Animals respond to healing touch just like humans do. And that is why Marilyn Harder of Healing Touch for Animals is devoting much of her time to making them feel better. She proved its power with her own four year old cat, she said, nursing it back to health after it swallowed a sewing needle.
“Our cat was playing with a quilt and accidentally swallowed a needle. It got very sick and when we took it to the veterinarian, the X-rays showed a needle lodged in the intestine. After the operation we took the cat home and I began using healing touch to balance its energy field.”
Harder said the cat sat still for treatments and when it needed another treatment, it would “belly up” to her, and then walk away when the treatment brought relief. The cat survived the near fatal experience. “I believe the touching accelerated healing.”
Harder was certified in Healing Touch for humans in 1991, then turned to helping animals.
“There are seven major centres where we put our hands. We concentrate on the ones needing an energy boost. And we also do what are known as magnetic passes with our hands off the body but passing over the energy fields.”
Harder has tended to a horse with chronic knee pain problem. “I work on her knee so she can walk better, without a limp, for some time.”
The technique is used on animals to relax them, to deal with behavioral and stress problems, to promote general wellness and to overcome injury, Harder said. It can also help animals suffering with emotional trauma. And animals appear to enjoy it.
Leslie White, a certified healing touch practitioner with a background in nursing will teach the Healing Touch for Animals Certificate program next weekend. She is also an English riding coach. Her interest in animal healing began with neighbors asking for help for their sick or injured horses when a veterinarian could not assist them.
Workshops in Healing Touch for Animals featuring canine and equine workshops will be held from May 14 to 16. Veterinarians, pet owners, kennel operators, rescue centre personnel and farm owners can all benefit. For more information call Gale Enemark at 563-4363.