Ttouch

History

Linda Tellington-Jones developed the first attempts to this method in the early 1960s. Linda’s early experience was with the Feldenkrais method where non-habitual movements for humans and animals were used to open new pathways to the brain and increase learning and awareness.  In 1983, Linda started using circular TTouches on horses and TTeam (Tellington TTouch Equine Awareness Method was born.   Used exclusively for horses until 1995 when the method was showed to be very applicable to other animals.

Today TTouch is used successfully on dogs, cats, small pets, livestock, reptiles, birds as well as different wild and zoo animals.

Linda Tellington-Jones changed the TTeam to mean “Tellington Ttouch Every Animal Method”.  At the same time the symbol TT (the symbol for Pi) hints towards the fact that most of the TTouches are derived from circles.

Philosophy and Goals

TTouch is based on the following philosophy

  • Respect all animals as individuals
  • Note the individual learning process of each animal and human
  • Support the connection and trust between humans and animals as well as humans and humans

Ttouch consists of over 50 different specific movements and ways of touching animals.  These are applied in most cases with your hands.   TTouch can be used on all different animals while the ground exercises are limited to horses and dogs. All TTouch names bring to mind an animal.  Some earned their name from work with an animal that helped develop that certain TTouch; others are named after the animal they reflect.  For example, the Python Lift was first used on a python with lung problems; the Raccoon TTouch reminds the user of the delicate hands of a racoon.   Depending on how it is used the TTouch can be relaxing and calming or energizing and activating.  The Ttouch covers circular, stroking and lifting movements.  As opposed to many types of massage the TTouches are generally very light because they are focused on the cells in the skin and subcutaneous cells.

Experience has shown that the TTouches release tension and fear and activate self-healing on a cellular level.  The goal of TTouch is an improvement of body awareness balance and well-being in the patient.     

What happens during a Ttouch Session with Pet Crew?

  • Our sessions are more like mini 1-2-1 workshops
    • We start by doing an observational assessment on your dog.
      Then do some Ttouches on your pet while teaching you the reasons behind what we are doing, what the individual touches do and then we teach you how to do them yourself
  • The goal of our mini workshops is to teach you some basic TTouches that are specific for your dog in their current state
  • Enhance the relationship between you and your dog
  • Reduce unwanted behaviour, anxiety, stress or pain     
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