“Learn How You and Your Canine Companion Can Feel Better at Any Age!”
Title: Grow Young with Your Dog
By Mary Debono, GCFP (Creator of Debono Moves)
Mary Debono is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. The Feldenkrais Method teaches how to use gentle movement and directed attention to improve flexibility, range of motion, and coordination in humans. Mary always knew she wanted to help animals using her hands, and she adapted this method to do just that.
As someone who suffers from chronic migraines, with two active dogs who are showing more stiffness as they age, I was intrigued by this concept. I also feel that stiffness sometimes from exercising as well!
Throughout this book the author shares stories of dogs she has helped, as well as sharing exercises for humans and dogs. These are not strenuous exercises, they are slow fluid movements designed to help with relaxation and getting in touch with our bodies by focusing attention on how we move. Once you purchase the book, you also have access to audio and video instructions for these exercises, which makes it much easier to learn them.
The author not only shares these exercises to do by ourselves or with our dogs, but she also shares her philosophies of life. These include encouraging positive reinforcement training for dogs, and guidelines that provide anti-aging benefits to both you and your dog. I found her thoughts on aging and time very interesting: “Have you noticed that the older we get, the faster time seems to fly by? Well, that’s not your imagination. The fact is, our brains tend to process time differently as we age. The good news is that we can slow time down, or at least our perception of time.” She goes on to explain how a neuroscientist found that engaging in novel activities can change how your brain processes time and makes it seem longer. It makes sense to me that your brain can process routine activities more rapidly, making time seem to go by faster. Processing new information can in a sense slow it down.
Now I have to tell you that I didn’t really try the exercises yet. I am honestly not very good at taking time for relaxation (I am fidgety by nature). I did try one with the dogs, and it seems that they aren’t either! Every time I tried to get the girls to lie down next to me and relax, they thought I was up to something, or heard a noise and had to go inspect it. But I can see the benefits of these exercises for all of us, so I am keeping this book handy and plan to try it some more when I have more time to devote to it (and you don’t have to have your dog to try them either). I can see how this could really help active, aging, or injured dogs, and people with types of chronic pain as well. Actually, I think it could benefit everyone to learn to slow down a bit and focus on relaxing and getting more out of life. Sometimes we just have to be reminded of what is important, to live life better, and that’s one thing I definitely took away from this book.
The book is available on amazon.com in both kindle and paperback versions, or you can purchase the e-book directly from her website debonomoves.com. If you visit that purchase page as well you can see some photos of the dogs she has helped. Don’t forget you also get access to the video and audio with your book purchase. The author also holds workshops where she teaches her methods (she has one on July 12th in NYC).
*Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review. Wag ‘n Woof Pets only shares products we feel will be of interest to our readers and all reviews are our own honest opinion. Neither author nor publisher is responsible for the contest of this post.