What is it? Why haven't you heard of it before? Haptotherapy originated in the Netherlands. The founder, Frans Veldman, later moved to France. Most texts on haptonomy you'll find are either written in Dutch or French. Haptotherapy is the therapeutic application of haptonomy: The Science of Affectivity. Haptonomy studies the affective relations between people and their surrounding world.
You are an embodied being. We experience our world and connections through the body and the senses. Our sense of touch and connection is a deeply intelligent system. In haptotherapy we call it 'hapsis'.
As a species we have been relying on this intelligence for our very survival for millennia. We are wired to sense, feel and be in touch. We have a need for connection and to feel felt.
Our culture often values effectivity over affectivity. You spend most time in your head, dealing with technology and leading a life that creates a dissonance: the signals of our experiencing and living body, are not in harmony with our rationally based choices and actions.
When your senses become numb, you lose touch with your being-ness and humanity. Your life starts to lack depth, meaning and intimacy.
Haptotherapy can help you get 'in touch' again. Find your resonance and create a life that supports aliveness, vitality and allows you to fully show up in life from a deeply felt YES!