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Global Touch Program
Our Las Cruces Health Promotion Team with Elders would like to introduce and teach you to give the 15-Minute StressOut Program with Elders—a program designed to give ethical, safe, skillful, and nourishing touch with elders.
Our StressOut Program Experience is often described as Beyond Words!!!
Using acupressure and other skillful techniques, coordinated with the breath to balance our body, mind, emotions and spirit, is a heartfelt or empathic experience for both the giver and receiver of this partner massage.
While systematically applying pressure points and introducing the 'laying-on-of-hands,' we ask that givers and receivers maintain an awareness of their breath throughout the activity. While we refer to our "stressout program" as a chair like massage, it may be more accurate to describe the mindful experience as a partner meditation - relaxing, yet energetic (See 15-Minute StressOut Program - http://jerryvest.pages.web.com
During this past year, our volunteers – seniors, NMSU social work, nursing and health science students, caregivers, in-home care workers, senior staff, and others gave over 3,800 “stressouts”(chair-like massage) in nursing homes, diabetic health clinics, day care and in-home care services.
1) Volunteer for minimum of 2 hours per week in one of the settings identified;
2) Participate in orientation and training session;
3) Administer (6)stressouts with friends, family, colleagues, others;
4) Report (6)evaluations of your work.
1) Free Instructional DVD, Protocol & Guidelines for the Ethical Use of Safe, Skillful and Nourishing Touch;
2) Partnership & Certification in our healthy touch organization committed to advancing the quality of lives, health and relationships of elders on a global scale; http://www.newciv.org
3) An exchange of energy and good will knowing that you have contributed through skillful touch to help support the basic human need requirements for elders and others to live a healthy, dignified and respectful life.
Jerry Vest, ACSW/LISW/LMT, Professor Emeritus, New Mexico State University, School of Social Work, (505)524-2379 and email: [email protected]
Francesca Smith, LBSW, City of Las Cruces, In-Home Services Manager, (505) 541-2460 and email: [email protected]
included in our Homepage – http://jerryvest.pages.web.com
2) Ethical Guidelines for Safe, Skillful and Nourishing Touch
3) Partner Certificate (example)
4) Good Samaritan News
The American Diabetes Association selected our research article, "Alternative Health Practices in Ethnically Diverse Rural Areas," using the "15-Minute StressOut Program" as the primary intervention, with diabetic patients and their families as “Best Practice Research” during the past decade.(See Abstract No.8--point & click on this link)
Become a Global Partner-
If you wish to be a volunteer, schedule an in-service training program in your agency/community or know of care-givers and others who may be interested in learning our ethical, safe, skillful and nourishing touch program for all populations, please let us know.
We will help you develop your orientation workshop/training program and send you a free Instructional DVD and Power Point Program Outline. We suggest that our volunteers/givers, give a minimum of 2 hours a week of skillful touch-"stressouts." After meeting our requirements and submiting your evaluations, we will add your name to our list of "certified team members."
This request may not be realistic for licensed massage therapists to join and give free "stressouts" because you must earn a living for giving expert massage therapy. Our program uses techniques that do not require licensing and our program is offered as a free public service.
As a suggestion, you may find that some of your clients may wish to give our chair type massage to support the wellbeing of our elders and others in nursing homes who can not afford professional massage and who are rarely touched or nourished with physical interaction. Please visit our homepage and our Global Touch Project and share it with others who love touch and wish to exchange their energy with others.