Reflexology for cats and humans is not a new concept. In fact, finding traction in this modern world is an ancient practice.
Ancient Egyptian art dates back to 2330 BC. Chr. And suggests the idea of a massage for healing. And ancient China has a text on traditional Chinese medicine dating from 2,600 to 300 BC. Was written. The pages of Kaiser Huangdi’s Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine cover the theory of yin and yang as well as massage and energy point therapies.
The reflexology ideas were reportedly practiced by Native Americans long before European transplants crossed the Atlantic Ocean. It is difficult to pinpoint the exact origins of pressure point therapy. And although its roots are fuzzy, more and more people are learning the benefits reflexology can have for themselves and their cats.
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What is reflexology?
The art of reflexology theorizes that every part of the body is connected to a different point in the body. Hence, the delivery of massage and pressure at specific points can provide relief and healing in the corresponding connected area of the body.
Jackie Segers, cat lover and certified reflexologist, explains: “Reflexology is a mixture of massage and acupressure. It is based on the theory that the feet, as well as the ears and face of a person or animal, contain a perfect map of the body. In other words, they reflect the body. “
Reflexology not only promotes healing in the body, but also the balance in mental and emotional areas. Simply put, the goal of reflexology is to activate the body’s energy centers in order to find a balance between body and mind.
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For example, Segers recommends: “Swipe the area between the eyes up towards the head. This promotes relaxation, hormonal regulation and the balance between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. “
Segers has been practicing the art with her own cats for a long time and has also written a text on the subject. She recalls her first steps in cat reflexology and how many would question the approach. Her answer has always been to point out that reflexology works for humans. So why not cats too?
“Humans and animals have similar anatomy and physiology and identical energy centers and pathways in their bodies. We also deal with many of the same health challenges and experience similar emotions and stresses in our daily lives. “
The benefits of reflexology for cats
In addition to having their servant there to massage their paws, cats benefit from reflexology in the following ways:
- Increases the energy of the body and enables the free flow of Qi for an overall balanced life
- Strengthens the immune system
- Reduces stress
- Boosts emotional health
- Detoxifies organ systems for better function
- Improves blood circulation
- Relieves pain
- Helps with digestion
- Forms closer bonds between cats and their humans through additional physical contact
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To help moisturize your feet in the world of reflexology, here are some techniques and tips to help your cat get used to the healing touches.
Many cats are not big fans of being touched on their feet. But you can help your kitten learn a paw massage. Help Kitty associate paw touches with good things by using positive reinforcement. Start with a gentle, calm swipe of the finger on one paw, then give your cat a treat or some love. Gradually increase the touch until your cat is comfortable with its feet.
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Once you get to Kitty Comfort, Seger instructs, “A great way to start a paw reflexology massage is to massage the inner lower leg and paw, which correspond to the spine. This is good for lower back and hip discomfort, but it can also help the entire body function better because all of the nerves that come from the spine are connected to every major structure, gland, and organ in the body. “
All ears for silence
Those furry triangles that twitch, flatten, and sway are responsible for much more than just hearing when reflexology principles are in place. When it comes to stress and anxiety, petting your ears “can help release endorphins, those morphine-like feel-good chemicals. This is especially useful during stressful events like moving house, July 4th fireworks, and visits to the vet. ”
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Learn more about reflexology for cats
Check out these resources for a deeper look into the healing benefits of reflexology in cats:
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And remember, as with any new practice with cats, talk to your veterinarian about reflexology in cats.
In addition to trying to give your cat the healthiest possible life, reflexology offers a mutual exchange of love and healing that rewards both the giver and the recipient. By offering reflexology to your cat, you will help rebalance the bond between human and cat and create a feeling of unconditional love and fulfillment. “
And being loved by a cat creates the happiest energy in a cat lover’s heart!
H / T: www.animalwelnessmagazine.com
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