Therapeutic Touch for Self-Care in Oaxaca, Mexico

In January, 2020, Malia Ronderos returned to Oaxaca, Mexico, to continue the work she started last year in the cancer unit of the Hospital de la Niñez Oaxaqueña. Malia met with nurses at the hospital again, where she facilitated an introduction to Therapeutic Touch for Self-Care. This workshop was part of International Women’s Day weekend and was delivered to an enthusiastic and caring group of women, who very much look forward to the next presentation in 2021. Malia has started a Facebook group in Spanish in order to stay in touch, raise awareness and build a vibrant community in the region.
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Therapeutic Touch for Self-Care Introduced to Hospice Simcoe Staff and Volunteers

Recognizing that those who work at Hospice Simcoe are stressed with all that COVID requires, on April 23rd, Arlene Cugelman, RT, presented a Zoom meeting to introduce “Self-Care with Therapeutic Touch” to all volunteers and staff.  Using a short PowerPoint presentation, Therapeutic Touch (TT) was explained , centering was introduced with a breath meditation and, after teaching how to clear the hand, theywent on to self-care with TT.   This was done referencing parts of Be Your Own Healer: Self-Care with Therapeutic Touch by Crystal Hawk and Alison Cooke.   To support their continued use and rising questions in the coming weeks
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Back to Willka Tik’a

In November 2019, Gail Lafortune and Arlene Cugelman “had the privilege of returning to the sacred valley of Peru ‘Willka Tik’a’, a most beautiful yoga retreat centre” to teach Therapeutic Touch® workshops Arlene taught her continuing education workshop “ Silent mind, Powerful mind”, focussing on the hospice experience, while Gail taught a Level 1 workshop. “Learning such a simple, yet profound, technique to help others on their healing journey was magnified by the sacred space in which we had the opportunity to learn.” Debbie de California
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Bishop Smith High School Students Earn Level 1

On January 14th, twenty students from Bishop Smith Catholic High School in Pembroke completed their Level 1 Therapeutic Touch® training.  Patricia Tamosetis, RP, gave an introductory talk earlier in the year. Interested students were encouraged to attend the Level 1 workshop. In 2012, teacher Mrs. Carol Plue was looking for someone to speak to her Health Care class about complementary therapies.  The program is offered to Grade 11 and 12 students as a general elective or as part of the Health and Wellness Specialist High-Skills Major program (SHSM) that covers a wide variety of health care aspects both traditional and
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Therapeutic Touch Introduced to Esthetics Class at Loyalist College

On February 4, Alison Cooke introduced Therapeutic Touch to the Esthetics Class at Loyalist College in Belleville. The students viewed a PowerPoint presentation while learning how to feel their own energy field and that of a partner. The students were surprised by how much they could feel! They also learned how to quiet their minds in a short centering exercise. They were encouraged to continue using the exercise to help them with their stressful lives!
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Hospice Wellington Education Session

Therapeutic Touch is very active at Hospice Wellington in Guelph and Wellington County.  Those who volunteer for Hospice Wellington have level 3 TT and take a volunteer course with the organization. On Wednesday, October 16th, this group of volunteers, along with Rachel Stockdale, our staff person, gathered for a meeting, education session and of course, a pot luck dinner.  We were updated with procedures and policy regarding our residential services.  Deb Gould, one of our local TT teachers, gave us an educational component on how to dress for residential clients who have contact precautions.  We learned to dress properly with gown,
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Therapeutic Touch®: Science and Spirit in Guelph

A Morning of Connecting and Learning On September 30, 2019 Trinity United Church Therapeutic Touch (TT) Branch offered the opportunity to all TT practitioners in our local area to share a morning together and hear guest speaker Dr. Nauman Naeem MD, who specializes in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Guelph General Hospital and is the author of the book Healing From the Inside Out: Overcome Chronic Disease and Radically Change Your Life. We had an amazing 100 registrants sign up for this event. Each of the five area TT Branches (Elm Tree, Lilac, Magnolia, Willow, and Trinity) spoke for
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Therapeutic Touch Introduced to Caregivers at Wellington Alzheimer Society Support Group

On Thursday, November 7, Alison Cooke introduced Therapeutic Touch to caregivers at the Wellington support group of the Alzheimer Society Hastings-Prince Edward. Alison used a short PowerPoint presentation, followed by a demonstration, to introduce Therapeutic Touch for Self-Care and how to learn to give TT to others through the TTNO Levels 1, 2 and 3. Members were interested in receiving TT and learning TT.
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TT at Guelph General Hospital for Healthy Workplace Month

On October 8, five TTNO volunteers offered Therapeutic Touch mini-sessions to 12 staff members over the lunch hour at Guelph General Hospital as part of Healthy Workplace Month. It was coordinated through Employee Health as an opportunity for self-care.  Some staff were looking for help with sleep and rest while others just came to experience a session.  Many commented on how relaxed they felt.  There are plans in place to consider a similar event next year.
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