What is Trauma Therapy?
Unresolved trauma may be held in the masseter muscle. With gentle palpation practitioners can, layer by layer, move through the trauma and bring the animal back to a mental and emotional stability that precedes the timing of the trauma. If other therapies have not been able to shift the results of trauma, masseter work is invaluable.
How does it work?
Emotional trauma can manifest in tension in the masseter muscle (the cheeks) and may start to cause restriction in movement. The right-hand side masseter reflects the left hemisphere of the brain i.e. logic processes and the left-hand side masseter reflects the right hemisphere of the brain i.e. instinctive processes. Accessing the masseter with gentle touch allows the animal to experience the trauma almost in a dream-like state. It is usually linear backwards in time, i.e. most recent first.
Trauma Therapy may help pets with:
- Past issues that are affecting the present. Masseter work may access those memories and eliminate or mitigate the present-day impact.
How will my pet respond?
During treatment, your pet, in experiencing the painful memories, may re-enact scenarios or be very still and give the appearance of watching a movie of past experience.
After treatment, your pet may be very quiet, wanting to be left alone. Usually within a day or so, they ‘come back’ without the burden of the past.
“Wolfgang belonged to an amazing dog trainer called Monika. Monika and Wolfie met when he was rescued from an owner who, while not strictly abusive, kept this magnificent German Shepherd in a cage, allowing him out for shows. Wolfgang knew no other life before Monika, and since animals are more generous than humans, he held no grudges. He was just a very sad dog.
When I did masseter work with Wolfie, we were at a dog training day. There were five people in the room when I accessed Wolfgang’s masseter. He encountered so much sadness, it was palpable – everyone in the room felt his sadness, and some were in tears. Wolfgang released his sadness and was able to start a new life with Monika.
For many years after this treatment, Wolfie and Monika had so much fun – tracking, dancing, and doing scent work.
He died at 17, a good age for a German Shepherd. For the last 12 years, Wolfgang was happy and his life was filled with love and lots of fun.”