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May 30, 2016
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Holistic help for animals; Aid through acupressure and aromatherapy

Certified holistic animal practitioner, Kristy Boki, center, demonstrates a technique for members of the Tri-State Dog Obedience Club in Shohola, PA during a recent seminar on animal acupressure and aromatherapy. The club works to improve the lives of dogs and their owners by offering classes from puppy training through advanced levels of obedience, agility, conformation and rally.
TRR photos by Sandy Long

Another benefit of acupressure lies in creating calm periods that open connection and deepen relationships with pets. Performing acupressure effectively requires attentiveness from the practitioner, during which careful observation of the pet is possible. Boki encouraged keeping a journal to note general demeanor, brightness or dullness of eyes, coat condition, odors, freedom of movement or weight fluctuations. Over time, a health log evolves, and changes can be reviewed with a veterinarian if necessary.

During acupressure, observation of the pet’s response to particular points can be informative. Muscle spasms, stretching, licking, salivating, panting, chewing and yawning may all be signs of a release of stagnant energy. Animals may direct attention to other points on their body by licking or scratching. All of it requires a careful focus on the part of the owner, who can then respond appropriately.

Boki closed with additional information on the use of essential oils in floral waters applied externally. The practice addresses behavioral and physical disorders by influencing the brain to affect physiological changes within the body, along with emotional release responses. Boki has developed several oils to tackle issues such as anxiety, fear, aggression, nausea, motion sickness and more.

Both healing modalities offer support in treating animals holistically as an alternative to utilizing drugs that tend to mask symptoms of disease without addressing root causes.

For more information, contact Boki at 570/795-9368, or email, or visit The public is welcome to observe most classes at the facility located in the Shohola Business Center, 837 Rte. 6. Visit, or call 570/296-5594 for more information.