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Holistic help for animals; Aid through acupressure and aromatherapy

Pauline Imbro-Allen’s Yorkshire terrier, Twiggy, responded to her acupressure session with obvious pleasure.

By Sandy Long
March 19, 2014

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.