• I feel better about myself.

  • I get along better with my family and my friends.

  • I found joy in little things this week.

  • I gave a speech today and my face didn't turn red.

  • I feel like I have my inner voice back again.
Peaceful Child

  • For the first time he has been able to face his nightmares.

  • This is the first time he showed and released his emotions.

  • He said he felt peace for the first time.

  • I've never seen him so calm and cooperative.  

  • After 10 minutes he fell asleep!

  • She feels better about herself and is doing better in school.

  • She never lets me miss an appointment.

  • Now I know what peace feels like.

  • I made high honors for the first time!

  • I was able to sleep at a friend's house without having to come home.

  • I have almost no nightmares now. The ones I have don't seem as real.

  • It used to take me hours to fall asleep.  Now it takes minutes!

Imagine a new generation at peace in mind, body and spirit, understanding hands are for healing, never harming.

  • Bruce has been a wonderful advocate for children as well
    as a needed resource for teachers.

  • Mr. Cote thinks deeply and is willing to take a minority
    position on an issue in order that the best interests of the
    children can be met.

  • In my twenty years as an educator I have rarely met  
    anyone who has displayed the amount of compassion as I
    have witnessed from Bruce.

  • Forty-five years of clinical work has taught me that it is in a respectful environment and through a caring relationship that one's spirit finds the hope
    to heal and Bruce provides both.   Roberta Wentworth, LCSW, LMT

  • My clients have been able to learn what it is like to feel calm and be at peace which has given them the ability to use more
    appropriate behavior to get their needs met

  • I am convinced that Bruce's work in addition to therapy has shown to speed up the treatment and healing process for
    children and their families.

  • I am amazed at the impact therapeutic massage has had on children clients, especially those dealing with PTSD or anxiety.
    They are able to experience safe healing touch without re-experiencing their pain.

  • I strongly endorse this complementary therapy and find myself recommending Bruce Cote to all my clients.
Bruce Cote, Holistic Practitioner and Educator
Holistic Healing for
Children and Families
Hands of Hope and Peace
As a classroom teacher Bruce Cote witnessed an increasing number of children being medicated for mental health
conditions and was concerned about the negative side-effects (such as lack of sleep, loss of appetite, lethargy) and the
impact it was having on their overall health and wellbeing. So, he searched for safe and effective alternatives and was
pleasantly surprised to find a number of practical interventions, many of which were easy to learn.

What stood out most for Bruce was research being conducted at Touch Research Institute (TRI) which found massage
therapy (modified for children) to be highly effective in treating both mental and physical health conditions. Desiring to
know more Bruce went to TRI where he received training in pediatric massage therapy and research methodology. He
then continued his education and became certified in massage therapy and other holistic healing modalities.

While attending school Bruce Cote developed protocols and adapted techniques he learned to meet the unique needs of
Children. Eventually, he left teaching and opened up a holistic practice specializing in pediatrics.

In 2007 Bruce was contracted by Counseling Services Incorporated (CSI) to assist in developing a complementary services
program for children. He practiced there for two years treating over eighty clients. In 2009, Dr. Thomas McLaughlin
conducted a program evaluation and found that pediatric clients who received complementary therapy showed significant
improvement displaying "marked changes in behavior and levels of stress..."

Bruce Cote also developed a sports massage program for young athletes and was contracted by the Sanford/Springvalle
YMCA to work with their swim team for five years.

Currently, Bruce provides in-home holistic healing services and conducts training for therapists, educators,
children and parents.

Education: Boston College, Granite State College, Touch Research Institute, Polarity Realization Institute, Muscular Therapy Institute,
Behavioral Health Sciences Institute

Specialized Training: Touch and Massage for Children with Special Needs, Premature Infant and Infant Massage, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT),
Therapeutic Crisis Intervention
Bruce Cote
Certified K-8 Teacher
Licensed Massage Therapist
Certified Polarity Practitioner
Reiki Master
Certified K-8 Yoga Ed. Instructor
Certified Behavioral Health Prof.
Touch Research Associate
Touch Research Institute
University of Miami
School of Medicine
"The part can never be well unless the whole is well."  Plato
Complementary Services Manager
Bruce Cote, Holistic Pediatric Therapist
   After 12 years of practicing in Maine, Hands of Hope is moving to Florida and is changing its name to Hands of Hope and Peace.
While contemplating the move I reviewed client feedback and found the word "peace" was most commonly used to describe the effects of therapeutic interventions.
Many added they never felt at peace like this before. Today, I am more convinced than ever that achieving a state of peace is crucial to the healing process.
   12 Years ago I opened my practice with hope. Now I feel at peace. Thank you to all my clients for the opportunity to bring peace to your lives.
Bringing peace to your lives has brought peace to mine and I look forward to bringing it to many more.  Bruce Cote

Providing research based, clinically proven, safe and effective therapy for children. Providing training and support for parents, teachers and therapists.
Two Tear Program Evaluation: Dr. Thomas McLaughlin
"Bruce Cote conducted massage and energy work with sixty-six youth ranging in age from five to
eighteen. "

"All youth have mental health diagnosis and have been working with clinical staff."

"The average (self-reported) change were as follows: peace, an average increase from 40 to 89
percent, happy from 34 to 70 percent, hopeful from 43 to 87 percent, confident from 41 to 80 percent."

"The data suggests that massage therapy interventions which follow proscribed intervention and data
collection strategies show marked changes in behavior and level of stress for the youth involved."

Emotional Inventory: EI1
Peace  Happy  Hopeful  Confident
Author and Parent Educator

  • Bruce Cote's deep respect for children's innate wisdom and ability to heal is evident in the way he puts them in charge.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Pam Leo, Connection Parenting
School Principals
As Children Heal the World Heals
Holistic Pediatric Therapy Works!
40% to 89%
"For the
first time
he has
been able
"Now I know
what peace
feels like."