Touch Therapy

Working with 'Special Needs' through the power of touch...

Having left London in 2011 I came to Bournemouth to live and decided to go self-employed as a Massage Therapist. I had only previously worked part time in this area since qualifying in 2003. I enjoyed it tremendously, to me itís a natural gift. Having carried out many different therapies in the course of my career, restoring someone to health emotionally, physically and physiologically, from when your client first steps foot through the door, is so satisfying. Although it may never be long lasting, you know in the time you spent together, you accomplished something between the client and yourself:- A bond and trust.

By chance I was put in touch with a residential care homes for adults with an array of disabilities:- learning difficulties, Down's syndrome, autism and behaviour problems and dementia.

I went along to meet the proprietor to discuss working on a weekly basis with the adults through touch therapy. I soon had a starting date and went along and introduced myself to all the residents and staff.

Prior to me starting all the residents are informed before my arrival, which is good so they donít become anxious.

It was suggested each resident would have a 20 minutes session of touch therapy with me and in this time they can choose from: - Foot Massage, Indian Head Massage, Back Massage or Arm and Hand Massage.

Most of the residents had never experienced touch therapy before, so it was wonderful for them to have this opportunity!

Touch therapy, giveís each individual the chance to receive tactile touch and the feeling of being nurtured, which so many people are denied today.

The residents now look forward to seeing me every week and often can be seen waiting outside the therapy room anticipating their turn.

I have wonderful repoire with each one of the residents and itís so rewarding when you arrive to be greeted with a hug and a warm smile.

The majority of the residents have welcomed touch therapy, but as rare as it may seem, touch therapy with someone who suffers with autism, has been most rewarding. Itís all about patience, not expecting too much too soon. I have gone from very small sessions, starting from 5 minutes to a full 20 minutes.

It is obvious that these special people have everything to gain from massage therapy.

Quote:

"I would say for anybody who has a child or adult with special needs, touch is integral to human development. Through the 1950s and 1960s, researchers Harry Harlow and Rene Spitz, among others, carried out landmark studies proving that touch promotes attachment. There are several facets of touch. Mastery of the levels of touch is a sense you develop with time and experience."

I now visit care homes with special needs through recommendations.

Healing Touch | Alternative Therapies

Suzy has been coming to see us for the past year for two of our service users.

The Massage & Therapies Suzy users with our service userís relaxes and calms them throughout the day, along with the different types of massages and Therapies, Suzy plays relaxing music which really helps our service users to become very mellow before and during their Massage. After their Massage, Suzy advises them to drink plenty of water and to relax for a short while afterwards.

Suzy and the service she provides has become part of our service userís weekly routine and something they both really look forward to.

We hope Suzy will continue to provide her services here for the foreseeable future.

Dolly Cole, Manager Ė The Shores
(Jan 2013)


Since Suzy Wright has been visiting our residential home for adults with learning disabilities regularly for massage and holistic healing we have seen a dramatic change in some of our residents.

Without exception, all of our residents look forward to Tuesday afternoons when Suzy visits.

In particular we have noticed a marked reduction of anxiety in one of our residents with severe autism and another with mental health problems. Suzy patiently finds ways of giving maximum enjoyment to our residents, giving them a tremendous boost to their feelings of well being and self esteem.

We would not hesitate to recommend Suzy Wright.

Helen Ė The Pines
(Jan 2013)