A word from Jackie about the books
I published Reflexology for Cats in 2007. It was the first practical guide on paw, face and ear reflexology for cats. The book also has chapters on acupressure and moxibustion, Bach flower remedies, craniosacral therapy, holistic pulsing and Reiki.
I am proud and excited to publish a new book- Reflexology for Dogs. Based in part on a series of workshops that I have been running with dogs for the past few years, Reflexology for Dogs covers many of the same modalities as my earlier book, but focuses on the specific issues that dog owners face in the care and love of their companion animals.
Here is an extract from the introduction:
“Natural remedies and therapies once thought to be only for humans are now becoming increasingly popular with our companion animals. Studies have shown that most people who use holistic therapies for their own wellbeing wish the same for their pets. Our animal friends are now using massage, acupuncture, homeopathy and herbs for their health because they are safe, cost effective and very beneficial.
Reflexology is a popular stress reducing therapy used by thousands of people in many countries around the world. As a certified reflexologist and animal lover, I became interested in how reflexology could be applied to our companion animals.
Humans and animals share mostly the same anatomy and physiology (how the body works). In fact we share many of the same health concerns and are treated with many of the same antibiotics and steroids. This is the reason why animals are used in the research and testing of drugs.
Animals and humans have identical energy fields (auras or biofields), energy centres (chakras) and energy pathways (meridians) throughout the body. We both accumulate stress in our daily lives and experience similar emotions. This stress is probably experienced more accurately for animals. They are smaller than we are, communicate in different ways than we do, so are generally more misunderstood when it comes to behavioral problems.”
My books provide a general guide to using reflexology and other techniques with your companion animals, but also specific advice on a number of different common maladies, including allergies, arthritis, diabetes, digestive problems, earaches, heart problems and urinary tract/kidney disorders.
I hope that you will enjoy reading them as much as I have enjoyed writing them.
Several prominent holistic practitioners have included case studies for the books:
George C. Belev
Glenville, New York, USA
George is Reiki Master Teacher, Certified Healing Touch practitioner
Healing Touch for Animals Certified practitioner, Pet Massage Instructor and Certified Pet Care Technician.
Woodinville, Washington, USA
Vicki Draper has trained in massage, acupressure and craniosacral therapy for people and animals. She has also created crystal, flower and nature essence mists for animals that are available through her website. Vicki lives near Seattle, Washington.
Natural Animal Centre
Penhill Trawsmawr, Carmarthen, Wales, United Kingdom
The Natural Animal Centre offers Bach Flower Remedies practitioner courses and animal behavior courses. Distance learning programs are also available. They also have a natural animal veterinary centre. www.naturalanimalcentre.com
San Rafael, California, USA
Co-author of the book Animal Reiki
Kathleen is founder and director of Animal Reiki Source in San Rafael, California, which is dedicated to educating the public about Reiki for animals through treatments, training programs, speaking engagements, publications and research. She has been a Reiki practitioner since 1998 and a Reiki Master since 2001. Her lifelong love for animals inspired her to provide programs to empower people to help the animals in their lives. She encourages the use of Reiki in shelters, rescue organizations and sanctuaries, donating her services regularly. Her website is www.animalreikisource.com
Amy Snow and Nancy Zidonis
Denver, Colorado, USA
Acupressure for Animals – Tallgrass Publishers
Authors of Acu-Cat: A Guide to Feline Acupressure, The Well-Connected Dog: A Guide to Canine Acupressure, and Equine Acupressure: A Working Manual.
Tallgrass Publishers offers acupressure Meridian Charts and videos for dogs, cats and horses. They also provide training courses worldwide. www.animalacupressure.com