T Touch


T Touch training day
T Touch training day

T Touch is a type of massage for dogs based on circular movements, for the correct explanation you can look here – http://www.ttouch.com/whyTTouch.shtml but basically you move either your fingers or whole hand in circular movements all over the animals body which activates cell function like turning on little electric lights all over the body. You don’t need any anatomy knowledge to perform this massage on your own dogs. I am not a trained T Touch therapist so I don’t want to go into too much of the technical side of things as you can read that on a lot of websites pertaining to Tellington T Touch from qualified individuals. I have books on the subject and one of my friends is a qualified T Touch professional and she has came to my house for a day showing me how to do T Touch on my own dogs.

T touch training day
T touch training day
Tess wanting more and Tara looking on!
Tess wanting more and Tara looking on!

T Touch doesn’t only have to be used on animals with injuries it can be used for a variety of reasons and to decrease tension. You imagine a small clock face on your pets body (about 1/2″ – 1″ in diameter),

Imagine a clock face on your dogs body
Imagine a clock face on your dogs body
t touch circles
t touch circles

place all four fingers slightly curved and relaxed at 6 o’clock and push the skin around 1 1/4 circles, maintaining a steady rhythm and pressure, paying particular attention to the roundness of the circle and a quarter. This is the main massage movement that is used but there are others. On my 2 dogs this movement works especially well around their muzzle, gums, head, neck and hind quarters as both my dogs seem to carry their tension around their muzzle especially Coal, who has started barking since Tess came to us – he likes to tell her off by barking at her or to get her to play with him. Before Tess arrived Coal had only barked once and it was such a baby bark I don’t think it even counts!

The other preferred massage movement Coal likes is called the Python lift where the whole hands on the dogs body or around the leg with just enough pressure applied to lift the skin and muscle then hold for a few seconds then slowly returning skin to original position. Coal loves this all over his body but particularly his shoulders/neck. It releases the tension in the area, relaxes nervousness and improves balance/gait and promotes mental/emotionally stability.

python lifts Coal loves
python lifts Coal loves

Both Tess & Coal love all the movements but the zig zag is another favourite especially of Tess and this is an easy one to do whilst out walking

zig zag movement is a favourite of my dogs
zig zag movement is a favourite of my dogs

What I like about T Touch is that you don’t have to have the dog standing for prolonged times to perform this massage, you just do it until the dog has had enough and walks away. So if Coal is barking I do the circle movement around his muzzle until I feel the tension release.  Tess has a slight over bite on her top jaw so the vet has said she will always want to teeth so I massage her gums when she is trying to gnaw my fingers and it helps her a lot she never wants me to stop!

T Touch also works with bandages wrapped around the animals body to give the affect of a security blanket, like a full body hug. This is the same concept as the Thundershirt and can be used instead of bandages.

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Coal in his t touch bandaging
Coal in his t touch bandaging
Tess in her pink Thundershirt
Tess in her pink Thundershirt
half wrap bandages
half wrap bandages

You can also use smaller bandages around the neck and muzzle area to release tension in these areas but obviously this should not be left on for long. I use two kids material headbands looped together one goes around the neck then loops under the neck and on to muzzle with the second one. as with everything in this technique you introduce it slowly to the dog removing it when the dog wants it off, this may happen before you have got it fully on but thats all right you just try again in a few minutes as you don’t want the dog to dislike it or be fearful of it so just be patient and take it at the dogs pace.

With the t touch there are many movements but the main one is the circles and can be done all over the body incorporated into petting. It can be done on all animals and has been discovered that it is also good for humans as when they were compiling the techniques they practised on humans.

cats
cats
giraffes
giraffes
lizards
lizards
bunnies
bunnies

This post is by no means a tutorial as I am not qualified, this is just my research and experiences of t touch

All photos and for more info can be found on these sites –

http://boogiebt.wordpress.com/2013/12/24/ttouch-walking-in-balance-dvd/

http://en.tellington-ttouch.org/content/bodywrap-possibilities-dogs-and-other-animals

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