Today’s featured therapy is Healing Touch for Animals, an energy healing modality which at first (and second) glance seems very similar to Reiki, but there are some differences between the two, as you will see further down in the post.
What is Healing Touch for Animals®?
Healing Touch for Animals, or HTA, was created by Carol Komitor in the mid 1990s and is based on Healing Touch – a touch and energy healing technique for humans. Healing Touch for both humans and animals helps to balance and regulate the body by working on the energy systems of the recipient’s body — both “external” (aura/energy field) and “internal” (Hara Line, chakras/energy centers). Depending on the technique, the practitioner’s hands work slightly above or rest lightly on the body in order to clear blockages and balance and energize the body, thus supporting it to heal itself.
Carol had been practicing and teaching Healing Touch for people for a number of years when, inspired by the amazing results she had seen in humans, she set out to create a similar program for animals. She found that some of the techniques used in Healing Touch needed to be modified to use with animals due to the animals’ heightened sensitivity to energy compared to humans. She launched HTA in 1996 and the first HTA workshop was held. Today, there are classes available all over the U.S. as well as Canada and the Netherlands, and the list of certified practitioners is steadily growing.
Meet Dawn LaPointe
Today’s featured practitioner is Dawn LaPointe, founder and owner of Awakened Harmony, LLC (d/b/a Paws for Joy) in Duluth, Minnesota. Dawn is a Reiki Master Teacher, Healing Touch for Animals® Certified Practitioner, Healing Touch International student, and independent distributor of Young Living Essential Oils.
Dawn got inspired to start exploring energy work in order to help her own animals. Once she experienced and witnessed the many positive results it had, she felt strongly guided to offer it to help others, and in 2007 Awakened Harmony and Paws for Joy were born. Today, she offers session to humans and a variety of animals at house/barn calls, as well as through distance healing. She also offers Reiki classes and has been featured on TV and in magazines.
I found when I was working on this post that I had a few questions for Dawn:
Q: Dawn, how does Healing Touch differ from Reiki?
They are similar in that they both work on the subtle level of energy. There are differences in the way they go about it.
Here is how I differentiate the two. Reiki is “universal life force energy”, the natural energy in all things. A Reiki practitioner acts as a conduit for the Reiki energy. A series of attunements gives a practitioner the ability to take in the Reiki energy through their crown chakra and transmit or offer it to others through the palms of their hands. Most practitioners can actually feel the energy flowing from their palms — it’s a very pleasant feeling. Reiki energy is wise and works with the body’s innate wisdom to put the energy where it’s needed the most. (Example: if my hands are resting on your shoulder, the energy could be transported to your left knee, if that’s where the greatest or immediate need is.) Reiki can help release energy, habits, beliefs, physical problems, etc. that no longer serve the person or animal.
In comparison, a Healing Touch/Healing Touch for Animals practitioner assesses the existing energy anatomy of the client. Based on that assessment, the practitioner chooses Healing Touch/Healing Touch for Animals techniques to help bring the compromised energy anatomy into balance. Similar to Reiki, HT/HTA can also help release energy, habits, beliefs, physical problems, etc. that no longer serve the person or animal.
These methods all help to balance mind, body, and spirit. Although each method stands on its own as a session or treatment, I typically combine the methods as I am guided, and often enhance sessions with appropriate Young Living Essential Oils. The oils have wonderful energetic properties and benefits in themselves. None of the methods I use interfere with one another or with other holistic or allopathic medicine or treatments, but complement and enhance one another.
Q: I saw in the news video that you use a pendulum – how does that work?
Because I do not yet reliably see energy, I use the pendulum to assess energy anatomy prior to a session. I hold the intention that the pendulum will show me whether the anatomy is in balance or compromised. In a nutshell, if the pendulum shows a round, clockwise rotation, that part of energy anatomy is in balance. If it displays any other pattern, there is some type of compromise in that particular piece of anatomy. The pendulum can also answer yes/no questions which can help narrow down a choice of essential oils to use with a session, or to help identify a culprit part of energy anatomy that’s causing a problem. Pendulum use has been described to me as a means of communicating with one’s higher self.
As a side note, years ago when I first came across methods like Reiki and pendulum use, I was a non-believer and very skeptical. I have a very strong sense of logic and had no knowledge of the subtleties like energy — it simply wasn’t on my radar. Eventually I was open enough to try Reiki, had a very convincing experience, and was strongly drawn and guided to learn it and share it with others. That led me to HTA, HT, essential oils, and assessing with pendulums. This path has been such a blessing in my life and I enjoy the greater sense of balance I have — still having my strong logic, yet being open and sensitive to subtle, essential things like energy that can make a tremendous difference in one’s well-being.