In general, the benefits that have been observed in the therapeutic contact with animals are: increase in relaxation, acceptance of self, eliminate fears, forget the problems or don’t have them present in a manner so harrowing, live better and more purely the mind, improve care, observation and concentration, improve communication, verbal, and above all the non-verbalcalm aggressive feelings, increase the feeling of being loved and accepted as it is, acquire and make evolve the emotional intelligence and help overcome moments of great tension. The job – therapy with donkeys – is a therapeutic alternative that takes place in different countries since the 1950s. Studies show that it is beneficial in the care and treatment of people with mental and physical problems. Specifically reveal that repetitive contact with donkeys improves balance, contributes to the development of fine muscles and, thanks to the interaction with the animal, the vocabulary is stimulated, the hyperactivity is reduced in the children, lack of attention, etc. It consists of touching the animal, is made through the exploration of her body, of being in contact with him and his needs (food, brushing and walks), at this point direct verbal communication and non-verbal that is established, the caresses, contemplation and admiration stimulate favorably.

Auditory and Visual channels are important, but the kinesthetic (tactil-emocional) is perhaps the highest therapeutic impact produces. They practice exercises on the side and above the donkey, depending on each person’s needs. Such programmes should be fully identified and facilitated by professionals. In the experience there has been has coached children from 7 to 14 years. The best results are being obtained in situations of hyperactivity, nervousness, depression, lack of concentration, excessive shyness, difficulties of communication and/or emotional expression, eating disorders, psychosomatic diseases, phobias, etc the benefits of the interaction with animals are more than proven, they are an inexhaustible source of affection, company and positive health effects. The presence of a pet at home or regular contact with animals relaxes, releases tension and increases self-esteem. In addition it allows to develop a level of communication and different from the usual understanding, which has favorable even in flat professional repercussions, such as teamwork, empathy, tolerance, etc work for this and many things more, consider the company of our pets as an ally to our health. And if you have a physical or mental problem, consider a zooterapia assisted by professionals, often feeling the love and company of a being that does not demand anything or questioned or pressed, it may be more useful than many bottles of pills and other chemical treatments.

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