Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Touch for Health


Touch for Health
The TTouch is a training and healthcare system developed by internationally known animal expert, Linda Tellington-Jones. Based on co-operation and understanding, these revolutionary techniques promote optimal performance and health without fear or force. Recognized worldwide, this systematic method is easy to learn and brings quick, lasting results. It is used by animal owners, breeders, veterinarians, animal shelters, zookeepers, Olympic teams and universities in over 30 countries. If you have an animal whose behaviour or temperament needs improving, if you are caring for an older animal who is in pain, if you want injuries and surgery to heal more quickly, then you are a candidate to learn the TTouch.
The TTouch can deepen the bond between you and your companion animal. It has been proven to calm animals and alleviate their pains, fears and tensions. TTouch can contribute positively towards improving a wide variety of attitude, behavioural and health problems. It offers a new form of communication, training and healing for you and your animals. TTouch is not difficult to learn and brings quick rewards. You can build communication, trust, respect, and most importantly, joy with your animal. 

The History of TTouch
Linda Tellington-Jones is an internationally recognized animal expert. She is the author of The Tellington TTouch, A Breakthrough Technique to Train and Care for Your Favorite Animal. Since childhood, Linda has worked with horses and animals, and by the time she was sixteen, she had amassed some 400 ribbons and trophies. It was in 1978, whilst she was finishing a four-year course in Feldenkrais holistic therapy for humans, that she wondered if the same principles could be applied to teaching horses. These principles involve using non-habitual movements to activate new neurological pathways in the brain. She found that it indeed turned unco-operative animals into willing partners. That in turn evolved into the TTouch.

By 1983, she had perfected the TTouch and it's been proven to be effective on more than 30 species of animals, including dogs and cats. She then developed the TTouch course for "Companion Animals". All animals, Tellington says, hold fear and tension in their bodies. It's easy to see. Dogs and horses tighten their hindquarters; people hunch their shoulders and clench their jaws. Traditionally, we try to soothe the animal and then expect the body to follow suit. TTouch works the other way around. It starts by displacing the physical tension, so that the attendant emotions follow. Because aggression or neurotic habits are generally manifestations of fear, they go too.
What TTouch can do for you ?
TTouch is an innovative method of communicating with animals. It offers solid, practical help to common behavioual and health related problems in dogs, cats and other animals:
  • Fear and shyness
  • Excessive barking and chewing
  • Jumping up and leash pulling
  • Ageing problems, arthritis and dysplasia
  • Fear biting and aggressive behaviour
  • Car sickness
  • Nervousness, tension or stress
  • Hyper excitability
By learning to know the simple techniques of touch, we can give both our animals and ourselves far more rewarding, stress-free lives.
What others are saying about TTouch ?
The list of endorsements for the Tellington-Jones technique of helping animals through touch is lengthy and impressive, and grows longer each year: the ASPCA in New York City; the zoo keeper at the San Diego Zoo; the head veterinarian at the Zurich Zoo. Aquarist Marl Verbin at the National Aquarium in Baltimore uses it to acclimate giant pacific octopuses to their new lives in captivity. Scientists at the research facility of the Sloan-Kettering and Cornell University Medical College say it's making them rethink the way they handle their primates. It may not be an exaggeration to say that the Tellington-Jones' hands are quietly revolutionizing the way humans interact with other species.

"In the 15 years I've worked in zoos, I've never seen anything like the way animals respond to this method of handling. The TTouch reduces stress and pain, alters negative behaviour patterns and speeds up healing of injuries in animals that haven't responded to other treatments."
Art Goodrich; San Diego zookeeper
"The TTouch profoundly alters the mental state and body awareness of animals. I have observed:
     1. That TTouch works.
     2. The effects are lasting.
     3. After brief instructions, others can easily achieve results." 


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