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PHYSICAL ENERGY: Your animal’s physical energy is divided into Seven Energy Centers. Each Center represents a special and unique function. The energy that flows through the physical body of your animal provides nourishment to the animal’s nervous system. This energy pulse is similar to a vibration rather than a beat that is detected when feeling a blood pulse. When the energy flow is blocked your animal experiences pain or discomfort which may be temporary or continuous. As a preventative action it is wise to keep the energy centers open. This can be accomplished through several means. LOVING HANDS contains descriptions of each technique and identifies some of the common symptoms animals’ experience when their energy is blocked and when it is properly flowing.
ENERGY CENTERS: Each Energy Center of your animal has a particular function and association with specific organs as well as emotional responses of your animal. The diagrams provided in my book will illustrate where each Energy Center is relatively located. Two views (side and front) are provided to assist in your location of the centers on your animal’s body. Through diagrams and text you will be taught how to approach your animal so you can feel the presence of the quality of the energy in each Center.
BALANCING THE ENERGY CENTERS: When the Energy Centers of your animal are out of balance it will experience discomfort. Imbalance can occur with physical and emotional trauma. The Energy Centers can be brought back into balance using specific acupressure patterns and verbal messages delivered by you. Such patterns and verbal messages can be found in LOVING HANDS and on the EXAMPLE page of this website.
Acupressure is an ancient Chinese healing art that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin and thus stimulate the body’s immune system to self-heal. When stimulated, these points relieve muscular tension and promote the release of endorphins – neurochemicals that relieve pain. Acupressure uses the same points and meridians (patterns of energy flow) as acupuncture, but instead of needles, treats with gentle, firm pressure of fingers and hands. With acupressure the client experiences no side effects from drugs, while experiencing a safe treatment. It is an excellent way to balance the body and maintain good health by reducing tension, increasing circulation and strengthening the body’s resistance to illness.
Acupressure also increases the nutrient supply to muscles by promoting cellular exchange, while preventing the buildup of harmful fatigue products, metabolic wastes and lactic acid. Further, acupressure improves overall muscle tone and relieves painful muscle spasms. This process takes but a few minutes resulting in strengthening and revitalizing the status of the entire body including a feeling of emotional and mental well-being. These processes are explained in detail in LOVING HANDS.
The basic elements of animal acupressure are the same as for humans and can be used to treat acute as well as chronic problems in cats, dogs and horses.
In traditional Oriental thought, every human and animal is born with a fixed amount of life energy, or Chi, at birth. Chi flows through the body in pathways known as meridians. Some have likened meridian pathways to an electrical system. The meridian pathways carry messages from the acupressure points to specific organs or parts of the body.
There are twelve traditional meridians throughout the body. They do not necessarily follow the same path that is taken by the circulatory system in the body. When applying acupressure to the surface of the skin the person using the patterns works along a meridian or on a combination of points from various meridians to achieve a specific goal.
Applying acupressure to points on any or several meridians simultaneously can naturally reduce pain by stimulating the release of endorphins (the body’s own built-in pain relievers). The acupressure patterns found in LOVING HANDS follow meridian pathways.
Telepathic communication is the sending of understandable messages through a non-audible sound. The message is sent and received through a nonverbal communication process, which is highly developed in animals and in some humans. Telepathic communicators tell us animals are more of spirit than humans and that they communicate telepathically with other animals and as well as with humans.
If you are not inclined to believe this consider the following scenarios: It is time for your pet to go to the Vet, take a bath or to do some other stress-inducing activities. Without an audible sound from you (you are just thinking about it) they seem to disappear just as you are ready to embark on the activity. Just the act of thinking about such an activity results in less than the eager presence of your pet. Is it possible that there is some type of remote sensing going on? We often say “They Know, They just know.” Do they “read” our minds or do they “read” the changes in our behavior, the anxiousness or excitement in our voice or touch? Regardless of how they get the message we, the human, have a lot to do with how our pets behave.
Our physical movements are messages to our animals. If we behave in common patterns of behavior they react one way. When we behave in an unfamiliar manner they act in another way. When working with animals that are experiencing discomfort it is wise to behave in as common a way as is possible. Make every effort to maintain a similar pattern of behavior when treating your pet when they are well or while ill. Your consistency of behavior is crucial to the manner in which they will receive the care you are offering. Above all remain calm and deliberate in your actions when caring for an animal who is experiencing physical mental or emotional discomfort. Greater detail in the use of these touching techniques can be found in LOVING HANDS.
Kinesiology is the study of the principles of mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement. The application of such knowledge has resulted in the development of an approach to the assessment and treatment of imbalances of the energy systems of animals and humans. Applied Kinesiology uses muscle testing to assess the body’s energy and then applies various touching techniques such as acupressure or therapeutic touch to facilitate the healthy flow of Chi (energy) throughout the affected portions of the body. When a certain area of the physical body is touched while being muscle tested, muscle resistance will be weak if the area that is being touched contains dominantly negative energy and stronger than normal if the energy is dominantly positive. Applying this principle, muscle test resistance indicates whether an acupressure point is functioning normally and whether the reflex-point on the muscle being tested shows a lack or a surplus of energy. A similar method can be used to identify a particular organ, which might contribute to sources of the imbalance. Using acupressure the body’s natural healing responses are stimulated by applying pressure to the appropriate reflex and acupressure points simultaneously.
This technique can be effectively used in working with animals as well as humans. When applied to animals, the test is conducted by having the animal stand unsupported and touching a particular point of concern on their body. If the energy to this point is blocked resulting in a loss of energy (predominantly negative in nature) the animal will tend to relax or lose strength in the designated limb or reflex area due to the weakening of the associated muscle. This then is a sign that the area associated with the acupressure point needs attention.
It is important to remember that the muscle testing is not to determine strength as an end in itself but rather to determine the quality of the muscle response. Applied Kinesiology utilizes the communication between the meridians (energy pathways) and specific muscles, which have been identified to be energetically connected. Once this relationship is identified, appropriate therapeutic patterns can be applied. Such patterns and techniques can be found in LOVING HANDS.
Therapeutic Touch is a technique of moving the physical energy of an animal or human without actually touching the surface of the body. Persons applying Therapeutic Touch place their hands two to six inches away from the body of the animal or human and with rhythmic and slow-hand motions, assess the presence and flow of the energy (Chi) to determine where the flow is blocked. When found they move their hands in specific ways to break up congestion and encourage normal flow of energy. Such treatments have been scientifically documented to have successfully treated a variety of medical conditions.
The proper use of Therapeutic Touch can decrease anxiety, reduce pain, and ease problems associated with dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system, which governs involuntary actions of the body. Clinical studies have shown that Therapeutic Touch has physiological effects such as altering enzyme activity, increasing hemoglobin levels, reducing fever and inflammation, and accelerating the healing of wounds. The most common use of this technique is to relieve pain and reduce stress and anxiety. A session usually lasts for twenty to twenty five minutes. Instructions in the use of this technique can be found in LOVING HANDS.