An intentional, mindful, 60-90 minute exchange of non-sexual touch between men, was developed by Kevin Smith. The practice is based on hugging, holding, and being held, and it is accessible to men of any sexual orientation, relational status or religious belief
Touch Practice is a partner practice that fosters profound intimacy through focus, presence, touch and deep empathy. It is an advanced technique that combines awareness, intention and touch, that results in personal growth and wholeness. Although there are elements of practice that might appear to be shared with other modalities, it is not professional coaching, nor massage therapy.
As described by Kevin Smith, “The primary vehicle for Touch Practice involves holding and being held by a practice partner. A Touch Practice session typically lasts a little more than an hour. It follows a prescribed form, like a ritual, with an introduction, a main section and a conclusion, yet each session is as unique as the individuals who co-create it. Touch Practice provides for a non-sexual engagement between men regardless of sexual orientation or relationship status. Boundaries can be as restrictive as necessary to provide a sense of safety for each partner. Regardless of the presence or degree of erotic energy between partners, Touch Practice as we define the phrase here never becomes sexual behavior.”
I learned Touch Practice directly from Kevin Smith almost a decade ago and have since become and Advanced Practitioner. I taught Touch Practice Workshops at Easton Mountain Retreat Center as part of their 2017 Singles Retreat.
Individual Sessions – These include a consultation, explanation of the practice boundaries and concepts, the flow of a typical session, the session itself, post-session discussion and a follow up discussion after the practice has had time to settle and be integrated. Due to professional boundaries, this service is not available for massage clients, yoga students or coaching clients; however, Guided Partner Sessions or Touch Practice workshops/retreats are.
Guided Partner Sessions – These are intended for individuals who have a practice partner and need to be guided through the practice. It includes a consultation, explanation of the practice boundaries and concepts, the flow of a typical session, the session itself, post-session discussion and a follow up discussion after the practice has had time to settle and be integrated.
Workshops/retreats – Touch Practice concepts are presented in detail and with opportunities to practice with other attendees. If you are interested in bringing Touch Practice to your group, please make contact.