Take My Hand
Release Date:01 Dec 2011
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Take My Hand

How to Share the Benefits of Comforting Touch in Dementia and at the End of Life

Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Singing Dragon
The simple sensation of touching someone's hand can have a powerful therapeutic
effect. Hand massage is a positive and meaningful way of reaching out and providing
comfort to those who are elderly, ill or nearing the end of life, and it can be
particularly effective for people with dementia who respond well to non-verbal
interaction.This book offers inspiration for all caregivers looking for an
alternative way to support and connect with a family member, friend or patient in
their care. It teaches an easy 30 minute hand massage sequence and offers clear
instructions and detailed illustrations to guide the reader through each step.
Combining light massage strokes with focused awareness, and paying close attention
to points on energy pathways, this book introduces a structured way of sharing touch
that is grounded in Western and Eastern massage traditions. Gentle touch therapy is
ideal for healthcare professionals and family members alike, and has been shown to
have physical and emotional benefits for both the giver and the receiver.
Barbara Goldschmidt is a licensed massage therapist and is the director of public
relations at Swedish Institute, a college of health sciences in New York City. She
has been studying, practising and teaching in the field of complementary and
alternative health for over 30 years. Niamh van Meines is a nurse practitioner,
currently self employed as a nurse consultant. She is a skilled clinical leader and
educator in oncology, homecare, hospice and palliative care. She is also a licensed
massage therapist and teaches massage therapy students about career development in
end of life care.
Acknowledgements. Part 1. A Sense of Connection. 1. Your Radiant Sea. 2. Sharing
the Benefits of Touch. 3. The Body as Particles and Waves. 4. A Tangible Spirit.
Part 2. Focusing Your Touch. 5. Physical and Energetic Qualities of the Hand. 6.
Before You Begin: Observing Best Practices. 7. Elements of a Session. 8. A Hand
Massage Sequence. 9. At a Glance: The Sequence and Reminders. Part 3: The Reality of
Practicing. 10. Ten Challenges to Sharing Touch. 11. Adapting for Different Needs.
12. Comforting Touch in End of Life Care. References. Resources. Index.
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