SENSE is not a therapeutic modality.
The SENSE practitioner does not:
- Diagnose or treat medical conditions
- Make any “adjustments” to an animal’s spine or joints
- “Fix” an animal
- Dispense any substances, either for internal or external use
- Place hands on an injured animal or work with an animal in acute pain
When should you call a SENSE practitioner?
After consulting with your veterinarian to rule out a medical problem, it is appropriate to call a SENSE practitioner when your horse is having trouble picking up a lead; is having trouble bending in one or both directions; travels with a hollow back; “paddles” the front legs; rope walks; has a tense, hard back or neck; does not swing freely in the hips or barrel; does not move out freely; does not step under; refuses jumps; seems uncoordinated or off balance; is generally resistant or grouchy; displays any other movement problems.
After ruling out a medical problem, it is appropriate to call a SENSE practitioner when your dog, cat, or other companion animal is stiff or sore; is slowed down by a shuffling or uneven gait; is having difficulty turning in one or both directions; is having difficulty bending her or his head in one or both directions; is having difficulty with balance and coordination; is having difficulty lying down or standing up; is grouchy and just generally seems to be uncomfortable; displays any other movement problems.
These movement problems usually result in pain or tension and, in the case of horses, an inability to do what the rider asks (often misinterpreted as laziness or stubbornness). It is important to realize that this pain or tension is only a symptom of the underlying problem. If the underlying movement problem is not addressed, the symptoms will keep coming back.
Please note: It is also appropriate to call a SENSE practitioner before movement problems such as these manifest themselves. If an animal is taught to move freely and efficiently, painful movement problems can more likely be avoided.
How does SENSE work?
The SENSE practitioner helps an animal move more efficiently and comfortably, with better balance and coordination.
A horse may be holding his pelvis rigidly, for example, rather than allowing it to swing freely. Perhaps a slight injury (that the owner may not even be aware of) or discomfort (perhaps caused by overexertion) has caused the horse to restrict movement in this area in an effort to guard against pain.
This restriction can become habitual and can lead to inefficient movement patterns as well as a reduced sense of where that body part is (proprioception). This results in the horse “forgetting” he has a hind end. The forgotten part no longer efficiently participates in the horse’s movement, which sets up a vicious cycle since other structures have to take on more work to compensate.
Or, similarly, a dog may not be aware that the injury that caused a limp has healed and that there is no longer a reason for her to limp.
With gentle, non-invasive touch and ground exercises, the SENSE practitioner reminds the animal how individual body parts move as well as how they move in relation to each other. Because the practitioner respects and works with the inherent wisdom of the body, manipulative force is neither used nor needed.
The goal of the SENSE practitioner is to improve the quality of movement. If a horse, for example, has a hard, tense back, the SENSE practitioner does not use her hands to force the muscle fibers apart. Rather, by helping the animal to restore his natural, free movement patterns, the muscle tension will automatically be relieved.
Sessions are tailored to the needs of the individual animal. While you will most likely see positive results from one SENSE session, it is not unusual for an animal to require more than one session to reap the full benefits of the SENSE Method.
Who created the SENSE Method?
The SENSE Method was created by Mary Debono, Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner. SENSE is based on the work of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, a pioneer in the field of improving human movement and maximizing potential. A life-long horsewoman and animal lover, Mary studied animal kinesiology, physiology, and behavior and adapted Dr. Feldenkrais’ concepts to animals, creating her own unique approach to improving the well-being and athleticism of animals (and their human companions).
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