“Paw Reflexology” for Animals
Whole Body Reflexology, also referred to as “Zone Therapy”is basically an extension of Foot Reflexology, whereby “reflex” points may be stimulated on various parts of the body, in additon to the classical points on the foot (or paws, as it were!). Animals usually enjoy this treatment once they get used to the new ways of being touched, as they are able to make the intuitive connection to the good feeling inside that is associated with the touch. They are so receptive to bioenergetic treatment that the effects of Reflexology can often be quite dramatic with our 4-legged patients.
Reflexology can ease:
- Chronic and acute pain
- Neck and back problems
- Joint problems
- Muscular issues
- Lack of energy
- Digestive issues
Reflexology can strengthen:
- Immune system
- Blood circulation
- Ability to handle stress
- Concentration /ability to learn
- Communication /listening skills
How Reflexology works
It is well-known that the blood carries oxygen throughout the body. Under conditions of stress, blood circulation can become imbalanced. Certain areas of the body receive more blood than usual while other areas receive less. If this state of imbalance is prolonged, the body’s physiological systems and organs cease to cooperate with one another – the cells are unable to communicate well enough. Certain bodily systems don’t get enough oxygen and the heart has to work overtime to try and compensate. The result is often chronic and unexplained health issues that are addressed with one or more medicines that simply mask the symptoms such that the imbalance continues and progresses. This is often a very slow process that develops over several years and is hard to notice until physical symptoms begin to appear. Unfortunately, by the time symptoms start to show, the body has already reached a point of severe imbalance. Reflexology uses the body’s own natural communication system to help get the blood circulating properly again, thereby clearing up the cells’ ability to communicate and heal.
It is also well-known that the brain is the body’s “managing director”. It is therefore logical to assume that an individual’s emotional state will affect their physical state. Negative emotions such as lack of confidence, anger or guilt can lead to a slow but sure breakdown of the physical systems as well. The body is like a book – it remembers everything. Previous accidents and illnesses have left their mark and can continue to subtly affect one’s overall physical state long after the problem appears to be solved. Reflexology is a wonderful way to “clean up the hard disk” by stimulating the body to release negative thought patterns and the poor energy of old injuries or illnesses.
By stimulating (with pressure) the nerve points (“reflexes”) that give access to the various nerve zones throughout the body, Reflexology can treat physical problems. At the same time, the negative experiences and thoughts that lie behind those physical symptoms can be released so that the problem doesn’t return a few months or years later.
The entire treatment period has both good and “bad” periods, while the body adjusts. Particularly in the beginning of a treatment period for a chronic health issue that has gone on for a while, reactions to the treatment when issues are released can be quite uncomfortable. However, these “down times” do not usually last long, and once they have passed the body begins to feel “lighter”, energy begins to return, and everything just feels better. Animals are far more adept at dealing with such down times, understanding intuitively that it is all part of the healing process. At the same time, they are so receptive to bioenergetic treatment that the effects of Reflexology can be quite dramatic with our 4-legged patients.
Background of Reflexology
Foot Reflexology was first practiced by Dr. William Fitzgerald (Boston City Hospital, USA) early in the 1900’s. This doctor discovered that the body has certain nerve “zones” that are connected to various physiological systems. Certain “activation points” to the different nerve systems can be found on the feet. Reflexology has since been further developed to include “reflex” (activation) points all over the body. In the 1970’s, natural therapist Karl Axel Lind (Kairon Institutt, Sweden) discovered that the nerve zones that Dr. Fitzgerald had found are actually “reflected” all over the body. By stimulating the various points, we are able to send signals to virtually any part of the body’s nervous system, thereby stimulating the body’s own healing mechanisms. Rather than using points on the feet exclusively, we are now able to stimulate points on the ears, arms, legs and back as well, intensifying the effect of the treatment. For example, in the case of a knee injury, rather than activating the few knee points available on the paws, we may also stimulate knee points on the ears, back and legs as well. You are probably figuring the knee itself would be an effective area to treat, but the most effective treatment points in Reflexology are usually those that are furthest from the problem area. This is particularly useful in cases of acute or chronic pain and injury.