LInda Tellington-Jones developed the Tellington Method and TTouch as a form of training, healing, and further communication between humans and equines. Originally developed for horses in the 1970's, TTouch also is effective on other companion animals. The method uses circular movements of the fingers and hands all over a horse's body to improve equine behavior, performance and health, and induce relaxation and decrease anxiety during training.
Begin a touch by imagining the face of clock. The clock can range from 0.5 to 1 inch in diameter. Place your lightly curved forefinger at six o'clock.
Support the body gently with your free hand by placing it opposite of the active hand. This will help keep the horse in balance and enhance the effects of the TTouch.
Rub in a clockwise motion for one and a quarter circles taking care actually to move the skin and not just rub over it. Keep a steady rhythm and pressure when rubbing. Pressure can be light or firm, but it is important to pay attention to the roundness of your circle.
Place your thumb from the active hand two to three inches from your active forefinger, and feel a connection between the two fingers.
Continue to another random spot after each circular TTouch. You also can proceed in parallel lines on the body by executing a touch and sliding your hand to the next location. Whether you execute one touch, random touches or parallel touches, all methods will induce relaxation and improve self-confidence.
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