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Sound Healing for Cats and Other Pets

In 1999 I decided to add sound healing to my massage and teaching practice. I felt it would be an invaluable way to help animals that did not trust touch as a way to soothe their bodies and minds. Healing with sound is an ancient practice, extending back to the Egyptians, Greeks, Tibetans, Chinese, Japanese, Australian aborigines, native Hawaiians, and some of the native American cultures. In many cultures it has been used right through to the present day. As I began to integrate it into my practice I was amazed and delighted with the results. It has far exceeded my expectations as a valuable healing tool.

  By healing sound, I mean pure tones and harmonics produced by such things as tuning forks, Tibetan singing bowls, bells, and cymbals, gongs, drums, rattles, didgeridoos, and toning with voice. In my own practice I use precision calibrated tuning forks, tingshaws (Tibetan cymbals), Tibetan bells and my voice to produce healing sounds.

I began by integrating sound into my massages. Immediately, I noticed that the animals enjoyed it and reached an even deeper level of relaxation. Over the past months, I have used it more and more and have seen remarkable results with the sounds applied on or near the body. For tense and nervous animals, sound offers a wonderful new option for soothing and relaxing as well as for building trust. For flighty animals it can add grounding, helping them to concentrate better on their lessons and competitions. For aged, dull, or lost animals it can bring a sparkle back into their eyes and energy back to their bodies.


Acutonics and Cats: a purrfect choice.

Over the past few years Iíve seen many cats become incredibly enthusiastic about the healing sounds involved in Acutonics sessions. As you'll see in the following story, some cats enjoy healing sounds so much that they insist on their own treatments regardless of their owner's plans!

The story of an Acutonics ďAngelĒ

One day I met Angel, a calico female, at the farm of a client. Her owner, a breeder of miniature horses, owned many animals on her small farm including many horses, several cats and a dog.

On my first visit to the farm I was called in to work on several of the miniature horses. As I sat on a very small stool and applied a sound healing treatment to first one and then a second miniature yearling, a lovely calico perched herself above me on the beam of the stall's wall. The cat waited patiently throughout the session. When I was finished, she made her move.

As I got up to leave, Angel launched herself at my retreating shoulders. To my great surprise I suddenly felt a fairly heavy weight land solidly across my shoulders. The cat draped herself around my neck and refused to leave. Clearly, she had enjoyed the horses' session and wanted one of her own!

Earlier, while working on the young horses, Iíd noted which sound intervals the cat had seemed to enjoy. Chuckling to myself, I carefully reached for three particular tuning forks and applied them over my shoulders to Angel.

After a few minutes of this very awkward application of sound therapy, Angel changed her position and draped herself across one shoulder, front to back, like a sack of flour. There she stayed, half asleep, while I continued to work on several other horses.

On subsequent visits to the farm, Angel stayed close to me, always insisting on her own treatment no matter who else I was actually called in to work on. This included her owner's sessions. Whenever the owner had an Acutonics session, Angel would sit on some part of her body, purring, and waiting for the moment when I used the tuning forks she liked best. She was never disappointed.


portrait © Sara Light-Waller, 2003 





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