Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Damian John (Tl’azt’en Nation) graduated from the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in 2005. There, he learned the basics from which he has since built successful practices in Victoria, Prince George, and the
Western Kootenays. He is a member of the Registered Massage Therapists Association of BC, his main work being the engagement of individuals and communities who wish to build their community health and wellness through massage therapy. In this webinar/Videoconference Damian will go over the importance of touch in RMT work and how healthy touch has been impacted in Indigenous communities. With the recent history of colonization and especially the residential school system, our parents and grandparents, aunties and uncles had kind and healthful human physical contact interrupted and replaced with punitive and abusive physical contact. This has had an effect on our use of touch in community in regards to healing, health and wellness. Damian and other First Nations RMT’s are wanting to add touch back into our communities and believe there are many positive health affects to doing so and he will be covering those effects in our session today.
- How touch was used in Indigenous healing prior to contact – examples, ideas, discussion
- How touch was lost in communities through colonization and residential school and potential impacts
- The known and proven benefits to health of touch and massage
- Who and what the RMTBC is and how they’re working to improve access to massage and massage therapy in communities
- How people can access information on massage for communities
- How people can utilize massage and touch as part of their healing and wellness
- Easy techniques – useful take home examples of massage, stretching, and breathing
All are welcome to attend and participate in this FREE live videoconference and computer webinar session.
About the Presenter
Damian John’s education and interests lie with other humans, the wild, words, and wind. He is a poet, artist, house-builder, forager, ceremonialist and educator. Walking amongst the cedar and creeks of the Kootenays with his big black dog, he strives to find ways to accomplish deep creativity and champion human beauty. Failing this, he always celebrates the attempt.
Links and Resources
Image: Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of BC