Category Archives: Animals

Star

Julianne Dow writes about: “Star” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 74, Fall 2011:

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One warm sunny day at the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, I gave Star, a dark brown lean horse, a series of flows. I had been giving Star consistent treatments for tearing eyes, diarrhea, low immune system, taut 25 region, and major accumulations along the 12 region on both sides of the neck for some time, and all these symptoms had cleared up.

Before coming to the sanctuary, Star was a brood mare used for breeding purposes. In her abuse case, her breeding was in extreme excess. As a result her back is quite swayed due to all her pregnancies. So I started this day giving her a 3/25 and 3/15 on each side. She melted into the treatment, although I did notice that her 15s did not have as dynamic a pulse as the other Safety Energy Locks. I gave her a right Umbilicus self-help flow for an eye project, but mostly for all the emotional loss around “mothering”.

I finished by holding both her 25s at the same time (standing behind her because I trust her not to kick) and slowly moved up her back to her 4x. When I got to the 4s, I splayed my hand so that I was holding both 4s behind her ears and her 3rd eye in the middle of the forehead (as in the Main Central). She was asleep with her eyes open, her head bobbing gently in her relaxed state listening to my singing.

I then moved my hand to her 10 and ended with a 10/13. It felt right and complete, as I could even sense myself melting into her treatment.

As I walked away quietly, she gave me two loud nostril snorting exhales. I took that as a “thank you”.

Thank YOU, Star, for giving me the opportunity to BE with you today! I feel so blessed!

[Julianne Dow’s email is: jdow@ecfs.org for animal treatment inquiries.]

Thank you, Julianne.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

All issues of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter are available at http://www.jsjinc.net.

Our Experience with Nocardioform Placentitis, Part 2

Kelly Mount shares: “Our Experience with Nocardioform Placentitis” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 74, Fall 2011:

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Unfortunately, when I went back again, the baby was sectioned off in the stall because he was too feisty. They needed him to relax to receive his intravenous fluids and supplements. So again I held the first step of the Spleen Flow on my mare and visualized the colt receiving the love and energy of this flow. Finally, after three weeks (and still two weeks from his actual due date), he has been able to move to a farm where he will continue receiving around-the-clock care at an aftercare facility. He should stay there for up to a month, maybe. He is doing well but they are still watching his lung development and the development of his growth plates. this time he was so active bucking and running around the stall, I couldn’t get my hands on him at all! I am looking forward to the day he can return home to my trainer’s farm, and our journey with Jin Shin Jyutsu can continue!

April 13, 2011: Our colt turned 8 weeks old today and is doing remarkably well! Last week at 7 weeks old he made his first trip outside to see the sunshine since he was born. Our mare and colt have been given their aftercare at a very prestigious thoroughbred farm in Lexington called Overbrook Farm. It was made famous by the racehorse and once leading sire, Stormcat, who is now retired and living out the rest of his days on a beautiful 2500 acre spread right in the heart of the Bluegrass.

Quentin (whom I call “Super Nanny”) and her husband Mark Naylor have been caring for my mare and colt and have done a remarkable job. In the farm’s hay day Mark was the yearling manager, and now he and his wife lease one of the many barns to provide their services in foaling mares and extensive care in cases like ours. I am very grateful to them for their expertise and care. All of the colt’s current blood work and radiographs are coming back in good order.

We did have an episode not long after they reached Overbrook where my mare colicked. I think once she realized her baby was going to be o.k., she needed to release the stress and anxiety she had endured in the process. Early one morning Quentin heard my mare lie down in the stall. She knew to have Dr. Friend come over immediately because something was wrong (as she almost never lies down). I am so pleased to report that everyone is alive and well, and I know that both mare and foal are looking forward to returning home so that they can bond without human intervention and live a  normal life in greener pastures.

The University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center and Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory released a report saying the following: This year (2011) there is an increase in nocardioform placentitis. This is a unique form of bacterial placentitis affecting late gestation mares, causing abortion, stillbirth, or foals born alive but compromised. This form of placentitis was first diagnosed in central Kentucky in the 1980s. As of the end of February this year, there were already 126 documented cases.

We have known many other horse breeders who have suffered losses attributed to this naturally occurring phenomenon. After all of this, we still feel like one of the lucky ones. It is rumored that cases have reached 200, and the foaling season is not yet over.

September 16, 2011: The colt AKA Jiffy is doing very well. After bringing him home, he and his mother were turned out with another mare and filly of ours. The other mare allowed him to nurse, too. Lorraine (the other mare) has to wear a catch rope attached to her halter because she is very hard to catch. Jiffy would lead Lorraine and her filly around by the rope. He’s quite a hoot!

We call him Jiffy after the connection to Overbrook Farm and Jiff peanut butter but his registered name will be Super Scandal. His Mother’s registered name is CH Harlem’s Town Scandal AKA Wild Woman. Mother and son are enjoying their time in the pasture just getting to be horses

Thank you, Kelly.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

All issues of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter are available at http://www.jsjinc.net.

Our Experience with Nocardioform Placentitis, Part 1

Kelly Mount shares: “Our Experience with Nocardioform Placentitis” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 74, Fall 2011:

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March 20, 2011: We had a colt born five weeks early this year. Evidently there is some sort of bacteria infecting the placenta that is causing the mares to bag and foal early. They really don’t know why, but they are attributing it to the dry summer and wet cold winter. A few years ago there was a similar phenomenon attributed to cherry trees, but, again, they don’t really know. Thankfully due to the quick actions of his caretakers, a handful of vets and, of course, Jin Shin Jyutsu, he is still alive today!

Upon discovering the early birth of the colt out in the field, they assumed he would not be alive. At five weeks early, the lungs as well as the bones are still developing. He was unable to stand up but able to lift his little head. They loaded him onto a flat bed truck and transported him up to the barn. My trainer, Nelson Green, sat on the back of an ATV in the stall next to the mare holding him up so he could nurse for the first six hours of his life. Dr. Friend came out to their farm, which is located outside of Lexington, KY, and got him stable enough to move to the neonatal unit at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital. There Dr. Barr and her wonderful team of assistants tended to him day and night every two hours around-the-clock, caring for him for the last three weeks. Radiographs proved that he did have bones that were forming, and they would help get him up from his baby bed every two hours to nurse for the first week of his life until he could stand on his own.

They had another young filly come into the clinic at the same prematurity who did not have formed bones and did not make it. There have been hundreds of casualties already in Kentucky and we were one of the first to witness this phenomenon of premature births.

Since the hospital is about an hour away from where we live, it was a couple of days before I was able to make it over to see him. On my first visit when our colt was about 5 days old, I was able to get my hands on him and imprint him with my touch. Respectfully, I treated my mare holding the first step of the 13 Flow, sending my love and energy to the colt. I was then able to come back at around 10 days, and he was standing and nursing on his own! However he was showing signs of colic because he was drinking too much of his mother’s rich milk, and they had to put a muzzle on him and allow him to nurse every two hours. This time I utilized the 13 Flow again on my mare, and I utilized the Reversing and Increasing of First Depth, the Stomach Flow and the Supervisor Flow on the colt. About two days later he colicked and nearly died. Once again his dedicated team kept him alive. They thought at first he might be lactose intolerant, but they discovered as little as he was that reaching up to nurse was creating too many air bubbles and too much gas, thus causing the colic. I did speak to Adele Leas, and she really thought I should use the Spleen Flow to assist the body in absorption of the nutrients. She also suggested the right 14 with the left 1.

To be continued…

Turkey Day! Hands-on with Henrietta

Julianne Dow writes: “Turkey Day! Hands-on with Henrietta” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 73, Summer 2011:

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It was a typical cold winter morning in the Catskill Animal Sanctuary barn. There are three turkeys, two chickens, a goat and a sheep that freely roam the barn. They are called the “underfoots”, as they get “under your feet” to say “hello” when you walk through. The turkeys greeted me with their usual trilling serenade and sauntering walk. (They are overweight from the industry’s attempt to make them bigger for our dinner tables.)

Henrietta is relatively new to the threesome. She, unlike the other turkeys, has her original sharp beak and claws intact. She looks at me keenly with her blue eye as if sizing me up, moving closer and closer. I trill back to her and extend my hands holding them wide. I sing “Shanti” to her. (Turkeys love to be sung to.) She moves closer and shuffles her large white feathery body in between my hands. My hands gently hold her 10 and 13. Her eyes begin to close, and she slowly sinks downward, yet not all the way. She becomes quiet, and so do the other turkeys as they come closer to watch. I slowly move my hands to give her a Right Stomach Flow for weight loss, using the R3 as my anchor (21=2+1=3) since birds are generally not keen on having their 21 touched. She allows it all, even the left High 1 and Low 8. For the middle toe, I just put my hand at the central intersecting point of Henrietta’s front three toes. (They have four toes total.) All is quiet in the barn when she is done. I look forward to connecting with her and her fine feathery friends again soon.

[A tip from Julianne Dow: When jumper cabling birds, be sure to remove all shiny jewelry. They love to peck at shiny objects.]

Thank you, Julianne.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

All issues of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter are available at http://www.jsjinc.net.

African Reflections through the Lens of Jin Shin Jyutsu, Part 2

Adele Leas writes: “African Reflections through the Lens of Jin Shin Jyutsu” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 72, Spring 2011:

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In order to view animals in the wild, one must be patient and silent. Over time I became aware that the animals seemed to appear and come closer when the energy we were radiating was that of deep, connected peace. I have a new understanding of Safety Energy Lock 4 and one’s ability to Assume the Pace of Nature. We arrived just at the end of the spring monsoons, and the bush was so lush that parts looked more like Ireland than the pictures I had always seen of South Africa. I had the rare opportunity to observe a lone elephant doing what appeared to be a solo ballet at the watering hole. As I watched, I was filled with the awareness of being and breathing with the elephant and the whole forest. I felt the land exhale!

Blaine and I also had the life changing opportunity to share “hands-on time” with a semi-habituated 5-ton bull elephant, Rambo. We also got to feed his mate, Rachel, with their nine-month-old son Jabulani close by. (Jabulani is “Happiness” in Zulu.) Rachel and Rambo were infants when the rest of their herd was culled as a form of population control. Somehow the babes escaped and, in their confusion, turned to their family’s killers for help. These hunters did not have the heart to kill them and so they matured into full-grown adults in the wild but without a real herd. They choose to come visit people each day for a brief while and act as wonderful teachers and ambassadors, displaying their great intelligence, sensitivity, sense of humor and compassion.

Blaine and I both loved our time with the elephants, but sensed different things. Here again was a wonderful lesson… What we perceive of a situation is based largely on our past experiences and frame of reference. We each took away different impressions of this opportunity. The feel of Rambo’s musculature overawed Blaine, and I was absolutely rocked by the feel of his pulses throbbing not only in my hands but through my entire body and down my legs into the earth. Universal Life Force indeed! And yet, if something is not done soon to slow the human population growth and the paving and development of lands, it is predicted that these walking miracles will become extinct within the next hundred years.

We had the magnificent opportunity to observe wildebeests, giraffes, zebras, warthogs (who move very much like my old dog, Scooter); white and very rare black rhinos, elephants and a lion…all in their natural habitat. Surely we are meant to be a part of the picture, finding our place among this majesty. Being awakened at sunrise by thousands of birds filled my heart with joy and gratitude, and I could not help noticing how different our “modern man’s lifestyle” rhythms are. I did not share actual hands-on sessions with them. Instead I rode in the land rover and held fingers. I also did lots of 25s, “lazy man’s exercise”, as one does not get to walk where the lions are in charge.

I also had the opportunity to share sessions with a number of Thonga and Zulu people in the villages where we stayed and visited. I was thrilled that there seemed to be an innate understanding and acceptance of the work whenever I offered it, even though none of these folks had ever actually heard of Jin Shin Jyutsu before. Doesn’t Mary tell us it is “our spiritual inheritance?” It was very clear to me that not having formally studied did not keep these people from a profound understanding of the energy and interconnectedness of life. It was truly unique to share outside sessions at dawn with the sounds of the birds and hippos moving down to the water’s edge from their beds along the banks. There is a real lack of good medical care available to many indigenous peoples in KwaZulu-Natal, and AIDS is at an epidemic level. I am pleased to say I have a few new friends who are practicing Main Central and holding fingers every day now.

The whole experience was a chance to live in FUN (Fulfillment, Understanding, No-thing), and I see every day differently now because of insights gained from the trip. It is our hope to return next year, offering some JSJ self-help classes, and to assist Digs to pen a book sharing the lessons that seven decades in the bush have taught him which he believes could not only guide modern man but help maintain “A Space for Elephants”.

Thank you, Adele.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

All issues of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter are available at http://www.jsjinc.net.

African Reflections through the Lens of Jin Shin Jyutsu, Part 1

Adele Leas writes: “African Reflections through the Lens of Jin Shin Jyutsu” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 72, Spring 2011:

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I could not have known by the looks of the email in my box what kind of adventure it held for me. Every few days I get emails from animal lovers with questions about sore backs or itchy skin or separation anxiety. This one was titled “Zoë is sick” with a brief explanation about Zoë not drinking or urinating normally. There were several unanswered questions in my mind…like what species was Zoë and did her person know JSJ? But because of the Universal Energy that is at the center of this Art, I simply wrote back a very general description of the Self-Help Bladder Flow, using body locations instead of Safety Energy Lock numbers in case her “mom”, Melanie, did not know the Art. A Joyful note arrived the next day; subject…”Zoë is better!” The note said that the kitty had really enjoyed the session, rested deeply and awoke happier and more animated. A picture of a small, sweet, elderly cat was attached.

Melanie had indeed taken several JSJ classes and had a good understanding of the Art but simply felt unsure about working with other species. We corresponded several more times and Zoë enjoyed all the attention. One of Mel’s messages was sent from her husband’s email and had his website address on the bottom: http://www.spaceforelephants.com. I had to go look. It was then I found out I had been corresponding with a student from South Africa.

The website posted their mission statement:

“Space For Elephants Foundation as a national organization endeavors to create more space through a network of corridors throughout the country to give back to the elephants their SPACE and to create a sound economic base to the people living along those corridors. Elephants need to be included in the economic equation to become an asset to the people of Africa. We will incorporate the people and wildlife in a vast network of conservation and economic partnership, protecting our natural and cultural heritage for our future.”

I wrote back immediately saying how in awe of elephants I have always been. The response came back, “Come visit.” Due to an entire series of miracles and the help of many wonderful people, my partner Blaine and I departed for a 21-day trip to the northeast province of South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, in mid October 2010. The tour books called this “the most African of all parts of South Africa.”

Melanie’s husband, Digs Pascoe, is one of the world’s foremost experts on elephants and rhinos. They had offered to take us with them on his monthly rounds of the various reserves and the Thanda Elephant Research Center. Since Blaine is a gifted massage therapist of 33 years, we offered massages and sessions in trade. The lessons of this trip were very different from those I usually experience when I travel teaching JSJ and how to share it with domesticated animals. While the wild lands and animals surrounding us were much more exotic than I am used to, some of the deepest realizations were about my Self.

To be continued…

Wanda Lofstrand writes: “Jin Shin Jyutsu – A Halloween Story” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 72, Spring 2011:

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I never dreamed that Halloween could change my life forever. October 31, 2009, will always be memorable for me, as I had the privilege of attending a Jin Shin Jyutsu workshop for dogs, offered by Robin McKay in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. I had no idea what the course was about, but if it involved me and my dogs, I thought it would be fun. Being a nurse, of very scientific mind, I had never paid much heed to energy medicine. Well…was I in for a life-changing experience! I have embraced Jin Shin Jyutsu with all my being, and have taken every opportunity to practice, share and learn about this amazing Art.

Petunia, my Standard Schnauzer partner at the workshop, is also in love with Jin Shin Jyutsu. She welcomes any hands-on experience, and is quickly transported into the calming world of harmony. So, it seemed fitting that we would regularly perform calming fertility holds as she came into season, and as we were preparing her to be bred by artificial insemination. As luck should have it, ultrasound confirmed that we were expecting eleven puppies – well over the normal litter size of five to seven pups! I continued to utilize fertility holds and the Kidney Function Energy Flow to nourish the pregnancy.

I put a call in to my mentors to ask what flows I could utilize during labor and delivery. I was truly honored when Adele Leas took the time to contact me long distance to offer suggestions. Unfortunately, we were unable to put them to test, as Petunia required a C-section because the presenting puppy was occluding the birth canal, with no room to reposition himself. We were blessed with eleven active, healthy pups!

I continue to hold Petunia’s Safety Energy Locks 17 and 19 to enhance milk production. To date, the puppies are thriving with supplemental bottle-feeding twice daily. While I bottle-feed each pup, I hold one of their tiny paws, and they often settle as they nurse on the bottle. It is truly amazing how quickly they harmonize…a true testimonial that we are born without baggage! One of the puppies developed an accumulation of debris under his sealed eyelid, and I utilized Safety Energy Lock 3 to trigger the body’s natural antibiotic and to boost his immune system. I also applied warm tea bag compresses and utilized the right over left hand position to help extract the accumulated fluid. All the TLC measures paid off.

I am grateful for the introduction of Jin Shin Jyutsu into my life, and am appreciative of the support from the Jin Shin Jyutsu community. I will continue to practice on Petunia, the pups, and myself as we continue on this journey together. Perhaps it is coincidence, but the puppies will be going to their new forever home this Halloween, the first anniversary of my introduction to Jin Shin Jyutsu!! [October 2010]

Thank you, Wanda.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

All issues of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter are available at http://www.jsjinc.net.