Have you ever seen a dog or cat get bodywork? It is so amusing. First, they look back at you as if to say, “What are you doing?” A few moments later, they are relaxing and melting underneath my hands. Animals have no preconceived ideas about whether what I am doing is going to work or not. They are not thinking, “She’s hardly doing anything — how could this work?” They simply feel comfortable, they trust and their bodies respond beautifully. The same usually goes for babies and young children.
Adult humans have gone through so much of life that they often are skeptical and their closed minds can put up a physical or emotional block, so that the bodywork cannot have its optimum effectiveness. Not so with children and animals. They just love it!
I once worked on an elderly poodle who had just had a stroke. He couldn’t walk straight, but veered to the right, so that he ended up walking in a big circle. He also could not go up and down stairs at his home. I did a Bowen session on this pooch, and immediately he began walking straighter and was able to carefully maneuver the stairs. A few more sessions and he seemed to be back to normal.
A client asked me to come out and work on her 2-day old colt, as he was not able to successfully nurse and get milk from his mom. He also was very unstable on his feet. I worked on this beauty for less than 5 minutes, and they called me the next day saying that the colt was nursing fine. Before I even left that day, he was not only steady but was also running around and playing.
If you have a dog, cat, or other pet story about how they responded to Bowen Therapy or any other bodywork, let’s hear it. I know so many animal lovers that will enjoy these stories.