Tellington Ttouch Training is a teaching method for all animals that incorporates
body work and ground exercises to help improve co-ordination, balance, and athletic
ability. It helps to change the animal’s expectation, or alter a negative association
with certain situations by influencing the nervous system in a positive way.
Many animals have certain holding patterns due to posture, training or injury. The
pattern of pain and blocked awareness /use of parts of the body can create stress
on distant areas, which must overwork to compensate. Such chronic distress effects
performance as well as general health, ‘mood’ and behaviour.
The technique itself was developed by Linda Tellington-Jones and has its
roots in the Feldenkrais method of Awareness Through Movement used with humans.
Non-habitual exercises are used to alter existing habitual patterns inducing
the animal to activate any available alternate neuromuscular pathways to restore
function. The awareness it brings often relieves associated pain.
As posture affects behaviour, many owners notice that unwanted behaviour diminishes
as the animal’s posture improves. With continued exposure to TTEAM, animals develop
more ability to operate in a calm, focused mode. Responses to new situations become
less automatic and more considered. The animal learns to learn.
Tellington Touch training blends well with many other modalities and teaching methods.
It is not necessary to learn the whole TTouch approach to help the animals in your
care. Learning just a few of the body TTouches by working with a trained Practitioner
or attending a workshop can make a difference to an animal's life.