Over the years I have trained a host of people who wanted to learn Polarity Therapy. The reasons for wanting to learn were as varied as the people themselves. Some wanted to be professional therapists, some wanted a counter balance to jobs that they felt ‘gave nothing worthwhile back to the world,’ others were more interested in their own personal development, some had no clue as to why they felt drawn to this work and a few, admittedly a small few, wanted to learn Polarity so that they could help animals.
Those therapists who have elected to treat animals have been extremely successful in treating a variety of complaints in our four legged friends and have even saved some of their animal patients lives. Of course it is easy to see how a healing system such as Polarity can be effective in many cases. Cats, for example, are especially sensitive to energy. I remember one occasion during a training when several cats came and sat outside the large window of the training room every time we were doing bodywork practice. I’ve even known chipmunks to turn up. Dogs too response well to Polarity. Years ago I had a small terrier that had a manic energy. He was never still and got himself into a terrible state every time we went out in the car. He responded beautifully to perineal work performed daily for a while whilst lying on my lap.
My current pooch Spike, who turned up one day on our doorstep and refused to leave, had obviously had a dubious past before finding us. He was unsure of any human touch and would not allow you anywhere near his hind quarters. We surmised that he may have been kicked or injured in this area. Naturally we were concerned enough to use our skills to help him out.
We worked under his occiput, releasing tension, which he quite liked, then down either side of the spine. This turned into a game with Spike turning in a circle each time we reached the base of his spine to present his head again for the next wiggle down the spine. After a while he got so that we could work more slowly and sensitivity down his back and he would stay still.
His hind quarters were more of a problem and he still would not let us near them. Contrary to our instincts we discovered that if we rubbed them vigorously, again in the spirit of play, he would let us do that for a few moments at a time. Any attempt at a more sensitive, light approach would be greeted with a barring of teeth. His was mistrustful of too gentle handling. I guess he had never experienced it before.
So by turning everything into a play situation, much as I do when working on small children, we eventually managed to de-traumatise the area. The overall effects on him have been tremendous. He is a happy, energetic dog who is now a delightful companion who trusts us and enjoys being around us as we do him.
Horses are another animal that I know respond well to Polarity. I myself have not worked with horses but again I know former students who do. Of course the sheer size of their patients can make some of the contacts difficult but they get around this problem by working with a partner and ‘bridging.’ That is to say one person places a hand on the front of the horse whilst holding their partners’ hand, whilst the other places her free hand towards the back of the horse. So anything is possible if we allow ourselves to be creative.
Contact areas that I have found animals to be particularly responsive to are the occipital ridge- right round to the base of the ears, the ears themselves, the neck and down the spine. As I also mentioned before, perineal work is very effective at calming an animal down and the perineal floor is very easy to find on them.
One of my former students who works with horses trained in a system called Equine Chiropractic. Her instructor informed her that it was basically Polarity Therapy for animals.