segunda-feira, 16 de Agosto de 2010

Reflexology for Cats

Reflexology for Cats (David Bateman, 2007) is my first book on paw, face and ear reflexology for cats.

The book also has chapters on acupressure and moxibustion, Bach flower remedies, craniosacral therapy, holistic pulsing and Reiki. Here is an extract from the introduction:


Natural remedies and therapies once thought to be only for humans are now becoming increasingly popular with our animal companions. Studies have shown that most people who use alternative therapies for their own wellbeing wish the same for their pets.

Reflexology is a popular stress reducing therapy used by thousands of people in many countries around the world. The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that it is one of the fastest growing natural therapies in the world today. As a certified reflexologist and animal lover, I became interested in how reflexology could be applied to our animal companions.

Humans and animals share mostly the same anatomy and physiology (how the body works). In fact we share many of the same health concerns and are treated with many of the same antibiotics and steroids. Animals and humans have identical energy centres (also called chakras) and energy pathways (called meridians) throughout the body. We both accumulate stress in our daily lives and experience similar emotions.

Although I couldn’t find any books on the subject of reflexology and animals, I was excited to find out that several holistic animal health experts mentioned reflexology and paw massage in their books. In The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care, for example, C.J. Putotinen notes: "Hand and foot reflexology, widely used in humans, has application in dogs and cats, too, for there are important energy points on the paws." Paw massage is demonstrated on a cat in Dr Michael Fox’s book The Healing Touch.

I began to experiment on my two beautiful Burmese cats, Matisse and Morandi when they were kittens and discovered that reflexology was beneficial for their overall health. The next step was to accurately map out reflex points (points that correspond to an area in the body) onto the paw. The cat map is divided into sections like the body. The tips of the paws connect to head and neck, the pad contains chest and abdominal organs and the inner edge relates to the spine.

People may think that reflexology does not apply to cats because the paw is too small, it is too difficult to perform and/or generally not well tolerated. In my experience I have found that this is not the case. From my observation, many animal guardians unconsciously perform ear, face and paw reflexology because they know that it feels nice for their pets. Most people are largely unaware that they are affecting everything in the body through this simple gesture.

Several holistic practitioners have included case studies for the book:

George C. Belev
Glenville, New York, USA
George is Reiki Master Teacher, Certified Healing Touch practitioner
Healing Touch for Animals Certified practitioner, Pet Massage Instructor and Certified Pet Care Technician.

www.wellnessandhealing.org

Vicki Draper
Woodinville, Washington, USA
Vicki Draper has trained in massage, acupressure and craniosacral therapy for people and animals. She has also created crystal, flower and nature essence mists for animals that are available through her website. Vicki lives near Seattle, Washington.

www.vimiere.com

Natural Animal Centre
Penhill Trawsmawr, Carmarthen, Wales, United Kingdom
The Natural Animal Centre offers Bach Flower Remedies practitioner courses and animal behavior courses. Distance learning programs are also available. They also have a natural animal veterinary centre. www.naturalanimalcentre.com

Kathleen Prasad
San Rafael, California, USA
Co-author of the book Animal Reiki
Kathleen is founder and director of Animal Reiki Source in San Rafael, California, which is dedicated to educating the public about Reiki for animals through treatments, training programs, speaking engagements, publications and research. She has been a Reiki practitioner since 1998 and a Reiki Master since 2001. Her lifelong love for animals inspired her to provide programs to empower people to help the animals in their lives. She encourages the use of Reiki in shelters, rescue organizations and sanctuaries, donating her services regularly. Her website is www.animalreikisource.com.

Amy Snow and Nancy Zidonis
Denver, Colorado, USA
Acupressure for Animals
Tallgrass Publishers
Authors of Acu-Cat: A Guide to Feline Acupressure, The Well-Connected Dog: A Guide to Canine Acupressure, and Equine Acupressure: A Working Manual.

Tallgrass Publishers offers acupressure Meridian Charts and videos for dogs, cats and horses. They also provide training courses worldwide. www.animalacupressure.com

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