Robert Toporek, Author of the NEW book Hands-on Parenting

Robert Toporek, Author of the NEW book Hands-on Parenting


Robert Toporek, a certified
Rolf Practitioner

In 1975, Robert began a four year journey studying Rolfing directly with Dr. Ida P. Rolf and her son Dick Demmerle. In 1978, Dr. Rolf chose Robert to implement and manage a project to demonstrate and document the benefits of Rolfing for babies and children. Since then, Robert has continued to expand this work.

This breakthrough guide to child and baby massage explains how a child's vitality, self-confidence, behavior, and overall development may be greatly enhanced by a few minutes of gentle massage by a parent on a regular basis. Here, easy-to-follow instructions and illustrations provide simple techniques for massaging babies, toddlers, and young children.


My purpose in writing Hands-On Parenting is to provide a guide to massage for happier, healthier, smarter kids and to expand our Hands-on Parenting workshops, seminars, videos, and any effort toward making a difference.

This book is full of knowledge, much of which is common sense but rarely common practice. My dream is for this knowledge of this touch to reach every child no matter their economic or social circumstances or place of residence. It is important for every child—especially for children living in orphanages, homeless shelters, pockets of poverty, war-torn areas, and those facing developmental challenges—to benefit from the knowledge in this book and our programs.

I initially wrote this book because Buz Teacher of Running Press asked me to, and knowing I couldn’t say no, I said yes. Since then I have learned so much more about the power and importance of raising happier, healthier, and smarter kids. I could not let this knowledge go untapped. Thank you, Buz.

I have no degrees in early childhood development, medicine, or massage. This book is based on my hands-on experience of working with babies, children, and their families since 1966. It all began when I started working with children in a refugee village in Vietnam. In 1975, I had the privilege of being trained as a Rolf practitioner by Dr. Ida P. Rolf, founder, and her son, Dick Demmerle. In 1978, Dr. Rolf asked me to initiate and manage a project that would document and promote the benefits of Rolfing babies and children. Since then I have worked with kids and their parents at the top of the mountain and with kids in places you would not ordinarily visit. I hope the knowledge in this book becomes an integral part of infant and early childhood development as well as a benefit to anyone at any age.

"Massage for children is an ongoing experience and every day is a new beginning"