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IASAT Conference 2019: an impression

IASAT is the International Association for the Study of Affective Touch, founded in 2015. September 11 –13, 2019, the third international conference was held in Linköping, Sweden. Participants came from, among others, Sweden, Germany, Russia, Great Britain, France, Canada, USA, Austral

The Use and Evaluation of Haptotherapy by Cancer Patients

In this article, we will describe the use and evaluation of haptotherapy as a part of psychosocial care for people with cancer. Haptotherapy is a form of complementary care in which touch is a central element.

The role of haptotherapy in treating parentification

For nearly a quarter of adult psychiatric patients parentification is the primary cause of their illness. Patients face long existing self-esteem issues, attachment problems, mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders and are sometimes traumatized. This article addr

Haptotherapy as supplement to systemic constellations in healing trauma

This article outlines how haptotherapy can make a valuable contribution to working through trauma, especially traumas obtained at a young age.

When touch is not common practice: The haptonomic approach and therapy for higher-functioning children and adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

Within regular healthcare and counselling of high-functioning children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the approach most commonly taken assumes structure and predictability are key concepts in the treatment. This article raises the possibility of a haptonomic approach with this ta

Haptonomy and resilience: A literature overview

This article aims primarily at understanding the role of the human body and embodied experiences in organizations, particularly from a haptonomic perspective. Secondary, the aim is to generate new insights into organizational relations that might positively influence resilience and put

When Touch is Required: From the practice of the psychologist using the body-oriented method

In addition to interventions directed towards the cognition and behavior of the client, the body-oriented psychologist uses body-focused interventions to help the client experience who he is and how he relates to others and the world. The client is guided in his/her development from there on, on

Does haptotherapy benefit mother-child bonding in women with high fear of childbirth?

Objective: To evaluate the effect of haptotherapy during pregnancy on mother-child bonding (MCB). Population or Sample: Primigravida and multigravida (N = 73). Methods: Data were obtained from a randomized controlled trial study on treatment for severe fear of

Haptotherapy as a new intervention for treating fear of childbirth: a randomized controlled trial

Objective: To evaluate the effect of haptotherapy on severe fear of childbirth in pregnant women. Design: Randomized controlled trial. Setting: Community midwifery practices and a teaching hospital in the Netherlands. Population or Sample: Primi- and multigravi

Haptotherapy and burnout

Worldwide a significant number of people have been absent from work because they were affected by the symptoms of burnout. Symptoms often associated with burnout are emotional exhaustion, lack of motivation at work and feeling incompetent. Work and everyday life become unbalanced. These s

Haptotherapy and science

Revealing the secret of good research designs and valid measurement methods 

Severe Fear of Childbirth: Its Features, Assesment, Prevalence, Determinants, Consequences and Possible Treatments

Abstract: The review summarizes the relevant literature regarding fear of childbirth. A substantial number of (pregnant) women are more or less afraid of childbirth and a significant minority; report a severe fear of childbirth. The focus will be on definition problems, i

Treatment of severe fear of childbirth with haptotherapy: design of a multicenter randomized controlled trial

Background: About six percent of pregnant women suffer from severe fear of childbirth. These women are at increased risk of obstetric labor and delivery interventions and pre- and postpartum complications, e.g., preterm delivery, emergency caesarean section, caesarean sec

In Touch, a history of the haptotherapy profession in the Netherlands.

This publication of "In Touch" is the translation of "Werken met Gevoel. Geschiedenis van het beroep haptotherapeut in Nederland", written by Prof. Dr. Dolly Verhoeven.

Guiding in the answer to pain

Pain is felt. Felt by the one who is feeling pain. The pain itself is not discernible to an outsider. But the expression of pain is another thing. Pain always has causes, but even more important is that pain is always a signal: something is wrong. The signal is the basis of both the question and
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