Somatic Movement Dance Educators & Therapists often invite clients into movement processes that explore and investigate the language of touch. They explore the health benefits of communicating through touch and non-verbal expressive dialogue. They also offer alternatives to touch-based work for clients who want to work without connective touch.
In group work they may offer improvisational movement processes that explore bodily contact and inter-connective bodily flow; this supports heightened expressivity, develops the imagination as a healing agent, and opens new expressive neuro-muscular movement pathways. I use hands-on-touch most frequently to support clients in contacting their parasympathetic nervous system; to develop conscious awareness of their nervous system; and to explore a sensory-perceptual re-patterning of neuro-muscular tension. Educators and therapists use touch to: