Reiki for Dogs
Reiki for dogs is not a new concept. We feel quite sure dog lovers have laid their hands upon their injured or ailing dogs since that first friendly wolf puppy snuggled up to a Neanderthal woman beside a long ago fire.
What IS Reiki?
You may have heard of Reiki, but are wondering how will it work for your dog.
First, a bit about Reiki. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing. It is shared by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that “chi” or “life force energy” flows through the practitioners and into the client (your dog). If your dog’s “life force energy” is low, they will be more susceptible to stress, tension and illness, and if it is high, more open to happiness and good health.
Reiki is a spiritual healing art with its roots in Japanese origin. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life” and (Ki) which means “Energy”. Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. It is not massage nor is it based on belief or suggestion. It is a subtle and effective form of energywork using spiritually guided life force energy.
Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. Reiki Practitioners understand that everyone has the ability to connect with their own healing energy and use it to strengthen energy in themselves and help others. It is believed that a person’s “ki” or energy should be strong and free flowing. When this is true a person’s body and mind is in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes weak or blocked it could lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance. –From the International Association of Reiki Practitioners.
Reiki energy is gentle, noninvasive, yet wonderfully powerful. Reiki works seamlessly with other forms of healing, such as veterinarian support.
Reiki can do no harm, you cannot overdose them with Reiki. Since Reiki is not something that is “done” to your dog, it is impossible to give them too much Reiki. They simply accept what is needed and allow the rest to flow on through. Since dogs cannot respond to a placebo effect, it is possible to gauge the results of a Reiki session with an open mind.