Terri Foley - Beyondtouch.net

Terri has 20 years in the business with training in: Reiki Teaching Master, Cranial Sacral for Horses, Dogs, Cats, Birds and Humans, Raindrop Therapy for Horses, Dogs and Humans, Essential Oils, Acupressure, Homeopathic's Flower and Mineral Essences, Moxibustion, Pranic Healing and Quantum Pathics. Terri also has standing memberships with the National Homeopathic Society and Flower Essence Society

Why do you use an integrative approach?

I found that the integrative approach works wonderfully. It is a pairing that addresses both the critical situation as well as addressing the root cause. Example, if I have a broken arm, I am not just going to take Arnica and apply essential oils, I am going to see a doctor and have proper care. The Arnica and essential oils will speed the healing.

What alternative modalities do you use with your patients or clients?

Cranial Sacral, Reiki, Essential Oils, Flower and Mineral Essences, Raindrop Therapy, Moxibustion, Acupressure, Homeopathic's, Pranic Healing, Quantum Pathics

Tell us about your most memorable patient or client and their case?

A Thoroughbred mare that had been extremely abused both physically and emotionally. She had numerous scars from humans as well as from breeding sessions gone wrong. She would not allow anyone to touch her. She was very reactive. In some case extremely violent to humans around her. We used Cranial Sacral, Reiki, Essential Oils and Flower Essences to address the physical and emotional condition. We did everything gradual and the caretaker was open to taking a very conservative approach when introducing new modalities. Cranial Sacral therapy works at both the physical and emotional level so we started out with Cranial work. I also partner Reiki in everything that I do and therefore Reiki was incorporated into each session.
     I initially worked on her weekly small increments at a time until she started to trust me. Always letting her know that I would cease if she was uncomfortable. We then introduced essential oils. She would pick her own oil. I would offer her an oil and she would either turn her head or lick and chew. There was one session that she was very deep in the session at one point she let out the most primal groan that both the caretaker and I started to cry and had such emotion. At the end of the session the mare put her head and neck around me and pulled me into her side. It was the best hug ever. Today she will allow folks to touch her. She is showing her great personality and sense of humor. She ever so gently nudged her caretaker to take a step backward resulting in falling into the feeder pan that was on the ground. The mare started nodding her head up and down as if amused by what had happened. The scars have diminished both physically and emotionally. The partnership with her caretaker is wonderful and the mare is allowing to be ridden.

What's a common question, concern or misconception you hear about the integrative approach, and how do you address it?

It's all in the head, the placebo effect. I explain that animals do not have the placebo affect as humans do. I include examples of work with the animals. I also give an example of a friend of mine who did not believe in the integrative approach. She had gone to the doctor for a cold sore that they could not clear up. I handed her Melaleuca (Tea Tree Oil) and Calendula Gel. Had her apply a drop of the Melaleuca to the sore and cover with Calendula. Told her to give it 4 days. She said this won't work but I will try anything. She came back 3 days later, clear lip and said I will never call what you do woowoo stuff again.

In order to help educate more people about an integrative approach, what are some resources or thoughts you'd like to share?

I give mini workshops to barns, rescues and other organizations that are interested. I keep them short and I don't go into the deep mechanics. I give examples of the successes with the different medicines and modalities. I provide a suggestion for a holistic first aid kit. Using a fishing box and offer suggestions on what Homeopathic's, Essential oils and flower/mineral essences to stock the first aid kit with. I always insist that in the case of an emergency the first action is to call the vet. None of my advice in any way is a substitute for veterinary care

DISCLAIMER: THESE ANIMAL PROFESSIONALS HAVE NOT IN ANY WAY RECEIVED COMPENSATION FROM SPIRIT ESSENCES. SOME OF THE ANSWERS MAY NOT REFLECT THE OPINION OF SPIRIT ESSENCES.

EACH ANIMAL PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES AN INTEGRATIVE APPROACH, MEANING THEY SUPPORT ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE, BUT DO NOT EXCLUDE CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE.

NONE OF THE ANIMAL PROFESSIONALS PERFORM DECLAW OR DEVOCALIZATION OF ANIMALS.

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