Rob Erteman

PSYCHOMOTOR THERAPY FOR COMPANION ANIMALS, METHOD NIEK BROUW

Every species and every breed within a species and every individual within a breed has unique possibilities in the world, to feel, to give form and to be spontaneous. They can bend and they can stretch. Animals instinctively “know” or can feel when they are in harmony with what their nature is and when they are not. They feel good when they are allowed to develop in a healthy way and become their possibilities, to feel (themselves and the outside world), to move in a natural way (what is natural for them as an individual) and to show themselves to the world as they are.

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TO FEEL

To receive input without knowing what it is, for an animal to feel themselves and to feel their surroundings.  To express feelings.  To have emotional contact with themselves and the outside world.

TO BE SPONTANEOUS

To move- to walk, to run, to gallop, to jump. To play. To move in a horizontal direction and a vertical direction, in the self and in the outer world.

TO GIVE FORM

The surface of an animal.  To have knowledge and boundaries for the self and for the outside world. To show the self, as an introvert or an extrovert.

ANIMALS COME TO US TO GIVE US FOOD FOR GROWING AND DEVELOPING WHAT IS NOT DEVELOPED IN OURSELVES.

Animals have unique possibilities in life for feeling, movement and for giving form. A Dauchshund cannot move like a Greyhound.  A  Greyhound moves with emotional expression and vertical power. A Dauchshund has a natural capacity to feel its surroundings.  Standard Poodles have a strong natural form and have boundaries for themselves. These differences in what an animal is and what an animal can do is reflected in their body structure, skull shape and posture.

Some people say “my animal came to me so that I could learn from them”.  As human beings, we also have unique possibilities to feel, to be spontaneous and to give form.  As individuals, we all have different possibilities and we can learn from our pets. Sometimes we can learn from our dogs how to play, to be spontaneous and become free in ways that we have not had an opportunity to experience. Maybe we are suppressed as a natural extrovert-we act shy when  we are naturally not shy.  We may have a dog  (for example an Australian Shepherd) who is naturally extroverted and free to show it.  Dauchsunds tend to be emotional introverts and are happy to feel their surroundings. Maybe we act in a socially appropriate way instead of feeling free to just feel our surroundings.  Many cats can feel everything around them, remaining quiet and patient until they have a feeling to do something else.  Horses can teach us about patience and  power.  Horses are powerful and use their power to move-to run, trot, jump and gallop, and to be in the world with their power in a natural and healthy way.  They give us an opportunity to experience or connect to our power, in a pure and healthy way.  They are also very sensitive and require patience, consideration and recognition so that they can feel safe and we can be safe.