Tuesday 16 August 2022

How hugging cows can help with mental health - cow cudling

How hugging cows can help with mental health  - cow cudling 

A California-based nonprofit is using cow-hugging therapy to support people cope with stress.

Animals are frank, loyal companions, says founder of The Gentle Barn, Ellie Laks. And, Laks said, they can provide humans emotional support through tough moments in life.

"If someone requires healing, the cows wrap them in a really good hug with their necks," Laks said. "Cows are very centered, grounded and immersed in the present time and they support us do the same."

Laks, who said she majored in special education and psychology, said that cow-hugging therapy can support with a wide range of mental health issues, containing depression, anxiety and compassion fatigue.

As per  the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, close interaction with other animals can help improve happiness and reduce stress.

However, the CDC even added, "it's vital to be aware that farm animals can sometimes carry harmful germs that can cause a variety of illnesses in people, ranging from minor skin infections to serious illnesses. One of the best ways to save yourself from getting sick is to thoroughly wash your hands right after handling farm animals, their supplies, or anything in the places where they live and roam."

The Gentle Barn was established by Laks in 1999 on a half-acre property in the middle of California's San Fernando Valley.

"The Gentle Barn was my dream since I was seven  years old, as animals saved and healed me throughout my childhood," Laks said.

Along with cow-hugging therapy, The Gentle Barn serves as a sanctuary and has supported save thousands of animals, according to Laks.

"We save animals from severe abuse and neglect and, once healed, partner with them to help people going through trauma," Laks said. "We join people around the world to the magic and love of animals."

Anyone can book an hour long therapy pedestal with a cow to hug them and meditate with them.

The nonprofit has extended its places to Nashville, Tennessee, and St. Louis, and Laks said they hope to open a location in every state.

"The cows are very intuitive, affectionate and knowledgeable of their guests' requires," Laks added.

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