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 . . .

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?

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?

The Calming Effect of Vibrational Grooming™

A terrific story was shared with us by Erin F. of Maryland, one of our Level 4 Practitioners

I recently had a wonderful HTA experience with a wild owl on Assateague Island. He was a young Northern Saw-whet Owl that was captured as part of a 20-year long owl research project at Assateague Island National Seashore. This little guy was caught at 9pm on a gorgeous, clear, moonlit Saturday night. We bagged him and carried him back to the field lab. He weighed 81 grams (2.8 oz.) so he was small and stressed after being caught in the netting and faced with humans and indoor surroundings.

After being weighed, measured, banded and evaluated by the biologist, I was able to do a quick HTA treatment before we released him. I used Magnetic Clearing for Animals™ and Vibrational Grooming™ and he responded positively to both. He seemed to particularly like the Vibrational Grooming™ and hesitated in the palm of my hand for a minute before he flew off into the nearby tree. They tell me he has returned 3 more times since we first caught him on Nov. 22 – now that he is banded they can tell it is the same bird. I have to believe he is coming back looking for more HTA!

If you have a story to share, please contact us! We would love to hear about it.

Shedding Light on HTA


There is a bit of an inner skeptic in us all and it can be a frustrating reflection to encounter from another party, especially since it’s such a common encounter in our work. Sometimes patience and soft, persistent demonstration is all we need to calm others’ inner skeptics to assist them in opening just enough to receive the healing gift that we offer.

Pat Barton of Raleigh, North Carolina discovered how a persistent softness was enough to calm others’ inner skeptic and here is her story:

During the spring and summer of 2012, I had already been volunteering several years at the SPCA of Anne Arundel County, Maryland when I learned about and took Levels 1 and 2 of Healing Touch for Animals. I have been interested in energy work since the 1980s, engaging in many courses, seminars, and personal wellness experiences in a variety of modalities. HTA just felt like “coming home” to me, combining my interest in the well-being of animals with my experience and growing knowledge of energy work. Not surprising, I started talking about what I had learned in my HTA classes to other volunteers and staff at the shelter.

What did surprise me was the rather cool reception to my “good news” and offers to provide some energetic support to the animals. Looking back, I think that many people are just a bit unsure of what energy work is about. I often hear, “I don’t believe in that.” In any event, I continued to quietly provide some chakra balancing, magnetic clearing, etheric heartbeat, and behavioral change work to the foster animals in my home, not wanting to turn people off at the shelter by being a “broken record.” Then one day everything changed!

On a Saturday in early spring 2013, I was at the shelter doing training for new volunteers, when the volunteer coordinator, Kim Teter, approached me in a rather tentative, but somewhat excited way. She said, “Would you be willing to do ‘that thing you do’ with one of the dogs in kennel?” All of a sudden my plans to take an afternoon clicker training class dissolved and my response was a resounding, “Yes, yes, yes!” Though I was a bit nervous, this was my opportunity to have the staff’s blessing to work with one of the dogs.

Darkness was a big, black, two year old lab mix who was not ready to be in the adoptable area of the shelter because of his deep anxiety. He was very fearful of humans and cowered in the back of his run (with indoor and outdoor sections) barking and snarling at anyone’s approach. As Kim and I approached his run, Darkness responded in his normal way. She suggested I step inside and she would hang a towel over the front of the cage and wait outside while I “did my thing.” I slowly took a seat on the floor placing a towel in front of me.

Not looking directly at Darkness, I started sending some positive energy out into the run. I was softly chanting when I noticed a nose in by back from the neighboring kennel and another nose under the fence from the opposite kennel. I had some allies! These dogs were also receiving energetic benefits and assisting me with Darkness. Before long, the barking stopped and curiosity took over. Darkness came closer as I placed a small treat on the towel. He tentatively took it and immediately moved back. After the third round of this, he stood by while I did some clearing. Then he allowed me to assess his chakras, do some chakra balancing and end with Etheric Heartbeat. He let me know when he was “finished” with this session by moving away. As I slowly stood to leave Darkness followed me to the front of his run. Kim’s response was nothing short of amazement!

I planned to return on Tuesday to do some follow-up work with my new friend and to discuss with caretakers any observations they had made on Darkness since my work with him on Saturday. When I arrived, I was dismayed to find that he was not in his run. What happened? Where’s Darkness! My alarm soon turned to delight when Joe, Darkness’ caretaker, told me he had gone to the adoption area. Going over to the viewing area, my delight turned to tearful elation, when I discovered that our boy had already had an application and was preparing to go to his new, forever home.

So, you see, it took Darkness to shed some light on the benefits of energetic healing. Now, I am encouraged to use HTA with the animals at the SPCA. I always consult with staff for suggestions and am now incorporating the Healing Touch Music and will soon be adding essential oils to my repertoire. What had been viewed with some skepticism is now welcomed. The beneficiaries of this openness, of course, are the dogs. My heartfelt thanks go out to Kim for opening the door and to Darkness whose beautiful light now shines in the home of his forever family.

Savory Self-Care

Let us take a pause to reflect on a critical component not only required as a healing practitioner but as an individual: Self-care.self-care-21

Daily practices in self-care not only summon our True Nature, but they also help us to discern the difference between our natural intuition and the chaotic echoes created by our minds. When we don’t practice this discernment, it’s much like a sports player entering the game having not attended practice, and it’s difficult to hit one out of the park when one is out of practice. Simply put, we cannot offer energy work in a clean, meaningful way for others if our own energetic housework isn’t being done.

As healing practitioners we are entrusted with very deep, sacred spaces. In order to both understand and work within the appropriate level of depth that some of these spaces require, we must be anchored in our Higher Selves. Once we are anchored in our higher selves, only then can our body, mind, heart and spirit harmoniously receive and share their gifts. Whether it’s time on the Healing Touch table, meditation, Yoga, time in nature, a favorite hobby and/or prayer, it’s crucial to have a consistent practice that feels nourishing and/or refuels your ability to serve others.

There is a particular stone that often goes unturned: Toolbox Inventory. It is necessary for each of us to take regular inventory of our toolboxes to be sure that the tools we’ve been using are still applicable and resonate in a meaningful way. For instance, if meditation was your elixir when you first stepped foot onto your path, perhaps now you’ve grown in a way that active meditation is also an elixir (conscious dance, jogging, etc.) This doesn’t mean that you have to let go of meditating altogether, it simply means that there may be other tools that work for you in addition to the originals. We are constantly changing and growing as individuals, so it’s necessary to check in with yourself once in a while to be sure that your self-care practice is commensurate to that of your current needs.

Don’t forget about the abundance of additional tools and resources at your disposal as well. Between modern technology and the lights starting to switch on everywhere in the world, it is no longer difficult to find a community of like-minded individuals that feel supportive to you.

Let’s not forget the importance of connecting with family and friends. This is yet another critical piece to our self-care puzzle since a large portion of our nourishment in this human experience lies in authentically connecting with those we love. Add time with loved ones to your To-Do List or your calendar since it’s as much a priority as “doing what needs to be done.”

So often we get lost in doing that we completely forget that some of our energetic work is shared when we are simply being. In order to have the tenacity and energy required to assist any individual in their healing process, proper rest and nourishment are also necessary. If we show up disheveled, unbalanced and tired, we’re not much good to anyone, including ourselves. While this may seem obvious, these practical practices in self-care are a reflection that our clients may be inspired to reciprocate. After all, rest and nutrition are key components for good health and balance overall.

The best part of being, no matter how practical it may seem, is witnessing the way in which is comes around full circle when your client’s self-care (reflected by yours) complements your session and their whole receiving meets your whole offering.

We’d love to hear about your daily self-care practice! Comment below to join the conversation.

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