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From the Heart Through the Hands:
The Power of Touch in Caregiving

originally published by Findhorn Press, Inc., Scotland, this books is now sold through  Inner Traditions.


Great book! Touching, useful, informative, I would definitely get this book to read for your massage practice. It opened my eyes to some very touching situations, hope you like it as much as I did.
~ Julie France

This is an engaging and thoughtful examination of the importance of human touch by caregivers in the lives of people with decreased mobility. Most of us will face a point in our lives where we will need to be cared for or care for someone else and this book is an invaluable guide to read.
~ S. Regan

Dawn’s book is a treasure that every caregiver and health professional should read!
~ Bernie Siegel, M.D. author
Love, Medicine and Miracles and other books

This beautiful book captures the soul of touch. In my work as a massage therapist with hospice and elderly patients, I return to it again and again. . . But more than this; it deepens my practice with all clients; and resonates with the very best of me, enriching all my relationships.
~ Robert T. Parker, massage therapist

I was looking for a book that would work as a possible text book in my teaching of 'Touch Therapy for the Terminally Ill' and this book far exceeded my expectations. This is so worth the read for everyone!!!!
~ David E. Dowdy, Bakersfield, California

From the Heart Through the Hands, . .  originally published by Findhorn Press, Inc., Scotland, is now sold through Inner Traditions, the company who absorbed Findhorn Press. Inner Traditions publishes some wonderful books and has regular sales throughout the year.


Making Friends with Cancer

Contact Dawn to buy a signed copy or check online bookstores.

What a great gift. This work speaks directly to my feelings and will do so to any who find themselves in the inevitable confrontation with our own mortality. . .
~ Helen Palmer, author: The Enneagram and other books

Dawn’s book is utterly personal and sober at the same time. It speaks to the heart and the mind. It lets the ones with cancer know there is someone out there knowing what they are gong through, and what can be done to support the natural tendency to self-healing.
~ Wolf Buntig, MD, founder ZIST, Penzberg, Germany

Dawn's inspiring book is a testimony to the human capacity for wisdom and compassion.
~ Dr. Ken Tanaka, Professor of Buddhist Studies
Musashino Joshi University, Tokyo

Never more grateful for a book.  A deeply moving guide through affliction to hope, healing, and profound personal growth.
~ Robert T. Parker

In this gem, Dawn Nelson shares all of herself…. not just thoughts but her emotions, feelings, physical challenges, choices, ups, downs, relationships created during this journey.
~ Emil Z., San Antonio, Texas

This book is an inspiring source to find a personnal way through the scary perspectives of any serious illness (not only cancer). The choices any person in this situation has to make can really be stimulated by Dawn Nelson's insights.
~ D. Schneider - Montreveyress, Switzerland 

Some on-line bookstores that carry Dawn’s books:

Abe Books

The German publication under the title Freundschaft Schliessen Mit Krebs
can sometimes be found on

Compassionate Touch: Hands-On Caregiving for the Elderly the Ill and the Dying
(Station Hill Press, NY, 1994)

Contact Dawn to buy a signed copy of this out of print book or check on-line bookstores 

Here are the tools for revolutionizing geriatric care and utterly transforming the experience of aging in America.
~ Dean Juhan, author: Job’s Body: A Handbook for Bodywork

The author’s depth of experience as a healer and meditator shines throughout. Along with books such as How Can I Help by Ram Dass and Healing Into Life and Death by Stephen Levine . . .this book leads to a greater understanding of life, death and the true meaning of healing.
~ Karen Buhler, M.D., Vancouver, B.C.

Dawn’s book, written with such warmth and clarity, both literally and figuratively, shows how to touch someone who is suffering . . . Compassion without action is incomplete. I recommend this book to anyone who wishes to bring more compassion into the world.
~ Dale Borglum, Executive Director Living Dying Project

A Good Read for All Massage Therapists When Working With Older Clients. Clear, concise and not overly clinical. I really appreciate the insights of this book in working with the elderly and the dying. As a Massage Therapist, it is most helpful in my practice as I remember these insights when work with my older clients.
~ Kermit H.

This book presents to me a fresh a new way of appreciating Buddhist icons, particularly the hands of the Buddhas. The open, extended hands traditionally have symbolized sharing, intrinsic to the Buddhas’ wisdom and compassion. Dawn has extended the scope of this sharing in her personal experience of working with the aged and infirm.
~ Dr. Kenneth K. Tanaka:Author, The Dawn of Pure Land Chinese Buddhist Doctrine and other books

Contact Dawn to buy a signed copy of this out of print book or locate
new or used copies at

The German publication under the title
Die Draft der heilsamen Beruhrung umsorgen can sometimes be found on

Therapeutic Massage in Facility Care: Benefits, Effects, and Implementations: 2009.

Contact Dawn for a pdf copy:  $25.00

“An idea whose time has come!” This book contains everything needed for a successful integration of specialized massage programs into care facility environments and will surely be a much appreciated resource in the health care industry.
~ Tom Jones, Unit Director/ManorCare Health Services

Dawn’s DVD Programs

to purchase Contact Dawn

Compassionate Touch: Benefits and Effects in Alzheimer's Care

$27.50 (includes tax and media rate
postage within the U.S.)

This video will touch your heart and mind. It is a tender yet realistic education of the Alzheimer's world and those who care for them. It is a MUST SEE for any massage therapist who wants to work with the elderly, particularly those with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.
~ Jeannie Fitzgerald, LMT

This award-winning program illustrates beautifully the kind of relating that is most needed for mentally frail residents of care facilities!
~ Mary MacMaster, LVN, Care Facility Director

. . .a valuable and inspirational tool for educators, professional caregivers, family members and volunteers!"
~ Joan Larsen, Respite Center Director

Study Guide for use with above DVD Program, in 20 page booklet form OR on disc in PDF format

$10.00 includes tax and media rate
postage within the U.S.

Compassionate Touch: Benefits and Effects
in Long Term Care

$29.95 (includes tax and media rate
postage within the U.S.)

This DVD includes a 10 minute bonus program:
Compassionate Touch in Facility Care.

I was impressed with how this video included the REAL world for both the residents and the staff in a nursing home. No matter what the circumstances, compassionate touch was used successfully in relating to persons with dementia. It seemed to quiet and soothe them.
~ Kevin Barnes, LMT

Gives a glimpse into daily life for those confined in care facilities and shows the power of touch to enhance their lives. A wonderful resource for both massage and health care professionals.
~ Chris Bailey, CMT

This program has been extremely useful to me in consulting with health care institutions. I highly recommend it for massage school curriculums and for individuals interested in working with the elderly and the ill.
~ Marian Williams, RN, CMT

Your 10-minute Power of Touch in Facility Care video does a wonderful job, of explaining the importance of massage in addressing the failure to thrive syndrome in the elderly. When I showed this video at a facility where I offer geriatric massage, six of the seven family members present signed up their family member immediately.
~ Janet McPherson, RN, LMT, Niagara Falls, New York