These fluffy, friendly creatures from South America are becoming increasingly popular as therapy animals. And for good reason: Alpacas have a calming effect on people, and they can help to improve mood, reduce stress, and boost self-esteem.

In Poland, alpaca therapy is proving to be helpful for people of all ages who are struggling with a variety of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, and autism. It can also be helpful for people who are simply looking for a way to relax and de-stress.

TVP World reports:

In practical terms, alpaca therapy mainly revolves around spending time outdoors in the company of alpacas, taking advantage of the fresh air. The therapy is customized to suit the individual needs of each patient. Activities during the sessions may include feeding, petting, and cuddling the alpacas, going for walks together, or simply being in their presence. Playful interactions and grooming sessions with the alpacas can also be incorporated into the therapeutic experience.

Fluffy therapy: alpacas gain increasing popularity in Poland

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