We know that our body will be healthier when we address some of the underlying issues. The same applies to our animals. It can involve looking at nutrition, behavioural/emotional states, environmental factors and the physical responses.

Physically our body will express what state of health it is in. How well it can move (energy levels, strength, balance, posture and associated injuries or arthritis), if there is pain or discomfort, physical expressions of disease such as rashes, hot spots, itching and how emotionally stable or resilient we are (when we are anxious we hold ourselves tighter). At the physiological level the cells are meant to move and communicate with their surroundings and as a collective the whole organism can function more effectively. When there is some form of stress or trauma to the body the cells, tissues and fluids become more stagnant, disconnected and less functional. For me this is the origin of disease.

Fortunately there are many more options these days to support the body to resolve the stress and learn how to exist with better movement and functionality. I have progressed through what I have learnt and also found to be the most dynamic in creating change. From massage and bowen therapy to kinesiology, which I all found helpful in their own way, but there were limitations or something that didn’t quite resonate with me. Tellington TTouch and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy are both modalities that I have experienced far more consistent and dramatic changes in animals movements, behaviours and health. Treatments are available from my clinic in Croydon or I can travel to you at a negotiated price which is often helpful in fearful or painful or physically limited cases.

 

Tellington TTouch Method
The origins of TTouch comes from a human therapy Feldenkrais that is about offering the body new experiences and possibilities of movement, sensations and emotional states. When you offer the body something different to the same habitual patterns, you give it the chance to change. One of the great sayings from Feldenkrais is ‘If you know what you can do, you can do what you want’. It’s not easy to change habits, but unless you are shown something different that you are aware of, is easier and benefits the health of the body, we will generally keep doing the same thing. The TTouch method involves a variety of specific touches, lifts, slides, body wraps, movement and ground work, all which utilise a philosophy of respect for where the animal is at and what it can cope with. The results not only include an improved relationship and better communication, but can results in changes in pain, injuries, difficult behaviours and many health conditions. One of the greatest things about TTouch work is that it is very simple to teach the animals people a couple of the techniques to continue to support changes or provide palliative care for chronic and acute conditions.

 

Biodynamic Craniosacral TherapyAnimal Craniosacral
Craniosacral Therapy originates in Osteopathy from the mid 1800s, and the work and teachings of the founder of Osteopathy, Dr AT Still, and of his student Dr WG Sutherland who developed an approach known as the “Cranial Concept”. Since then it has been refined into a profound, gentle and effective way of working with the whole body .

Craniosacral therapists recognise health as an active principle. This health is an inherent ordering force, a natural internal intelligence which is expressed as movement in the body. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a subtle and profound healing form which assists this natural bodily intelligence. Unlike other techniques that involve manipulations, channeling energy or intentions for specific change, this therapy is led by the client, allowing their system to set the pace at which adjustments take place and the order in which change occurs. Through extensive training the therapist has developed the skill to recognise tremendous detail of the anatomy and processes beneath the surface. Listening to the whole body through a craniosacral touch can bring about a reorganisation that is physiological, psychological and energetic. Treatments involve sustained but extremely gentle contact at various parts of the animals body, but at times may involve no contact but a negotiation of the peripersonal space until there is a settling of the nervous system and safety for contact to be made.