“At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.” ~Plato
Touch therapy is known as “somatic" therapy. At The WIHL we offer a type of therapy known as "Surrogate Partner Therapy" (SPT). All of our cases are overseen by Ananda Integrative Healing Group. AIHG revolutionized SPT for the new millennium; integrating other modalities of somatic therapy into the accepted model of SPT developed by Masters and Johnson.
Surrogate Partner Therapy starts at Level 1 and
continues with Level 3. A counselor is brought in to
consult with the client before, during, and after a
SPT program. All sessions are 90 minutes in length.
"The practitioner participates with the client in
structured and unstructured experiences that are
designed to build client self-awareness and skills in
the areas of physical and emotional intimacy. These
therapeutic experiences include partner work in
relaxation, effective communication, sensual and
sexual touching, and social skills training. Each
program is designed to increase the client’s
knowledge, skills, and comfort. As the days pass, clients find themselves becoming more relaxed, more open to feelings, and more comfortable with physical and emotional intimacy". ~International Surrogate Partner Association
A Brief History of Surrogate Partner Therapy...
The Masters and Johnson research team, composed of William H. Masters and Virginia E. Johnson, pioneered research into the nature of human sexual response and the diagnosis and treatment of sexual disorders and dysfunctions from 1957 until the 1990s.
Masters and Johnson introduced the practice of sexual surrogacy in their book "Human Sexual Inadequacy", published in 1970. They believed that people could learn about sexual intimacy only by experiencing it. The practice of Surrogate Partner Therapy reached its peak in the early 1980s with a few hundred surrogate partners practicing in the U.S. Since then, Surrogate Partner Therapy's popularity declined but has recently reentered social consciousness after the 2012 film The Sessions, which depicts one surrogate partner's work with a disabled man. Currently, those practicing Surrogate Partner Therapy are still very few in number.
The WIHL’s Surrogate Partner Therapy
is based on the successful methods of Masters and Johnson, combined with modern somatic therapy modalities .