Recently, we were talking with a client about the various self-help posts on our blog. We were sitting in our office, following a session, and she motioned to the animal Safety Energy Lock charts on the wall. "Do you have these posted on your blog?" she asked. We do now! (Thanks again for the suggestion! -you know who you are)
As you can see, Jin Shin Jyutsu is not just for people. It's been proven effective time and again for our animal companions, as well. I suggest feeding and walking/playing first, so they can be relaxed and focused during your time together. Maybe start a tradition; making it a part of the daily routine will allow them to anticipate this treat like they anticipate walk time, or meal time. If you have multiple pets in the house, you might notice that they all want a piece of the action. As long as it doesn't interfere with the connection between you and the "primary recipient", the more the merrier!
Before practicing Jin Shin Jyutsu with your pet, however, I highly recommend practicing on yourself first. Go to one of our previous blog posts from 03-13, 03-28, or 04-08 to learn how to recharge yourself prior to offering this love to your furry friend.
A Safety Energy Lock (SEL) is about the size of a person's fist (an infant's will be much smaller than an adult's, for example), and the same holds true for animals. Note the size of their paw (or hoof, or foot) to get a sense of the sized SEL you will be practicing with. It may be that because of how small your companion is, their SELs are very close together, causing you to be holding more than just the intended one. You might even be holding an entire limb. This is okay as long as you and the animal are both comfortable. There is no wrong way to practice this Art of the Creator when your intentions are based in love.
I believe animals are more sensitive to touch than most people. We are using a gentle touch in Jin Shin Jyutsu. As we practice with our animal friends, be aware of the non-verbal cues they're sending. Do they seem anxious? Are they at ease? Common signs of relaxation include, but are not limited to: stretching, yawning, licking, chewing, deep signing, purring, rolling over onto the back, lowering the head, softening of the eyes and ears. Horses will often shift their weight onto three legs. Male horses will usually drop. They will probably want to see what's happening. Once they are in a state of utter relaxation and feeling the love, there will usually be additional energy releases in the form of things like tummy gurgles, passing gas, urinating, or defecating. They might even appear to be in a sort of trance.
Pay attention. Let the animal tell you when they've had enough. In the beginning, you can expect to practice 5-20 minutes. Several short sessions could be more beneficial than attempting one long one, especially if the animal is very weak; up to one hour in a 24 hour period. (This gives the physical form a chance to catch up to the energy changes.)
And just like in our self-practice, we want to stay as present as possible, focusing on the rhythm of our breath, ebbing and flowing, in and out of our system. Staying relaxed helps our furry friends to feel peaceful, too. "Understanding the idea that you are not do-ing anything but rather "BE-ing" with this BE-ing in this gentle and loving Art is central to understanding the message sent out through your hands." Adele Leas, Jin Shin Jyutsu for Your Animal Companion.
Begin every Jin Shin Jyutsu animal healing session by holding their SEL 13 and SEL 10. This hand placement is balancing the exhale (the letting go) with the inhale (the receiving). It's non-invasive, establishing a connection between you and the animal, initiating your non-verbal conversation. SEL 13 is teaching us about unconditional love, and SEL 10 helps with connecting to the limitless outpouring of the Universal Life Force Energy.
Start here, and when you're ready to incorporate additional hand placements, contact us directly at Exquisite Healing for specific suggestions based on your pet's individualized projects. If you live in the Eugene area, and would like to schedule a house call for your furry friend, please let us know. We all deserve to be happy and healthy!
With much love and gratitude! Amy