Healing Touch for Animals offered

Published 9:55 pm Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Healing Touch for Animals course will be held in Suffolk in August.

Attendees will learn how to improve their pet’s health and well-being through the simple touch of their hands, according to a press release from the organization. The class will be taught Aug. 28-30.

This is the first level of a four-level program leading to certification. During the course, participants will get hands-on experience working with dogs and horses. Other species, such as cats, birds, aquatics and exotics, will be discussed. Students learn how to assist animals in areas such as injury, illness, trauma, behavioral and stress-related issues, bonding and general wellness.

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Carol Komitor founded the Healing Touch for Animals program in 1996 when she combined her experience as a certified Healing Touch practitioner and instructor, certified massage therapist, and certified hospital-based massage therapist with her 13 years of experience as a veterinary technician.

“The techniques taught in Healing Touch for Animals are meant as a cooperative application of animal health care working in conjunction with our veterinarians,” Komitor stated in the press release. “The varied techniques taught in Healing Touch for Animals can support the animal’s physiology, helping to improve the immune system and promote the healing process.”

People interested in attending the course should contact local coordinator, Kay Hurley at 377-8816 or via email at virginiabeach@healingtouchforanimals.com. Online registration and additional information is available on www.healingtouchforanimals.com.

The introduction and small animal class will be held at Sentara Obici Hospital, 2800 Godwin Blvd., Suffolk, and the large animal class will be held at Wellington Farm, 3125 Hungarian Road, Virginia Beach.

An early registration incentive of $75 off for the full weekend is offered if registration is received by Aug. 2.