Healing Touch for Animals® (HTA)

Submitted by Sue King

Healing Touch for Animals® (HTA) is a bio-field and energy-medicine modality that supports the body to heal itself. HTA techniques are used to help balance and clear an animal’s energy system, thus assisting the animal’s body, mind, emotions, and spirit to heal. HTA Practitioners employ various hand positions and motions after developing an energy presence through centering and setting intention of the highest healing good. There is a flow of energy from Universal Energy through the HTA Practitioner to the animal undergoing treatment.

HTA is unique from other energy modalities in that the techniques used were developed specifically for animals and works on all species of animals. Even though a human’s energy system is similar to that of other species of animals, there are differences that need to be taken into account, especially the fact that animals are more in tune with themselves and their environment and are much more sensitive to energy work than most humans. For example, there are Healing Touch techniques used on humans that are too invasive to be used on animals.

Another unique feature of HTA is that the use of tuning forks and essential oils are addressed during the training. The HTA Practitioner is taught how to use a basic set of tuning forks to provide sound therapy and/or vibrational therapy during an HTA session. The HTA Practitioner also receives an introductory level of training on how to utilize essential oils during an HTA session. During the essential oil training, the HTA Practitioner is taught what oils to use when and what oils should not be used at all on certain animals, especially cats.

Carol Komitor of Komitor Healing Method, Inc., combined her animal knowledge and experience with energy medicine through studies with Healing Touch, CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki-Master Level, Light Body, massage therapies and private practice to develop the HTA techniques. There are 4 levels of training as well as a certification program. An HTA Practitioner is anyone who has attended and successfully completed at least Level 1 of the HTA workshops. An HTA Certified Practitioner (HTACP) is someone who has attended and successfully completed all 4 Levels of the HTA training as well as the certification process. In addition, an HTA Practitioner adheres to the HTA Code of Ethics and HTA Standards of Practice.

HTA techniques help support an animal with injury and illness, behavioral issues, stress-related issues, physical trauma, emotional trauma, cancer support, surgery and recovery, connection with people, competitions, palliative care, and euthanasia. HTA treatment works cooperatively with traditional and holistic veterinary care as well as with training or behavioral counseling. There are no contraindications for HTA techniques. In addition, HTA techniques can be performed at a distance, which is ideal for working on animals that do not allow human contact, or even long distance where the HTA Practitioner and the animal receiving the HTA session are not in the same area, since all HTA sessions are done by setting the proper intention and accessing the Universal Energy.

During an HTA session, the HTA Practitioner will first talk with the animal’s guardian to get important background information about the animal as well as information on any health or behavioral issues. The HTA Practitioner will also find out from the guardian the reason(s) for treatment to help the HTA Practitioner determine the techniques to employ. Next, the HTA Practitioner will assess the animal’s energy system by checking, at a minimum, the major Chakras to determine where any blockages may be occurring. The assessment may also include checking the Hara Line and some minor Chakras for blockages. After assessing the energy system, the HTA Practitioner will utilize the HTA techniques she/he feels is needed based upon the results of the assessment and the reason(s) for treatment. After applying the chosen HTA techniques, the HTA Practitioner will reassess the animal’s energy system and review the results with the animal’s guardian.

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