Animal Healing: The Power of Rolfing

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Hillcrest Publishing Group, Mar 1, 2011 - Medical - 306 pages
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"If you enjoy animal stories as much as I do, you're in for a great read. . . . You'll witness the health and happiness of these animals being transformed through the hands and heart of Briah Anson and her passionate application of Rolfing(r) Structural Integration. . . . It's an incredible menagerie: cats, dogs, and horses, as well as guinea pigs, llamas, eagles, an owl, a rooster, a cougar, and, perhaps most intriguing of all, an up close and personal encounter with a wild moose named Mike."
Paul Schurke, Outdoor adventurer and educator; coauthor with Will Steger of North to the Pole and author of Bering Bridge: The Soviet-American Expedition from Siberia to Alaska; Director, Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge and Arctic Adventures, Ely, Minnesota

"As Briah Anson's collection of nonhuman patients clearly demonstrate, Rolfing(r) Structural Integration isn't just for people, though a person's appreciation of its benefits for themselves often leads to an interest in trying this form of body work on their animals. . . . Each animal's emotional and locomotor response to Rolfing described in this book strongly suggests a true and sustained benefit."
Julia H. Wilson, DVM, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine; Associate Professor, Large Animal Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota

"Briah Anson shares her experience, insight, and her love for all creatures in these amazing stories of her quest for healing through Rolfing(r). . . . After each session, the ravages of [the eagles'] permanent disabilities seemed to have less influence on their performance. . . . The Rolfing sessions improved their overall disposition and health. . . . I'm grateful to Briah for her extensive dedication and the volunteering of her time and talent given to the eagles at the National Eagle Center."
MaryBeth Garrigan, Executive Director of Eagle Watch, Inc. (2000-05); Program and Development Director, National Eagle Center (2005-09), Wabasha, Minnesota

"Rolfing(r) Structural Integration, a unique myofascial approach to assist the body in healing numerous musculoskeletal and other issues, is being introduced to the animal world through Briah Anson's fascinating book, Animal Healing. Through case reports, anecdotes, and stories from her pioneering practice applying Rolfing SI to animals, Briah offers convincing evidence that the benefits of this work may be applicable to animals as well. This book is an excellent introduction to Rolfing Structural Integration and its potential application to nonhuman animals. Allen M. Schoen, MS, DVM, Ph.D. (hon.); author, Kindred Spirits: How the Remarkable Bond between Humans and Animals Can Change the Way We Live and editor, Veterinary Acupuncture: Ancient Art to Modern Medicine

 

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Contents

Foreword
1
What is Rolfing Structural Integration?
5
Briahs Story
11
Mike the Moose from Montana
21
Injury and Rehabilitation
31
Rehabilitating Critical Birth Defects
33
Integrate and Blossom
40
Acute Spinal Injury and the Treatment that Worked
48
The Emotionally Challenged Shelter
164
Rescuing the Rescue
172
Resolving Emotional and Physical Trauma
179
Healing From Pet Store Trauma
184
Impatience Turns to Calm
191
Animals as Athletes
195
The Sled Dogs of Wintergreen
197
Sled Dogs One Year Later
216

The Llamas of Boulder Ridge Ranch
53
Healing after Back Injury
60
Injurythe Gateway to Confidence
63
the Results of Extreme Injury
70
Birds of Prey
78
Behavior Changes and Essence Unleashed
93
A Return to Balance Poise and Pride
95
Too Afraid to be Herself
116
Bringing out the Essence of an Animal
121
The Legend of Texas James
127
from Competition to Companions
135
Unleashing the Primal Animal
138
Deep Connection Transforms Aggression
145
Even Roosters?
150
Issues Arising from Pet Rescue and Trauma
153
Introductory Conversation between Deborah Thayer and Briah Anson
154
Integrating Structure Movement and Being
156
The Horse and the Rider Connect
221
Maintaining High Performance
227
Rebuilding the Awkward Horse
233
A Photo Story
247
Maintaining the Athletic Edge
248
A Photo Story
251
Going Out With Their Boots
261
Babbles the Bodhisattva
263
Aging into Liveliness and Love
266
Aging and Pain Management
271
The Dog Owners Best Friend
275
A Second Wind for Jessie
282
The Good Life
283
Photo Gallery ofBriahs Animal Clients
287
Acknowledgments
291
About the Author
293
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