Holistic medical treatments for animals such as acupressure have seen a rise in use from animal owners who’ve been looking for ways to gift their furry friends happier, longer, and healthier lives. These people are steering the course in looking for better options for their dearly loved pets. They are goading their veterinarians to try treatments outside of western medicine that have been taught in veterinary schools. Happily, a lot of veterinarians are responding.
The Chinese have been using acupressure for thousands of years to maintain the well-being and health of their livestock. These days, there are a wide variety of resources, materials, and classes that offer program for people wanting to learn this healing technique. Acupressure works on the same principles as acupuncture although the only difference is in the way it’s delivered: acupuncture uses needles to stimulate healing while acupressure uses the hands. According to Traditional Chinese medicine, every living creature is born with a specific amount of Energy or Chi. Because of age, trauma, injury, and illness, this Chi gradually gets depleted. To restore depleted Chi, acupressure can be used to stimulate specific pressure points on the body.
When the acupressure points are stimulated, the brain releases natural feel-good chemicals known as endorphins to help relax the body, alleviate pain, and transport newly oxygenated blood into the problem area washing out toxins in the process and sending nutrition rich blood to areas where it’s needed. Acupressure is commonly used to prevent pain and to restore well being and health. Maintenance therapies undertaken by a qualified practitioner may depend on the animal. For a healthy animal, the sessions may be between once or four times a week. This treatment is also applicable for relief of certain chronic and acute conditions while the number of treatments needed will be based on the lifestyle, age, health, and genetics of the animal and on the type of condition being treated.
The practitioner observes the animal during the observation stage. He notes the gut sounds, posture, and the movement of the animal and records and marks any bodily patterns and using this information in his work.
Next, the practitioner talks to the animal and asks it permission to perform an acupressure procedure. He does this by talking to and gently touching the animal so that it accepts the healer and grants it permission.
This is the stage in which the practitioner strokes the Bladder Meridian that runs from the animal’s eye to its hind foot. This stimulates the flow of energy throughout the body and readies the animal for treatment called Acupressure Point Work.
Treatment is customized based on the animal and the condition it’s suffering from. The objective of Acupressure Point Work is to restore healing and balance.
Closing finishes the treatment and is similar as the opening. What is done in closing is that the practitioner applies a long stroke from the eye of the animal to its hind foot. This helps the animal feel refreshed and relaxed. Depending on the animal and its condition, the entire procedure can take 20 minutes to an hour to perform.
When you undergo cooperative treatments such as Aromatherapy, Reiki, Massage, or Acupressure, you start making personal discoveries that usually depends on your practitioner’s and your own intuition instead of relying on any scientific or “rational” process. People demanding empirical proofs of the efficacy of these therapies usually reject traditional modes of treatment that for decades or even hundreds of years have shown to be safe and effective.
All types of animal massage therapies such as acupressure are promising and highly rewarding fields of study for people looking for alternative options to boost the well being and health of their animal friends.
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