There are dozens of TTouches - most have been given animal
names to create a visual image for each TTouch and make them fun
and easy to learn. Each TTouch is used for a different purpose.
For example, Clouded Leopard TTouches (using the finger pads)
develop awareness of the whole body and release fear. Abalone
TTouches (whole hand) promote relaxation and trust. Raccoon
TTouches (finger tips) help reduce swelling and pain.
HOW TO DO TTOUCH
The Clouded Leopard TTouch is one of the basic TTouches.
Imagine the face
of a clock on your animal's body, with 6 o'clock toward the ground.
Place the pads of your lightly curved fingers softly on the body
at 6 o'clock, and your thumb 2 to 3 inches from the fingers. Using
the fingerpads, push the skin in a circle and a quarter (leaving
the thumb in place) around the face of the imaginary clock. Go past
the point where you started and stop at 9 o'clock. Place your other
hand lightly on the body for support and connection between the
Maintain a steady rhythm around the circle and keep a light pressure
- not more than you would use to push the skin of your eyelid in
a circle. Pay attention to the regularity of your breathing and
the roundness of each circle in order to keep your hand relaxed.
If your animal does not enjoy the circles, you may be using too
much pressure, stiffening your hand, or holding your breath. Practice
on yourself, a friend or family member to find the right TTouch.
Remember the intent is to communicate with the cells rather than
manipulating the muscles.
WHAT IS TTEAM?
TTEAM - the Tellington TTouch Equine Awareness Method - is a holistic
way of training, healing and overcoming common resistance in horses,
affecting the body, mind and spirit and recognizing the individuality
of each horse. TTEAM horses demonstrate marked improvement in athletic
skills and increased willingness and ability to learn. Not only
does the horse benefit, but also a deeper rapport grows between
horse and rider because of increased understanding and more effective
The method of TTEAM includes three phases: a series of Ground
Exercises that enable a horse to override old patterns and to learn
without fear or force; TTouch that allows you to find areas in a
horse's body that indicate tension, fear of contact, soreness or
discomfort, to improve self-image, and to affect attitude and behavior;
and third, learning how the TTEAM riding equipment - Training Bit,
Balance Rein, Promise Rope - improves performance under saddle.
WHO USES TTEAM?
Amateurs and professionals, trainers, breeders, veterinarians, veterinary
technicians, competitors in all equine disciplines find TTEAM highly effective.
Some of these people attend one or two clinics and incorporate TTEAM into their
own training programs or their horse-related activities. Some make major
improvements in behavior and health simply from reading a TTEAM book or watching
a video. Others become TTEAM Practitioners. TTEAM guides its users to approach
each horse as an individual, to train without pain or force and to form a
partnership without domination.
The beauty in the work is its simplicity and the fact that it's
possible to make a difference in your animal's performance, behavior
or health from following the information in a TTEAM and/or TTouch
book or video. More focused results can be attained by attending
a training or by working with a certified practitioner in private
sessions. A few minutes a day can result in improvements in behavior
and health and well-being. Many people report an unexpected benefit
of relaxation and stress reduction in themselves as they practice
TTEAM and Tellington TTouch
Since 1978 the Tellington TTouch Method has grown, and is now practiced
in 30 countries on almost every species of domestic animals. It
is used by companion animal guardians, trainers, breeders, veterinarians,
Humane Societies, zoos and in wild life rehabilitation programs.
There are over 500 hundred certified TTeam and Tellington TTouch
practitioners for companion animals and horses in 12 countries.
There are ten books in 11 languages and 19 videos about TTEAM and
Visit our website www.TellingtonTTouch.com
for more information, a listing of TTeam and TTouch practitioners,
a schedule of workshops, or to order one of the many helpful books
or videos. For information about the Professional Training and Certification
program for companion animals or horses, call 800-854-8326, e-mail
or write Tellington TTouch Training, P.O. Box 3793, Santa Fe, NM