Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Power of Touch

© photo copyright 2006 Carrie Boyko
Even Big Dogs Enjoy
a Good Cuddle Sometimes

Tanner has a buddy at his favorite doggie daycare. His name is Zeus and he's a Harlequin Great Dane. If memory serves, he weighs about 175 pounds. You're probably saying that's no lap dog, but think again. Zeus's owner tells me that he enjoys lying across their laps just as much as any Shih Tzu. Imagine that?!

There is something about the power of touch that is healing. Perhaps it is that release we have when therapeutic touch communicates a healing or loving message. It works for massage therapists, just as for loving partners. And dogs are definitely not immune to the results of a good massage or a loving stroke. Most particularly enjoy a good ear or neck rub, and clearly get the message that you are giving affection.

Tanner may be unusual, in that he enjoys being held like a baby. For at 57 pounds, he is certainly a handful--more than most could manage. But not for Toni. She says, "He ain't heavy. He's my brother."

If I've got you thinking you'd like a good massage, check out the American Massage Therapy Association, where you can use their "Find a Therapist" function to locate someone just right for your aching muscles.

Or, if you have a partner, and would like to venture into some therapeutic fun with one another, try this:

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