As animal lovers, most of us firmly believe that puppy mills operate for the sole purpose of making a profit, with little or no concern toward the animals that are bred. Even though these shady operations have come under scrutiny for their mistreatment of animals, too many are still in operation. When dogs are lucky enough to be rescued from puppy mill situations by caring individuals, there can be a happy ending. Healing Touch for Animals® practitioner Jean Baugh of Aurora, Colorado, shares one such story of trauma release:
Poodie is a beautiful little white male poodle who came to me through my volunteer work with a rescue. His previous life in a puppy mill left this gentle boy fearful and isolated, and unable to connect with people or the world.
Time after time he was overlooked at adoption fairs as he tried to be as small as possible and avoid any eye contact. When he came to me, he did bond closely although he still cringed at a gentle touch, retreated from reaching hands, and remained very wary of males. On walks, he stayed so close to me I had to be careful to avoid tripping over him. He constantly looked at me with huge eyes as if searching for clues.
I took Poodie to a level 2 Healing Touch for Animals® workshop where Carol demonstrated Trauma Release on him. Poodie quickly melted into a little pile of fluff under Carol’s touch. As he allowed the energy to flow, his eyes fluttered shut and he totally relaxed. When the time came for the release, he refused to take a deep breath for several minutes but it finally came.
We went for a walk while the workshop attendees practiced the release techniques. Poodie trotted out with new energy, head held high, with his eyes and nose taking in everything around him. Several times he left my side to explore. As we entered the hotel to rejoin the group, we followed a couple checking in. The strange man was pushing a huge luggage cart piled with bags but Poodie trotted right in behind him with no problems. As I was filling Carol in on the changes I was already seeing, Poodie left my side again curiously approaching a group working nearby on the floor. He greeted both humans and dog. He allowed several attendees to pet him without shrinking from their touch. When we returned to our chair, Poodie took his first nice long drink of water that day, put his paws on my knees, gazed up with happy soft eyes, and allowed me to pick him up—a new behavior that he performed repeatedly!
Healing touch truly healed Poodie and has allowed him to move forward, with a newfound engagement with the world around him.
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Healing Touch for Animals® (HTA) is a holistic approach to treating animals for injuries, illness, and other issues. Nothing is as powerful as witnessing the changes in an animal, and the story we are sharing here is a prime example of that. Here is Denver resident Susan Williamson’s experience with the healing touch with “Charlie”:
My horse, Charlie, and I had been struggling with moving lameness issues for six years. About four years ago, we finally determined that he has a disease called Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM). Even though we made all of the appropriate feed and exercise changes, Charlie had never been able to improve for longer than four to six months without relapsing.
After a year-long layoff in pasture, we tried his rehab again. All was going well for about six months, at which point he had a relapse. So the vets came out again and the news was not good: Charlie was sore in every joint. They tested and ruled out all known autoimmune diseases in horses. The news got worse: If there was no improvement after 60 days, they were recommending permanent retirement or worse. He was just 11 at the time!
Because we have already done everything the vets knew to do to help Charlie, we tried what I called a “Hail Mary.” Another feed change and only hand walking for 60 days, though I couldn’t fathom how reducing his feed and exercise could help him. But I couldn’t stand the thought of permanently retiring Charlie—or worse— so I searched for other things that could help my best friend.
I found Healing Touch for Animals® and took the Level 1 course. I immediately began working with Charlie using the tools I learned. I also did an intense Energy Session with a lot of Magnetic Clearing.
Within a week I saw major changes. Charlie was able to be hand-walked for 20 minutes without having any issues, and his playful, fun loving personality came out again. When the vets came in for the 60-day re-evaluation (10 days after Charlie’s energy treatment), they were pleasantly surprised. The vets decided that Charlie was 65 percent improved!!! I was given the go ahead to slowly start working him again.
A month after that evaluation, Charlie was being exercised nearly an hour a day—including 30 minutes of trotting and 20 minutes of me actually riding him (only at a walk). I have continued with his energy work and massage, and I continue to see improvement every day. He may never fully recover, but I know that I have helped him release some of his pain. This is evident from the vets’ evaluation as well as watching him being playful again.
I feel so blessed that I found HTA. I don’t know where Charlie and I would be without it—literally!
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As we settle in for work each morning at the Healing Touch for Animals® (HTA) office, an orange, bull’s-eye tabby cat named Patch often comes in to greet us. Our unofficial mascot—and feline companion to HTA founder Carol Komitor—weaves his way through the office, stopping by nearly everyone for a quick scratch behind the ears…each pause punctuated by his delicate mews.
Although most of us wouldn’t mind living Patch’s luxuriously lazy life, he had a fairly rough time of it before he found his forever home with Carol. She first spotted him after a business meeting at a local animal shelter, noticing instantly the stitches that covered the place where his left eye had been. What truly struck Carol was that in spite of his serious injuries from being hit by a car, he still had an amazing willingness to connect with the humans around him. His instant connection with Carol was particularly strong, and she knew she had to bring him home.
Named “Patch” both for Carol’s love of quilting and the obvious handiwork to his eye, this sweet and engaging animal would be given a second chance. Carol knew that Healing Touch for Animals® would both help him to heal more quickly from his physical injuries as well as assist him in integrating into a new household.
Soon after his arrival into Carol’s home, she began doing daily HTA sessions along with the application of essential oils. This helped give Patch relief from pain at the eye enucleation site as well as his other injuries. Carol found that three essential oils were most helpful in Patch’s recovery and assimilation into his new home: Copaiba, which helped reduce inflammation around his eye, and Peace and Calming and Basil essential oils, which aided with Patch’s emotional mending. Whereas traditional veterinary medicine enabled Patch to survive his injuries, HTA along with essential oils gave him what he needed not only to heal but to thrive.
As a frequent visitor to the Healing Touch for Animals® and an essential member of Carol’s household, Patch is a visual reminder of just how empowering energy medicine is to the body’s ability to self-heal.
A touching story came to us by way of Wanda Buckner, Ed.D., CHTP, HTAP, Reiki Mstr, of Olympia, Washington. Wanda, who is also the author of Choosing Energy Therapy: A Practical Guide to Healing Options for People and Animals (Aviva Press, 2014), shares the following:
Taiko’s owner called me at 8:07 a.m. with tears in her voice; it looked like today was going to be the last day of her wonderful 14 year old Shiba Inu’s life and she wanted him to have a soothing energy treatment first. She told me Taiko, who has renal failure, had been very slow to wake up. He had lost bladder and bowel control and was barely able to walk. His right rear leg dragged with the toes folding backward. The owner planned to call the mobile veterinarian to help Taiko die peacefully at home.
When I arrived Taiko was on blankets confined to a small bathroom. He was lying down, but his head was up and he was alert. When he tried to walk, his right hind leg could not take any pressure. I put my hands on the joints of his right rear leg, but he moved away from me, dragging the leg. His owner carried him outdoors to potty, but he wasn’t interested. He did drink some water and ate some treats.
When I assessed Taiko, I was surprised to find the hara line intact, the chakras open, and the spinal energy flowing (though slower toward the tail). Even the right leg was open all the way down, just slower toward the toes. My hand scan did not seem to indicate pain, but Taiko was clearly uncomfortable. He couldn’t stand long. He couldn’t sit down. Getting to a prone position was difficult. His eyes were a little squinted and dull.
I used Pan-Away (for pain relief) by inhalation and ran my hands with the oil on them along Taiko’s spine and down his right leg. Because Taiko was uncomfortable and could not stay still, I asked the owner for a large stuffed dog that I could use as a surrogate.
I began the Energy Frequency Balance™ on the surrogate, holding each hand position for an extended time. Taiko laid down about six feet away, in sight of the owner but out of my sight. After the technique, I continued with the leg portion of the Chakra Balance for Animals™, beginning with the right rear leg. During the treatment, Taiko got up and went back to his bed in the bathroom. When the owner checked on him, he was in a semi-curled position. She noted to me that this was something he hadn’t been able to do for some time.
As I finished with the front legs, I finally felt Taiko’s energy surge through him. With my hands still on the surrogate, Taiko got up and came into the main room walking on all four legs! He stood between the owner and me and shook himself. Even his tail moved a little, which it hadn’t for the past year.
We were both amazed! Taiko walked around as if nothing unusual had happened this morning. I gathered my supplies. Taiko escorted me to the door and enjoyed some long body strokes before I left, looking fit and ready for the day. Instead of seeing Taiko for the last time, I had seen a miracle.
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One of the things we love here at Healing Touch for Animals® is when our practitioners share stories of how they unexpectedly perform energy healing outside of their practices. We wanted to start this blog to give us a place where we can share these inspirational stories with others. Healing Touch for Animals® promotes energy balance along with healing of our animals, providing emotional, physical, mental, and instinctual stability at the same time.
Here is a sad yet ultimately heartwarming story from Ines Hoster, MS, HTCP/I, CHT, of Atlanta, Georgia. She writes,
I had to get some supplies for my dog at PetSmart. When I entered the store I saw a woman near the entrance standing next to a basket with a mid-sized dog in it. The dog’s eyes were closed, and he had stitches all over his body and was severely swollen. I went to the woman and asked about the poor dog. She explained to me that she had rescued him. He had been used as a victim for pit bull fights; apparently the organizers would pick a rather sweet-natured dog who then can be torn apart by these pit bulls as people watch and cheer them on. I was aghast since I had never heard of such a dreadful, inhumane practice.
I asked her whether she would allow me to do some Healing Touch for Animals® on this poor dog, and she agreed. After working on the dog over the many places of injury for about 20 minutes, I could see the tremendous swelling go down to the point that he could open his eyes. He even lifted his head and slightly moved his tail as if to say “thank you.” I was moved to tears—partially in gratitude for being able to help this animal and partially in deep sadness for the people who can allow themselves pleasure in such horrific acts.
This incident also gave me an insight into the tremendous suffering that we impose on other people and animals all over the world, and the wonderful healing tools we all carry in our hands and our hearts. It is up to us to access love.
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The knowledge that the human body is made up of layers of energy is not something new. It is a way of life for many different societies and energy healing methods have been practiced for thousands of years all over the world. Having an understanding of how the body responds while energy medicine is being facilitated provides the basics of how healing occurs.
Founder of Healing Touch for Animals® Carol Komitor developed the Physiology Response of Energy Healing chart to help explain how energy medicine works for people as well as animals. This chart illustrates a full perspective of the body’s reactions to energy medicine. With energetic vocabulary, the chart describes the physiological response of the body while being treated with energy medicine. If one follows the chart clockwise, starting with “Relaxes Body” and finishing with “Regulates Immune System,” the body’s reactions during a healing session are depicted.
Animals in particular are quite responsive to this noninvasive healing method that releases endorphins to create a deep relaxation, enabling the body to function at a higher level . When the muscles are relaxed, circulation efficiency increases, sending more hormones, nutrients, and oxygen through the body. This offers assistance with healing from injuries and illness to surgeries and wound healing, as well as behavioral and stress-related issues.
Healing Touch for Animals® uses energy medicine therapies to integrate, stabilize, and clear the energy body. HTA works through the release of endorphins to create a deep relaxation and state of being. This in turn allows the body to function at a higher level, increasing circulation and enabling the body to be more receptive to healing. HTA techniques work with all levels of physiology: emotional, instinctual, mental, and physical. The HTA program gives animals the opportunity to have a deeper instinctual presence and awareness of their bodies. It is worth mentioning too that energy medicine therapies are recognized by the National Institutes of Health.
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