Does reflexology work for animals??
When my two cats were at that “twilight age” – and they were both experiencing cases of hyperthyroidism (common amongst older kitties) – I would apply some paw-flexology.
Not really knowing what I was doing, I would gently rub the pads of their paws…and they seemed to really like it!
That is…when they were in the mood (you know how cats can be).
I figured..it works for people…why not animals?
I would always try it when they were “napping” – seeming to be more open to it.
Their little paws would flex and contract as I used my thumb and index fingers – by making small slow circles on and between the pads.
Knowing how a cats paws are ultra-sensitive, and not wanting a case of “Cat Scratch Fever” – I went about this very carefully.
Jerry was much more accepting than Zoe – but she was always a Diva in the “touch department” (I will allow you to feed me…and look at me…but don’t you dare touch me…until I’m damn good and ready)
God love her!
It seemed to relax them. So, on and off for a year, I continued this.
Both of them passed away at home. And as they did…I rubbed their precious paws.
Lately, I’ve tried to find some actual research on animals and reflexology.
What’s so bazaar…is that all this time, I’ve had some information on this topic, in a book that I’ve had for 7 years…and didn’t even think to look at!
I would like to share a section from the book entitled, “Healing yourself with Foot Reflexology” by Mildred Carter and Tammy Weber
Which ironically – is who’s method of foot reflexology I trained under!
~Reflexology for Pets~
“My story of reflexology and it’s individual cases would be less than complete were I to omit the story of Inky, our 3 year old Pomeranian dog. This is a breed subject to asthma attacks. Inky had an alarming attack one Sunday when we had guests. I kept rubbing his throat, giving him something to inhale to aid him in his breathing.
His difficulties did not lesson after we retired; he was in such discomfort that the family was kept awake by his attempts to breathe. Finally, I brought him to my side of the bed, rolled him over on his back, and began to rub his feet.
Certainly I had not the slightest notion where to rub a dog’s foot to ease him of his asthma. But with great care I worked each pad of each toe, then the center large pad.
After five minutes his panic-stricken struggle to breathe eased. I discovered the small extra toe, high up on the foot, was the most tender spot.
All four feet thus treated, he relaxed and I fell asleep. I was awakened later in the night by his wheezing, but this time it was not as loud. When I called him to the bed from his own blanket in the room, he came readily, lying on his back, feet upturned for a second treatment!
Almost at once, his breathing became easier and when I drifted off to sleep the second time, my little dog patient was slumbering also.
For all the rest of the years our pet was with us, he had few asthma attacks; when he did, reflexology quickly relieved him”!
So apparently, when applied with “tender loving care”- reflexology can assist our pets!
It never ceases to amaze me, just how powerfully helpful this modality can be.
So….try a little Paw-flexology….your pet will love you for it.