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Cindy Brody
379 State Rt. 375

West Hurley, NY 12491



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Crossing over the Rainbow Bridge: Death, Dying and our Beloved Animals in Transition

This interview was conducted by Val Heart, The Real Dr Doolittle™, on April 3rd, 2015. She’s a bestselling author and leading animal communication expert.

Some of the topics we discussed were:

How to talk to animals that have passed away.
The messages they often have for us.
Do animals mourn their passing?
Are animals reunited with loved ones?
Will they come back to us?

As seen in Modern Dog Magazine:

Some print stories about Cindy Brody and CinergE:

I Am Ulster County Ulster County Magazine November/December 2013 Issue
I Am Ulster County Ulster County Magazine
November/December 2013 Issue

I Am Ulster County in Ulster County Magazine Nov/Dec 2013





Modern Dog Magazine  Fall 2013



Healthy You Magazine September 2013



Healthy You Magazine November 2013



Healthy You Magazine January 2014



Healthy You Magazine March 2014


Complementary Animal Care

Energy Unblocked

By Amanda Bader

Healthy Living Magazine Fall 2003 Winter 2004

Critical and accurate observation combined with an inuitive sense is a key element in many complimentary therapies. Cindy Brody has combined energy balancing, Reiki and massage into what she calls CinergE. Not only does she have horses and dogs as regular clients, but she is now giving sessions where people learn how to do the work.She is essentially teaching these students to rely on their powers of observation and to develop and trust their own intuitiveness.

CinergE involves identifying and removing blockages and redirecting Chi.

This type of energy work helps keep muscles supple and soft, making it easier for horses thier potential for strain. It can also soothe injuries, reduce nervousness, and compliment veterinary treatment for a variety of conditions, including equine colic, back pain, and various types of lameness.

The work is done using a systematic “flick test,” where the fingers are run lightly across critical areas of the animal’s body by an involuntary flick of the finger.Light circular motion is then applied to the blockage to release it and allow energy to flow unimpeded.More resistant blockages might require point work – a sort of laying on of the fingers. Animals that are too uncomfortable for hands on work can be treated by passing the hands above the body, using the heat that indicates problem areas as a guide.

Brody who has been doing energy work for about two decades, is consistently encouraged by the response of her animal patients. ” I can’t tell you how often a hores that rolled it’s eyes and stood at the back of it’s stall when I first arrived comes forward to greet me on my second visit.”

She began her work on humans, but had always been drawn to animals, particularly horses. As her practice developed, she wrestled with whether working with animals was as meaningful as working with people. She came to the conclusion that animals, especially horses, were less equipped to care for themselves – they can’t always say whats happening and they don’t have other resources – so she felt like she was doing something that wouldn’t necessarily get done otherwise.

Horse communicator and energy worker believes everyone can talk to the animals

By Andrea Barrist Stern

The Woodstock Times

December 26, 2002

Cindy Brody could almost be your typical soccer mom. The 45-year-old Hutchin Hill Road resident has intentionally arranged her schedule so that she can devote her weekends and late afternoons to her two teenaged children, chauffeuring them and their friends about town. She keeps a long mane of blond hair that would be glamorous in other circumstances, tied back at her neck and she’s most often found in a comfortable pair of jeans and boots.

But on a recent, bitingly cold day, Brody is spending the morning doing what she is well aware could have resulted in her having been burned at the stake a few centuries ago. Brody is healing horses with her touch. And, as she does so, she chats with them about oh so everyday matters like equine cookies, who did what to who in the barn yesterday, and a bad case of wintry critter blues.

Brody’s hands-on healing is a combination of energy balancing, kinesiology, reiki, deep tissue massage, accupressure, animal communication, intuition, and innate talent that she has blended into a method she calls”CinergE.” Based on the premise that pathways of invisible energy govern the body, energy work in general is designed to free up blockages and disturbances along these pathways to allow the energy to move freely. (Think of the old strings of Christmas tree lights that used to go out if just one bulb blew.)

Through kinesiology (an alternative healing practice that uses the muscles to locate imbalances), Brody first determines where the blockages are. With her fingers in a V shape over a horse’s body, she says she can isolate weaknesses and injuries because her fingers will pull apart as they pass over these areas. Brody may then use a rubber mallet and rubber-tipped dowel to tap gently on the spot to unblock the energy. She also uses reiki to channel “universal life energy.”

“When people first see me work, they wonder how something so non invasive can be so effective,” says Brody. “Once you change the flow of energy, the energy can go where it is needed…I like to feel I am channeling the universal life energy. It is not my own.”

Brody visualizes this energy coming down through the top of her head into her shoulders and out through her hands into the animal. When the blockage is released, a horse will often respond by dropping its head or yawning, she says. Sometimes, as she works her hand under the tail close to the rectum, the animal will pass gas. (Whoa-aaa…) Although she says she works in a similar fashion with humans, one hopes there are some differences.

Brody and her human clients – the jury is still out on what the animals are saying- claim her treatments can help relieve a horse’s mental and physical stress, muscle tightness, joint inflammation and colic. And when she’s done working on the horses, their owners are often lined up waiting to be treated. In many cases, they will bring along a dog with canine leukemia, arthritis, a joint injury or just a bad attitude.

Her clients are her testimonials and there are now so many of them in Ulster and Dutchess counties that Brody can no longer take on new patients unless the case is an emergency. Of the opinion that everyone can treat their own animals, at least to some degree, she plans to offer a two-day program on horses and a one-day session on dogs this spring for area residents, who want to learn more about energy balancing and animal communication. She has already taught half a dozen similar clinics in other parts of the country.

Brody has been talking to the animals and curing what ails them since her childhood, when she spent summers on her grandparents’ farm in northwestern Nebraska. Holding feral barn cats tightly until they relaxed and began purring in her arms, the animal lover sensed she had a unique gift in her hands. “I knew if I could lay hands on I could help,” says Brody, who admits to being something of a “walking Band-Aid” for her family that includes husband Jeff Brody, a Kingston attorney.

In the early 1980s, she took courses at the New York Open Center, a school for alternative healing. Using crystals, she found she could move energy through a person’s body, freeing up blockages that allow the body to heal itself, but Brody says she stayed “in the closet” until she took a clinic in energy balancing from Montana horse professional Pat Young seven years ago. Suddenly, all of the healing techniques she had been practicing in some form or other for much of her life gelled into a head-to-hoof system that brings her patients such relief she claims they often “hug” her with their necks or nibble her face in gratitude when she is finished.

She had been riding at Southlands Foundation in Rhinebeck and, after taking the clinic with Young, started treating horses there. As other horse owners witnessed the results, they asked her to treat their animals and she soon had a word-of-mouth business. Most of the horses she sees are show animals with numerous ribbons so all improvements are taken seriously.

Andrew Pokowitz, farm manager of Anjes Farm, a private training and Shire/thoroughbred breeding facility in Marbletown, met Brody about five years ago after a mutual friend suggested she might be able to help a jumper with a bad back. The horse had returned to the farm for a short layover during a particularly rigorous competition circuit because it was bucking and rejecting riders, according to Pokowitz. No one was able to ride the animal and its owners were desperate to get her back in competition before the end of what had been a winning season. Brody aggressively treated the horse for two weeks, tapering off during the third week. The horse recovered and resumed its regular schedule.

“After seeing how well the horse did, I said, “I’m next,”, recalls Pokowitz, who suffers from a disk problem. The farm is one of eight in Ulster and Dutchess counties that comprise Brody’s regular circuit of clients. At most of them, she treats humans and dogs along with the horses. “A professional horseman is always seeking alternatives because of the increasing number of regulations at horse shows that limit the use of conventional medicine,” says Pokowitz. “This is an active competition season and we’ve been able to keep the horses going without a lot of medicine.”

Pokowitz cites a horse that had developed a bad “pasture cut,” an injury that could easily prove lethal if left untreated. Under normal circumstances, such an injury would have required antibiotics for at least a week. With Brody’s intervention, the horse was “back to normal in 48 hours,” he says.

A few years ago, Dr. Paul Mountain, a veterinarian with Rhinebeck Equines, was stomped by a horse that cracked his ribs and scapula and left his back in spasm. He was still in considerable pain a few days later as he watched Brody work on a horse. “I jokingly leaned against the horse and said, “Now me,” recalls Mountain, describing how Brody relieved his discomfort immediately. “I’m a believer,” says the vet. “She has been very helpful with a lot of our clients and farms who use her for energy balancing” When she tells you the horse has a headache or doesn’t like its owner, I might have more trouble.”

While some owners see Brody’s animal communication as,well, horseplay, others take it very seriously, changing saddles, bits, diet and barn conditions as a result of her intervention. Brody claims to be mostly on the mark when it comes to hearing what the animals are telling her.

“Sometimes, owners will say they just don’t know what I mean; then they will call me a day or two later after figuring it out.”

Last week, as Brody worked on a very large, 19-hand horse, she says the animal kept repeating to her forlornly, “She’s gone. She’s gone. She’s gone.” Brody later learned the owner had been away for four days and would be away for another three. She assured the animal that its owner would return eventually and made a mental note to advise the individual to share this information with the horse the next time that an absence was planned.

Horse owners often want to know only whether their animals are happy. Once, while working on a male Appaloosa named Duffin, the horse allegedly told Brody he missed the special cookies he had gotten used to eating. The owner didn’t understand what the horse meant until the owner of another boarder at the stable admitted she had taken pity on the horse while the owner was away for a month and had given the animal gourmet equine cookies during this period.

One horse, when asked whether she liked her home, kept sending Brody a mental picture of corrugated aluminum with red paint on it. Several days later, the owner called the energy worker after having solved the mystery. The individual had owned the horse for seven years and, early on, a bad storm had flipped over the aluminum lean-to shed the animal used for shelter. Brody hadn’t initially understood the picture of the upside down shed. The horse was still apparently frightened by the incident.

These are big animals, and horses have been known to inflict serious damage, yet Brody is unconcerned. “Some horses bite and have been known to kick, but I never get bitten or kicked,” she says, kneeling beneath a horse as she works on its leg. “I never worry.”

Brody says she is not a “horse whisperer,” a term made popular by Monty Roberts, the inspiration for the book an film by the same name, The Horse Whisperer, and the author of the 1996 best-selling autobiography, The Man Who Listens to Horses. A well-known horse trainer, Roberts’ gentle methods are based on the premise that animals are often confused by mixed messages or made resentful by harsh treatment. “People who pay attention to their horses are already communicating with them,” says Brody. “Anybody can communicate.”

At first, she received “mental postcards” from the animals. She has now refined her communication skills to the point where she says she can feel a horse’s emotions and think its thoughts.

Communication is just a small part of what Brody does but she says it can be helpful in treating the 50 to 60 horses she now sees regularly. Often, she will use it to determine how a horse was injured. “If a horse keeps repeating something,” she says, “I have to investigate it.” Otherwise, she is “constantly yakking with them.” One horse she treats is forever “telling on everyone else in the barn,” says Brody. A jumper may inform her it would prefer to be doing dressage, or she may learn about ill-fitting equipment or a riding technique that is causing discomfort or even a chronic injury. Horses have memories and feelings and experience pain just as humans do, according to Brody.

When one owner asked Brody to inquire whether her horse was happy, the animal allegedly responded that it didn’t like the white ropes. It was only a few days later after speaking to her sons, that the owner learned the boys had been using white lunge lines to slap the horse across its shoulders when it tried to steel hay from other horses in the barn.

On a recent day, Brody is treating a medium-sized gray horse with a gentle disposition, who is complaining to her that her long-time friend hasn’t been taking her riding and she misses having a “special person like the other horses.”(Break my heart.) This particular horse, Kelly, also describes a rider who is using the inside rein too much, a technique that causes the horse, in turn, to want to run as fast as she can.” Brody says she can feel the wind in her hair as the horse describes the emotion. It cannot be determined, at least for now, who is overusing that rein, but Brody learns Kelly’s “friend,” a teenager, has become preoccupied with other teenage pursuits and has been ignoring the animal. Before the day’s end, Brody will advocate for Kelly as she has for numerous other horses.

“In my job I get to say, ‘I love you,’ a couple of hundred times a day if I want,” says Brody later, nuzzling Will Scarlet, a large Shire/thoroughbred. “How many people can do that?” As if on cue, the horse rests his head gently and silently against hers. “All of the mares love him,” says Brody. The feeling appears to be mutual.

For more information on Brody’s method or upcoming clinics, visit her website,, or call 340-7355

Wildwood Farm is Equine Paradise


by Nathan Whalen
Whidbey News-Times May 28, 2003

Cindy Brody spends much time getting in touch with horses. So much so that she figures out their pain and works to heal them.

The New York native recently visited the island to share her techniques with local horse enthusiasts.  “I use kinesiology to find where a horse is out of balance, and with a light touch,bring them back into balance,” Brody said.

Her ” CinergE program” combines energy balancing, Reiki, massage and animal communication to compliment a horse’s health management program.”She’s amazing,” said Heather Carder, co-owner of Wildwood Farm, located north of Oak Harbor. Alot of people will get alot out of it.”

She brought Brody in to teach early this month as part of Wildwood Farm’s master clinician program that teaches enthusiasts various aspects of horsemanship. Carder had learned about Brody’s work during a visit to New York.

Wildwood Farm is hosting other clinicians in the coming months in an effort to provide learning opportunities for Northwest horse owners. In July, a clinician is coming from California to teach Tai Chi for riders. Carder said such a program helps people concentrate on their riding.

Other topics in the coming monthes will include horse dentistry and nutrition.

“Theres so much that people don’t know about nutrition.” Carder said.

The clinician program brings experts from around the world to Wildwood to teach their specialty to local riders. A master equestrian is also planning a visit and Carder hopes to bring Brody back to the farm in the late summer.

Its a heal of a job, but somebody’s got to do it

By: Cynthia Werthamer, Freeman Staff

SAUGERTIES – When Cindy Brody puts her hands on a horse, she’s communicating with the animal. The horse, she insists, answers back. And it’s not Mister Ed we’re talking about. Brody does hands-on healing of animals, primarily horses, that she says is a combination of energy balancing, kinesiology – a form of muscle testing that determines areas of stress or imbalance – reiki, deep tissue massage, acupressure and intuition. She calls it synergy – “the combined or cooperative force, specifically in medicine” – which she spells “CinergE.”

Brody explained her technique as she visited equine clients at Saxton Farm in Saugerties. “Everyone has energy,” she said, resting her hands on Hilo, her own 10-year-old thoroughbred/Arabian. “When you’re hurt, you’ve imbalanced your energetic system.”

Using kinesiology, she determines where a horse’s body is out of balance: Her fingers flick involuntarily when she passes a hand over a place that is hurt, tight or bothered by an old injury. She then takes a rubber mallet and rubber-tipped dowel, and taps gently on the spot she’s discovered.

Brody explained her technique as she visited equine clients at Saxton Farm in Saugerties. “Everyone has energy,” she said, resting her hands on Hilo, her own 10-year-old thoroughbred/Arabian. “When you’re hurt, you’ve imbalanced your energetic system.”

Using kinesiology, she determines where a horse’s body is out of balance: Her fingers flick involuntarily when she passes a hand over a place that is hurt, tight or bothered by an old injury. She then takes a rubber mallet and rubber-tipped dowel, and taps gently on the spot she’s discovered.

The tapping, she said, “unblocks the blocked energy to facilitate healing.” She also uses reiki, “a channeling of universal life energy,” to assist healing.

“Horses are ultrasensitive to energy because they’re very energetic creatures,” she said. “They have a tremendous amount of it and you can feel and see the energy coursing through them.”

Brody explained her technique as she visited equine clients at Saxton Farm in Saugerties. “Everyone has energy,” she said, resting her hands on Hilo, her own 10-year-old thoroughbred/Arabian. “When you’re hurt, you’ve imbalanced your energetic system.”

Using kinesiology, she determines where a horse’s body is out of balance: Her fingers flick involuntarily when she passes a hand over a place that is hurt, tight or bothered by an old injury. She then takes a rubber mallet and rubber-tipped dowel, and taps gently on the spot she’s discovered.

The tapping, she said, “unblocks the blocked energy to facilitate healing.” She also uses reiki, “a channeling of universal life energy,” to assist healing.

“Horses are ultrasensitive to energy because they’re very energetic creatures,” she said. “They have a tremendous amount of it and you can feel and see the energy coursing through them.”

She said she has healed horses suffering from arthritis, colic, joint inflammation, bad backs, even fear. Sometimes, she knows what’s wrong by asking the horse, verbally or without words, and intuiting the answer.

“I stumbled on it by using intuition and kinesiology to see where the pain is,” Brody said. “Anyone with a pet who says, ‘Are you hungry?,’ and the dog wags his tail, is already communicating.” She has gotten images from horses that are confirmed by their humans – for example, ways in which the person incorrectly rides the horse that causes the animal discomfort.

Plenty of folks start out not believing the 43-year-old Woodstock resident, but change their minds when they see how their horses improve.

On this day, she works on Nelson, a 7-year-old thoroughbred that was injured rolling too close to a gate and is on stall rest. He belongs to Maura Ellyn of High Falls, who said, “She saw (Nelson) resisting a canter, and a lot of people would think he’s being disobedient, but she saw his shoulder was sore.” That came from being confined to his stall.

“When I got Nelson, he was very head-shy, but through a lot of work Cindy’s done, now I can do all kinds of things,” she said, adding she wasn’t skeptical because she’d seen Brody work on a friend’s horse.

“You can see how much the horses love it, and you can see how much better they’re moving,” Ellyn said.

She was so impressed, in fact, she took a class Brody taught on energy balancing. “I let her work on me too,” she added.

Brody, who has studied energy work for 20 years, said the kinds of energy-balancing she does is not a mystery: “Anyone can do it. If you don’t believe it, rub your hands together, then hold them an inch apart, and tell me you don’t feel energy.”

Denise David of Kingston – whose American warmblood, Crescendo, has worked with Cindy for five years – bore out Brody’s thesis. “I’ve felt that with us working together, through her regular visits and my intuition, we can find out what he’s feeling before it becomes a problem,” she said.

But with all her equine and human validation, Brody said she doesn’t consider herself a healer.

“That healing comes from the animal and I’m just helping them to access their own healing energy,” she said.

Rosendale Blue Stone Press


Susan Krawitz (7/7/2000)

Cindy Brody’s job as energy therapist isn’t an easy one to explain. It’s hard to describe a kind of healing that is performed on a level beyond what the eyes can see, the ears can hear and scientific methods can certify. But as more and more people are discovering, provable or not, the results of her work speak for themselves.

Energy work is based on the premise that the body is governed by invisible pathways of electricity-like energy. Energy, just like anything that flows, is subject to blocks and disturbances. What energy work does, Brody says, is open up energetic pathways to allow the energy to go where it’s needed. Its a lot like a line of the old type of Christmas tree lights if one bulb is out, the rest cannot function. Brody describes her work this way; Say you have a lower backache and your back feels like its tied up in knots. You have an energetic traffic jam of blockages. When I open up those blockages, it lets the energy go where its needed, allows increased circulation, and reduces swelling, loosening muscles and helping the subject feel better.

The urge to put her hands on people and animals and make them feel better has been with her since childhood. When she was a little girl, she used to tame barn cats no-one else on her grandparents farm could go near. In her early 20’s she studied energy balancing at the New York Open Center, a school for alternative studies in New York City, then started a home visit practice. Just touching people, she found, helped them feel better, but touching with knowledge and intent of the power of energy work seemed to help even more. Desire for a rural lifestyle led her to upstate New York in 1986. Marriage, and the arrival in quick succession of children Sam and Sarah sidetracked the development of a private practice for a few years, but she kept studying and honing her skills on family, friends and pets. After her children were school age, she began to offer her work to the public again, adding Reiki to her repetoire.

Riding was another pursuit she renewed at that time. Lessons at a nearby riding academy put her in contact with lots of horses with a wide variety of physical problems, and she found herself putting her hands on them in an effort to help. Soon she was practicing regularly, with good results, on the 30 plus lesson horses there. Because I rode these horses, I could feel the difference afterward she says.

When Pat Young, a Montana based equine energy balancer specializing in kinesiology,(a form of muscle testing that determines imbalance) gave a clinic at the barn, Brody knew she’d found an important piece to add to her work and a role model for combining a gift for energy work with a love of horses.

Brody started taking on equine clients in 1996. In the last 3 years, her practice with horses has snowballed. It just took off she says. It was like getting on the zoom flume. It was; can I have your number? I have a horse that needs work, can you come over? I have a couple of horses that eed help, and my friend has a couple of horses… need help, and my friend has a couple of horses…

Her thriving equine practice has given Brody thoughts of giving up working on humans, but then the horses started referring their owners. People saw the results with the animals, and wanted the same results for themselves.

Most of her current human clients are horse owners and equine professionals. But in many ways, Brody finds horses easier to work on than their people.With horses, the barriers of doubt are much smaller or non-existant. Horses get it she says. They don’t block it off and they dont question it will I feel better now? Will I feel better an hour from now? That’s the part of working with horses that is so engaging. It’s hard to describe the intensity of the connection. The bond that Brody feels with horses has an additional facet; she’s also an animal communicator.

Intuiting is another ability she says she’s just always had. Her equine intuiting work began as a habit of starting every energy work session by silently asking the horse where they were hurting. Often when she did this, she received wordless impressions”like a snapshot” from the horses about the location of their pain. When she shared the results with the horse owners, they would more often than not, request more information.

Some of the most common questions are: is my horse happy? What are his least and most favorite things? What would he like to change? She’s gotten back some interesting answers. Some horses complain to her that their stalls aren’t clean enough, or they don’t like the horse stabled next to them. One, whose owner had cut way back on his riding time told Brody that that there was a hole in his life, and another said her favorite dog wasn’t being treated well.

It’s not at all unusual for Brody’s results to be confirmed by the horse’s human. She once worked on a horse who showed her a mental picture of a large ice chest, and insisted she’d just been through a horrible ordeal. Brody was puzzled until she spoke to the horse’s owner, who told her that a large cooler kept in the horse trailer had come loose during a trip, scattering ice cubes all over the floor. She’s also occasionally had to break bad news to owners, such as the jumper who’d rather be doing dressage, or the dressage horse who’d prefer to be a trail hack. Sometimes she relays messages about equipment that doesn’t fit, or a riding technique that’s causing discomfort. Horses and humans, says Brody, are more emotionally similiar than they are different. “Both” she says “have memories, feelings, and pain.”

Her greatest current priority for this work is to get the word out. To that end, she’s in the process of making a video and is beginning to give clinics around the country. She’s determined to make as many people as possible aware of her work, which, when you come right down to it, is as much about changing people’s views of what is possible, as it is about helping them and their horses feel better.

She sees herself not as a healer, but a facilitator. “We are all healers for ourselves”, says Brody, “but I can help.”