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Acupressure for wild animals

There are many private wildlife sanctuaries in Wisconsin that give care to wildlife. Those injured or sick animals need the same attention as domestic animals with the least of human contact. Acupressure calms and thus affording a stress free session that enhances the healing process.

Before the initial contact be sure to relax by taking deep breathes and releasing the tension in your body by tightening and relaxing every muscle. Once you have done this exercise you are ready to approach the animal. Whether it is a fox or an eagle all wild animals can scent your presence that is why it is necessary to be calm. Wild animals fear humans. An animal that senses danger is a danger.

Stand at the cage or enclosure for a few seconds and visualize your intentions do not speak or make a sound. Then slowly approach the animal but do not look directly into the eyes this is threatening. Look away and use your peripheral sight. Place the animal where it does not feel threatened and begin to open the meridian channels by moving your hands palms down from the muzzle to the dock of the tail and down the legs. Repeat this three times on both sides of the animal. You do not need to touch the animal to do this.

Once the channels are open, with your thumb or crossed first and second fingers, gently go down each side of the spine to find hard spots that need to be relaxed or sedated or soft spots that need to be stimulated or tonified. Mark each spot with a washable marker these are the meridian channels that need to be put in balance.

Using the meridian charts following the meridian channels sedating by gently pressing down in a clockwise circular motions or tonifying by pressing down in a counter-clockwise motion any point that needs to be relaxed or stimulated. Once this is done close the meridian channels by repeating the opening exercise.

It is advisable to take an acupressure course for hands on experience before attempting acupressure on animals. It is also advisable to familiarize yourself with comparative anatomy so you can adapt this understanding to various species. Milwaukee area volunteers at wildlife sanctuaries may find this helpful.

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