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Holistic help for animals; Aid through acupressure and aromatherapy

Certified holistic animal practitioner, Kristy Boki, center, demonstrates a technique for members of the Tri-State Dog Obedience Club in Shohola, PA during a recent seminar on animal acupressure and aromatherapy. The club works to improve the lives of dogs and their owners by offering classes from puppy training through advanced levels of obedience, agility, conformation and rally.
TRR photos by Sandy Long


SHOHOLA, PA — Folks gathered at a recent seminar on animal acupressure and aromatherapy, given by certified holistic animal practitioner Kristy Boki. All were there because they care—deeply—about the well-being of their dogs.

The session was hosted by the Tri-State Obedience Club in Shohola, PA. Participants were willing to spend four hours with their furry friends in order to learn techniques that would help them tackle health issues ranging from arthritis to anxiety. The group listened closely to Boki, studied diagrams and got to work using ancient principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) on their pets.

“I’d like to learn more natural ways of helping my dog, using less chemicals,” said Vladimir Klebansky. Others agreed, citing problems with chronic allergies, digestion and more. Boki had ample tools for all to take home, and led off with some examples of pets she has helped with alternative modalities aimed at promoting healing.

Acupressure is a 4,000 year old touch-based system that rebalances energy flow through a non-invasive technique of applying pressure to acupoints along energy lines in the body known as meridians. It can assist in healing short- and long-term health and behavioral issues.

Stimulating some of the 350 acupoints triggers physical responses in the body and energy system that can relieve muscle spasms, release cortisone to diminish swelling, enhance emotional stability, treat behavioral issues, improve immune response and more. It is also complements western medical practices.

Boki noted that health is derived from a state of balance within body, mind and spirit. Further, learning the technique empowers individuals to take charge of the healing process for their pets.

Boki explained that Qi, or life force, circulates through the body via the meridians. Blockages in this flow are the source for disease. She reviewed the Five Elements of TCM (Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal) that illuminate a link between the natural world and the body. Each of the elements is associated with an organ system in the body and must work together to prevent imbalance. Constitutional “types” based on the elements can help owners identify health challenges in their pets.

Another benefit of acupressure lies in creating calm periods that open connection and deepen relationships with pets. Performing acupressure effectively requires attentiveness from the practitioner, during which careful observation of the pet is possible. Boki encouraged keeping a journal to note general demeanor, brightness or dullness of eyes, coat condition, odors, freedom of movement or weight fluctuations. Over time, a health log evolves, and changes can be reviewed with a veterinarian if necessary.

During acupressure, observation of the pet’s response to particular points can be informative. Muscle spasms, stretching, licking, salivating, panting, chewing and yawning may all be signs of a release of stagnant energy. Animals may direct attention to other points on their body by licking or scratching. All of it requires a careful focus on the part of the owner, who can then respond appropriately.

Boki closed with additional information on the use of essential oils in floral waters applied externally. The practice addresses behavioral and physical disorders by influencing the brain to affect physiological changes within the body, along with emotional release responses. Boki has developed several oils to tackle issues such as anxiety, fear, aggression, nausea, motion sickness and more.

Both healing modalities offer support in treating animals holistically as an alternative to utilizing drugs that tend to mask symptoms of disease without addressing root causes.

For more information, contact Boki at 570/795-9368, or email Kristy@sitstayzen.com, or visit www.sitstayzen.com. The public is welcome to observe most classes at the facility located in the Shohola Business Center, 837 Rte. 6. Visit www.tristatedogobedienceclub.org, or call 570/296-5594 for more information.