The approach is key when working with animals and acupressure. Animals appreciate being given control of the session: in other words, being allowed to say “yes” or “no” to the session as well as determining the way the session will unfold. We will always honor the animal’s wishes.
- We always begin by asking permission of the animal directly, or by setting an intention that we are open to facilitate the healing process for the animal for as much energy as they are open to receive, or none at all (this is a form of permission)
- We want to make sure the animal is in a safe, comfortable and quiet environment
- We will run through the four assessments before beginning the session
- We always allow the animal to move freely in the session space. By paying attention to what the animal is telling us by their behavior about how he or she wants to be given the session
- Animals appreciate a passive and open approach. By “offering” acupressure in a non-assertive manner, we create a sacred space which the animal can move into and out of freely, if he or she wants to participate in the healing session
- The length of the session is always determined by the animal patient; it may be as short as 15 minutes or as long as sixty minutes
After we finish the session, we always thank the animal for participation in the session, and see if they have any insight for us to discuss with their pet parent or guardian.