About Acupressure

Unlike other body work such as massage or chiropractic adjustment, acupressure involves layers of information and connection to uncover blockages or disruptions along the energetic meridians of the body. In turn, this information creates a pattern which allows us to predictably address (based on Traditional Chinese Medicine) specific acupoints to restore balance and the free flow of energy, blood, and other vital body fluids throughout the animal.

Our goal is to make the animals we know and care about as energetically balanced and comfortable as possible… physically, mentally, and spiritually.

FAQ

What can acupressure do?


  • alleviate pain
  • reduce stress
  • enhance circulation
  • complement traditional veterinary care
  • clear congestion and toxicity
  • improve physical, emotional and energetic balance
  • maintain a sense of well-being
  • help strengthen the immune system
  • reduce recovery time after surgery, giving birth, or other conditions
  • speed healing of musculoskeletal injuries
  • deepen the relationship between the animal and the caregiver

What acupressure cannot do


  • replace veterinary care in an emergency situation
  • replace regular and routine veterinary care
  • provide a diagnosis or cure
  • replace needed surgery
  • overcome certain environmental challenges

Acupressure vs Acupuncture


They are both different applications of the same Traditional Chinese Medicine principles. Acupressure is performed using finger pressure on specific acupoints; acupuncture is carried out by inserting thin needles into the acupoints. Treating acupoints with either acupuncture or acupressure has the same effect in restoring balance to the animal. Acupressure can be used to address almost any condition that can be treated with acupuncture. Its intention is preventive, offering the client a way to keep imbalances from occurring in the first place. However, if imbalances already exist, acupressure can help restore optimal energy flow.

How many points are stimulated?


Generally the practitioner will complete the examination, create a session plan, and use 4 to 10 points per session on the animal. The points are most often worked on both sides. The practitioner will keep notes as to which points were used per session and use that information, the animal’s response, observed changes, plus further assessment, to determine the acupoints to be used in subsequent sessions.

Does it hurt the animal?


Acupressure most often does not hurt. That said, there are times when a point will have “too much” energy and it can be briefly painful or uncomfortable when stimulated. Always keep yourself in a ‘safe’ position when working on a horse. This is particularly so for animals who have not had body work in the past.

How long does a session last?


Often, that’s up to the animal. The session can be 20 minutes long… or an hour. Typically, the first session, including intake and assessment, will take one to two hours. Follow-up sessions are often shorter and may last 25 to 45 minutes. It depends on the response from the animal.

Note: Animal acupressure is a non-invasive modality intended to enhance well-being in the healthy animal - it is not designed to replace proper veterinary care. If in doubt regarding the physical health of your animal, please consult your veterinarian.

Available Services/Fees

Due to the nature of energy work such as acupressure, acupuncture, chiropractic work, and similar modalities, the effects tend to be cumulative, and progress through several individual sessions. It is strongly urged to commit to a number of acupressure sessions in order to assure the best possible outcome for you and your horse, dog, or cat.

The first session with your horse, dog, or cat will likely be the longest. First sessions typically last between an hour-and-a-half to two hours. You will need to be on hand to give a complete and thorough history of your animal: physical, mental, environmental … everything from birth to now … from food to supplements ... from relationship with other animals to relationship with humans … from daily routine to training and ambitions … and more.

Subsequent sessions will be less time consuming, as the above information will be on file, and usually last from 40 minutes to an hour. Though it is preferable you be with your pet during subsequent sessions, if you cannot for any reason, please have someone available who can hold your horse, dog, or cat and answer pertinent questions.

Horses

First Visit: $75.
*Subsequent Visits: $60.
*Four-Visit Package: $210.
*=No longer than one month between visits.

Dogs

First Visit: $65.
*Subsequent Visits: $50.
*Four-Visit Package: $190.
*=No longer than one month between visits.

Cats

First Visit: $55.
*Subsequent Visits: $40.
*Four-Visit Package: $160.
*=No longer than one month between visits.

Mileage Fee

First 60 miles (round trip) included in fee. $.50 for each mile over 60; mileage can be divided among clients at the same location/vicinity.
Fees may be pre-paid or remitted at the time of service.

Discounts

Ask about discounted fees for rescue or therapeutic organizations, or multiple animals (four or more) at the same facility. Gift certificates are available.

Talks/Presentations

Lynn is available to give talks and demonstrations for your group or organization. Contact her using the form below or call (937) 499-4890.

The service area is the Greater Miami Valley, Ohio region. If you live outside this area and are interested in services, please contact Lynn.

Note: Animal acupressure is a non-invasive modality intended to enhance well-being in the healthy animal - it is not designed to replace proper veterinary care. If in doubt regarding the physical health of your animal, please consult your veterinarian.

About Miami Valley Animal Acupressure, LLC

In 2008, Lynn Caldwell and Diane Wilson began their education to become acupressure practitioners. In 2010, they were certified in Equine Acupressure through Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute as well as through the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure and Massage (NBCAAM). Together, they began Miami Valley Equine Acupressure to provide horses in their area with the best acupressure care possible.

The business grew after Diane was certified in small animal acupressure and later in canine massage. They renamed the business Miami Valley Equine and Small Animal Acupressure. Lynn was certified in small animal acupressure in 2018. In 2019, Diane unfortunately passed away--far too early in this life--so Lynn is now the sole provider at Miami Valley Animal Acupressure, LLC.

Lynn's love for animals stretches back to the days on her grandparents' farm, spending time with the dogs, cats, mules, pigs, cows, and chickens her grandfather kept. Since then, she's gone on to own and care for her own family of furry companions. Several years ago, she sought the help of Marie Soderberg, then with the Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute, for her Quarter Horse/Arab cross, Buck. He had been plagued with years of respiratory illness, and sentenced to a life supported with medications. Acupressure changed that sentence, and it changed Lynn. In addition to acupressure, Lynn has also studied Reiki and Aromatherapy/Essential Oils for animals. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology, is a Diplomat in the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and she has made a successful career in science, research, writing, and teaching.

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