Touch, the forgotten language

Touch is essential for healthy human development as well as for healing and wellbeing. Yet in psychotherapy touch is still a sensitive issue. And with certain patients – autism, sexual abuse, physical abuse – it is said that they do not want to be touched. They do want to be touched. One just has to know how to touch them!

In Functional Analysis, with the patients consent, we routinely touch them with our non-invasive, gentle method of Points&Positions whereby if there is pain, any other discomfort or the defenses are activated we adjust our treatment to avoid all of these responses. We look to work below the defenses, even the traumas. Often the patient directs the quality and the location of the touch thereby not receiving a treatment passively but participating in their own healing process.

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Touch, the forgotten language, Will Davis, 2022