the elderly and/or ill client. Its primary
intention is to provide comfort through techniques that
promote deep relaxation and relief from pain.
Touch is practiced by certified massage therapists
and other health care professionals, as well as lay
people interested in offering the gift of touch to a
friend or family member.
|Comfort Touch is a
valuable aspect of complementary health care that can be
used safely and effectively in a wide variety of
settings, including hospitals, hospices, home care and
long-term care facilities. While it can be used to ease
the physical and emotional pains of the elderly and those
in medical settings, it can also enhance the quality of
life for anyone in need of a caring touch.
Touch can be given to anyone in any setting. A
massage table or other special equipment is not required.
It can be performed with the client in a wheelchair, in a
hospital bed, a regular bed, in a recliner or in a chair.
The practitioners of Comfort Touch learn proper body mechanics so that they are able to work with clients in any situation and accommodate their needs safely and comfortably.
Comfort Touch does not require the use of oil or lotion, so that it is possible to work with the client who is fully clothed. Pillows and towels are used to help position the client comfortably.
|PRINCIPLES OF COMFORT TOUCH|