Reflexology for Animals
love feet. Feet are important. As a Reflexologist, I understand them and because
I do, they speak to me. And they probably have spoken to you if you have walked
through a mall searching for the perfect gift, if you are a check-out clerk standing
in one place for hours on end, if you are a hiker with new shoes, or if you are
an inquisitive Reflexologist. They rule you. When your feet ache they announce
their pain to your entire system. Our animal friends have 4 of them, and that
can multiply their need for attention. So let me tell you a few things that their
feet (read paws) tell me.
the foundation of the body, feet balance the body for which they are made. The
horse stands on his middle toe. This by itself is a magical feat (pun intended).
And from that middle toe they have carried us, tilled our soil, fought in wars
wearing armour, run races and helped physically and mentally challenged folk toward
health. Our dogs and cats, domestic and wild, walk on their toes and ball of the
foot, still precariously balanced and yet fleet of foot. Our own two-footed balance
is just as insecure and we have the entire foot to walk from. All animals, including
us, adapt our feet to our weight, our walk, our stance and even to our emotions.
Stand up for a moment. Think of a happy time in your life and relive it. Now notice
what your feet feel like and what they are doing. Now, relive an angry moment,
a sad moment, a frightened moment. Note the differences.
you are pregnant or if you gain weight, you adapt to this change in order to help
maintain our balance. Your feet will lengthen and widen. And depending on your
moods, your walk changes and even defines you. An animal's walk will adapt to
physical changes in health, in emotions, just as yours does. Every step is a magical
body-talk expression of himself. Emotions play a large part in the health of an
animal. I watch people and animals as they walk. I assess their needs and work
on their feet or tap on specific points to affect their health, state of mind
and emotional attitude.
your dog or cat walk; look at eyes, tail, legs and body. It is like reading a
book, and another dog can read it from afar. He sees a stranger and his legs stiffen,
his tail becomes more erect, a flag, that tells the other animal whether to be
wary or to relax. Ah, you say, but my Rottweiler has no tail. Watch his approach.
Is his rear twitching slowly from side to side or is it a softer wriggling motion.
The first style says: Beware.
animal reads your moods, your feelings from your body language. It speaks louder
than words and can be read from afar.
is why they act differently when you are sick or sad, and why they know just how
much they can get away with when they are doing something wrong. They have even
learned to count ... does your dog come the first time you call? They assess you
and know that the third time means business. But let me ask you, would you come
if someone yelled at you, "Susie, COME.". Next time you call, sound
happy to have them come instead of angry and exasperated. Make your voice tone
higher, happy, and expectant, but not louder. Only call once, then TURN YOUR BACK
AND WALK AWAY. The results will amaze you.
your dog stressed or afraid? Here is a gentle correction. Tap gently just below
his eyes on one or both sides, telling him, "Even though you are afraid of
loud noises, you are wonderful and I love you." Keep tapping there. It is
a wonderful fear release point. I have done this to my dog Sasha a few times.
Last week there was a horrendous clap of thunder almost directly above us. She
quit was she was doing, came over to me, stayed near me but never shook or panted
as she always had in the past.
the "Even though... you are wonderful, you are OK and I love you" with
any fear. It works.
may be other concerns you have about her behaviour. For instance: Think to yourself
or speak out loud to your friend about how much you care about her even when she
doesn't listen, how happy you want her to be, how you want her to forget about
some of the distress she went through when she was ill, how you forgive her for
getting ill and tell her that she has never let you down. Just let her know in
clear, specific thoughts how wonderful she is and how much she means to you. As
you think these thoughts , or speak them aloud, tap on the outside portion of
her "hand" (front paw). Then place your hand across her forehead. Wait
till you feel a shift of some type within your self. Take a deep breath, let go,
and notice the way your friend moves or acts now.
go to the tips of her ears. Hold them with gentle pressure. These are relaxation
points. My dog was terrified of firecrackers. Now when she hears them she comes
to me and puts her head under my hands for tapping instead of hiding, shaking
and whimpering. I tap under her eyes, I tap on her hands as I tell her, "Sasha,
even though you are afraid of loud noises, youare OK. You are a wonderful dog
and I love you." I repeat this a few times. Ihold her ear tips. Then we hug.
I do this several times a day, and not just when she is afraid but other times
during the week.
you want to do Reflexology on your friend. Please realize that your animal's paws
are just her toes, or maybe her toes and the ball of the foot. The area that we
call the instep and heel on our feet never touches the ground in dog, cat or horse.
So if you try to work on paws alone, you will tickle and irritate more than correct
and calm. The hock is equivalent to the heel and in Reflexology terms, the hock
represents the buttock, hip and low back area. So now you can work on a larger
area, gently compressing and releasing spots. If they seem tender, just hold or
it now. It is amazing and simple.
to visit Yvette Eastman's fascinating website and to learn more about her manual,
"Pawspoint Reflexology for Animals."
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