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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Your Calling; are you stalling?

Congratulations! You did make a decision… or did you? (Image: Sandi Martinez)
Congratulations! You did make a decision… or did you? (Image: Sandi Martinez)

 

Contributed by Sandi Martinez

It begins with doubts, but mostly an immense feeling of freedom: Images of working with animals, and a ‘knowing’ that it’s just what you should be doing. But then, the boxed in reality of the job you go to everyday, the one that puts bread and butter on the table, come in and jumble your thoughts, throwing you into doubtful, cloudy, abyss.

Then comes the, ‘put it on the back burner’; it’s a lofty idea, completely unworkable.  For how on earth are you supposed to begin the process of getting the education you need in order to become a certified Animal Practitioner? The idea may seem far-fetched, and indeed a challenging one.

But who made up that saying, “Nothing worth doing comes easy” or something to that effect? So how do you begin the process? Is there a magical formula that you follow? An easy step-by-step guide on: ‘how to follow your dreams and make them a reality?’

Surely there is one? For if the magic swirls around you and inside of you, then a materialization of this concept must exist somewhere? So then the next thing is you go to the book store, and head over to the ‘Self-help’ section.

Oh my, tons of great books. Now, which one is the one? Suddenly, there appear to be too many. It’s almost as if by being confronted by too many choices, you now can’t make a simple decision as to which book(s) is the right one!

Instead perhaps the final decision is to go back home, and look up each book you wrote down as a possible good choice on Google Books. So, great! This is the decision for now. Congratulations! You did make a decision… or did you?

Days go by. Weeks go by. Years go by. The list still sits on your computer bookmarked somewhere. Perhaps you even bought a new computer in all this time, and oops, you didn’t save the link to the books list that you coveted and hid for later review so possessively, somewhere…

Early mornings and dog-tired evenings are when the thoughts come again. Especially when you are walking your dog, or playing with your cats, or feeding your rabbit – oh, how you would love to work with animals…

Do you think that you just randomly happened by this article? Do you think perhaps that you have just taken the first step to making your dream come true as an animal practitioner?

Click here, read on to discover how easy it is, to make an informed decision… Congratulations, you’ve now taken the first, real, and palpable steps to do doing what you love, instead of dreading where you’re going everyday… Congratulations!

Use Your Words

So where do you begin to truly use your words, not only to convey what you do concisely, but with pride and integrity? (Image: Sandi Martinez)
So where do you begin to truly use your words, not only to convey what you do concisely, but with pride and integrity? (Image: Sandi Martinez)

Contributed by Sandi Martinez

In a perfect world, words would convey EXACTLY what we are thinking. The reader would simply be drawn in by your intention, every inflection of your voice, through your words. We would not need to add images, or graphics; the reader would see it all in their mind, a bit like a neon sign…

But, this is not a perfect world we live in. We live in a world in fact, that involves nixed, mixed, confused, convoluted, and misunderstood communication. How to be clear, concise, and say what we mean with integrity? How to sell what you love to do as an animal practitioner with simple, yet intelligent buzz words that capture, and enthrall your prospective clients, while at the same time, marketing yourself with integrity, honor, and the highest good of all concerned including their humans?

It’s simple: Honesty. We shouldn’t be afraid to be honest. We shy away from it because we worry what others might think. We worry that we may say the wrong thing, or not say the right thing. We worry that we will be judged if we don’t sound a specific, educated way. Yet, we are. You are – educated. So where do you begin to truly use your words, not only to convey what you do concisely, but with pride and integrity?

Honesty: What do you really want to say? It may sound ‘out there’, but in fact, aren’t we all weird in our own way? Don’t we try to disguise it by the way we dress, speak, or through our lifestyles? You are an animal practitioner. This means you have committed your life to helping and aiding in the self-healing of these beings, as well as your own as a human being. Begin with what’s weirdest, and work your way to what’s realistic and understandable.

Talk about your weaknesses and round it out with your strengths. Type up several drafts, and put yourself in several positions as a helper; an advocate for the wellbeing of animals around the world, and then edit it, and cut, and add, and don’t be afraid to cut some more, and replace with more magic words… it all begins in the first drafts, and ends with the final – it’s all about who, what, why, where, and how you’re going to offer your services: Pride, confidence, belief, honor, and integrity. Am I missing something? Please don’t be shy and share with RMSAAM the things I might have left out…

You’ve got nerve! Oh, and so does your animal companion!

Did you know there are 45 miles of nerves in the skin of a human being?
Did you know there are 45 miles of nerves in the skin of a human being?

Did you know there are 45 miles of nerves in the skin of a human being?  That’s a lot of nerves!  It’s no wonder that when we get stressed, our nerves are frayed, the need to yank out a hair or too is prominent (or more commonly, we lose hair here and there on our own), and our skin suffers, as well as a host of other stress-related problems that ensue.

So how does stress affect animals?  Yes… animals do get stressed.  Both their skin and coat suffer.  Some of these triggers include: Noise, fear, sudden changes in their environment, boredom, inconsistencies in their water or food, separation anxiety, pain, and the ageing process are contributing factors.

Stress hormones are first released for example, when your animal companion is crated to go to the vet – and amazingly, they are very perceptive intuitive animals, and do know they are facing that dreaded visit!  The hormones are released into the bloodstream, causing shedding for a few days.  If stressors are daily, shedding becomes a bigger problem.  Typically, keeping in mind different breeds and species, hair is first shed on the body and rear hips.

It’s no wonder then, that the world of Animal Massage is becoming a much bigger, better place.  Here’s how massage helps your animal companion; prolonging their life-span and yours too (humans experience the same benefits through massage)!

  • Boost the immune system
  • Improve the quality and symmetry of movement
  • Support better joint health and function
  • Promote earlier detection of stressors and strains
  • Stimulate circulation for greater health of all tissues
  • Help reduce risk, severity, and frequency of injuries
  • Improve athletic agility and coordination
  • Reduce the effects of stress
  • Minimize restrictions caused by old scar tissue
  • Reduce or eliminate adhesions, knots, and other restrictions
  • Improve skeletal alignment for more efficient movement and posture
  • Release endorphins (natural pain killers)
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improve digestion

If you’re interested in bonding, and connecting more with your furry friend, RMSAAM offers Canine Massage Correspondence Program for the enthusiast!  This is a non- certificate program for animal owners / lovers!  We look forward to hearing from you!

Mud on the Tires

 

A beautiful fall drive into Hernandez, NM. (Image: Sandi Martinez)
A beautiful fall drive into Hernandez, NM. (Image: Sandi Martinez)

 

by Sandi Martinez

These words may strike a chord in you somewhere; it’s a country song by Brad Paisley. My favorite line is, ‘…I’ve got the perfect place in mind. It’s in the middle of nowhere, only one way to get there, You got to get a little mud on the tires’.

This would be akin to getting your hands dirty when gardening, or a little bit of oil on your hands when changing your car oil. I think you get my point! I like the mud on your tires, because it’s what happens when you know you have to get somewhere, and it just can’t be avoided. It’s a brand new truck, and for some people, the last thing they want to do, is get their new wheels dirty!

Still, if bad weather comes (and winter is on the way), blazing through the wet dirt and hydroplaning is on the menu, the truck is built tough, and it can make it through just about anything.

I think this is an attitude many people eventually adopt and especially when following your passion. Anything worth having, usually releases huge doses of stress endorphins, and a bit of panic when the road ahead is too ‘stormy’. Equally, we have reservoirs of strength and determination that then paint the image that we as humans are built tough. Some of our tires have been a bit bald for a bit, but then we know the threads are wearing thin, and it’s time to replace them.

It’s then that we are prepared to rove over the big muddy mounds, and splash through pot holes as big as small ponds, knowing the shocks and struts are strong enough to roll right through. The truth is, you won’t get anywhere if you’re too afraid of getting mud on your tires, so what are you waiting for? Put your vehicle (you) in 4-wheel drive, rev up, and push on through!

RMSAAM wants to know what your big ‘stuck in the mud’ moment was, and what you were driving!

Vote, Vote, and Vote Again!!

“Thank you all for your support and your votes for this wonderful opportunity to bring awareness, and inspiration to all aspiring, future Animal Practitioners around the world!” -Lisa Speaker
“Thank you all for your support and your votes for this wonderful opportunity to bring awareness, and inspiration to all aspiring, future Animal Practitioners around the world!” -Lisa Speaker

 

Okay folks, thanks to all your votes RMSAAM made it to the 2nd round for the Intuit Small Business, Big Game in 2014; what are you all voting for?  Lisa Speaker’s business success story, and if RMSAAM wins, the school will get a free commercial spot during the big game!

So we’re asking you to read Lisa’s story, and VOTE for her once a day until October 13th!  (One vote per day allowed.)

Imagine how cool it will be, to see your best school for success flashing across the giant screens of every household, restaurant, and sports bars across the nation!

“Thank you all for your support and your votes for this wonderful opportunity to bring awareness, and inspiration to all aspiring, future Animal Practitioners around the world!” -Lisa Speaker, Founder and Executive Director: Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage.

The Mystery of Knowing

Just how much does fate or destiny play a role in our ‘passion’? (Image: Office.com)
Just how much does fate or destiny play a role in our ‘passion’? (Image: Office.com)

 

The whole idea of knowledge is that it’s based on information. Making informed decisions gives us ample room to maneuver around what we already know.

We’ve discussed in the past few entries, following your heart; your passion. Let’s face it; the unknown is not a ‘known’ factor. So how do we begin to know what our passion really is?

Many people rely on education, experience, and other valuable sources of information. Others rely on pure gut instinct; the intuitive mind. They are often drawn as if by a magnet, to peruse a certain website, magazine, or even by reading a book.

They will make certain connections to others that open unexpected and surprising doors. Many prospective RMSAAM students have been drawn to study at Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage, and just ‘knew’ it was the right school for them. They did searches on Animal Massage Schools, and RMSAAM’s website popped up. They began by asking a few questions, which then turned into well-rounded, and specific questions, which then ultimately provided the necessary answers to make an informed decision.

Just how much does fate or destiny play a role in our ‘passion’? RMSAAM would love to hear your take on it, and even how you came to read this very entry at this moment; especially because you love animals, and you are wondering how you can help our animal friends, and make a living at it at the same time! We are looking forward to hearing your story!