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Therapeutic Touch for Cats

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Therapeutic Touch for Cats


Therapeutic touch (TTouch) therapy, a method devised by Linda Tellington-Jones, is a type of nonverbal
communication through cellular memory. The practitioner speaks to the cellular intelligence in her hands, which in turn speaks to the cells in the body. When working on animals, simply by placing your hands on the body and moving them in a circular manner, you create a kind of kinesthetic (sensory) interspecies communication.

Tellington-Jones initially studied the Feldenkrais Method, which opens new neurological pathways to the brain through the use of nonhabitual movements. She then developed her own techniques based on Feldenkrais’s work, beginning with the concept that every cell in the body knows its function. The use of the circular movement, when done with respect, increases the speed of healing at the cellular level.

Animals may actually be born with “habitual holding patterns,” but even the most resistant animals respond to this technique and learn to release stuck energy.

A Simple Technique to Get You Started Exploring Touch Therapy

Here’s a very simple technique that many touch therapists recommend. Hold your hands, if your cat will allow it, over a painful spot. See if you can let positive healing energy flow from you via your right hand into your cat, and let any negative or painful energy flow from the cat into your left hand. (If you are more comfortable using the opposite hand, this is fine, too.) Afterward— and this is very important for your self-care as a healer—shake your hands to release any negative energy from your body. Let the cat rest comfortably and use this healing energy in her own way. You may wish to consult with a TTOUCH expert at this point but you can also do some basics on your own.

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Celeste Yarnall

Celeste Yarnall, PhD shares musings on myriad of topics at her Celestial Musings Blog. She is the author of The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care with Jean Hofve, DVM and Paleo Dog. Celeste is an actress/producer/activist/writer and keynote speaker. She and her husband Nazim Artist created the Art of Wellness Collection and are the producers of Femme: Women Healing the World. They live in Los Angeles, California with their beloved Tonkinese cats. Join Celeste at her website or on Facebook.


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9:12AM PDT on Aug 1, 2015

Therapeutic touch is definitely easier to implement with dogs than cats. Often kitty doesn't want to stand still long enough to allow you to work.

5:26PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

therapeutic touch.....otherwise known as "petting",,,

10:51AM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Healing touch is great when animals allow it. When your pet has had enough energy, they will let you know!

4:27PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

This is good to know.

4:26PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

I love cats..I'v never tried this technique with my cats yet.Thanks for the info.

5:28PM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

THis is good to know!

4:57PM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

great, looks interesting

6:19AM PDT on Aug 25, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

10:10PM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

this is interesting. I have a fixed male tabby nearly 5 years old. He really likes to bite, even in non agressive ways - seems to be an oral fixation. I wonder if this gentle technique could calm him down...

5:47PM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

As a rule, my animals and I communicate non-verbally just fine!!

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