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TOUCH THERAPY &
FULL-BODY CONTACT POSITIONS
WITH IMAGES

Some people who need touch therapy request full body touch (nonsexual always). Below is a list of the positions and what they are best for.

BABY BEAR

The Baby Bear is great for lots of body contact without any eye contact.

  • We can hug the client with our legs! 

  • We can use a pillow between us for comfort.

  • The big bear (usually the client) may need help figuring out where to place their hands so that the PPM mentor can give suggestions or we can guide them.

  • We try to encourage the big bear to try holding you in a way that isn't giving but taking (like the way you would squeeze a teddy bear)

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HUG BOAT

The hug boat is excellent for complete body contact, with a feeling of enclosure, and holding someone while also being held. One person is the "boat," and the other does the hugging.

  • We encourage the client to listen to our heartbeat.

  • We check the comfort of the client's neck to see if their arm is falling asleep.

  • The less they hold themselves up, the more influential the position can be for them. We check in to see if they're holding themselves up with their elbows. If they want to and are willing, we will encourage the client to let the PPM mentor hold the client's weight.

  • There are multiple ways to do this. We can experiment with stacking knees or guiding you to wrap your legs around our waist.

  • "The boat" to try holding you in a way that isn't giving but taking (like the way you would squeeze a teddy bear)

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LAP OF LUXURY

The Lap of Luxury is great for giving or receiving lots of eye contact or physical contact while also allowing for personal space because when not using eye contact.

  • We can create a feeling of support by propping up our legs behind the client's back.

  • We can also wrap a leg around the client's waist and squeeze them.

  • For additional positive touch, we can Invite the client to pet our head, play with our hair or caress our face just like the client would a pet.

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MOUSE AND CHEESE

A lot of people worry about body size differences. The Mouse is perfect if the client or the mentor is significantly smaller or larger than each other. "The Mouse" is also an affectionate position allowing much upper-body contact. The person above is the "mouse," and the person lying on their back is the "cheese." As mentioned above, it's perfect for a scenario where one person is larger than the other. The more prominent person is the "cheese."

  • We invite the client to hug us or to caress our head or back.

  • We can experiment with laying our head on our chest, belly or even burrowing into their neck/shoulders.

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KOALA

The Koala is a sweet and familiar therapeutic position involving length of the body.

  • What can we do with our inner arm?

    • We can try the "chicken wing" position or put the arm behind the client. Whichever is more comfortable for you.

  • We may want a pillow to prop your neck to be comfier.

  • We can hug the client and offer more pressure and contact with your knees and legs if you need that extra pressure.

  • We can also make a triangle shape with our knee to give the client a comfortable place to rest their knee.

  • With this position, we must check in with your client about their neck. They may need a pillow for more support, or you can guide them to turn more onto their belly over you.

  • The client may feel awkward about their inner arm. We can guide you to experiment with a few options to see what they like best.

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TETRIS

Tetris offers closeness without being intimate.

  • This position works fine with the client's arm extended under the mentor or vice versa.

  • Think of it as having the client sit on our lap while both lie down.

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TWO PEAS IN A POD

Two Peas in a Pod provides a feeling of touching of both people with a minimal amount of touch.

  • We remind our clients to let them know they can close their eyes anytime.

  • We can experiment with the level of closeness and how the client wants their legs and knees to touch.

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GUMMY BEAR

The Gummy Bear allows for full-body contact and mutual holding. You can also squeeze each other.

  • This is an excellent position for a technique called "belly2belly." We try to see if you can feel the mentor's belly against the client's and sync our breathing. We can also make a sound together when we both exhale.

  • One person will have their head higher. If it's the mentor, we try resting the weight of our head on the client's head without too much pressure.

  • If the client has their arm underneath, we will check to see if it's still comfortable throughout the position.

  • What should the inner arm do?

    • The inner arm can go under a pillow or under your client's neck. We can also give ourselves a hug and "chicken wing" our arms. Whichever is more comfortable for the client.

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PANCAKE AND SYRUP

The Pancake provides complete body weight induced contact that many clients find safe and grounding. The Syrup positions provide a similar feeling of being enveloped and grounded but with less weight.

  • The bottom Pancake doesn't usually need a pillow.

  • We invite the bottom Pancake to rest their arms up by their head.

  • We can experiment with laying our arms over or under the clients. Whichever is more comfortable.

  • We aim our head to rest between the client's shoulder blades. 

  • You can use your knees to hold up your weight for a lighter touch.

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If you are feeling any of the above, please think about booking a session.

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When you have a Therapeutic Mentoring Session with Corinne Pulliam, at Positive Peer Mentoring she will:

  • Recognize her reactions to what the client is telling her.

  • Be non-judgmental and empathic.

  • Show a genuine interest in what the client is telling her.

  • Try to use the language of the client she is interacting with.

  • Validate what the client is telling her and show the client she is actively listening.

  • Find out what else is happening in the client's life (stress, relationship difficulties, etc.)

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