|Imagine a new generation feeling at peace with themselves and the world around them; understanding hands are for healing, never harming.
|When Bruce Cote was a classroom teacher he 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). He was
particularly troubled by 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 that could help.
What stood out most for Bruce was the research 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
traveled to TRI where he received training in pediatric massage therapy and research methods. After this, he continued his
education and became certified in massage therapy and other holistic healing modalities.
While attending school Bruce Cote developed protocols based on techniques he had learned to meet the unique needs of
children. In 2004, 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 clients who received complementary therapy showed significant improvement and displayed
"marked changes in behavior and levels of stress..."
After treating a teenager who faced a career-ending sport's injury and others who were at risk, Bruce developed a sports
massage program for young athletes to treat and prevent such injuries. Bruce was contracted by the Sanford/Springvalle YMCA
to work with their swim team for five years. During this time, no serious injuries occurred.
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 S. Cote
Certified K-6 Teacher
Licensed Massage Therapist
Certified Polarity Practitioner
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
|Hands of Hope and Peace is committed to providing research based, clinically proven, safe and effective therapy for children and families.
Additionally, training in holistic healing modalities and self-care techniques is offered for children, parents, teachers and therapists.
|Emotional Inventory: EI1
|Peace Happy Hopeful Confident
40% to 89%
to face his
|"Now I know
|Holistic Health and Healing
Children and Families
|I feel better