About 7 months ago I started to feel when my dogs need an adjustment. I will literally feel as though my pelvis is out, or whatever is wrong with them. Now I occasionally feel when a human I am close to needs an adjustment or has local pain. I also feel my dogs’ GI distress (this is more recent – as in the past few days)!
It is very confusing and I have had a difficult time differentiating my pain and the dogs. It is only by going to the chiro and realizing absolutely NOTHING is wrong with me, but Bug’s/Ike’s/Hush’s pelvis is out that I have I made the connection.
More recently I have started to physically feel heat in areas that are sore or need an adjustment when I am massaging the dogs or doing TTouch.
In hindsight it seems this all began shortly after I finished the mindfulness class. I suppose it is possible that the focused meditation opened me up to a different energy level.
Regardless of how it came about, it continues to happen and to happen with dogs I do not know as well as my own two. I have decided I should consider doing something with “it.”
The three things that immediately popped into my mind are reiki, TTouch, and massage. I spoke to Bug’s acupuncturist, his chiro, an animal communicator who does a lot of reiki, and of course my friends. I decided against reiki, which leaves TTouch and massage. The cost to become a practioner of TTouch is roughly the same as the cost to become a certified small animal massage therapist (perhaps less since there is a great school in my state).
I am intrigued by the behavioral applications of TTouch and it is something I really want to pursue at some point. However, I think there is more hope of being able to parlay small animal massage into some sort of career. Due to the new home it is likely not something I can pursue immediately. However, I think it is something I would like to find a way to pursue.
I know it is really weird. I have had mixed responses from the few people I have told. Some, who are very open, think it is very cool. Others just say “really?” and move on because they are not comfortable. I am still adjusting to it and trying to sort out how to recognize my pain versus my dogs’ pain, my agility instructor’s pain, or my mum’s pain (just an example of who’s pain I have been feeling).