Listening To Whispers
TTouch for Companion Animals
Tellington TTouch is a stress-free way of working with all animals to help them feel and behave better through a process that restores physical vitality, mental focus and emotional balance.
TTouch workshops may be designed with particular interests in mind, such as those for cats, rabbits or even reptiles. The most common workshops focus primarily on dogs, and address their behaviour, health, and general well being, or can focus on specific demands associated with working, competition or sport.
What to expect from a workshop or training
The workshops and trainings offer a lot of hands-on practice, and help with your own animal if you bring one. It is expected that the majority of participants will want to bring a dog (or cat) to the course, although it is not required.
The curriculum will include both TTouch bodywork and — for dogs — Confidence Course (groundwork) techniques, and give you skills for working with animals in kind, clear, safe, and effective ways. You will learn how to observe the many, sometimes very subtle, ways that animals let us know how they feel about what we do with them. This helps us to determine the most effective ways of helping them. We will also discuss the principles behind TTouch, so that you can become creative in problem-solving.
Some of the trainings listed in the calendar are part of the international Tellington Training Professional Certification Program. Two three-day workshops may count as one of the six sessions of the certification training. The content of an introductory workshop covers the basics of the work and its principles. Although it is the first course in the Certification Program, it is designed also for those simply wanting skills to work with their own animals, and for those who already work professionally with animals and want to add to their expertise.
Workshops in eastern Canada with other teachers are included on the Calendar. Unless indicated, all are open to newcomers to the work who want to learn TTouch skills for themselves, and to those interested in, or already enrolled in, the Practitioner Certification Program.
Pour les Francophones, TTouch Quebec.
An Example of TTouch
The Ear Touch
The Ear TTouch is probably the most important TTouch you can learn, since it may save a life. It can stabilize heart rate and respiration and keep animals out of shock. When faced with a crisis, remember to work your own ears as well as those of the animal.
It is also a wonderful way to start your session and is useful if you have only a few minutes to spend. You will be covering many acupuncture points and meridians that when stimulated provide beneficial results such as relaxation, reduced stress and improved digestion.
Position yourself so that you can support the head with one hand. On the opposite side of the head, the thumb of the other hand is on the outside of the ear and the folded forefinger on the other underside. Slide finger and thumb towards the tip of the ear and repeat several times, covering different portions of the ear with each slide.
With a cat, the slide can start with the thumb at the center of the cat’s head, and you may choose to use both hands at the same time.
Gently stroke from the base of the ear to the tip.
Uses for the Ear TTouch:
* Car Sickness
* Digestive Problems
* Emergency Care
* Old Age
* Heart Conditions
* Improve Circulation
* Reproductive Distress