The TTNO Claremont Branch [at left] was able to participate in the spirit of the Therapeutic Touch Awareness for Canada 150 on May 18. It was a little later in May but worked best for our hosts. We met with the Seniors' group at the Claremont Community Centre right in the village [see photo on right]. The afternoon began with a potluck luncheon...delicious of course. It was really interesting to chat with the members, finding out that this group seemed to encompass not just Claremont but the surrounding areas of Pickering, Uxbridge and many other communities nearby.
Following lunch Marilyn Mighton presented a wonderful short, informative, and simple introduction to Therapeutic Touch for our senior folks. We asked for volunteers willing to receive a treatment and there were lots! Five of us then did five treatments simultaneously throughout the room so that everyone could view the process. In the beginning there were whispers, a few giggles and quiet chatting and then it happened...silence in the room. So, so cool! At the end we were welcomed with questions, interest, and intrigue.
We are thinking that there may be new relationships developed with this group of seniors and it will be something for all of us to discuss at our next branch meeting.
The Whitby TTNO Branch has developed a community partnership with the Huntington Society of Canada Durham Region Group through presentations at their support group and offering TT sessions at the Durham Region Walk to Cure Huntington Disease. Huntington Disease (HD) is a genetic neurological disorder which affects an individual’s emotional, cognitive and physical status. Currently this progressive disease is incurable.
On April 25, 2016 the Whitby Branch was invited to present Therapeutic Touch to the Huntington Society of Canada - Family Services Resource Centre Directors' meeting. There were 16 social workers in attendance from BC (1), AB (2), SK (1), MB (1), ON (6), NB (1), NS/PEI (1) and NL (1). Also attending were the Family Services Coordinator from the National Office and the National Director of Family Service and Community Development. Three practitioners (Lynn Vukosavljevic, Holly Nicol and Bunny Clark) attended to present TT, provide a demonstration of a session and offer mini TT sessions to interested individuals. All the provincial networks that have their own pamphlets generously sent copies for the presentation so the social workers received the applicable pamphlet, the TTNC pamphlet and the TTNO handouts.
They are a very compassionate group of people and our presentation was well received. There was lively discussion with many challenging questions being answered. Therapeutic Touch was brand new to a few people. Some had a hard time understanding how TT works, but have received benefits from other energy therapies and so are open to TT. A few mentioned that they will investigate Level 1 classes. One member felt that this information on TT will be helpful in the future to support clients. They appreciated the opportunity to receive TT and half of the participants chose to receive a Therapeutic Touch session.
It's wonderful to spread the value of Therapeutic Touch, especially to a group that works with individuals and families coping with such a complex disease.