Ali Duncan on Why We Need Touch Now
We are creatures of connection. From the moment we’re born we crave contact and interaction, and touch is one of the first ways those needs get met. As we get older, however, personal contact can diminish over time, especially in the digital age as the ways in which we communicate with one another has changed. More people than ever before find themselves missing the comfort of human touch.
Visibility Coach and Tantra practitioner Ali Duncan knows this well. “The effects of prolonged physical distancing are showing up as anxiety and depression,” she says. “Without that physical touch and connection, some feel blocked, abandoned, and alone.”
Based in Denver, Ali supports her clients in discovering and creating a life that is abundant, aligned, sensual, and present with energy work, touch, and breath. At our recent Touch, Tantra & the Energy Body Explorer Event, she helped us explore the rich possibilities of touch and just how that energy moves through the body.
The evening was not only healing, but enlightening as well, and we asked Ali to tell us more about why the spiritual traditions of energy work are so essential.
Why is touch important?
Touch is so important because it is what connects us. It stimulates the body and reminds us that we are secure, that we are protected, and that we are seen. It is a physical gift that we give each other. Another important reason for touch is it supports the body’s system of balance and strengthens the immune system.
You refer to yourself as a visibility coach. What do you mean by that?
Most people do not want to be seen except when they look successful. When we embrace all parts of ourselves, that is when the healing begins. The parts of us that we think are ugly, unsuccessful, or mean must come to the surface to be accepted. The kind of healing that occurs when we grieve and work through our trauma in a group is amazing. I am here to support those who are ready to embrace all parts of themselves, to live the best life and to live it in a big way. In order for that to happen, you must be seen, you must be visible.
How did you come to do this type of work?
Reiki was introduced to me in 2003 and after getting my attunements for levels 1,2,3 I moved into quantum healing and more. I like to say that Reiki was my gateway drug.
How can the average person become attuned to the kind of body energies you work with?
Everyone has access to the energies around them and in them. Starting to trust yourself is how to tap into this energy. The amazing thing about this energy is it begins to heal the individual while you are working on other things.
What regular practices do you recommend to promote health and healing?
The most powerful practice that I have found is noticing the divine in all things around you. When you connect with what is around you from a place of gratitude, it shifts your entire body. You feel happier, peaceful, and connected. When you feel this way then your body is happier, and a happy balanced environment allows the body to heal.
Ali Duncan is a visibility Coach, Spiritual Guide to healing, and tantrika. She founded Urban Sanctuary in October 2016 as a home for diverse practitioners who share their gifts with the community. Offerings include energy work, acupressure, massage, estheticians, ayurveda, coaching, counseling, toga, tantra, cranial sacral, reiki, Thai massage, workshops, yoga, POC classes, and social gatherings. More about Ali Duncan can be found on Instagram @aliduncanbeseen.