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. Hands-on-touch is used to explore how movement and touch underlie all other senses. Therapists invite and encourage energetic flow through body tissues and systems, using different types of qualitative 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; develop conscious awareness of their nervous system; and explore a sensory-perceptual re-patterning of neuro-muscular tension. Educators and therapists use touch to: