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.