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Do you groom your animal? Does he love to be groomed?

Are you interested in developing smarter grooming skills?

With Animal Awareness programs you can now easily turn your existing grooming skills & knowledge into smarter performance to benefit both you and your horse! 

Regardless of your horse’s age, breed and level of fitness, he needs to be groomed daily in order to keep his coat healthy and clean. Using your curry comb, this is an outstanding opportunity to give him a gentle, yet precise rub over his major muscle groups.

While grooming your animal over key muscular areas, you will trigger our animal body’s own ability to help itself to optimal health. It will help him relax and will safely affect his whole body by enhancing the circulatory, musculoskeletal and nervous systems and their interdependent functioning.

Animal Awareness offers you visual guidance on the following massage routine so you can incorporate these outlines in your daily grooming:

The Warm-up massage routine (Equine Video 015) is specifically designed to quickly stimulate blood circulation with the intention of perking up the horse before riding or exercising. While it’s not a replacement for warm-up exercises, still, it’s a valuable routine just before a performance.

The Cool-down massage routine (Equine Video 016) is a simple, yet efficient, massage routine for after your horse has exercised. The purpose of this routine is to loosen up the muscles and generate good blood circulation immediately after exercising. It’s designed to prevent stiffening and loss of flexibility. It should be applied as soon as the walking cool-down period is finished.

The Full Body massage routine (Equine Video 006) is designed to help you assess and loosen up all muscle tension, knots, stress points, and trigger points and to detect any other symptoms of muscular abnormalities in any horse.

Please visit the Animal Awareness site to download the massage routine of your choice. By using these massage routines while grooming, you will safely affect your animal’s whole body by enhancing the circulatory, musculoskeletal and nervous systems and their interdependent functioning. In turn this will benefit:

  • Overall economy of the body and to its ability to function efficiently.
  • Increase of the body fluids circulation (blood and lymph – resulting in increased oxygenation and nutrients to the muscle groups).
  • Reduction of Trigger points (lactic acid build up) and Stress points (micro-spasms) formation.
  • A better metabolism, leading to better performance and shorter recuperation time.
  • Relaxation of the nervous system from stress, helping the psycho-physiologic self-regulation factors between body and mind.
  • Reduction of fibrous tissue adhesions build-up which result from inflammation caused by strenuous efforts, overuse (muscle strain) or trauma.
  • Increased emotional bonding allowing him to relax and accept being handled better.

So make your daily grooming a smart activity that will bring all these benefits to the both of you! It will serve you well for all the following situations:

  • Maintenance
  • Pre-training
  • Pre-event
  • Pre-show
  • Pre-travel
  • Pre-vet
  • Pre-purchase

Do not forget you can also stretch your horse right after grooming to maximize the benefits listed above. The Stretching Exercises (Equine Video 007) is also available for download.

These simple steps will be your best prevention against muscular and joint stiffness and will help your horse perform at his best!

Have you, or your animal, being traumatized? Are you, or your animal, experiencing signs of anxiety or fear?

You can get help through this amazing therapeutic approach!!

Surviving trauma is not easy and takes time. Getting professional help is crucial.

Jessica Baker, a lifelong animal lover/owner, is an EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist.

The worldwide Equine Assisted Growth & Learning Association (EAGALA ) has provided her a unique level of expertise. She is now dedicated to improving the mental health of individuals, families and groups with Horse Therapy.

Jessica also assisted with the development of Equilateral™, an equine assisted EMDR  (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) protocol and is an active training co-facilitator.

She also offers EAP (Equine Assisted Psychotherapy) sessions to assist her clients learn about themselves and others through hands-on activities with a horse. It is a widely used therapy model in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), autism, depression, addictions and other counseling and learning settings.

To find out more about Jessica Baker, go to: www.jess-baker.com

To find out more about EAGALA , please visit the site www.eagala.org

You will find these sites a great source of information.

Fire safety in barns

My animal friends, I want to introduce to you an amazing person.

Laurie Loveman has devoted a lifetime to the prevention of animal cruelty, and especially when animals were dying in preventable fires. She believes that as a guardian of our fellow creatures, we have the responsibility for ensuring they are protected from peril. To that effect, she has created an amazing website full of unique information that will help any responsible animal owner, barn manager and other equine professional take the right actions to ensure that all barns are fire safe! Visit www.firesafetyinbarns.com.

She quickly point out that the cost of prevention is very low when compared to economic disruptions when animals died as a result of fire or other disaster. Economics aside, she also reminds us of the sadness of the emotional toll suffered for the following years.

Today, more than ever, due to modern technology WE DO NEED TO BE MORE VIGILANT.

Years ago, most boarding stables were wooden structures inside and out with items produced from “natural” materials such as leather, iron, cotton, wool, and rubber. Nowadays we have more plastic and petroleum-based products in our barns than we realize. Just look around: plastic feed tubs, plastic water buckets, nylon hay bags, nylon halters and lead ropes, nylon saddle bags, plastic stall signs, horse ball toys, grooming tools, and plastic manure forks, not to mention the plastics used in packaging supplements, feed bag liners, bagged wood shavings, and even plastic baler twine. The very important factor to realize is that in a fire, the gases produced by plastic products are highly toxic. These carbon monoxide gases cause serious danger to eyes and lungs.

So come to visit her site to learn all about fire prevention.

  • See her “Fire Prevention Check List
  • Find out what you need to do to create an “Emergency Plan
  • Make your own “Disaster Kit” including First Aid Supplies for you and your horses

All her recommendations will help you make your barn safer and ready to respond to crisis.

Find out about the various fire extinguishers, portable heaters and fans hazards and recalls.

She also offers many valuable links that will assist you in such crisis times.

Awareness

 Over the years many of my students and customers have asked me about my business names, Massage Awareness and Animal Awareness. Well, as much as I wish it had been a very thoughtful process, it was mostly an intuition! See, I believe in Magic, the magical truth of reality, when one is clear in his intention and going about his business! True power is grounded in spiritual awareness. It is to do with trusting your inner wisdom.

Here is the Wikipedia definition of awareness:

Awareness is the state or ability to perceive, to feel, or to be conscious of events, objects or sensory patterns. In this level of consciousness, sense data can be confirmed by an observer without necessarily implying understanding. More broadly, it is the state or quality of being aware of something. In biological psychology, awareness is defined as a human’s or an animal’s perception and cognitive reaction to a condition or event.

From my years of life experience, I much prefer this simpler and yet more precise definition:

Awareness is the meeting point between the spirit and the body.

This explanation suits my spiritual awareness better. Being aware brings you in the present. It allows you to bring your mind under your control. The moment you ask yourself “what am I thinking now”, you are aware as you bring your mind to the present moment! Practice this questioning several time a day and you will gain control of your mind. This is where your power is! I strongly believe that when one’s awareness of reality, combined with the intention of helping with massage healing work, meet the recipient’s own awareness (person/animal), great healing can happen. Remember, all of your power is in your awareness of your power!

When two spirits meet and relate to that, the natural and innate healing dimension kicks in and creates a therapeutic and curative mood, allowing the recipient to let go of the feeling of what was heeling them! Therefore Awareness was the word I choose some 25 years ago to represent my businesses and their intentions.

Today, my Massage Awareness business is dedicated to providing massage services to humans, horses and dogs, as well as being the number one in continual education for the professionals who wish to learn more advance techniques and approaches in the realms of animal massage therapy.

My Animal Awareness business is devoted to provide animal owners with valuable information and visual guidance on how to care provide assistance to their animals in between professional visits. Furthermore, Animal Awareness is committed to developing good home care programs to benefit your animals, young or aging, fit or diseased, so they can enjoy their day-to-day life to the fullest.

So, aim to bring awareness and love to all you think, say and do!

Free Article Library

Do you want to get involved in your animal care?

Are you looking for information on his condition?

Learn how you can develop a customized home care health program for your animal!

My goal is help you provide quality home care for the benefit of your animal.

For many years I have promoted natural animal body care with the application of massage routines and techniques, stretching exercises and hydrotherapy modalities (heat/cold applications) to benefit dogs and horses alike through the various stages of their life.

From the early weeks, and through the mature years all the way to old age, I will show you tips and simple ways to make a big difference in the quality of life of your animal friend for his/her benefit.

Regardless of age, breed, training protocol or state of health, these simple and natural applications on a daily basis really make a big difference in the wellness, physical condition and fitness of any animal under your direct care.

Please visit the FREE library where you will find many relevant articles that address important aspects of animal’s wellness and fitness. Take the time to scroll through this free library to find out how you can actively contribute to your animal’s wellness. Discover new ways to provide them with a better and more direct approach that will obtain positive results and strengthen your mutual bond.

Animal Awareness also offers a large video library with over a 100 mini-videos (6 to 10 minutes each a low cost) that will show you how to easily perform the various massage and stretching techniques talked about in these articles. These videos offer you visual guidance just as if I was there in person to guide you to secure the correct approach and techniques and modalities. With this knowledge, you will be able to develop a good home care program for the benefit of your animal friend.  He will love you for it.

Do not wait any longer! Visit the Animal Awareness site (www.animalawareness.com) to discover how you can develop your customized home care health program for your animal!