Reiki is a gentle but powerful energy healing therapy that can be used alongside, but not as a substitute for conventional veterinary treatment and medication.
Dogs experience a range of emotions, and feel physical pain just as we do. Anyone who has a dog loves them to pieces and wants to do the best for them, they give us their unconditional love and bring so much joy. So when your dog is not feeling well, you want to make them feel better.
Dogs don't have the same logic barriers as humans that could stop them from accepting the concept of Reiki, they simply just receive and enjoy. Using Reiki can help to support your dog at a time where they are not feeling quite themselves.
It is also a lovely way of pampering your dog. Dogs love, and need human touch, and most enjoy being massaged and stroked. By giving Reiki at the same time, it can give your dog a relaxing, calming experience, and make them feel extra special.
It is not just dogs that love Reiki, other animals do too, I know my cat does, and so does my step-daughter's horse!
I have four dogs and a cat and they all love Reiki. The eldest of our pack, a beautiful black Labrador will be thirteen years old soon, he developed arthritis from around the age of three, and he also has hip dysplasia. Apart from the cocktail of pain relief medication, he has received Reiki on a regular basis both from me and my husband, and afterwards his movement is improved and he generally seems much happier.
One of our spaniels suffers with hypothyroidism and this can sometimes make him grumpy and seem depressed. I have found that frequent short bursts of Reiki make quite a difference to his mood and overall well-being.
All of our spaniels when having a snuggle on the sofa with me, have Reiki whenever they want a burst, taking just the amount that they need.
Dogs, just like we do, experience a variety of different emotions and suffer with physical pain.
Using Reiki for dogs can help to:
I would usually do a treatment for your dog in your own home - if you would prefer to come to me, then this may be possible and can be discussed. Treatments usually last for around 45 minutes to an hour, although sometimes this can be slightly longer, especially for a first treatment. I charge £30 for a session, and this includes my travel time and costs within my local area. Outside my local area, I may need to charge a small amount extra to cover my time and travel costs. This is something that I can discuss with you at the time of booking.
This is a simple, easy method for your dog to receive Reiki. I am able to 'send' this beautiful energy to your dog wherever you live. I know that this sounds unbelievable and really weird, but it works effectively, and is a method that I frequently use both with animals and people. I just need to know your name and the name of your dog, where you are located, and how you would like me to help your pet, a photograph is also helpful but not essential. I have found that using a distance treatment a particularly effective way of giving Reiki to very hyperactive dogs that are always dashing around and who find staying still a challenge.
At a first meeting, I like to spend a little time getting to know your dog so that they begin to feel comfortable with me, so lots of fuss and playing with them, and all the time observing their reaction to me. It does also allow time for them time to begin to get used to the feel of the energy. I find that most dogs know the energy is there in my hands, and will frequently lick or nudge my hands, it also gives you the opportunity to talk to me in person about your dog.
Dogs have one more chakra than we do, and this is generally where I will begin, although not always. I do work through instinct rather than adopting specific hand positions, so will place my hands on areas of the body where I am guided to, but sometimes I work purely in the dog's aura - some dogs have a knack of letting me know the areas on their body that they would like to receive Reiki. I will also balance chakras while I work so that the energy flow is uninterrupted.
It is extremely important that you seek veterinary advice and attention for any sick animal prior to starting any Reiki treatments. Reiki is a complementary therapy that can be used alongside conventional veterinary treatment and medication, but not as a substitute. If your dog is showing signs of illness, your first contact must be with your vet.
The Veterinary Surgery Act of 1966 prohibits anyone, other than a qualified veterinary surgeon from treating animals, including diagnosis of ailments and giving advice on such diagnosis.
The healing of animals by contact healing, by laying of hand or distant healing is legal. The Protection of Animals Act 1911 requires that if an animal clearly needs treatment from a veterinary surgeon the owner must obtain this. To give emergency First Aid to animals for the purpose of saving life or relieving pain is permissible under the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 Schedule 3 (taken from the Reiki Federation Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice - March 2002)