Body-Wrap Bites The Big One

The great teacher Temple Grandin – you may have heard of her? she’s professor of animal science and brilliant thinker.  She’s figured out ways to ease the plight of autistic people, herself included.  She’s discovered that being surrounded by deep-touch pressure eases symptoms of autism, such as intolerance to being touched.  She calls her invention the “squeeze machine.”

The Tellington Touch “body-wrap” technique reminds me of Grandin’s thinking.  TTouch practitioner Barbara Janelle likens it to a “giant hug.”

For a couple of weeks, Teresa and I have been trying a half-body-wrap on Bugs.  Both for the above “big-hug” principle and, also, because we’re thinking about getting him into a harness.  Just to expand our options, to explore some wider repertoire, maybe working up to putting a leash on the boy and getting him outside a little – always wanting him to have a bigger life than just in the house.

Here he is modeling our version.

At first he was so undone by this weirdness, he flopped over and started rolling around like an egg, ass-over-teakettle.  It was a real strain for Teresa and me not to herniate ourselves laughing, because he was so cute it was pretty much unbearable.  We controlled ourselves, so’s not to hurt his feelings.  But it was not easy.

Now he’s getting quite used to the thing. Here he is play-hiding.

Here he’s doing something interesting and, I believe, extremely clever:  He’s giving himself the “as-if” sensation of walking, but he’s doing it on his side.

That exploration did not last.  Here he is “hiding,” preparing to pounce.

Here is the result.

My theory is, I probably should have given him more space.  Maybe he was more upset by the storms than I thought.  He was a right cheesy bugger all that day.

Once the weather lightened up on us yesterday, though, he was positively hi-fructose-corn-syrup mellow-yellow-yummy-cat.

About nadbugs

Anita loves cats. This must be because she, too, has had nine lives. She’s been dancing since she could walk, she was a commercial artist and advertising producer, she earned a third-degree black belt in Aikido, she is a drummer with the Afrique Aya Dance Company, she is an attorney, and she’s a meditator and a devoted student of Nonviolent Communication. She also spent one lifetime sidelined with a devastating back injury in 1992. Since then – FELDENKRAIS METHOD® to the rescue. The FELDENKRAIS METHOD is all about dreaming concretely – thinking intelligently and independently by way of a gracious and kind physicality. The work affords all who study it a process by which to reach, with movement, into the mind and the heart, to make nine lives into one whole being.
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6 Responses to Body-Wrap Bites The Big One

  1. Wazeau says:

    Ouch on the cat wound – but love the post and pictures. I especially like the one of him squeezed between the box and the cushion – the look on his face, so angelic! It couldn’t have been his claws that drew blood 🙂

  2. nadbugs says:

    You saw that! Yay you. And — matter of fact, it *wasn’t* his claws that did the damage. That was the Yesterday Cat. The Today Cat? whole different story.

    Who says you only have one cat.

  3. Dawn says:

    Hi! I’m Dawn. I belong to your new Petite Panther friend, JhaJha. Just wanted to let you know I am enjoying looking around. There is so much to read and learn — and so much cuteness! I’ll be hanging out for a while, enjoying your company.

    What was it that Calvin said about Hobbes? He has six edges and five of them are sharp. Something like that? I know your pain.

    • nadbugs says:

      Hello Dawn! Welcome to our world. I’ve really enjoyed our notes back and forth elsewhere, so it’s just grand to see you pop up here too. I’m so happy you’re here.

      I hadn’t seen that Calvin quote. I love it. The pain is less! Thank you.

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