The power and importance of touch can not be overstated.

Touch is by far the most interesting and necessary of the ‘five senses.’ The sense of touch develops before all other senses in embryos and is the main way in which infants learn about their environment and bond with other people. This sense never turns off or takes a break, and it continues to work long after the other senses fail in old age. Throughout life, people use their sense of touch to learn, protect themselves from harm, relate to others, and experience pleasure. Interestingly, positive touch from others is necessary for an individual’s healthy development. Despite the presence of all other life requirements, without this positive touch, infants fail to thrive. With positive touch, babies and children will grow emotionally as well as cognitively.
— Crystal Leonard

This book is a project of an IRS approved 501c 3 non-profit organization. The proceeds from the sale of this book will help make the difference for babies and children throughout the world.

When you use the information and techniques in Hands-on Parenting, your child will receive these benefits: 

Massage is your child’s best defense against the damages that can be caused by tension, stress and life’s traumas and this book will guide you to new heights.
— Robert Toporek

Experience the Results

With well-documented results like these, it is no wonder massage is known as “the magic touch.” Research shows children who are massaged at an early age will experience a wealth of physical, intellectual, and emotional benefits. Hands-on Parenting offers a step-by-step program for sharing the power of touch with your children, giving the best possible advantage for growth. Read a Section...

About the Author

Robert Toporek is an Advanced Certified Rolf Practitioner since 1975. He studied directly with Dr. Rolf the last four years of her life and implemented and managed a project with her to document and promote the benefits of Rolfing for babies and children. A pioneer in pediatric Rolfing, Robert leads a worldwide effort to promote the benefits of touch to advance early-childhood development. Learn More...


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