EXAMPLE TREATMENT PATTERNS
Following are examples of the many Rejuvenating Touch Techniques and treatment patterns available in my Loving Hands books.
Sensing An Animal’s Willingness To Be Approached
Approachability to be touched, held or handled can be determined by observing your animal’s physical signs.
Cats, dogs and horses exhibit these signs in different ways through different parts of their anatomy. The diagrams that follow illustrate the position of the cat and horse's ears and the dog’s tail and their meaning as to the willingness to be approached. Learn to read the signs. In the case of cats and horses, watch for the position of their ears. For dogs, look at how they hold their tails.
There are other signs that tell you how your animals are feeling, but the ears of the cat or horse and the tail of the dog are the first signs that will be given. When the cat or horse's tail is active and the dog’s ear movements and facial reactions come into play, you have gone beyond the level of awareness necessary to discern if your animal is approachable. You, therefore, want to note their first signs of resistance or acceptance to being approached. This is not because you are necessarily in danger, but you will not be as effective in applying any healing touch you intended if you do not honor your pet’s willingness to be approached.
Balancing the Energy Centers Of Animals
(See DEFINITIONS OF TERMS page for explanation of What Are Animal Physical Energy Centers?)
Your animals will experience discomfort when their Energy Centers are out of balance. Imbalance can occur with physical and emotional trauma. The Energy Centers can be brought back into balance by using Touch Techniques and delivering verbal messages.
Because the Energy Centers are actually located internally, you can access this energy by placing your hands on the front and back of your animal over the areas identified in the diagrams. To balance your animal’s Energy Centers, in the case of a horse or large dog, stand to one side. Depending on the size of the dog or cat, the smaller ones can be placed in your lap or on a tabletop. The goal is to be able to place both hands on your animal at the same time. When feeling for the Energy Centers, approach your animal in a loving way stroking it first and gently laying your hands on each of the centers to feel the presence of the quality of the energy. This energy feels like a faint vibration or radiating warmth in your hands.
When you begin the balancing pattern you will be placing your right hand on the stomach side of the animal and your left hand on its back in direct alignment with the position of your right hand on its stomach side. You will be expected to hold these points for at least a count of “20” and longer if your animal is receptive, but no more than a count of “60.” You will be applying two pounds pressure between your hands as you hold the points. Two pounds pressure is equivalent to the pressure it takes to snap your fingers. It is best not to take your hands away from your animal’s body once you have begun, so be certain that you start in a comfortable position for both of you. Assure your animal with a soft, soothing voice as you begin the process.
Nine Step Energy Center Balancing Pattern
Step #1: First rub the palms of your hands together for a few seconds then place your right hand on the area identified in the diagrams as the Root Center. This center is located at the genitals. Place your left hand low on the back very close to where the tail joins the animal’s body. Maintain a firm (two pounds) pressure without moving your hands. Hold these two points for at least a count of “20,” but no more than a count of “60.”
Step #2: Now move your right hand to the Base Center. Move your left hand to the corresponding area on your animal’s back. Continue to communicate with your animal as you hold Energy Center #2 in a like manner for count of “20” to “60” as you did in Step #1.
Step #3: If your animal is still receptive, move your right hand to the Solar Plexus Center. Place your left hand further up the back opposite the point you are holding on its stomach side. Hold for a count of “20” to “60.” Thus far, your animal should be experiencing a calming effect with the treatment. It is important to keep moving right along so that your animal does not get restless.
Step #4: To continue, move your right hand to the Heart Center while moving your left hand to your animal's upper back. Hold for a similar count of “20” to “60.”
Step #5: Now move on to the Throat Center. It is important for you to be extra gentle with the throat area. Place your right hand under the animal’s chin and gently connect with its throat area. Place your left hand on the back of the neck as you talk with your animal looking at its face. Do not make direct eye contact unless this is an acceptable nonchallenging behavior between you and your animal. Hold for a similar count of “20” to “60.”
Step #6: To access the Forehead Center, you will need to use your fingertips. Place the fingertips of your right hand on the forehead of your animal while you move your left hand to the back of its head. Be gentle and reassuring to your animal as you do this. Hold for a count of “20” to “60.”
Step #7: The Crown Center is the last Energy Center to be balanced. Gently cradle your animal’s head in your right hand and place the fingers of your left hand on the top of its head. Hold for a count of “20” to “60.” Note the switch in the hand positions.
Step #8: To Complete the balancing process, slowly remove your hands from its head and take a few moments to relax with your animal before encouraging it to become active again.
Step #9: It is important to acknowledge your animal for being cooperative. If such acknowledgement is normally done with a hug or an edible treat then do so now. Give verbal praise, as well. You should note a renewed energy in your animal’s overall demeanor, which will be reward enough for your efforts to put your animal’s health in your very own hands.
Rejuvenating Touch Techniques To Assist In The Healing
Of Diagnosed Intestinal Ailments
Constipation and/or Diarrhea: Internal Exercises were designed by the early Chinese sages to energize the entire body, balance the energy levels, and promote a more effective functioning of the internal organs of human beings. They are deceptively simple and unfailingly effective. They are based upon characteristic movements of three animals noted for their longevity and powers of self-healing. These Internal Exercises are named after the animals from which they are taken — The Deer, The Crane, and The Turtle. They were arrived at through literally 6,000 years of observation and study of the natural principles of healing.
The Crane Exercise was developed to strengthen and energize the internal system, including abdominal muscles, internal organs, lungs and circulatory system. The exercise was named after the Crane because it appears to be constantly stimulating its abdominal area. As it stands, the crane alternately folds first one leg and then the other into its belly, exerting pressure on its abdominal muscles and internal organs. It is believed that this activity stimulates and strengthens its digestive, respiratory, eliminatory and circulatory systems.
When applied to animals with circular motions on its abdomen, this effortless two-minute Crane exercise will assist in regulating the eliminatory system of a pet who is experiencing Constipation or Diarrhea and is known to bring relief. This technique can be found on Page, PART IV-8 through 12 in LOVING HANDS.
Reducing Anxiety: There is an acupressure point on your animal’s front paws/legs when held for 20 to 60 seconds is known to bring about relief from anxiety. This technique can be found on Pages, PART IV- 15 through 18 in "LOVING HANDS: Touching Techniques to Enhance your Pet's Health" and on pages 18 and 19 in
"LOVING HANDS: Touch Techniques to Enhance Equine Health."
Reducing Pain From An Injury or Accident Without The Use Of Drugs: There is a therapeutic touch technique when applied reduces the inflammation associated with the injury and is known to bring about pain relief. This technique can be found on Pages, PART IV-13 through 14 in LOVING HANDS: Touching Techniques to Enhance your Pet's Health" and on pages 17 and 18 in "LOVING HANDS: Touch Techniques to Enhance Equine Health."