Everflowing teachings are based on the philosophy that comfort and relaxation may be elicited through certain rhythms and tones. Recognizing that we as human beings are a composite of rhythms, Everflowing integrates tactile support with the practitioner’s /caregiver’s, breath, voice and body movement.

Everflowing tactile support is delivered with respect for the physical, emotional and energetic boundaries of both persons in the Everflowing relationship. The unfolding of relaxation is encouraged for both persons.

The Everflowing practitioner/caregiver holds the intention of witnessing, validating and honoring the dying person's experience rather than trying to fix, change or cure any specific symptom or condition. This subtle intention is the first step in creating a healing environment.

This environment creates a sense of safety and encourages trust in the experience of physical and/or emotional vulnerability. The feelings of trust and safety provide an atmosphere of comfort for the Everflowing practitioner as well as the dying person.

This practice allows the practitioner to integrate feelings of helplessness and inadequacy that may be experienced when working with fragile persons, and invites a deepening of the bond in the therapeutic relationship. A greater sense of nurturing and well being may be experienced by both persons.

Everflowing teachings and tactile support skills may be incorporated into daily nursing care such as bathing, feeding, dressing, turning, etc. These activities are all touch sessions that may be enhanced through the Everflowing philosophy.

Everflowing philosophy may also be incorporated into most bodywork modalities to enhance the benefits usually associated with touch modalities. For example, Everflowing tactile support skills may be combined with Everflowing massage techniques to create Everflowing massage sessions.


Irene Smith comforting a client, 1985.