Winter is the season of the Water Element

 

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by Beth Pelosa (RMSAAM Large and Small Animal Acupressure Instructor)

Ocean in bubbleWater energy is a strong energy force centered in the lower belly. When the Kidney Qi is strong, an animal can be very determined, fearless and willing to work hard. Strong will power is characteristic of animal with strong Kidney Qi. Longevity is also considered to be associated with healthy Kidney Qi.

When the Kidney Qi is weak, there can be problems with water metabolism, hydration, urination, and fertility. Animals with Kidney Qi imbalance can be anxious, fearful, and withdrawn, or hyper-vigilant. Animals can become dehydrated, or have edemas. Dogs with Kidney Qi imbalance can become fear-biters, and horses can become unsafe “spooky” mounts. Kidney Qi declines with aging, and animals especially those who are kept outside for the winter need to have strong Kidney Qi to help them stay warm and healthy during this cold season.

In order to prepare your animals for winter, young animals can be given a Winter Acupressure Session, one to two times a month starting now, through the winter. Older animals may benefit from a weekly session.

FIRST- Tonify Ki 3  with your thumb, by rubbing the point gently clockwise on the right side of the dog until the dog has a release of energy*, such as licking, yawning, barking, stretching or moving away from touch.

NEXT- Repeat on Left side of dog

NEXT- Tonify ST36  with your thumb, by rubbing the point gently clockwise on the right side of the dog until the dog has a release of energy.

NEXT- Repeat on Left side of dog

NEXT- Tonify  LI 11 with your thumb, by rubbing the point gently clockwise on the right side of the dog until the dog has a release of energy,

NEXT- Repeat on Left side of dog

*Note if the dog does not have an obvious release of energy, stimulate the point for 30 seconds, and move to the next point.

*You can also use the same points on a horse.

Learn more about these, and other powerful acupressure point groups, in RMSAAM’s Animal Acupressure Courses.

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