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on May 27, 2010
For clients with serious illness for whom conventional massage can cause discomfort or even injury, Mary Kathleen Rose's Comfort Touch® approach offers a way of giving safe, effective and compassionate care in a variety of settings, including hospice, hospital, skilled nursing facility and at home. Comfort Touch is based on six guiding principles: slow rhythm; comfort from inner strength; respect for the client; connecting into the center; broad even pressure; and encompassing wholeness. The techniques are derived from Shiatsu and acupressure, minus the application of deep thumb or finger pressure that could be hurtful to these clients. In this book, you will find detailed information about the physical and emotional needs of elderly clients, as well as clients with chronic illness and/or injury. Chapters on how to position and bolster frail clients, how to document sessions, and how to develop a Comfort Touch program in a facility are included along with chapters on infection control, aromatherapy considerations and essential self-care. Online resources include video clips from Rose's (2004) Comfort Touch DVD, and a printable intake form and CARE Notes. This text is an indispensable resource for any therapist who wants to work with seriously ill and/or elderly clients. Reviewed by Lisa Mertz, PhD, LMT for Massage Therapy Journal (Spring 2010).
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on February 13, 2013
This is an excellent book for anyone who works or wants to work with this demographic.
As more and more of our population ages, it will become vitally important for increasing numbers of massage therapists to develop these skills. This book is a great resource.
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on May 12, 2015
Way overpriced for size and scope of information presented. This is listed as a textbook, but it's a very thin paperback booklet. Some good information, nothing very unique, and certainly not for this price.
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on November 12, 2013
Comfort Touch should be in the library of anyone doing hands-on work with the elderly and the frail, especially nurses and massage therapists. It offers some of the most practical and easy to understand guidance that I've found for providing a shiatsu-based comforting touch to seriously ill and end-of-life clients. I really appreciate Mary Rose's emphasis on the client rather than the medical condition. Her unique perspective on palliative massage has aided me in working with many older clients as well as family members as they near death. Thank you Mary!
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on October 2, 2013
The book corresponds to a class I took for professional massage therapy CEU's It was organized well and corresponds to the class I took. It is a good reminder of information I need when working with the ill and the elderly. I am using this information in my work with hospice residents.
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on June 9, 2013
Marykathleen reassures me that what I am doing is correct and very benificial to the clients I work with. Slow is always the way to proceed when dealing in positive changes.
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