Feldenkrais® is Worth the Search, Fans Say

Posted on May 20, 2011

All Gary David wanted was relief from chronic back pain. What he got was the kind of side effect most racquetball players are aching for: a peppier, more focused game. His serve became smoother, his forehand more forceful, and the…

Helping a Dog in Pain

Posted on May 5, 2011

As Sara and Boomer Bear, a black 12-year-old Standard Poodle, entered my office, it was apparent that the dog was having difficulty walking. Even more distressing was that he was in quite a lot of pain — pain that a team of veterinarians couldn’t find a cause for. Boomer’s rapid, shallow breathing was an attempt Continue Reading »

Boots the Cat Overcomes Hind End Paralysis and Learns to Bond

Posted on May 5, 2011

Jim had experienced the benefits of the Feldenkrais Method® in eliminating his own back pain. So, when his cat suddenly began dragging her hind end and her vet could offer no explanation or cure, he wondered if Debono MovesSM could help. Boots, a beautiful Maine Coon with large green eyes, had been semi-feral for 11 Continue Reading »

Elf the Cat’s Recovery from a Dislocated Hip

Posted on May 5, 2011

Placing the white and grey cat on my lap, I let him choose how he wanted to arrange himself, knowing that he would position himself in a way that would afford comfort and security for his dislocated right hip. About ten days before, Elf had started dragging his right hind leg. A veterinarian determined that Continue Reading »

Helping the Cinchy Horse

Posted on May 4, 2011

Q: “My 11-year-old gelding, Troy, doesn’t like to be girthed. In fact, he pins his ears and bites the air as I cinch him up, even though I do it slowly. Since his recent vet exam found him sound and healthy and his saddle fits well, my friends have been telling me it’s a just Continue Reading »

Help Your Horse Round His Back

Posted on May 4, 2011

Author’s note:  for much more detail and illustrations about helping your horse round his back, please read The Secret to Rounding Your Horse’s Back.  The SENSE Method is now referred to as “Debono Moves.” Q: “My 16-year-old gelding is starting to develop a swayback. He’s also very stiff when I try to bend him on Continue Reading »

How Debono Moves Helped A Horse with Hock Problems

Posted on May 4, 2011

The eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood lumbered out of his stall. “See how stiff he is!”, exclaimed Kim, his owner and rider. The gelding, George, did appear reluctant to move. He also rope walked, his hind legs crossing the midline with each step. George received the best of care. He was examined regularly by his veterinarian, who Continue Reading »

The SENSE Method: Improving Equine Movement and Well-Being

Posted on May 4, 2011

Most of us know how our touch influences horses. We use a soft, rhythmic stroke to reassure an anxious horse, while a leg aid can stimulate impulsion. In each of these scenarios, the horse’s attention is focused on the associations (either pleasant or unpleasant) that the touch elicits. A horse that has learned to trust Continue Reading »

Calming a Nervous, Irritable Arabian Mare

Posted on May 4, 2011

The voice on the phone sounded desperate. “I really want to bond with my horse” the caller said, “but I don’t think she likes me – let alone loves me. When I try to groom her, she threatens me with her teeth or hooves. I know I have to be the alpha, so I hit Continue Reading »

An Akita Overcomes Hip and Knee Pain – and Aggression

Posted on May 4, 2011

I drove down the unfamiliar street, reading the house numbers. 2403… 2405… 2407… Bingo! I parked on the street and was about to get out of my red Toyota Celica when a woman called out to me from the porch. “Wait in your car while I bring Bruno into the house!” I watched as she Continue Reading »

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