Why Animal Normalization Therapy for Animals?
Animal Normalization Therapy, ANT, is a unique combination of manual therapy techniques derived from the principles of osteopathy with its main goal of “normalizing’” dysfunctions in the body. ANT respects a body’s innate desire and ability to heal itself. It does not incorporate any high velocity adjustments; it is energy work. As a practitioner of ANT, I acknowledge and respect the needs of the individual on every level of existence. I believe that most “behavioral problems” in dogs and horses have their source in emotional and/or physical trauma.
The idea of providing bodywork for animals is catching on! But it is important to understand that bodywork does not “fix” problems and it is not a Band-Aid. Conformation and lifestyle contribute to occasional tight muscles or pain. Bodies stretch, compress, and collide during exercise, work, and play, and they need help to maintain optimum function and comfort through all stages of life.
The capacity the body has for coping is known as the law of homeostasis: “The process by which every living thing makes continual adjustments to keep itself in a stable condition and function to the best of its ability.” Simply put, they compensate and get on with their lives, but the memory of the trauma remains. Left unreleased, stress patterns create a state of tension and fear, which, over time, entrains the physical body. By the time a lameness or change in performance is noticed, the condition has likely been around for a long time and the origin and chain of events that led to the now glaring problem may be indecipherable.
I became interested in providing bodywork for animals 25 years ago when I realized that most of the training issues I experienced with horses where based in discomfort, not misunderstanding. My studies include the ancient Japanese energy healing art of Jin Shin, Canine
and Equine acupressure, and CranioSacral therapy. I began studying ANT in 2003 and attained certification in 2016. While the belief that the body is fixed by a pill or a procedure is deeply entrenched in the subconscious mind of our culture, I believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and it is much easier to cope with concerns in their early stages than it is if we wait until they become established. I view bodywork as a routine part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for all of my animal friends.
Nancy Camp is not a veterinarian and does not diagnose or treat diseases or physical ailments.
Bodywork: First Choice,
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Bodywork is not about "fixing" problems. It is about offering supportive care and normalizing body rhythms so that healing can take place and/or function can be maintained. A healthy, functioning body is one that moves with ease and experiences minimum stress. A program of regular bodywork is essential to maintaining any body's health and function. Horses and dogs are not machines. They have central nervous systems as complex in nature as our own. They see, hear, feel, and think, and they have, or should have; social lives. They experience emotional swings and traumas that are all too frequently overlooked by their caregivers.
My approach to caring for animals is "wholistic" and focuses on balancing all aspects of their lives with an eye to improving their quality of life by practicing and teaching mindful regard for body, mind and spirit.
If you arrange for session with me for your animal, this is the work you can expect. One of the energy work modalities that I employ most frequently is called ANT, Animal Normalization Therapy.
I also employ Jin Shin the High Touch® Way when working closely with animals that under my care or in training with me. Jin Shin addresses the physical body and it's needs and is highly effective in dealing with emotional issues that so often find physical manifestations.
Learn about the Jin Shin workshops I offer.
I first learned about Jin Shin the High Touch® Way from Casey Wood, who studied with the founder and director of the High TouchÒ Institute and the High Touch® Network, Betsy Dayton. http://hightouchnetwork.org/
I live and work primarily in southern Idaho. I travel frequently to Oregon and also travel widely for clinics and workshops.
Most of the work that I do is inspired by the tradition of osteopathy that was founded by Andrew T. Still, MD in 1874.
The energy work modalities I have learned include:
I am not a veterinarian and do not diagnose or treat diseases or physical ailments.