I first heard about Tong Ren a few years ago, when a friend of mine went to a workshop with her Mother. There were many people there with stories of miraculous recovery from various serious illnesses thanks to Tong Ren, and if you look it up online, you’ll find thousands more.
Not too long ago, I found out that people also do Tong Ren on animals, and had to learn more. I have communicated with several practitioners and the stories they tell are pretty amazing. We have three case studies in this post (all from Christine Taylor), and I don’t think it’s possible to read them and not want to try, or at least consider, Tong Ren for oneself and ones pets.
What Is Tong Ren?
The theory behind it is the same as with all energy healing methods: a blockage in the energy flow (chi) somewhere in your body has led to your current health problems. But the way you go about treating someone is very different from all the other energy healing methods we have talked about on this blog. The practitioner uses an acupuncture model (a small anatomical figure with acupuncture points on it) and taps on specific points (but can also use their intuition) related to the illness or ailment with a magnetic hammer. This helps remove the blockage, and once the energy is flowing freely again, the body can begin to heal itself.
It it also based the natural tendency of synchronicity and harmony, and Carl Jung’s theory of the “collective unconscious,” – the belief is that it is our collective unconscious minds that create the healing energy. You can’t consciously access your unconscious mind; therefore it is no use to think about the blockages that need to be cleared while tapping on the doll. In other words, don’t let your mind get in the way of the healing. Tom Tam says: “A child’s mind is purer than an adults and without resistance. That is why children are more effective when using the hammer technique than most adults.”
You don’t necessarily have to believe that it works in order for it to work, but it helps. Negative thoughts (or rejection) is also energy, and can therefore hinder the healing. To get the most benefit from Tong Ren, you should just accept the energy and allow it to heal.
The treatments can be done in person or over the phone with a practitioner, or in group sessions (called Guinea Pig Classes – all classes are called that, not just the ones for animals). The patient just relaxes while the practitioner(s) hammer on the doll(s), and you are usually asked how you’re feeling both during the “treatment” and afterwards.
Meet Christine Taylor
Today’s featured practitioner is Christine Taylor, founder and owner of BodyKneads Muscle Therapy in Whitinsville, MA. She has studied many different modalities and focuses her practice on Human and Equine massage, laser therapy, fitness and flexibility, animal communication, and Tong Ren for both humans and all types of animals. She also teaches workshops in Equine massage, saddle fitting, stretching and pressure release techniques.
Christine has generously offered to share three of her case studies with us here: A horse with colic and impaction, a dog with an abnormal growth, and a dog with skin cancer. But first, here are some questions I asked Christine after reading these amazing case studies:
Q: When you’re doing Tong Ren on an animal, is it most often in person or distance?
Most often via phone over distance
Q: What do you (or the animal’s owner) usually notice in the animal during the treatment?
People most often say that they feel heat or tingling sometimes tingling sensation creeps from the feet all the way up towards their head and they can feel their whole body pulsing, but sometimes people feel nothing. Animals just seem to relax or sleep.
Q: Are there any conditions in particular that respond better than others to Tong Ren?
I have found that biochemical illnesses and bioelectrical problems like nerve or speech problems seem to get the quickest results. But I have worked on skin tumors and growths that required about 6-8 sessions before they seemed to be gone.
Also see my post on how Christine used Tong Ren to help our dog Sadie with Cushing’s