Assessing Pain In Animals


Assessing whether an animal is in pain can be tricky business. Animals have evolved to hide pain well in order to survive in the wild. While our pets need not fear losing their place in their pack these days, they still mask pain. First we should observe our pets at home, have them evaluated by a veterinary professional, discuss our findings together, and come up with a plan to manage their pain effectively.
As loving caregivers of older pets or pets with chronic disease, we must be watchful for the subtle cues they give us. It is often not one clue, [...]

Case Study: Equine Grief & The Bladder Meridian


A short time ago an old horse was kindly helped with his new journey to the new world. When I visited the other horses four days later the energy of the place was heavy laden. The owner has 6 horses on the property and she wanted me to have a look at a horse. The horse gave me the impression he was grieving and my hands were drawn to the emotional channel of the Bladder meridian.
I was working with the owner’s horse while the owner was holding her lead. Then I noticed two other horses lined up directly behind the [...]

Let Your Reiki Light Shine


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 [...]

Enhancing Feline Digestion with Acupressure


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 [...]

Holistic Animal Health Events & Workshops UK: March - April 2014


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 [...]

Alternative Animal Health Events & Workshops: USA and Canada March - April 2014


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&A: Working With Marine Mammals


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 [...]

Flower Essences To The Rescue

Stix, William and Cocoa

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 [...]

Animal Massage, Masajes Animales, Dongwu Anmo, Massage des Animaux


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, [...]

Q&A: Treatment Options For A Dog With Pinched Nerve In Back

Dr Dog

Q: Our dog has a pinched nerve in his back creating back leg weakness. We’re looking for treatment options.
Lola Michelin, Northwest School of Animal Massage:
Pinched nerves are serious business indeed and once your veterinarian has had the opportunity to diagnose the degree of trauma and the location, there are many therapies that will help. Of course, one of the first things your veterinarian will want to do is get any inflammation under control, which may include medication. This is a crucial step, but there are other therapies that can help with this. Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a very gentle massage [...]

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