Articles: Client Stories Exploring Transformative Touch

The following articles written by Joe Weldon, Master Somatic Therapist, give a view into the practical application of Transformative Touch.

The Sad Shoulder:  Her Body Holds the Memory

In this session the client arrives with shoulders that look squeezed together like two mismatched pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Through gentle touch and grounded presence Joe helps her to identify the sadness that her shoulders have been carrying so for many years. She also discovers the 3 missing pieces that the shoulders have been longing for. She left the office knowing what event in her life had pushed her shoulders together. With this knowledge came relief and more freedom of movement in her body. Read full article

The Sequence

This session occurs in the context of a daylong workshop, “Coming Home to Ourselves”. where each participant explores what it means to come home to themselves, to come home to their body. In Transformative Touch the body is the starting point for the exploration of self because it registers and record every second of our lives. The body knows the sequence of our living whereas the mind usually knows the consequences. You also get a feel for what a workshop is like with Joe & Noël. Read full article

The Smile

“High and dry,” he said. “I left them all high and dry.” This was the sensation in this client’s jaw and cheek just two days into being granted a six month paid sabbatical from his stressful job of thirty years. His shoulders were relieved, but his cheeks carried the cancerous guilt. Through exploration of what his body knew about the guilt he was freed from old imprinted messages. In Transformative Touch we listen to the body because it is what bridges us to the person’s mind, emotions, and spirit. Read full article

Recommended Books to Read

Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness

by John Kabat Zinn

In Coming to Our Senses, Kabat-Zinn shares how every human has the capacity to mobilize deep, innate resources for learning, growing, and healing, through mindful attention to your five senses. View on Amazon

Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

by John O’Donohue

In Anam Cara, Gaelic for “soul friend,” the ancient teachings and blessings of Celtic wisdom invite you into a new relationship with your own divinity. Of particular note is his exploration of the spirituality of our senses and the body. View on Amazon

The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles

by BruceLipton

A groundbreaking work in the field of cell biology, former medical school professor and research scientist Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D.,shares research that has far reaching implications to our understanding of life. Central to this book is that we are not controlled by our genes and DNA, rather our cell’s expression is influenced by the messages from our positive and negative thoughts. View on Amazon

The Heart Speaks: A Cardiologist Reveals the Secret Language of Healing

by Mimi Guaneri 

A Gem of a book. Weaving patient stories with scientific research, Guarneri explores the terrain of the heart. As a cardiologist, she learns that the biography of the heart is as important as the biology of the heart. She explores how the heart may be “broken” as much by loneliness and depression as high cholesterol and elevated blood pressure. View on Amazon

The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment

by Babette Rothschild 

Rothschild’s book is for both clinicians and clients. It explains how people who have been traumatized hold an implicit memory of traumatic events in their brains and bodies. That memory is often expressed in the symptomatology of posttraumatic stress disorder–nightmares, flashbacks, startle responses, and dissociative behaviors.  Although she does not use touch, she does give an overview of the importance of the body in healing trauma. View on Amazon

The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation

by Stephen Porges 

This book compiles Porges’s decades of neuroscience research. A leading expert in developmental psychophysiology and developmental behavioral neuroscience, Porges is the mind behind the groundbreaking Polyvagal Theory, which addresses the role of the autonomic nervous system in human behavior and has far reaching implications for the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, and autism. View on Amazon

The Body Never Lies: The Lingering Effects of Hurtful Parenting

by Alice Miller

Following up her seminal work on narcissistic wounding, The Drama of A Gifted Child, Miller addresses in this book how unfulfilled needs from childhood are inevitably transferred to the body and produce adult long-term illness, depression and suicidality. Using the experiences of her patients along with the biographical stories of literary giants such as Virginia Woolf, Franz Kafka, and Marcel Proust, Miller shows how a child’s humiliation, impotence, and bottled rage will manifest itself as adult illness – be it cancer, stroke, or other debilitating diseases. View on Amazon

Films to Watch


INN SAEI is a brilliant documentary that explores the power of Intuition and its place in today’s stress filled world. It connects us to our 5 senses which are the gateways to our inner wisdom. Available on Netflix

Here is a trailer for a new movie titled HEAL .
“Director Kelly Noonan Gores’ documentary takes us on a scientific and spiritual journey where we discover that our thoughts, beliefs, and emotions have a huge impact on our health and ability to heal. The latest science reveals that we are not victims of unchangeable genes, nor should we buy into a scary prognosis. The fact is we have more control over our health and life than we have been taught to believe. This film will empower you with a new understanding of the miraculous nature of the human body and the extraordinary healer within us all.”