During San Francisco's other epidemic, Irene was the first person willing to give massage to AIDS patients dying at SF General. Learn to use touch to break down barriers, isolation, anxiety and fear.
A respected author and educator, Irene Smith teaches health care providers and body workers tactile support skills for caring for ill and dying persons, and creates resource materials utilized by institutions worldwide. She was an assistant to her mentor Elisabeth Kübler-Ross for more than 10 years.
Self-touch for healing and comfort is a modality of self-care that can ease depression, anxiety, and loneliness -- and foster a deeper connection to oneself. During these isolating and unfamiliar times, Irene feels called to share this comforting strategy with providers and to those isolated from family.