Energy. Chakras. Biofields. Vibrations. Pendulums.
It sounds off the wall, but all are used to encourage healing.
Healing Touch, a program based on holistic principles using energy to promote healing, started as a program just for humans, but now, it also helps heal man’s best friend.
When creator Carol Komitor was trying to adapt the healing touch techniques to animals, something went awry.
With four paws on the ground, the energy wouldn’t circulate through the animal’s body, but instead went straight to the ground.
“It freaked them out,” said Paula Schmidt of Healing Paws.
Komitor developed her own techniques that she teaches across the country to be used in conjunction with veterinary care.
The Healing Touch methods help animals the same way and for the same reason that they are used on humans.
Schmidt, along with her granddaughter Amanda Henandez, attended certification classes to be trained in Healing Touch for Animals/Komitor Healing Method.
During the workshop, the pair found themselves working with traumatized animals, including rescue dogs and those caught in hurricanes.
The approach is based on the fact that all creatures need their energy balanced with the mind, body and spirit.
Schmidt said she and Henandez ground into the same energy field as the animal, then set an intention to the highest good, which means they say a prayer to a higher power for general health.
By using a pendulum, Schmidt checks the chakras — seven main centers of energy that spin and if they are open or closed.
Practitioners manipulate energy to send vibrations to create a balance. Healing Touch therapists open any closed chakras to allow energy to move through the body.
Balancing energy relaxes the animal. When the animal is relaxed, the body sets off endorphins that in turn set off a chain reaction to activate the immune system, Schmidt said. This increases circulation and lowers blood pressure.
When circulation increases, more oxygen, nutrients and hormones are distributed throughout the body to aid in the healing process.
The therapy helps hip dysphasia, old age, arthritis, cancers and behavior issues, including separation anxiety, skittishness and anger.
“Healing isn’t curing. It’s the mind and body at peace, which allows the body to heal itself,” Schmidt said.
While this type of method isn’t instantaneous, Schmidt says it continues to work after the session ends.
The techniques can be taught to the client to maintain health and ongoing relief, she said.
Schmidt says the healing touch works with all animals.
“We just need time to do our research first,” she said. “We need to know where all the body parts are.” The Daily Times