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The Power of Touch: Cross-disciplinary conversations on touch-based therapies and the role of touch in person-centred healing
Join Amy Wheeler, Matt Erb and Steve Haines for a live, cross-disciplinary conversation around the power of touch, as part of Singing Dragon’s birthday event series.

Bringing their expertise from a range of fields in bodywork – including yoga therapy, physical therapy and craniosacral therapy – our second professional event will discuss the power of touch across various disciplines. It will identify potential red flags around the use of touch in professional practice, and unveil how utilizing touch in the patient/practitioner relationship can be beneficial to whole-person healing.

The discussion will focus on key questions, such as:
- Does language around touch play a vital role in the healing process?
- What are the main considerations around ethics and consent relating to touch for yoga teachers, yoga therapists, healthcare and bodyworkers?
- What are the differences between positive and negative touch?
- How do we communicate concepts such as interoception to our clients and other healthcare professionals?

With the #MeToo movement bringing touch and consent sharply into the spotlight, and the pandemic creating a society where so many of us are experiencing a lack of human touch, this discussion will cover key topical issues for practitioners and highlight the essential role of touch in the whole-person approach to healing.

Early bird rate of £10 available until midnight (UK) June 30th
Full price £15 tickets available after this date

Jul 8, 2021 08:00 PM in London

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Steve Haines
Trainer, bodyworker and author
Steve Haines is a trainer, bodyworker and author. He has studied yoga, shiatsu, craniosacral therapy, TRE® (Trauma Releasing Exercises) and is a UK registered Chiropractor. Steve is the bestselling author of Pain is Really Strange, Trauma is Really Strange and Anxiety is Really Strange, which was Highly Commended by the British Medical Awards in 2018.
Matt Erb
Physiotherapist and Clinical Practitioner @Simons Physical Therapy; Embody Your Mind
Matt Erb, PT is a physiotherapist; faculty and clinical supervisor for The Center for Mind-Body Medicine; instructor for University of Arizona, Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, and also teaches for the Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine. Matt has a clinical practice with Simons Physical Therapy and is the founder of Embody Your Mind, focused on writing, teaching, and consulting.
Amy Wheeler
Founder and Director @Optimal State Yoga Therapy Programs
Amy Wheeler, Ph.D. is the founder and director of the Optimal State Yoga Therapy Programs. Amy served on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Yoga Therapists from 2014-2020, and was the president of the board from 2018-2020. She has traveled globally promoting the field of yoga therapy for the past decade. Her studies of yoga therapy started in 2001 at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India and continue to this day.