Module 2: Foundations

a connected approach to wellness

In this module, you will explore the core skills and knowledge needed to become an excellent practitioner.  Understanding touch is a multi-dimensional exercise.  We begin with basic touch.  Next, we consider our own self in the touch process. Then we observe the nature of intentional touch by the practitioner with the client.  Finally, we dive into giving and receiving and how consent factors into the practices we are doing.

Lecture Session 1: June 7, 7 pm to 8 pm (Central time)

  • Touch
    • Video: historical perspective, Dr. Jessie Potter
    • Video: Pleasure Maps: The Importance of Touch
    • Touch as a means to an end
    • Why are you touching someone?
    • Readings: Touching for Pleasure.  Scientific American article
  • Intentional touch
    • What happens when the practitioner feels pleasure?

Lecture Session 2: June 21, 7 pm to 8 pm (Central time)

  • Touch: waking up the hands
    • Learning about pleasure in our own body
  • 3 minute game: consent as agreement
    • While this exercise is normally done with a partner, here we watch a video to see how it’s done.

Review and reflection session (mandatory) June 28, 7 pm to 8 pm (Central time)

  • Review and discussion: giving, receiving, limits, and intention (group Zoom call – required)

Required Readings:

Adele Kennedy, Susan Dean (1988). Touching for Pleasure. Chatsworth Press
Denworth, Lydia. (2015) The Social Power of TOUCH. Scientific American Mind. Jul/Aug 2015, Vol. 26 Issue 4, p30-39. This article can be downloaded in the link below:

Things to consider

  • When we talk about touch as a means to an end, things can get…complicated! How can we understand and manage the dichotomy nearly inherent in the idea that we touch the client in order to heal them, and that same touch can bring us a sense of pleasure?
  • To what extent do we as practitioners need to fully understand our own ability to feel pleasure from touch?
  • What do we do when we feel pleasure while working with a client?

Class documents

Class recordings:

Session 1: view it here.

Session 2: view it here.