Essential Oils for Animals with Acupressure
Essential oils and aromatherapy used along with acupressure can restore energetic balance to your animal, especially horses and dogs. Essential oils are concentrated volatile and aromatic liquids that are extracted from plants by distillation, pressing, or solvents. While they are often added to cosmetics and perfumes, the purest, highest quality oils are used also as a healing therapy to improve emotional and physical well-being.
Acupressure is a tool within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a body of healing methods that seek to prevent disease, or restore wellness, by supporting full physical and emotional health. One of the aspects of this practice is to address the life force, otherwise known as Qi, by stimulating certain points on the body in order to facilitate energy flow. Acupuncture uses needles to penetrate the skin at these points, while acupressure uses gentle finger pressure.
TCM intends to facilitate the balanced movement of life force within the body, in harmony with the rhythms of nature such as day and night, sun and moon cycles, and seasonal changes as well as the influences of warmth and cold, interior and exterior, dampness and dryness, and male and female qualities.
When offering the essences of healing plants to our animals during an acupressure session, we can help them to maintain or regain health. Both acupressure and essential oils are natural healing agents, able to bring the life force of the body and mind back into balance when it has been disturbed, by sedating or stimulating energy flow and body processes as needed.
Acupressure affects the flow of Qi, connecting inter-related paths or patterns of intensity at certain points in the body. Stimulating or sedating these pathways enhances the function of organ systems, supports and strengthens the immune system, and balances the energy of mind, body and spirit.
By stimulating chemical actions within the body, essential oils also support the immune system, and balance emotional and physical functions. Well-chosen essential oils can also help an animal to relax and accept acupressure or other touch modalities.