Shawnee Isaac Smith had a very good friend and fellow body
worker who was dying of AIDS. As you may assume, many friends and
family members were uncomfortable visiting or touching him. Shawnee
decided to offer a weekly massage session to him, and just to be
touched, he told her, made him feel human again. Shawnee, through
massage, found a way to comfort her friend in the biggest struggle
of his life.
Spawned by that experience, the Heart Touch Project was
formulated. The Heart Touch Project is a nonprofit educational
organization dedicated to the training and delivery of
compassionate and healing touch to homebound or hospitalized men,
women and children. The organization uses professional volunteers
to bring comfort to seriously ill patients in California.
Heart Touch is also expanding its
outreach services across the United States through its Heart Touch
Training Program, a three-day course designed to teach bodywork
practitioners how to work with clients with difficult medical
For more information, visit http://www.hearttouch.org.