Your Stress Can Affect Your Pet’s Health & Well-Being

Susan Blake Gonzalez, Healing Touch for Animals® Coordinator in Sarasota, Florida, and her husband Jaime Gonzalez, DVM, CVA, are the founders and owners of Bear Creek SusanBlakeGonzalez (4)Veterinary Alternatives. They were featured in the May/June 2016 issue of Suncoast Pet magazine.

Article written by Candace T. Botha

There are two things that I am certain on which everyone reading this article can agree:

First, as animal lovers, we only want the very best for our pets: Happy hearts. Good health. Very long lives.

Secondly, as humans, most moments of our waking lives in this harried world in which we now exist are filled with stress: Too many responsibilities. Too little money. Long “must-do-now lists” with far too few hours in the day.
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HTA Is LIFE CHANGING!

submitted by Diana Tilton, Dallas HTA Coordinator

Legacy Boxer Rescue Alum Kruiser is my soul dog. I sensed his attempts to communicate Boxer Kruiser 2with me but had no clue how to understand him,  “speak back” or help him.  We foster failed with him after being told he only had about 2 months to live due to cancer in his leg. His bucket list had “parents of my own” on it so we adopted him.  He subsequently survived his first bout with cancer by amputation of a back leg. That was over 2 years ago. Now he was battling another form of aggressive cancer on his side. Kruiser ultimately led me to Healing Touch For Animals®.

DAY 1
When I walked into the Friday night Intro To Healing Touch class I had no idea what to expect. I was a 32 year veteran police officer. As a detective, physical evidence is important. All of a sudden I am hearing about things I could not see and had never heard of. All the other students seemed to be getting it. I was growing more and more frustrated. I did not “feel” “effervescent bubbles in my palms” or “see the color green”. (comments from other students that did)  Had I made a mistake?

DAY 2
The next day at the Small Animal Class I had Kruiser with me. HTA Founder Carol Komitor was our instructor. She worked on Kruiser during the class and I was grateful and Boxer Kruiser at classwondered if I would ever be able to do what she could do. She told me Kruiser was a healer dog, and held everyone in the room in his energy.  So THAT is why I always felt differently around him. My friends often had positive reactions to being around Kruiser. That part was starting to make sense. But I still felt like I was behind everyone else. No animal spirit guides visited me during meditation. Carol gave me some advice. Relax and have faith in the process, do the steps and know that it would work. Be patient, slow down and quit over thinking everything. That’s hard sometimes for a type A personality control freak to do, but I did as she asked.

DAY 3
During the Large Animal Class everything began to fall in place. The energy of the horses was powerful. That day I could feel energy coursing through me and the horses. I felt it Diana horse dayfrom other students.  It was quite simply, amazing. Carol guided us in an animal spirit guide meditation that basically blew my mind. I had a visitor with a message. I cried and could not articulate what I was feeling. It was a profound experience. I knew then my life would never be the same.

I came home and worked on my Boxers, including Legacy Boxer Rescue Long Term Foster Miss Demeanor. She always worries and frets about life. It is evident in her facial expression.  But after several HTA sessions and the use of Young Living Essential Oils, she is like a different dog. (Before and After photo below)
Boxer Miss Demeanor Before The worry lines disappeared. She looked relaxed and happy. She plays again and runs around like a pup. For a senior Boxer with cardiomyopathy, severe spondylosis and the beginning stages of degenerative myelopathy that is amazing to see.
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Legacy Boxer Rescue Alums Tooter  (L)  and my sweet little girl Stevie (R) enjoy HTA as well. I have seen them both benefit from HTA sessions with my own eyes! I can tell they love it and I love the connection we have during our sessions. So what next?

I wondered why there were no classes near the DFW Metroplex in Texas. So I applied to be the HTA coordinator for my area and was thrilled when Carol hired me! I retired from my full time job at the end of that year. HTA is a total 360 from what I was doing before. I dedicated 32 years to helping people. Now I can spend my retirement years helping animals. BUT, I have discovered it is not Boxer Kruiseruncommon for students who attend the Level 1 HTA class to have a spiritual break through. Especially the newbies like me. It’s amazing to watch others start that journey.  I have made some very meaningful friendships through HTA and love that I have friends I can explore this new world with. It’s like the curtain has lifted and things are falling into place. I am excited about life and want to keep exploring and learning. HTA is LIFE CHANGING. And Kruiser? A year has passed since that level 1 class, he is currently cancer free, and we talk ALL the time.

HTA and Hydrotherapy Work Together

Becca LaPole, HTA Level 1 Practitioner, is a SPLASH Coach at Advanced Animal Care of Colorado. She combines HTA techniques with hydrotherapy to assist dogs of every age and experience level with swimming. “I have found Bridging™ to be extremely effective in taking away the dogs’ fears and allowing them to realize that they are safe. I can also use Vibrational Grooming™ while they are on the steps; this also assists them with keeping a calm mental state while being exposed to a new environment.

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Becca introduces Border Collie puppy Lark to the water in a safe, clean environment using Bridging™ and Vibrational Grooming™.

“With very scared or difficult dogs, I do the Bridging with Behavioral Change™ technique and tell them to remember that nothing bad is going to happen to them while they are with me and to help them remember where the steps are to get out if they get tired or nervous while swimming. HTA allows me to connect with my patients on an energetic level and gives me a deeper sense of understanding them and getting them to trust me.”

Becca swims young puppies that have never been exposed to water, older dogs that have had traumatic experiences, such as being thrown in deep water when they were younger, and everything in between. Her patients are sometimes older dogs experiencing debilitating health issues such as degenerative myelopathy or immune-mediated osteoarthritis. Conditioning, weight loss, anxiety and/or behavioral issues are other reasons that dogs join Becca in the pool. She says, “But most of the dogs come to swim for low-impact exercise, mental stimulation, and of course, fun!”

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Czar, rescued German Shepherd, enjoys swimming for the exercise and mental stimulation as he transitions to his new home.

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Chocolate Lab Haylee, cancer patient, takes one last swim.

 

 

Healing Touch for Animals® Celebrates 20 Years!

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Rose Kennedy once said, “Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments.”

It’s true, and this spring Healing Touch for Animals® (HTA) is celebrating 20 years of those life-changing moments.

Each moment is itself a milestone – a milestone for people like shelter volunteer Pat Barton of Raleigh, North Carolina, who brought Darkness, a big, black, 2-year-old lab mix riddled with anxiety, out of the back of his cage through the use of energy medicine therapy and into a new forever home – and in the process convinced skeptics of the power of energy medicine.

A milestone for Denver resident Susan Williamson, whose experience with HTA helped her horse, Charlie, heal when traditional veterinary medicine alone could not.

A milestone for Lisa Osthelder of Phoenix whose profound experience with unconditional love during an HTA class changed the course of her career. She left the corporate world to become an HTA practitioner and has dedicated her life to promoting healing animals through energy therapy.

In the past two decades, Healing Touch for Animals® Founder Carol Komitor has helped almost 6,000 people around the globe be proactive in promoting the healing of their animals naturally.

Based on years of experience working with world class trainers, veterinarians, animal shelters, private clients and through extensive studies, Carol formulated the curriculum for the multilevel energy medicine program known as Healing Touch for Animals®. HTA techniques were created and cultivated by Carol through study, practice and experiential knowledge. “I’ve seen animals with severe diagnosis that have thrived after treatment. I have seen animals shift from being disconnected to embracing the other animals and their people. This work is truly life changing,” said Founder Carol Komitor.

She’s seen many moments, many milestones.

Through this program, animal lovers – pet owners, veterinarians, groomers and others – have learned how to help their animal’s energy system become stronger, balanced and clear. Carol and other HTA Practitioners have helped people use energy therapy on animals who are suffering from injury, illness or prior abuse and trauma to promote stronger bonds and natural healing.

HTA is much more than working with an animal who is ill. This therapy assists animals with their emotional and behavioral health, helps with focus during competitions/shows and activates a sense of well-being while creating a deeper animal-human bond.

From the first class that was offered in the Hill Country of Texas 20 years ago, HTA has grown into a comprehensive curriculum that includes five levels – Level 1 through Advanced Proficiency. Courses are taught all over the United States, Canada and Europe, and are open to all people who want to improve the lives of their animals, and in turn their own.

So, as we look back at the lives that have been healed and changed through energy medicine therapy, we are also looking forward to the many more lives who will be healed through our work.

We invite you to read about more life-changing moments and milestones throughout this blog, and learn more about the HTA curriculum here.

Healing Touch for Animals® and Its Impact on Animal Adoptions

The following heartwarming story was submitted by one of our Healing Touch for Animals® Certified Practitioners . . .

TABBY
by Susan C. Kaufmann, HTACP

I started on my HTA journey after volunteering for a number of years as a Feline Adoption Counselor at a large animal welfare center in my area. I saw how easy some cats adjusted to the cattery environment and were quickly adopted. However, I also saw those who deeply struggled in this environment, especially those who were surrendered. I knew I needed to do something to help them.

One such cat was Tabby. At the age of 7, she was surrendered by her owners. She lived her life with 2 people who obviously loved her very much, but they were being moved to an extended care facility and could not take Tabby with them. This was a traumatic separation for both the people and for Tabby. Tabby’s owners were heartbroken at having to surrender her, and called weekly to check on her.

Tabby found herself in unfamiliar surroundings, scared, alone and depressed. She stayed in the back of her cage, lying in her litter box with her back to the world. As the weeks passed, there was little to no improvement. The volunteers and staff would try to work with her and would at times give her the visiting room overnight to let her stretch her legs. Whenever she entered the visiting room and got the scent of other cats, she would hiss and lash out and become difficult to handle.

I knew I had to do something to try to help her because I was concerned that her continued depression and escalating aggression may not bode well for her. So on a Saturday in mid-November many years ago, I went in to the cattery to work with Tabby. She was already in her carrier as the cattery was being cleaned. I took her carrier into a quiet office in the shelter where it was just Tabby and me. I gently opened the carrier door and waited for her to come out in her own time. She slowly emerged and began to explore the room. As she was doing this, I grounded, centered and set my intention for her highest good and to help her de-stress and strive for adoption. She quietly re-entered her carrier as her safe zone. I was then able to get her to come out and sit with me. On assessment, all her chakras were shut down and on Hara Line assessment, her Tan Tien had vanished. I began repairing her Hara Line and she actually allowed me to hold her. Her body relaxed. I did the bridging technique and spoke to her to address behavioral improvement. I told her it was understandable that she felt displaced and was unhappy being in a cage with other cats around; however, lying in her cage with her back to everyone was not conducive to finding a new forever home. I explained that she needed to help us get her adopted, and she needed to come to the front of her cage to attract potential adopters during visiting hours. I cleared her field and then she went back in to her carrier, but not way to the back, rather closer to the front where I was able to do the Etheric Heartbeat technique on her. At that point, her field felt full. Very basic techniques, yet very powerful. I then closed her carrier door and reassured her all the way back to the cattery. When I returned her to her cage, I cued her to ‘remember’. Something so simple yet again something so powerful. Tabby’s life was about to change….

When the cattery opened for adoption hours, I turned and looked and there was Tabby at the front of her cage, sitting so pretty! Mid way thru adoption hours, a middle-aged couple came in saying that they had seen Tabby twice and this was their third time back as they were drawn to her, though had not yet decided to adopt her. They wanted to visit with her. This was her chance!!!! She came easily out of her cage and I put her in a room with this couple. When the gentleman sat next to her and they were face to face, Tabby gave him a couple of head butts. She then did the same with the woman. Tabby had picked her new owners (and I had to hold back tears of joy)!!! This couple did in fact decide to adopt Tabby and took her home that day. A follow up call several days later revealed that Tabby was happily settling in to her new forever home. A call to Tabby’s previous owners had them so ecstatic with tears of joy for their little girl.

This was exactly why I started my HTA journey. Tabby is the absolute cornerstone of my personal inspiration. Her success story is gratifying beyond words. I think of her often and how HTA was instrumental in helping her attract her new home. I think of Tabby whenever another poor, depressed soul crosses my path and am extremely grateful to have the tools to help as I continue my work with rescue organizations.

Whose Heart is Healed?

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Working with energy medicine helps to keep the practitioner in balance. Each time we enter another’s energy field, touch the physical body and guide the energy system into balance, we also become balanced ourselves.

Our intentional presence allows our unconditional heart to lead the way to healing as we provide the course of action of our beloved work. The healing energy comes through our energy facilitation as the volume of energy is controlled by the needs of the recipient. Because we work from our heart and the energy flows through us first, the healer also receives the benefits of the session. When we are connected to the grounded energy of Mother Earth and to God/Universe/Nature/Source of energy flow, the process becomes simple. We get out of the way and the energy does the work for us.

When we work with an animal, the energy flows through us much greater than when we work with a person. An animal’s energy system is ten times, or more, greater than that of a human depending on its size and if it is in a domestic environment, outdoors or in the wild. As a result, there is an enhanced opportunity for the practitioner to clear and balance his/her own energy system much more while providing an energy treatment to an animal friend.

The animal’s energetic sensitivity allows only the amount of energy needed to support its healing, as the volume of the energy flow opens wide and the animal receives all the energy needed to balance its expanded energy field. Practitioners, as the intermediaries, benefit from the ten-times greater energy volume flowing into the animal’s energy system which also affects their own. So, it becomes a question of whose heart connects to whom, whose heart heals whom?

Try this and experience the ultimate in “allow.” Place your hand on your favorite animal’s heart then step into the place of energy presence. Think of all the love your animal freely gives you and without turning on your healer switch, just be. Notice what happens.

The natural energy exchange comes through much greater than one might expect. We have stepped out of the way, the animal automatically exudes their unconditional love and the healing exchange begins. The question becomes, whose heart is healed?

Author Carol Komitor can be found at
Energy Magazine
Mar/Apr 2016 – Issue Eighty-Four

What is Healing Touch for Animals®?

Watch this video: Discover Healing Touch for Animals®.

Healing Touch for Animals® (HTA) wants everyone to discover exactly what HTA is all about – anyone can learn how to apply easy, specific
WOW Promo Dog techniques to energetically support the health and well-being of animals and people alike. HTA Level 1 is the place to start!

To thank all past and future students, HTA’s “Wonder of Winter” promotion offers $50.00 off full course registrations for
any 2016 HTA Course; additionally, every 15th registration wins a FREE registration/scholarship! The “Wonder of Winter” offer is only available on December 9, 2015. Read all the promotion details here: Wonder of Winter.

HTA is committed to spreading the word about this amazing work – these techniques benefit animals in so many ways!

  • Help animals to understand appropriate behavior
  • Build the animal-human bond
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Support animals through injuries, illnesses, physical and emotional trauma, abuse and grief
  • Develop confidence for training and competition
  • Energetically support animals through the end of life transition

Give all pets/animals the health and well-being they deserve – register for an HTA course on December 9th! Previous promotions have had an overwhelming response – save the date and don’t miss this opportunity! Also check out the HTA daily surprises on Facebook.

A Compassionate Story of Healing

Tail of Hope's FaithCarol Komitor recently endorsed the book A Tail of Hope’s Faith by Diane Weinmann, a Healing Touch for Animals® Level 4 Practitioner.

“It was a pleasure to read this heart-centered offering about Hope, a dear companion, and other animals in Diane Weinmann’s healing practice. Diane demonstrated a lovely way to support our animals who are experiencing health issues, disease, trauma, and aging. Her knowledge and studies of holistic practices and her cooperative integration of traditional veterinary care are commendable. This is a must-read for those seeking additional ways of helping their animals and to develop an effective animal-human bond.”

Book Trailer — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt6fr7Pmpyg 

Book Description submitted by author —
What would you do for your beloved animal companions?
What if you knew a way to hear their thoughts?
Would you want to know what they think?
If they were in pain or sick would you want to know what they were feeling?

A Tail of Hope’s Faith is a true story of dedication, love and perseverance on the part of a dog named Hope, her family and an animal communicator.

Discover how:
         Animal communication can help any situation between you and your pet and can introduce necessary changes in your pet’s behavior while creating a stronger bond between you and your pet.

Learn how:
          To ease your pet’s pain and your own using healing energy and aromatherapy through the application of essential oils to reduce symptoms while applying sound and vibrational therapy to induce relaxation and accelerate healing.

Understand how:
          Blending traditional and holistic veterinary medicine offers alternatives for quality of life decisions.

A Tail of Hope’s Faith is a love story between a dog and her family as they experience physical and emotional healing beyond their wildest imagination which brings them full circle with life itself.

What would you learn if you’d just listen?