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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.

Interview with Sandy Robins May 3rd – Horse Massage and the 4 T’s

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Are you interested in running an equestrian business?

Do you want to be certified?

You can get certified through the “Certified Horsemanship Association”!!

The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) mission statement is:

To promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the entire horse industry. This is accomplished by certifying instructors, accrediting equine facilities and publishing educational resources.

The CHA is a forty years old association that offers the following:

  • CHA has developed certification programs in many equestrian disciplines and facility management.
  • CHA produces regional conferences around the country for all horse enthusiasts.
  • CHA produces how-to videos on teaching riding and general horse care.
  • CHA produces several professional safety videos that can be found on youtube and uploaded to your website.
  • CHA release newsletters, magazines and eBlast.
  • CHA site propose articles, press-releases an archives.
  • And much more….

To find out more how you can benefit from this great association visit: www.cha-ahse.org

You will find this site a great source of information.

 

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Want to Save a Horse? You can Help! Meet Derel Twombly founder of Amazing Grace Equine

If your heart and life has been touched by a special horse, then you know how important a horse can be in one’s life. So many horses are in need due to this unfortunate economy!!

After having given their time, strength, energy, and life, most horses have no retirement plan.

This is what prompted Derel Twombly to found Amazing Grace Equine.

Thanks to her, you can help horses never to find themselves in a position where they must be sold “by the pound” or shipped to an auction where they will end up traveling across international borders to a foreign slaughterhouse, the ultimate betrayal. You can prevent this!

Please donate to Amazing Grace Equine! They will help the horses whose owners have not yet “stepped up to the plate” have a second chance! Amazing Grace Equine will find homes, will ease suffering and will prevent the slaughter of horses.

Amazing Grace Equine is organized to provide assistance to horses deemed be valueless or whose sole value may be calculated “by the pound.”  If your horse needs to be re-homed or if you are interested in becoming a foster home for a rescue horse, please get in touch with Amazing Grace Equine…they’re happy to do help you!

Find out how you can help by clicking here.

Do you want your pet live a Happier, Healthier and Longer Life?

Do you want to be active in is wellbeing?

I can help!

Massage not only feels good but helps with behavior too! Dogs who tend to be reactive or stress in certain situations can really benefit by regular massage. A gentle application of the relaxation massage routine only takes 3 to 5 minutes and it lowers blood pressure and promotes relaxation. It is of great benefit for those excitable dogs.  A weekly full body massage will also contribute to relaxing tight muscles and give you prime feedback on how your dog is doing fitness wise.

Visit the Animal Awareness website and read from the free library how you can actively participate in the wellness and good health of your pet. Get visual guidance o the application of the various massage routines from the DVD library, where over 60 mini-dvds (8 to 10 minutes each) will show you exactly what to do for each technique/routine, just as he I was there in person to teach you.

Learning these techniques will give you the skills to help your dog(s) become more comfortable in any stressful situations. Also, massage will benefit the aging dog. It stimulates the blood to the key joints which helps with overall stiffness and muscle soreness.

Do not hesitate, and get involved. Your pet will love you for it!

Dog Training and Massage

Most dog trainers know that training takes time and patience as new patterns of behavior need to be learned by the dog. As these specific training patterns are reinforced with consistency, the many repetitions will reach deep in the neo-cortex of the animal and “train” him for the desired responses.

Trainers recognize that shorter training sessions are better to avoid the animal reaching a brain overload. Regardless of you training a puppy in obedience or training a young dog in the sport of “agility”, fly ball or freezbe, or even training a mature dog for search and rescue, the training period will often cause this animal to be mentally and physically fatigued from the new attitudes and exercises he learns.

You can make a big difference for your pet during his training with two simple, easily applied little massage routines. Here is how.

The Relaxation Massage Routine.
The use of the relaxation massage routine, either in its short or long version, will really benefit your animal by relieving his mental stress. The main effect of the relaxation massage routine is to trigger a parasympathetic response from the central nervous system. This parasympathetic response will decrease stress, alleviate the anxiety level and reduce the fear factor. It will also contribute to enhance the capability of your dog to relax and to focus on the new task.

This relaxation massage routine will take you between 3 to 5 minutes to apply, and its benefits are immediate. Furthermore, the more frequently, the more the animal will quickly respond to it as he subconsciously recognizes the process. A “massage training” sort of response builds in time. For more information on the relaxation massage routine, you can read the free article Relaxation For Your Dog  on the Animal Awareness site (www.animalawareness.com) and visit the video library to select the dvd C004, titled “The Relaxation Massage Routine, Short & Long Version” for visual guidance in the application of the relaxation massage routine.

Using the relaxation massage routine regularly will play a part in your animal learning curve, often resulting in a better response time to the new information process.

Full Body Massage Routine

Giving your dog a full body massage will achieve many positive things to assist him during his training process. The full body massage will also contribute to relieve stress in your dog by loosening his muscles. Massaging his entire body will increase blood and lymph fluid circulation throughout for a better oxygenation and nutrient supply and removal of toxins. This overall massage will result in a general relaxation of your dog’s body. Another good benefit of the full body massage is that it will also help the young dog become “body aware” as you will palpate all aspects of his anatomy, from the tip of his ears to the tip of his tail and paws.

For more information on the full body massage routine, you can read the free article Canine Massage Simplified on the Animal Awareness site (www.animalawareness.com) and visit the video library to select the dvd C006, titled “The Full Massage Routine” for visual guidance in the application of the relaxation massage routine.

To complete your massage work with some gentle and simple stretching exercise involving the limbs, neck and back will further the relaxation benefit. Furthermore,

Regular stretching will maintain your dog’s overall flexibility and will give you precious feedback on how he is doing. For more information on stretching exercises, you can read the free article Stretching Your Dog on the Animal Awareness site (www.animalawareness.com) and visit the video library to select the dvd C007, titled “Stretching General – Neck, Back, Limbs” for visual guidance in the application of the relaxation massage routine.

Regular application of either the relaxation massage routine or the full body massage routine, or both, coupled with some gentle stretching exercises will strengthen your dog’s overall wellness and happiness and will be a great factor in the success of your training.

 

Proper Breathing

Do you breathe correctly?

Do you pay attention to your breathing?

Do you know how to take a full breath?

Deep breathing exercises are equally as important as physical exercise. In Yoga, it is believed that if you use your full breath, you use your whole brain! But what does taking a full breath actually entitle to?

Natural Breathing

If you observe a baby breathe in, you will see a little expansion movement over his chest as well as his stomach extending.  That is the natural way. Unfortunately, during growth the breathing pattern will change. Most grownups tend to breathe high up in the chest. This is due to social stress and the ego. They let their chests do all the work instead of breathing from the belly. As a result, energy does not flow correctly and may even become blocked.

What does “taking a full breath” really mean?

Taking a full breath refers to using our full lung capacity, where we start the “in breath” from your belly first, then your ribcage and finally your upper chest. As you complete taking a full breath, hold your breath for a few seconds before releasing it. In this way, the air is able to reach your entire lungs, optimizing the oxygen intake.

Then release the “out breath” in the same order, flattening your stomach first, then your chest and finally your shoulders. As you complete your exhalation again hold your breath for a few seconds. Relax in that moment to give time to all our carbon monoxide to live your lungs.

Practice

When we breathe from our belly, the muscles of the abdomen are doing part of the work of breathing.  We should feel our abdomen expand and contract while breathing just like we can feel our chest expand and contract while breathing. Breathing fully can be done standing, sitting, or lying down. The important thing is that the spine be straight.

Breathing while laying on your back, will exercise your diaphragm muscle the most. Some people find it easier to breathe from their belly’s while lying down or standing than while sitting. Do which one works for you. When you breathe just from the chest, air does not always reach all places in your lungs.

Benefits of “taking a full breath”

  • Increased awareness: As you practice inhaling and exhaling a few times, you will see how relaxing it is and yet makes you feel very aware!
  • Increased relaxation: More important, when you’re breathing from your belly, it encourages Qi to flow smoothly through all parts of your body.
  • Increased oxygenation: By taking a fuller breath, more oxygen comes into the lung and passes through the alveoli into the blood. A richer oxygenated blood will contribute to a better overall metabolic rate throughout your entire body, resulting in more energy and more vitality. Air is the most important nutrient for our body and therefore, breathing exercises are very important. When you yawn, it is a sign of lack of oxygen, not tired.
  • Increased refreshment/energy: Practicing full breathing is highly recommended for people who are frequently feeling tired and fatigued. Regardless of age, fitness level and physical condition, everyone will benefit from proper full breathing. The better and more effectively your breath, the quicker you achieve good vitality. So when tired, try breathing instead of drinking tea or coffee!

Breathing Exercises

There are many types of breathing exercises for various results. Here are two types that will greatly help you.

1 to 1 ratio: Breath in on a count of four, then breath out on a count of four. This will assist you in getting proper oxygenation in your blood as well as develop all your breathing muscles.

2 ton 1 ratio: Breath in on a count of four, then breath out slowly on a count of eight. It is recommended to use the “Haaa” sound during exhalation. This breathing exercise is very calming to your entire energy field.

Magical Set – The 3 Breaths

When faced by stress or anger, I always encourage my clients to consider practicing the “three breathes”. It as a magical benefit to bring you back to your calm center!

With the first full breath, just acknowledge how you are feeling at that moment. Allow yourself to fully immerse in the sensation.

With the second full breath, feel the change, the opening, the energy flowing through your body and the negative energy leaving your body.

With the third breath feel your new level of energy, relaxation and enthusiasm, smile inside.

I even encourage you to do the 3 breaths exercise several times a day.  There actually are no limitations. The more you practice this exercise, the more its magic will become obvious to you.

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