The "ADOPT A DONKEY" campaign supports the creation of an Asnotherapy center for direct interaction with donkeys, calm, very loving animals, and with great ease in connecting and communicating with humans.
Nature and “its inhabitants” offer a healthy frame of reference for people, especially for those who, due to their physical and / or mental difficulties, find it more difficult to adapt to the form, and especially to the dizzying and insane rhythm of life of modern society.
Day by day new studies confirm the benefits of Animal Assisted Therapies (T.A.C.A.) and support the use of animals for therapeutic purposes for different groups, reporting physical, psychological and social benefits in their interaction with humans.
Donkey mediation in a natural environment is an excellent learning room, it offers a complete sensory experience: you can touch, smell, see, hear where it is easier to pay attention and learn, than sitting at a desk. In fact, experts have already named the growing isolation from the natural world that children live today, especially those in urban areas: "NATURE DEFICIT DISORDER." And it also has to do with new children's habits, as the consumption of new technologies that supplants direct experience with nature increases. One of the consequences of being completely disconnected from nature is the appearance of physical and mental disorders such as obesity, stress, concentration problems, learning disorders, hyperactivity, chronic fatigue and increased asthma or allergies.
Donkeys can be a beneficial therapy to bring joy and happiness to the elderly, favor reminiscence, since they bring back memories of the past; also of affective stimulation, of the positive feeling or affection that the animal itself arouses, and even of mobility: the elderly feel motivated to visit or take walks with the donkeys.
Sharing feelings when words are not needed produces an immediate mutual understanding and the donkey's ability to relate is an essential tool in animal mediation, since emotions are a powerful catalyst for the therapeutic process.
Contact with animals in a natural environment favors motivation for therapy, stimulates communication and psycho-affective development, cognitive and social development and turns therapy into a highly rewarding activity, therapy is performed with more joy and pleasure. To which must be added a state of relaxation that is reached immediately through interaction with donkeys, which shifts the focus of attention from one's problems to the enjoyment of the present moment.
This therapy helps people with difficulties, creating an affectionate bond with this animal, which is so endearing, sweet, affectionate and tolerant. This relationship allows you to feel lost emotions again,
manage to express them and at the same time learn to manage and control them.
Equine therapy encompasses the integration of four different professional fields: Psychology, Physical Therapy, Medicine and Pedagogy. The type of exercises performed with donkeys depends on the area you want to work: neuromotor, psychomotor, sensorimotor, emotional or psychological.
The base of any therapeutic plan is to provide basic care to donkeys (brushing, feeding), which creates a non-verbal communication channel between the person and the donkey, as well as an emotional bond through which the sense of responsibility, self-esteem and self- confidence and then carry out the therapeutic plan that has been
designed for the area you want to develop, always accompanied and helped by donkeys.
Interaction with animals for therapeutic purposes, has accompanied humanity since its origins, and is still carried out today by indigenous tribes that have never been separated from nature.
In the 19th century, the medical literature already referred to animal assisted therapy, which began to be incorporated into traditional therapies (psychology, physical therapy, medicine) in the USA. and Europe, for the benefits observed in the patient / animal interaction, both physically, emotionally, and psychologically.
Dr. Max Reichenbach was a pioneer in the scientific investigation of equine therapy. Since 1953 he carried out the first scientific studies with numerous patients at his physiotherapy clinic in Birkenreuth in Germany. In 1971 the Association for therapeutic riding was founded, which until today is responsible for promoting research.
Asnotherapy belongs to the group of Animal Assisted Therapies (T.A.C.A). It is an alternative therapy that uses the ass to accompany people with social, physical or mental disadvantages. They differ from the use of animals as a distraction, as it is an applied science that uses animals to solve a human problem. Part of an interdisciplinary approach in which animals are used as a complement to other treatments.
The calm and simple character of donkeys allows a clear, healthy interaction with them. Donkeys are animals that inspire us with a lot of love and compassion, and a desire to get close to pet them. They are part of our collective baggage, especially in the Balearic Islands where
years ago in all the houses, especially in the most humble, there was a donkey that helped in the work of the fields.
With the mechanization of agriculture they lost their role, but they can still help a lot of the human being, especially in this time of frenetic rhythm and staunch selfishness. Donkeys, endorphin inducers and motivation for any learning and development of new skills, will be our magnificent co-therapists. His slow and calm way of moving helps us stop, slow down and look at life from a different perspective.
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