Animals, like human beings, have six basic muscle chains

To feel or receive feelings and to express feelings

To move, horizontal or vertical

To give form as an extrovert or an introvert


For every individual there exists an optimal tension in the body.

Optimal tension in the muscle chains is unique for every individual and supports freedom for the bones, joints, tendons and ligaments.  An extrovert will have a different optimal tension than an introvert.  Optimal tension also results in psychological freedom and optimal function.  Applying exercises for each muscle chain can bring the muscle chains into harmony  and is recognized by the body in a physical and psychological way.


Scroll the image from right to left to see the muscle chain for extroversion.


Scroll the image from right to left to see the muscle chain for emotional receptivity.


Scroll the image from right to left to see the muscle chain for horizontal movement.


Harmony in the muscle chains, in their natural development and natural tension for an individual, gives psychological and physical health and freedom

In the natural development of an animal, the structure and function of the muscle chains will develop to give optimal health and function (including performance) when allowed to develop without suppression and when the natural requirements for development are met. 

Animals require safety for development, and this safety is often compromised by suboptimal conditions, abandonment or neglect. Young animals have rapidly developing cells that are very sensitive to external conditions and that have tremendous capacity for memory. The cell memory of a traumatic or unsafe experience can have a deep effect on the subconscious development of an animal and can influence an animal for the rest of its life, influencing the structure and function of the muscle chains.

Disbalances or suboptimal development of the muscle chains result in abnormal tension in the body, tension that is not the correct tension for that individual, and that can cause psychological distress and unhealthy physical stresses on other structures in the body.


To recognize the nature of an animal and to restore normal tension in the muscle chains for the individual. An experience that touches the healthy nature of an animal can create a new positive memory for the tissue and the effect of the experience can grow stronger and stabilize in the animal, giving psychological and physical freedom. Exercises and manual techniques have been developed for human beings by Niek Brouw. 

These exercises have an application for animals and with unique techniques and touches, the animals can experience the exercise and experience the feeling of their healthy nature. 

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