In this class you will learn about making a quiet but powerful connection with cats through TTouch and other modalities. The methods I use are non-invasive, always letting the cat lead the session. It is all about truly being in the moment with the cats, It is in those moments of connection that magic can happen.
TTouch is a gentle, yet extremely powerful modality to share with cats. As it affects the nervous system, it helps the animal physically, emotionally, and behaviorally. For example:
- Cats in shelter environments who were initially thought to be unadoptable, can become calm, confident and open to socialization, thus becoming adoptable.
- Cats in forever homes, who are having difficulty adjusting to the environment, people, or other animals in the household, can experience tremendous improvement with TTouch.
- Older cats with health challenges can experience a greater sense of well-being (both physically and emotionally) and better quality of life.
- Cats with mobility issues can achieve better balance and ease of movement.
Whether TTouch is new to you, or, if you wish to expand your knowledge, including more detailed work specific to cats, this course will address your needs.
Meet Your Instructor
Sarah Hauser has had extensive experience with cats in shelters as well as with private clients. She will share some approaches that have helped her reach even the most challenging of these sensitive beings, combining TTouch techniques and tools with other modalities and techniques. There are many ways of connecting with cats even if you are not able to touch the cat. Some of the most subtle ways of connecting can be the most powerful, and Sarah will describe how a gentle, gradual approach can foster deep and lasting bonds with cats.
Calming Fearful and Feral Cats in Shelters and Homes
This subtle but powerful work fosters calm and harmony. Sarah has worked with so many cats who were thought to be unadoptable and has helped them become calm, confident and ready for a forever home.
Help for Cats With Mobility Issues and Senior Cats
This work fosters improved sense of balance physically and emotionally.
What's In the Course:
- Introduction, and the Story of Berry at BARC Shelter (10:12)
- What is TTouch? A Look at Shy Cat Rooms in the Shelter, the Nine Elements of TTouch (7:13)
- Categories of TTouch, The Basic Circular TTouch (11:57)
- TTouch Tools, Praciticing With a Stuffy (10:09)
- Observation, Breaking Down Work into Steps, Letting Go of Labeling, The Power of Intention (9:17)
- Starting a Session, Setting Up for A Session (11:03)
- Slow Blinks, Connecting with the Cat with a Calming Voice and Mantras (12:22)
- Next Steps and Air TTouches (8:55)
- Figure 8s - Another Distance Technique for Calming, Balance, Connection (7:19)
- Pressure and Tempo, and "Thinking" the TTouches (13:44)
- Transition from Tools to Hand, TTouches on the Head (14:10)
- TTouches with the Front of the Hand (9:17)
- The Difference Between Petting and TTouch, TTouches with the Back of the Hand and Snail's Tail (9:15)
- TTouches with the Side of the Hand, the Story of Cardi (8:38)
- TTouch Strokes, and Paw TTouch (12:33)
- Belly Lift, "Thinking" the TTouches, Using Belly Lift to Introduce a Cat to Being Picked Up (8:02)
- Inchworm TTouch (a TTouch Lift) (10:41)
- Python Lift (3:46)
- Visualization, Considerations for a Session (7:42)
- My Journey with Jungle (at Bideawee Westhampton) (6:58)
- Tail TTouch (7:24)
- Especially For Mobility Issues: Details on Connected TTouch, Using a Supporting Hand, Leg, etc. for More Awareness (8:09)