We have all heard the expression an “ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and, as animal acupressure practitioners, this is very important to remember. We are most often called by new clients when their animals are sick. While that is certainly a foot in the door, as massage and acupressure trained practitioners, we should try to educate the owner about the importance of routine preventative massage and acupressure. Your goal should be to help maintain a healthy animal and to prevent acute illness and disease. In my own business, I provide a discounted rate to clients who hire me to perform massage and acupressure on a weekly basis.
I recommend you perform a preventative acupressure session on your healthy clients at least once a month, weekly if the owner will agree.
For example, ear infections are a common health problem in dogs. According to WebMD: “ear infections can be caused by allergies, yeast, ear mites, bacteria, hair growth deep in the ear canal and more.” Symptoms that indicate your dog may have your dog may have an ear infection include head shaking, ear odor, redness of the ear canal and more!
Keeping your dog’s ears clean will help to prevent ear infections. Additionally, using common acupressure points can help! In order to help prevent ear infections with acupressure, perform the following point work monthly. If your dog currently has an ear infection, in conjunction with veterinary care, you can perform the following point work daily until infection has cleared.
1st: Tonify Ki 3 with your thumb by rubbing the point gently clockwise on the right side of the dog until the dog displays a release of energy* such as licking, yawning, barking, stretching or moving away from touch. The Kidney Meridian governs the ears. Repeat on left side.
2nd: Tonify ST36 with your thumb by rubbing the point gently clockwise on the right side of the dog until the dog displays a release of energy. This point promotes overall wellness and movement of Qi. Repeat on left side.
3rd: Tonify LI11 with your thumb by rubbing the point gently clockwise on the right side of the dog until the dog displays a release of energy. This is an excellent point to support a healthy immune system. Repeat on left side.
*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 your horse.
Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage offers programs to become a certified animal acupressure and massage practitioner! Please visit our website for more information!