is normally thought of as the ancient Japanese
form of touch therapy, a form of healing only
practiced on humans. The growing popularity
of dog ownership has seen many owners turning
to Reiki Therapists to treat their animals.
Reiki is a powerful natural therapy; it is a
safe, non-invasive and gentle form of holistic
healing that is eminently suitable for both
humans and animals. When treating your dog a
Reiki therapist channels energy through themselves,
and into the patient. This energy flow can be
administered either in a “hands-on”
way or it can make use of a “distance
healing” approach. The dog will usually
determine the type of approach that they prefer
and the length of the treatment session. When
your dog feels he/she has had enough they will
generally walk away.
The therapy sessions will vary in length, in
the number required and the approach to be taken.
Generally the first session involves the therapist
familiarising themselves with your dog and establishing
a rapport. They will then ask what you are trying
to achieve and gather background information
about your pet’s health and lifestyle.
After the first visit any further sessions will
typically last for 15 to 45 minutes.
In a healing session there is generally no use
made of a treatment table, most dogs prefer
to sit or lie down either on the floor, in a
comfortable chair or on their owner's lap.
When a hands-on approach is taken the therapist
uses a fixed set of hand positions suitable
for dogs. This is a gentle process that dogs
find soothing and welcoming.
Some dogs will be nervous, aggressive or just
simply prefer not to be touched by strangers;
they will often be more comfortable receiving
the Reiki from a distance. This approach works
equally well; the energy flow works just the
same as it does if given “hands-on”.
Dogs respond well to Reiki, and the treatment
is particularly successful in treating muscular
aches, pains, back problems and strains. It
can reduce stress, anxiety, nervousness and
skin or coat problems and can also be used to
help dogs with behaviour problems.
If you are contemplating using Reiki therapy
for your dog it is worth bearing in mind that,
in the UK, any sick animal must be taken to
a vet, so any alternative therapy practitioner
working with animals will need a referral from
a veterinary surgeon in order to treat your
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