Spring is Here, Stop Hibernating, and let’s not get Angry!

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Spring is a happy time. The spring grass is emerging, and the animals love the return of longer days of sunshine, and warmth of the Spring air.

In TCM, spring is represented by the element Wood.  Wood represents birth and newness. Wood governs the spine, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons, and the eyes.  A Wood energy imbalance can lead to spinal problems, poor flexibility, arthritis and eye problems.

The Wood element governs the liver.  The Liver meridian is responsible for the smooth flow of Qi , and smooth flowing Qi means balanced health, vitality, and balanced emotions.  The emotion associated with the liver, and the wind of spring, is Anger.  If your animal’s liver energy is imbalanced their Qi will be disrupted and they can become irritable, and even angry.

Spring into action and perform acupressure to balance the Wood element, and balance the liver. Spring into action, and give your animals and your clients animals a Spring Acupressure Session.

Massage the following points clockwise with your thumb, for thirty seconds on the right of  side of the animal, and then do the same on the left.

  • Liv3 , the Source Point of the Liver Meridian, to promote the smooth flow of Qi, and balance the emotions.
  • LI11, to help support the immune system. Extremely, helpful for animals with allergies.
  • Sp6, Three Yin meeting to promote Yin energy, and balance Kidney, Liver, and Spleen

Caution Spring is also when many of our animals are pregnant, remember DO NOT  perform acupressure on pregnant animals!!!!

In addition, this is the time to increase your animal’s activity. You animals need to come out of hibernation. Walk you dogs more often. If your horses have been off work all winter, start doing your ground work, and light riding. The increase in activity will be helpful for them, and you!

To learn more go to www.rmhhai.org for free newsletter, and six free online animal and human acupressure lessons, or contact Beth Pelosa, RMSAAM’s Animal Acupressure Instructor, and Professional Animal Acupressure and Massage Practitioner for more information 303-746-7786.  Check our website for RMSAAM acupressure courses taught by Beth Pelosa www.rmsaam.com

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What’s all the bleating about?

by Beth Pelosa

(RMSAAM’s Animal Acupressure course instructor)

Goats make a noise that sounds like ‘Baaaaa’ and it is described as a bleat. RMSAAM Large and Small Animal Acupressure Class perform acupressure on horses and dogs and Goats. Did you know the basic function and energetic application of acupressure points are the same for humans, horses, dogs, goats, pigs, rabbits, and all animals? If you know the function and energetic acupressure point you can transpose the point location and use the point for Goats. Goats have Association Points, Master Points, Alarm Points, and Ting Points; just like all other animals.

If you learn how to determine what points to use to help Large and Small Animals, you can help Goats using acupressure points.  Sometimes they will wait for you to determine which points to use and sometimes they will try to help!

But in the end remember if you learn a point such as ST36, is the Master Point for the Gastrointestinal System, you can use ST36 on a Goat to help maintain his or her GI system.  So that’s what all the bleating is about!

To learn more about RMSAAM’s Large and Small Animal Acupressure Courses, see our class listings.

A new beginning

Jenny can help to shape, prep, and remind you of your purpose.
Jenny can help to shape, prep, and remind you of your purpose.

Contributed by Sandi Martinez

I remember when I first stepped into the new shoes of the Administrative Assistant and Receptionist positon for Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage, back in March of 2011. I was in awe Lisa Speaker (former Founder and Executive Director) of RMSAAM. She had a sense of style, intuition, and business sense that to this day, I can’t quite put into words – not here and not now – just that she a had a magical way of connecting, and mixing elements of different and unique alchemical types, and meshing them together to bring about the perfect ingredients.

I was the Blog Administrator. I was the person that decided on the final template (that you see now), and implemented the blog design and platform for the blog. I wrote many of the articles that you can read back to starting in April of 2011-present. It did change a few times, but in the end, it was more like finding RMSAAM’s personality and making it cohesive and interactive with the website, and the offerings, information, and personality of RMSAAM that Lisa worked so hard to build and maintain.

I’d like to take my hat off to these two incredible women: Lisa Speaker, and Jenny Rukavina-Marchese, the new owner of RMSAAM! Jenny is a vivacious Gemini – but don’t be fooled, two faces can meld into one. She will always offer you up the things you want, but not the things you think you should have. She will show you the way, the ‘real’ way. You have dreams of becoming an Animal Bodywork Practitioner?  Bring it on… Jenny can help to shape, prep, and remind you of your purpose. If this isn’t what you really want, then what are you doing reading this? Go back, do your homework, listen to the whisperings of your soul and know this: Everything comes in its own good time and not yours. Destiny/fate has its own definition of timing and the fact that you’re reading this, tells me that you’re ready to take the first steps into your passion; becoming an Animal Bodywork Practitioner!

Taking Better Photographs of your Dog

By Deandra Walker

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I love it when my dog is acting cute or silly and I am able to capture a photograph of it. I like to use my camera phone, and I am sure you do as well. Unlike my digital camera, I always have my phone with me making it easier to snap photos of those special moments. However, I have noticed that the photos from my camera phone do not turn out quite as well as I hope or my subject decides to move and chase the squirrel running across my yard. So how can we improve the way we take pictures of our dogs using our cell phones?

Camera phones are continually evolving, becoming of higher quality all of the time. And, they are so easy to use! Here are some tips for getting those photos to show off your dog and his or her unique personality.

  1. Turn the flash off to avoid creating red eye. The flash can also startle your dog. Always try to use natural light instead.
  2. Make sure that you focus on you dog’s head. These days, smart phones have the capability for you to select the subjects in your picture you want to focus on.
  3. Get down to eye level to take the photograph; it is more flattering for your dog.
  4. Offer treats to your dog get you’re his attention.
  5. Use the rapid-fire option if you catch your pet doing something cute. That way your phone takes pictures continuously and you have a better chance of capturing a good shot.
  6. Try to take photo early in the morning or just before sunset. These are the times during the day when natural light is perfect for photography.
  7. Turn your pet’s face toward the sun when outdoors so their expression is bright and visible.

Follow these suggestions and you will have better luck snapping an adorable photo of your pet. If you take a good shot, email it to us at info@rmsaam.com and we will put it up on our Facebook page. Whoever gets the most comments/likes between today,  September 9th and 5pm MST on September 16th, will win a prize!

Acupressure for Canine Hip Dysplasia

Use the acupressure points below, every day, for dogs with Hip Dysplasia and weekly, for dogs with a predisposition to Hip Dysplasia or any signs of hind end pain or lameness.
Use these acupressure points every day, for dogs with Hip Dysplasia and weekly, for dogs with a predisposition to Hip Dysplasia or any signs of hind end pain or lameness.

By Beth Pelosa

(RMSAAMs Animal Acupressure Course Instructor)

Canine Hip Dysplasia is the most common cause of rear leg lameness in dogs. The highest incidence occurs in the larger breeds, such as St. Bernard’s, Newfoundland’s, Rottweiler’s, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherd Dogs, and Labrador Retrievers.

The hip is a ball-and-socket joint; the head of the femur meets with the pelvis at the acetabulum, forming the hip joint. (The acetabulum is a concave surface of the pelvis.)  In dogs, hip dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the hip socket causing a loose joint that in its more severe form, can  cause crippling lameness over time, and painful arthritis of the joints. Instability occurs as muscle development lags behind the rate of skeletal growth. As the stress of weight-bearing exceeds the strength limits of the supporting connective tissue and muscle, the joint becomes loose and unstable. This allows for free play of the femoral head in the acetabulum, which promotes abnormal wear and tear, and can lead to discomfort, pain, arthritis, and lameness.

Acupressure cannot correct the genetic defect of the hip structure, but it can help minimize the progression of deterioration of the joint and help minimize the symptoms.

Use the acupressure points below, every day, for dogs with Hip Dysplasia and weekly, for dogs with a predisposition to Hip Dysplasia or any signs of hind end pain or lameness.

Massage these points clockwise first on the right side  until the dog has a energy release such as a yawn, licking, a bark, a stretch, or any obvious sign of relaxation, but for no more than 30 seconds. Repeat on the left side.

  • St 36- To maintain proper weight, and promote overall wellness
  • BL11 – To promote strong bones
  • Sp3- To promote good muscle strength
  • BL54- MASTER Point for Back and Hip
  • Sp6- Kidney, Liver, and Spleen Yin Balancing Point
  • GB34- Strengthens Tendons
  • LI4 Can be used separately or in conjunction with the other points for Pain or to prevent Pain

About Beth Pelosa:

Beth is a Certified Large and Small Animal Acupressure Practitioner, Animal Acupressure Instructor, and owner of Equine Energy Works, LLC. In addition to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupressure, Beth has also studied Dr. McLaren’s Photonic Light Therapy and other vibrational healing modalities including equine massage, Bach Flower Remedies therapy, floral acupressure and aromatherapy. To read more about Beth, click here, and if you’d like to know when the upcoming Acupressure courses are going to be held, you click on the calendar. We look forward to meeting you!

Thunderstorms Oh My!

By Deandra Walker

We have been having an unusual amount of rain in Colorado this summer. With rain comes thunder and lightning, and the reminder of how much anxiety it can cause our dogs (and ourselves as well). And everyone has his or her favorite thunderstorm story. In many instances, dogs that are fearful of thunderstorms also experience stress with other loud noises like fireworks, gunshots, garbage trucks, and airplanes. The good news, however, is that dogs can benefit from calming therapies in these instances. For example, soft music, flower essences, and acupressure and massage can all be helpful in alleviating your dog’s stress in these situations.

Both acupressure and massage are effective tools in soothing and relaxing muscles and they work well in conjunction with soft music in a quite, peaceful, and safe area of the home. A good place to begin is by gently stroking your pet from head to tail in long, slow, strokes to relax them until they feel comfortable enough to lie down. To massage, create small, circular movements from head to tail along the sides the spine making sure to massage either side of the body equally as well as the base of the skull for energy balance. Acupressure is also a great choice to help calm a distressed and frightened pet. After massaging, apply light pressure to the area in the center of the skull between the ears.

It is essential that you remain cautious when working with animals that are scared as even the sweetest pets can act on impulse in situations that cause them anxiety and stress. Approach your pet gently and slowly and always pay close attention to their body language.

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Tumeric for Pets

By Deandra Walker

If you cook, you probably have heard about turmeric; a staple in Thai, Indian, and Persian dishes. Tumeric is an herb largely known for its deep orange/yellow color. However, you may not realize that turmeric has been such a remarkable natural remedy for people for thousands of years that it is certain pet owners will be compelled to try it for their pets as well. But is turmeric an effective treatment for pets? And most importantly, is it safe?

Curcumin, which has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, is the most active ingredient in turmeric. Researchers have speculated that the anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin show promise in the prevention and treatment of a variety of diseases and conditions. And yes, it is found to be safe for pets!

The recommended dosage is 1/8 to 1/4 tsp/day, for every 10 lbs weight.

Tumeric is a simple and easy, yet effective everyday home treatment to compliment regular massage sessions for animals. Regular consumption of turmeric in the diet can ease stiffness and reduce pain and joint swelling in pets!

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