What is Reiki, what are the benefits and why do dogs love it?
Reiki is a form of energy healing, which involves the transfer of universal (life giving) energy from the practitioner’s palms to the patient.
The practice originates from Japan in the late 1800’s and has been used in healing for centuries in its various forms.
Reiki is a gentle and non-invasive way of treating many ailments and emotional conditions.
Many dogs suffering from stress, anxiety/separation anxiety and depression respond well to Reiki.
Similarly those with physical conditions from joint/ muscular issues through to more serious health complaints such as heart conditions or cancer, also receive exceptional benefits from receiving Reiki.
As dog owners, more and more we are searching for alternative health care methods for our dogs as we are keen to protect their health as naturally as possible, without the use of harsh chemicals.
For example, some treatments for arthritis can cause liver damage if used long term, therefore Reiki, combined with some gentle canine massage can alleviate symptoms just as effectively.
This relaxed state allows the healing energy to flow through dog’s bodies and heal from within.
The mental state will be elevated from the Reiki and essential oils, inflammation will reduce and a sense of calm and wellbeing will return to dogs during treatment.
Often the hands are placed on the patient, which invokes a sense of trust with dogs and as they do love a cuddle, this form of therapy is right up their street!
Canine chakras are pretty much in the same areas of the body as us humans, so it is easy to perform the treatment and transfer the healing energy.
So, at Stardust Dogs, my work is led by the patient, the dog tells me where it feels comfortable and we work around that.
If the dog is happy to lounge on the special dog massage bed, then we work there, similarly if the dog is most comfortable lying beside the door or on the decking in the garden then that’s where we work.
I start off with some sound and vibrational therapy, this allows the dogs to explore, sniff me and get to know me and settle into their surroundings.
Often during the first session dogs can either be super excited because they are somewhere new and experiencing new things or they may be quite stressed by the same factors.
This does not mean that they are not receiving any benefit, dogs are not like humans, they are not conditioned to sit still for 45 mins and receive therapy.
The more comfortable dogs can feel, the better the results.
As Reiki can be done from a distance, I can move around with the dogs and I can target my hands towards the body in order to omit the healing energy.
Treats, drinks of water and lots of cuddles are also encouraged, not only does this make the dogs more comfortable, but it also builds trust between us and deepens our bond as the Reiki practice is formed and continued.
This will allow the dog and their mind and body to become accustomed to the practice and absorb the energy needed to start the healing process.
From here, I would then advise one weekly or fortnightly treatment, in order to continually top up the healing energy and protect the dog’s health and immune system.
As with all things, consistency will get results, however if we stop the activity then we stop receiving the benefits.
The Stardust Dog Therapy Room is based within the conservatory at my home, which is bright and airy and overlooks the garden.
This is ideal for dogs who like to explore and means when the weather is good, we can take advantage and do the treatments on the decking.
This means that you too will experience the benefits from the sound and vibrational therapy and well as the Reiki, so will literally float out the door after with your dog.
I have designed the whole thing to be very experiential and relaxing for dogs and owners alike.
I firmly believe that prevention is better than the cure, so I hope to change the way we protect our dog’s health, one Reiki session at a time.