Healing Powers from an Unexpected Source

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Healing Powers from an Unexpected Source Animals have been a human’s companion for many centuries to provide peace and calm; however the use of animals in a structured therapy environment is a new type of idea that has been researched. Using animals as a healing source is animal therapy, which can be used as aids for many types of people. Whether it be a dog, cat, bird, rabbit, or even a horse, all types of animals can be trained to help the emotional and physical health of many in simple and extraordinary ways. The use of animal therapy with highly trained animals can benefit the emotional and physical health of a variety of people, including children, elderly, and individuals with unique circumstances. Healing can be found in…show more content…
The benefits can be extraordinary with an activity using animals but can be poorly suited for a person who may be extremely stressed in public events or does not fare well with an overwhelming excitement of a public event. These type of individuals would be better accommodated in a one on one therapy session with an animal used as an aid.
These types of individuals in a private therapy situation are using the other type of animal therapy which is officially called Animal Assisted Therapy or AAT. Animal Assisted therapy is tailored to one specific person in a meeting with a therapy professional with the aid and assistance of an animal. The animal, usually being a dog, is used to treat a client on a personal level and is used as a tool in a session of therapy. An example of AAT is having a dog for a client to stroke in a therapy session to relax and have the person be more open and trusting of the therapist they are working with. The aid of animals in therapy can be used to help treat emotion issues as well as physical issues in the types of therapy the animal is used with.
Before an animal can be used in any type of therapy situation, it must be trained to specifically respond to certain situations calmly and not hinder a client’s betterment. Especially when using dogs, most of the time untrained animals are not acclimated to reactions of
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