"The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature." - Joseph Campbell

 

 
 
 
 Class Descriptions
 
 
 
Acupressure for Animals: Meridians & Potent Points
Acupressure for Animals: Extraordinary Channels

Acupressure for Animals: The Five Elements

Animal Hospice: Dancing to the End of the Song

Assessment: Coming to Your Senses

Apprenticeship Training

CranioSacral for Animals

Emotions in Taoism & Chinese Medicine

Jin Shin Jyutsu for Animals

Reiki for Animals & Humans

Shen Tao Qigong for Practitioners

Taoism, Chinese Characters & Ancient Texts

Taoist Alchemy: The Five Spirits

The Heart and Art of Animal Healing Sessions

Tui Na for Animals (Chinese Massage)


Acupressure for Animals: Meridians & Potent Points
 
The ancient Chinese sat beside the river and watched its flow, saw the trees bending in the wind, observed the changing of seasons—all of which revealed a world of nature alive, moving through different states of energy in a constant cycle of transformation. The ancients also sensed that all living beings were a reflection of nature. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupressure evolved from these observations of the ancient Chinese over 5,000 years ago, viewing health as a manifestation of the smooth flow of energy correspondences throughout an organism. This class focuses on the rivers or channels of energy called meridians and their twelve corresponding organs, the Governing and Conception channels, and powerful acupressure points located on individual meridians.

Elements of this two-day, hands-on workshop include:

Ø      Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Yin & Yang, and Five Element Theory

Ø      A knowledge of the 12 organ meridians and their relationships

Ø      Learning 30 potent acupressure points on the meridians

Ø      Understanding the “body clock": the phases of transformation for the 12 organ meridians

Ø      An understanding of the functions and emotions associated with the 12 organs

Ø      Learning flow patterns for mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual disharmonies

Ø      Learning acupressure points and flows for strengthening the immune system

Ø      Developing listening, tracking, and touching skills for harmonizing the organs and meridians

 
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Acupressure for Animals: Extraordinary Channels
 
Sometimes called Strange Flows and Wondrous Meridians, the eight Extraordinary Channels are believed to develop prenatally in advance of the 12 Organs and their Meridians, and are believed to be the primal energy that builds the body and its basic constitution. As such, the Extraordinary Channels appear to be the closest representation of the invisible source of all life, or Tao, in the body. Once the body has been completely formed, the Extraordinary Channels function as reservoirs and energy pathways for rebalancing and revitalizing the 12 Organ Meridians and all of the body's vital systems. Accordingly, working with the Extraordinary Channels gives us access to the core of our beings, allowing us to touch into body, mind, and spirit at their deepest levels to effect transformations in health and consciousness. French acupuncturists are said to love the Extraordinary Channels and go to them when nothing else works.

The Extraordinary Channels, with the exception of the Central Channel pair (Governing and Conception), do not have acu-points, but intersect them at master points on the 12 Organ Meridians. Accordingly, in sessions, we can activate the Extraordinary Channels by holding their respective master points. Think, then, of the Extraordinary Channels as the portals for reconnecting a being with its true nature. For the practitioner, working with the Extraordinary Channels can effect powerful changes in animals and humans.   

Elements of this two-day, hands-on workshop include:

Ø      A knowledge of the nature, function, and ancient wisdom of the Extraordinary Channels

Ø      Knowledge of the four pairs of the Channels: the Regulator, Bridge, Central, and Penetrating/Belt

Ø      Knowledge of the Master Points associated with the Extraordinary Channels

Ø      Learn flow patterns for the working with the Extraordinary Channels

Ø      Learn to use the Extraordinary Channels for effecting deep changes in the body-mind

 

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Acupressure for Animals: The Five Elements
 
The Chinese and other peoples who live in harmony with nature know that nature is also within us, and that all living organisms follow the same transformational or seasonal changes of nature. We are the seasons, the elements, and nature itself passing through an unending cycle of life. They know too that health emanates from the interaction of the five elements—wood, fire, earth, metal, and water—affecting all body functions and processes. They believe that all of nature is dependent on the preservation and regulation vital life force energy, or qi.

This class focuses on the Five Elements on the physical level and the Five Spirits on the “psychic” level—the soma-psyche relationship of an organism. Five Element Theory offers a way of seeing animals, humans, and all living things in their cycles or transformation, in states of harmony and disharmony, and provides a framework for restoring wholeness and promoting health. In essence, the Five Element Theory is a way of understanding nature, a way of using our senses to assess disharmonies, and a way to preserve the virtues and vitality of life.

Elements of this two-day, hands-on workshop include:

Ø      An introduction to Five Element Theory

Ø      Five Element interrelationships to organ functions, the nervous system, and the spine

Ø      Knowledge of the Five Spirits as the animating and vitalizing forces of an animal

Ø      Learning transformational cycles of the Five Elements in assessing disharmonies

Ø      Learning specific acupressure points and flow patterns for harmonizing our animal friends

Animal Hospice: Dancing to the End of the Song
 
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and other Asian therapies offer an invaluable service to pets and their guardians. Beyond the benefits of naturally strengthening an animal’s immune system, reducing pain, and raising its spirit, the ancient principles of TCM bring peace, nurturance, and comfort to the animal. Moreover, teaching animal guardians acupressure techniques they can use on their animals gives them a sense of empowerment and a compassionate role in aging, critical illness, and end of life situations.

One of the greatest benefits of the TCM approach to animal hospice care is the deepening of the connection between animal and guardian in this critical time. Once conventional medicine can no longer help the animal, its guardians often feel helpless and guilty that they too cannot help their animal. TCM recognizes that although physical recovery is not possible, the animal still has a mental, emotional, and spiritual journey to make. By teaching animal guardians compassionate and therapeutic touch, we can empower them to participate in that journey until the animal’s final breath. Once animal guardians know that they can assist their animals, they can walk the final days together, living each moment in joy as well as sorrow. Once that helpless feeling is dispelled and death is accepted as a part of life, there is freedom to dance to end of the song with their beloved animals.

As all hospice workers know, the vital work of hospice is not letting a sentient being die alone, but to be comforted and assisted by compassionate continuity of care. The death and dying process can be transformed by deepening the relationship of animal and guardian. When the journey is walked together, there may be inevitable grief, but there is not regret.

Elements of this two-day, hands-on workshop include:

Ø      Benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine and related health care modalities in animal hospice

Ø      Attending to the holistic needs of aging, chronically ill, and terminally ill animals

Ø      How to strengthen the animal’s immune system with acupressure and other modalities

Ø      Empowering guardians to participate in hospice care

Ø      Building a support team for the animal and its guardians

Ø      Exercise, supplements, herbs, massage, and physical therapy, and palliative care

Ø      Becoming an animal’s advocate: natural death and euthanasia

Ø      The grieving and recovery process

Ø      Ways of celebrating the animal’s life

 

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Assessment: Coming to Your Senses
 
The approach of “coming to your senses” focuses the direct observation and felt-sense of the Four Methods—listening, seeing, touching, and smelling—to assess the virtues and imbalances in an animal’s state of health. The direct observation gleaned from the Four Methods is then integrated with the Eight Principles and Five Elements in formulating clinical applications of specific Asian therapies. Assessment skills assist us in knowing and sensing what therapies and techniques are appropriate to an animal’s state of being in the moment.

Elements of this two-day, hands-on workshop include:

Ø      Deepening our listening, tracking, and palpation skills through exploration of the Four Methods

Ø      Applying the Eight Principles and Five Element Theory in assessing disharmonies in the animal

Ø      Knowledge of acupressure points used in TCM assessment, including Source and Alarm Points

Ø      The basics of tongue, pulse and body reading

Ø      An introduction to the Zang-Fu (organ) patterns of disharmony

Ø      Learning to identify the presence of Shen (spirit) in the animal

 

Apprenticeship Training
 
Apprenticeship Training is an independent study, distance learning class designed jointly by the student and the instructor. (No classroom time is required.) Student and instructor work in collegial fashion though email correspondence and phone conversations to achieve the scope and intent of the study project. Apprenticeship Training provides the individual student with an opportunity to delve deeper into areas of acupressure study, specific therapeutic healing modalities, and clinical practice. For example, a student may wish to more deeply explore the Extraordinary Meridians, the Five Spirits, Chinese symbols, animal hospice, or working with specific disharmonies such as epilepsy or hip dysplasia, or developing acu-point flow patterns for clinical work. A student might also wish to explore the roots of Traditional Chinese Medicine in ancient Taoist texts such as the Tao Te Ching, the Chuang Tzu, and the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine. In Apprenticeship Training we put our heads and hearts together and journey into the ancient and modern riches of holistic healing. The prerequisite for Apprenticeship Training is some prior training in acupressure meridians & points.
 
     
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CranioSacral for Animals
 
CranioSacral is an invaluable form of energy work for animals because of its focus on the cranium, spine, and sacrum—all of which house the central nervous system. Freeing the sacrum and the cranial bones to their natural movement can restore flexibility to the spine, alleviate pain, and restore free movement of limbs and joints. Moreover, the gentle touching and palpation skills of CranioSacral allow tense muscles to relax and blocked energy to flow again. Students will work on each other and animals in class.

Those who have experienced a CranioSacral session know that it directly affects consciousness, taking one deep into the core of his or her being where the higher intelligence of the “body-mind” can restore homeostasis to the body and peacefulness to the mind and emotions. Animals get “lost” and confused, just as humans do, and CranioSacral can bring them back home to themselves.

Elements of this two-day, hands-on workshop include:

Ø      Introduction to CranioSacral system

Ø      Knowledge of crainal “bone energetics”

Ø      How to sense the cranial rhythm in the body

Ø      Learning touch, tracking, listening, and palpation skills

Ø      How to restore motility to the sacrum and hip joints

Ø      Working with special cranial flow patterns for common animal disharmonies

Ø      Learning acupressure points that augment cranial sessions

 

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Emotions in Taoism & Chinese Medicine
 
The modern world is coming to understand that animals have very sensitive emotions. This class explores the energetics of the seven emotions described in ancient Chinese medical texts and their influence on disease and health. Emotions to the ancient Chinese were an essential part of our true natures engaged with the world of feelings, desires, and passions. As intense sensation in the body, emotions are meant to be felt. They are always there like the sea in myriad states from calm to turbulent. The negative side of emotions is getting stuck in them, and ultimately undone by them. When stuck in emotions, the body, mind, and spirit become stressed, depleting life-force energy and leading to disharmony at all levels of being. To the ancient Taoists, the emotions are essentially a matter of the heart. This class explores the nature of the emotions, along with training in ancient and modern practices that allow the emotions to be restored to their proper balance without trauma.

Elements of this two-day, hands-on workshop include:

Ø      The seven emotions from ancient Taoist texts, the Su Wen and the Ling Shu
 
Ø      Emotions as intense feelings and reactions to the outside world within the body, mind, and spirit
 
Ø      Etymologies of the Chinese characters that reveal the Taoist view of the emotions
 
Ø      How to identify and address the spiral of emotions before it leads to a state of being dispirited

Ø      Using acupressure points to assist the body and spirit in rebalancing the emotions

Ø      Using a felt-sense, body-centered approach to engaging intense emotions and restoring a sense of inner peace
 
Ø      Using breath work entrainment techniques for harmonizing the emotions of animals

 

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Jin Shin Jyutsu for Animals
 
Jin Shin Jyutsu® translated as “The Art of the Creator through the Person of Compassion,” is an ancient healing art of gentle touch and deep listening. It stimulates and directs the natural flow of healing energy to allow an animal or human body’s innate capacity for self-healing to restore harmony and health to body, mind, and spirit.

Jin Shin Jyutsu is one of the most powerful healing modalities for animals. Jin Shin Jyutsu employs 26 energy or soul centers—akin to charkas—which are called Safety Energy Locks (SELs) by its developers, Master Jiro Murai and Mary Burmeister. The Jin Shin style is to work in flow patterns or sequences of SELs, synergizing the resonance of each of the SELs. In this class, we will learn effective flow patterns for the most common disharmonies of animals. In addition, we will study the energetic essence of the 26 SELs, which can be used individually or in combination flows.

Elements of this two-day, hands-on workshop include:

Ø      A knowledge of Jin Shin Jyutsu as a healing modality

Ø      Learn Jin Shin balancing flows to balance mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical disharmonies

Ø      Learn Jin Shin points and flows for strengthening the immune system

Ø      Knowledge of the essence of the 26 SELS

Ø      Developing touching skills for “listening” to the SELs harmonizing

 



Reiki for Animals & Humans

Reiki evolved from the wisdom and experience of Dr. Mikao Usui. During a Reiki session, the practitioner, acting as an energy channel, places his or her hands in a sequence of positions on the animal's or person’s body, and the healing universal life energy is transmitted to wherever it needs to go in the body. Reiki works at the deep levels of the body-mind-spirit, stimulating the body's natural ability to heal itself. Today Reiki continues to be taught by Reiki Masters trained in methods passed down from master to student in a direct lineage, the purest of which is Usui Reiki. Tom Wilson received his Reiki attunements (Degrees 1, 2, and Masters) from his Reiki Grand Master of the Sai Reiki Center, Pune, India. His lineage goes back through only eight Reiki Masters directly to Master Usui.

Elements of the three degrees of Reiki are:

Ø     Reiki First Degree 
This attunement initiaties the student as a Reiki healer, and is meant primarily to heal the person receiving it. Receivers will feel the Reiki energy resonating in their bodies, and may experience many gentle sensations, perceptions, pictures—and may experience for the first time heat radiating in their hands. The receiver then does Reiki self-healing for 21 days and can give Reiki sessions to animals, humans, and other sentient beings.
Ø     Reiki Second Degree
This attunement is believed to promote deep healing at emotional, mental, and karmic levels for the student. Students are given the three Reiki symbols and their matras that increase the vibrational healing power of the practitioner and the receiver of the Reiki session. At Reiki level 2, the practitioner is able to channel Reiki healing at a distance for animals, humans, and other sentient beings.
Ø     Reiki Third (Master) Degree
This is the Master/Teacher attunement. It is meant only for the serious healer, one whose life is guided by a desire to be there for other beings. The Master attunement is said to bring an increased ability to channel the Light and brings joy to the teacher. Students are given the master symbol and its mantra. Only a Master can perform attunements. This class includes teacher training for conducting Reiki classes and giving attunements. 
 
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Shen Tao Qigong for Practitioners 
 
Shen Tao Qigong translates as Spirit Path Energy Work. It is about cultivating your own life-force energy (qi) and of coming back into harmony with your original nature aligned with the greater Nature. This work facilitates a complete state of health, peace, and calmness. We will use qigong movement and breath exercises to increase our sensitivity to the flow of energy, to raise the level of our life-force energy, and to increase the sensitivity in our hands both on and off the body of animals and humans. Living in the Tao means being attuned to cycles of change, conscious of one’s place within the great web of existence, and acting out of one’s spontaneity called wu wei – action aligned with the way of nature. This flowing in the Tao is achieved by a process of Inner Alchemy. This is not a class about learning knowledge and techniques, but about moving into an inner state of stillness and presence so that you can truly be with another during the journey back to health.

Elements of this two-day, hands-on workshop include:

Ø      Learning qigong Dao Yin breath & exercise forms

Ø      Learning qigong Inner Alchemy practices

Ø      Understanding the essence of the Three Treasures

Ø      Moving into stillness and presence

Ø      Hands-on qigong work with humans & animals

Ø      Practicing working on and off the body

 
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Taoism, Chinese Characters & Ancient Texts 
 
To understand the true essence of Taoism and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is immensely valuable to study key Chinese characters and their etymologies. As calligraphy, Chinese characters are picture paintings that use metaphor and symbol through a combination of images (called ideograms) that communicate to our body consciousness and imagination in ways that rational thought cannot. The characters can open what William Blake called the Doors of Perception so that we see clearly and deeply the fundamental nature of the universe as it is, unimpeded by abstract thoughts and cultural conditioning. This understanding deepens us as practitioners into the spirit of the work. Understanding of the characters will be enhanced by a study of ancient texts including the Tao Te Ching and the Chuang Tzu.

Elements of this two-day, hands-on workshop include:

Ø      A study of Chinese characters and etymologies related to Taoism and Chinese medicine 

Ø      Key characters and their etymologies that embody the energies of our natures and the greater Nature

Ø      Selections from ancient texts, including the Tao Te Ching and the Chuang Tzu  
 
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Taoist Alchemy: The Five Spirits

At the heart of the ancient Taoist approach to healing is the alchemy or transformative power of the interplay of spirit and matter. When integrated, spirit and matter result in a conscious being, aware of itself and its place in the universe. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the Five Spirits—the Shen, Hun, Po, Yi and Zhi—constitute our higher aspects of consciousness. Working with the Five Spirits is an approach to healing that began in shamanism and Taoist philosophy as embodied in the Chinese characters for spirit and ancient texts such as the Tao Te Ching, the Chuang Tzu, and the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine. The alchemy of spirit is the way the ancients restored the body, mind and spirit to health. Simply said, Taoist Alchemy is healing from the inside out.

Elements of this two-day, hands-on workshop include:

Ø      Introduction to Taoist and Shamanic origins of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Ø      The essence and relationship of the Five Spirits: Shen, Hun, Po, Yi and Zhi

Ø      Learning a guided meditation to address the Five Spirits in yourself  

Ø      Learning flow patterns for giving healing sessions that address The Five Spirits

Ø      Examination of the Chinese Characters

Ø      The efficacy of addressing the Five Spirits in Animal Hospice

Ø      Listening and tracking skills for the energy transformations in the body

 

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The Heart and Art of Animal Healing Sessions

Learn to give a complete healing session to animals using a blend of Traditional Asian Therapies, as well as CranioSacral. This class will focus on the theory, art, and techniques of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Five Element Theory. We will focus on how to touch and use our senses to assess an animal’s physical, emotional, and spiritual states. Your healing sessions will come from a base protocol called “The Blend” that includes the healing touch modalities of Acupressure Meridians and Potent Points, Tui Na (Chinese Massage), Zen Shiatsu, Chi Nei Tsang, Qi Gong, Jin Shin Jyutsu, plus CranioSacral and Tellington TTouch. You will learn to treat animals as whole beings with your intuitive, intelligent, and loving hands.

This two-day class is for both experienced body/energy workers and those wanting to begin an in-depth study and practice of working physically and energetically with animals.

Elements of this two-day, hands-on workshop include:

Ø      An introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Ø      A basic knowledge of Five Element Theory

Ø      A basic understanding of the modalities in the Blend Flow 

Ø      Giving full-body energetic balancing sessions using the Blend Flow

Ø      Explore the dynamics of touch and palpation skills

Ø      Listening and tracking skills for the energy transformations in the body

 

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Tui Na for Animals (Chinese Massage)

Animals love the active, nurturing, and relaxing nature of Tui Na massage. Tui Na is an especially effective body-energy work modality for animals that do not like having acupressure points held. An Asian bodywork therapy practiced in China for 2,000 years, Tui Na differs from traditional Western massage in its application of Traditional Chinese Medicine’s (TCM) theory of Qi (life-force energy) flowing through the 12 organ meridians. Tui Na blends acupressure meridian massage, active soft-tissue hand techniques, and range of motion techniques much like those in Zen Shiatsu. Tui Na offers acupressure techniques for Qi and blood flow; soft tissue massage of muscles, tendons, and the circulatory and lymphatic systems; and range of motion techniques to realign the musculoskeletal system, thereby addressing joint injuries and nerve pain.

Tui Na beautifully augments other forms of body and energy work for animals, and enhances the practitioner’s “tool basket” of modalities for working with animals. One of Tui Na’s greatest benefits in working with animals is its ability to establish a heart connection between animal and practitioner. From poetic and archetypal perspectives, Tui Na is a language for communicating at the body-mind level of consciousness between animal and human.

Elements of this two-day, hands-on workshop include:

Ø      Knowledge of the theory and practice of TCM

Ø      The essential nature of the 12 organ meridians

Ø      TCM’s Five Element theory for assessment and application

Ø      Learning the hand techniques of Tui, Na, An, Mo, and others

Ø      Giving a full Tui Na massage to animals

Ø      How to massage the major muscle groups of animals

Ø      Listening and tracking skills for the energy transformations in the body

Ø      Moving into stillness and peace by connecting with your Higher Self

 

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