Hands-On Parenting

Hands-On Parenting is a guide to massage for happier, healthier, smarter kids and parents. 

This book is full of knowledge, much of which is common sense but rarely common practice.

My dream is for this knowledge of the power and importance of 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 have no degrees in early childhood development, medicine, or massage. However this book is based on my hands-on experience of working with babies, children, and their families since 1966.

I was trained as a Rolf practitioner directly by Dr. Ida P. Rolf, and served as her assistant the last four years of her life. In 1978, Dr. Rolf asked me to initiate and manage a project that demonstrated, documented and promoted the benefits of Rolfing babies and children.

Since then I have worked with hundreds of babies and children as early as day one and as deep as four generations. I have worked with babies and children from the top of the mountain to kids in one of Philadelphia’s most impoverished and dangerous neighborhoods formerly The Badlands of North Philadelphia.

I hope the knowledge in this book becomes an integral part of infant and early childhood development and education as well as a benefit to anyone at any age. 

For more information contact Robert Toporek 484-744-1868



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