One of the courses we teach at Northwest School of Animal Massage is Reiki, an energetic modality tracing its origins to Japan. Although Reiki is not a massage modality, it is undoubtedly a valuable tool for anyone practicing massage.
Anyone can learn Reiki and in fact, Reiki energy in its many forms is at work around and through you regardless of your participation. Conscious control of this Reiki energy can provide a deeper connection to your clients and bring about better healing and balance. The popularity of Reiki in the United States has been growing for decades but is especially prevalent [...]
The feline is a natural predator and a protein obligate, that is, they must eat a high protein (meat-based) diet, which further explains why they have served humans since the days of the ancient Egyptians. Dining on mice gives a cat exactly the nutrition he needs including the small amount of grain from the rodents stomach content. The small cat was designed by the Egyptians to keep the food storage clean and free of rodents in ancient times. The Egyptians held cats in such high esteem, they were treated like gods…and most cats have never forgotten their true status.
Today, barn [...]
March 16: Theory of Practice, Bristol
One-day workshop at the Bristol University Botanic Gardens where you learn the theory of zoopharmacognosy. Instructor: Caroline Ingraham
March 23: Equine Massage Therapy, Whitchurch
1-day workshop at Horse World where you learn how to use massage therapy on your own horse. Instructor: Jilly Tanton
March 19-21: Equine Touch Level 1, Peterborough
4-day workshop where you learn the basics of using touch with horses. Instructor: Emma [...]
March 2 & April 6: Animal Communication, Escondido, CA
Workshop at First Klass Pet Salon where you learn how to communicate with animals. Instructor: Lydia Hiby
March 7-8: Reiki First Degree for Humans and Animals, Nevada City, CA
2-day workshop where you learn the basics of Reiki and how to use it with animals and people. Instructor: Animal Acupressure Training Academy
March 15: Talking With Your Own Animal, Novato, CA
Learn how to talk with your own animal using intuitive communication. Prerequisite applies. Instructor: Marta [...]
Q: I would like to work in the aquatic area of massage or physical therapy with dolphins, etc. Where do I start and what kind of specialized training is available for that specific field?
Answer by Cattie:
What an unusual and very interesting question you ask! I forwarded it to Lola Michelin because I know that she has worked with exotic animals in the past and might have an answer for you.
I also recalled having heard that Linda Tellington-Jones has used TTouch with marine mammals, and I contacted Robyn Hood, Linda’s sister who runs Tellington TTouch Canada, to check if that was in [...]
The biggest impact and yet the most under used in my opinion are flower essences to support rescue animals. We live in a world where all and sundry seem to think that everything is disposable; our clothes, our food and even our animals. Some of us humans breed animals for financial gain, although I believe that comment would be disputed by the majority. They gloss over the fact that rescue centres around the world are bursting at the seams with animals for rehoming. The sad fact is that it is about the money and there is no way that they [...]
This past November, I had the good fortune to visit Guadalajara as a guest of the Jack Y Junior TV show. My hosts, Mary and Jaime, have taken their years of news broadcasting experience and created a show for pet owners in Mexico. Based on the lives of their own animals, their show explores different breeds, pet activities and health issues for pets and has quickly become one of the most popular shows in their region (Cattie’s note: watch the episode at the end of this post – the section featuring Lola starts at about 29:00).
As part of my visit, [...]
Help your horse stay fit year-round. In the winter we all slow down and move less, and this can lead to loss of muscle tone and flexibility. When spring arrives our horses want to frolic and get moving again. However, their bodies may not be ready for increased activity, which can lead to early season injuries. Ouch!
To avoid debilitating injuries causing you and your horse to miss the best time to ride and compete, try a simple acupressure session. There are four acupressure points that you can stimulate on both sides of your horse’s body that can help maintain muscle [...]
Christmas is the time of year when humans are giving and receiving. It is also the time of year when individuals are inclined to purchase cute kittens and puppies as gifts for their family. The initial union is filled with much optimism and happiness but after a few days, the reality of looking after a kitten or puppy start to become apparent. The strain on the family from sleepless nights, the smell of wee and poo, causes the owners to justify their behaviour of shouting and hitting their baby animal for all of the wrongdoings that have occurred. Next come [...]