HOW TO PRACTICE TTOUCH
TTouch involves making little circles all over the catís body (or just where needed). Imagine the face of a small clock, 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) in diameter, where you touch your cat. Begin at six oíclock and gently push the skin clockwise all the way around, past six and finish at nine. At nine oíclock, pause, lift your fingers, and begin again in another spot. Itís important to maintain a constant pressure and close the circles. Use your middle three fingers and make 1 and 1⁄4 circles at each spot, then move on and repeat. Rest your thumb and fourth finger (pinkie) against the catís body to steady your hand. This circular touch is called the clouded leopard touch.
Do not repeat the same spot twice and donít connect three circles in a row (which we all tend to do initially).
Remember to lift your fingers as you close each circle and begin again. You may also use your left hand. (Generally, you would use your dominant hand, but for a larger animal, such as a big dog or horse, you may use both hands.)
Allow your hands to find their own way as they communicate with the cells of your animal companion. Try to tune into her breathing and her response to your touch. You may find your own breathing falls into sync with your catís. Concentrate on making the circles and on sensing the animalís response. And, as always, approach your cat with respect.
THE BENEFITS OF TTOUCH
The circular motion (and other techniques) of TTouch seems to imprint on the animalís cells more than simple petting or stroking, which although loving and beneficial, doesnít seem to activate the cellular awareness in the same way. In addition to improving lymphatic and blood flow, TTouch is an excellent way to reduce stress in cats, which may even provide life-extension and anti-aging benefits.
TTouch can also be used with people and even newborn babies!
My Special Non-TTouch Relaxation Tip
My cats love this relaxing massage anytime of day! Try this, if your cat does not mind lying on her back on your lap, place her between your thighs, with your knees together, with the catís head resting
on your knees and the hind feet toward your tummy. Hold your cat with your thumbs under her armpits, and all of your fingers (both hands) on the catís neck. Commence a deep kneading action with your fingers and nails (if short enough) into her neck. Work from behind the ears, down into the shoulders. When done correctly, your cat will relax into utter bliss. Donít worry if she tolerates this only briefly and then scoots away at first; sheíll most likely come to love it. This and all gentle forms of touch are an excellent way to create a blissful connection with your cats!
For more on holistic alternatives see: The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care, by Celeste Yarnall, Ph.D and Jean Hofve, DVM at CelestialPets.com