Acupressure and other holistic methods for animals have noticed a leap in popularity as animal owners look for ways to help their furry family members live longer, happier and healthier lives. Animal owners are leading the charge as they need more choices for their beloved pets. They’re hard their veterinarians to think beyond the western medication they heard in veterinary school and several veterinarians are responding.

About Acupressure and Chi

For thousands of years Acupressure has been used in China to maintain the health and well-being of livestock. Today, there are multitudes of books, classes and whole program offerings for all those interested in learning this art form. Acupressure is based upon the exact theories as Acupuncture just your hands do the manipulating rather than needles. Traditional Eastern belief is that each and every living being is born with a fixed amount of Chi or Energy. Through sickness, injury, trauma and age our Chi gradually becomes depleted. Acupressure is a way of stimulating certain points on the body to restore depleted Chi.

Acupressure Effects

Stimulation of Acupressure Points can release endorphins, reduce pain, cause a relaxation effect, and bring fresh, oxygenated blood into an ailing area flushing toxins and bringing nourishment rich blood where it is needed. Ideally, Acupressure is used as a preventative to keep health and wellbeing. “Maintenance sessions” with an expert practitioner will depend on the creature but will change to between once every one to four weeks to get a healthy animal. Acupressure is also utilized to relieve certain conditions both acute and chronic and the amount of sessions will vary based upon the health, age, lifestyle and genetics of the animal in addition to the particular problem being addressed.

Typical Acupressure Treatment

    1. Observation
    2. Introduction
    3. Opening
    4. Treating
    5. Closing

During the observation, the practitioner observes the creature’s motion, posture, gut sounds, etcetera, and creates notes of patterns and marks on the body to use these cues in the job. The professional then asks the creature for permission to perform an acupressure therapy. This is achieved by touching and speaking softly so the animal accepts the professional and provides its permission. The Opening is when the practitioner runs a hand from the eye on the hind foot along a power meridian known as the Bladder Meridian. This opens the energy flow in the whole body and prepares the animal for the Acupressure Point Work or Treatment. The treatment will probably be unique to each animal and its condition. The intention of this Point Work is to bring balance and healing. The Closing is performed to complete the treatment and is just like the opening, a long stroke from eye on hind foot. This leaves the animal refreshed and relaxed. A treatment can last anywhere from twenty to sixty minutes depending upon the animal and its condition.

If you begin working with any concerted therapies like Acupressure, Reiki, Massage, or Aromatherapy that you will start to make personal discoveries which often depend on your own and the professionals developed intuition rather then on any”rational” process or scientific concept. When someone insists that these treatments fulfill “rational” standards of evidence, they rule out methods of therapy which have been shown for a long time to be effective and harmless.

Acupressure and other kinds of animal bodywork are exciting and rewarding areas of study for those seeking to improve the health and wellbeing of their very own furry friend or start a new career helping the animals of others.

 

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