When the individual is out of alignment
with themselves and their environment, the body will ultimately reflect that
misalignment one way or another, and that’s when the problems begin to
become apparent. They can manifest physically, such as mysterious,
undiagnosed lameness issues or other chronic problems. Training difficulties
in previously very willing, cooperative individuals are common. The issues
can also be mental and emotional presenting themselves as undesirable
behaviors, for example: aggression, fearfulness, anxiety, depression, etc.
When an animal is suddenly not them self anymore, there is always a
reason whether it’s obvious to us or not. They don’t deliberately decide to
find ways to disappoint or anger us. They are highly intelligent and just
want to be comfortable and at peace. They communicate the best they can with
their limited resources, and because we’ve become so far removed from that
natural form of communication, we struggle to interpret them. We rely
entirely on words and overlook the obvious. Sometimes, it’s very subtle and
we’re simply too close to the situation to read it.
I feel strongly, that as the most important human in our animal’s life,
it’s our job to be aware of their discomfort and do what we can to help them
resolve it. Abuse is never the answer. Medication and surgery are not always
the answers either. I am especially suspicious when the professional can’t
tell me what the problem is, yet is insistent on beginning treatment
involving dangerous, cancer causing, organ destroying medications which they
claim will be necessary for the rest of the patients’ lives. Often these
drugs are given prior to receiving test results confirming the “guess work”
diagnoses with devastating consequences.
In many cases, diet is the
problem and consequently an important and essential part of the cure.
As much as I enjoy working with the animals in person, some of the most
profound healings take place when done remotely. There are fewer sensory
distractions for me. Being an empath, I can sometimes be overwhelmed with
too much physical input and it dilutes my focus. When I work remotely,
there’s no mind, no ego to interfere, just pure energy.
During live sessions, once the energetic part is addressed, I’m guided to
certain areas of their bodies and my hands know what to do. It’s not
something I can explain, it’s all feel at that point. I just get still and
follow the feel. The first session usually lasts about an hour and a half
and can involve some hands-on bodywork including some basic stretches to
help the body realign through soft tissue releases. As they begin to
respond, their bodies “re-member” themselves. It’s sort of like being in
water, the energy field that’s created, facilitates the process for them. It
makes it easier for things on all levels to move. As I hold that space, they
re-member at their own pace. My overall goal is postural correction, that’s
when I see the light in their eyes become more brilliant, and their vitality
level soars. Then I know they’re on their way to recovery. The healing
process will continue to unfold over the next 30 days or so, and that’s when
the shift really becomes apparent.
I follow up by checking in periodically over the next few days and tap in
lending more support if needed. Depending on the situation, sometimes it
only takes one session, sometimes 3-5. Often times, the sessions can be done
remotely after the initial treatment. Generally, the physical bodywork only
requires one treatment and it’s really helpful if the owner will become
involved or appoint someone the animal feels safe with to do some easy
follow up movements with them. Just like yoga, they need to move their
bodies in ways they don’t normally in their daily life in order to create
space and maintain circulation in specific areas. Just a little goes a long
way, and the payoff is enormous. I know how much of a difference doing just
a little something either daily, or several times a week makes to my body.
Animals are meant to be in motion by design, so if their movement is
restricted in any way, they end up with the same aches and pains for the
same exact reasons we do!
An added bonus, and my favorite part of the whole process is the very
special relationship that develops when I help them feel better. The
appreciation and gratitude reflected in their behavior towards me is
undeniable. It is the beginning of a beautiful new emotional experience that
I never before imagined.
The purity of love that animals are capable of is rarely found in the
human kingdom and is well worth the effort of pursuing.