Reiki is a gentle hands-on touch therapy that originated in Japan. It is a form of energy healing in which a reiki practitioner allows the energy of the universe to flow through their bodies into the patient to allow healing.
The technique is well tolerated by the animals and many get very relaxed and sleepy during the treatments. It can be used to aid in the treatment of many problems such as illness, pain, cancer, stress and anxiety. It can accelerate healing, reduce pain and inflammation, and induce relaxation and stress relief. It is not meant to be a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment, but is great adjunct to treatments offered by your holistic, or regular veterinarian.
Anyone can be trained in doing reiki, and it is something that you can learn to do on your own pet, or use to help animals in your community.
Reiki can also be done on animals from a distance, and this has been invaluable in helping with shelter animals who may be fearful, stressed, and anxious, and who may be reluctant to being touched by a stranger. There is a wonderful organization called the Shelter Animal Reiki Association. They help bring reiki to animal shelters, rescue organization and sanctuaries, and also help to educate and train the staff and the community. The work that they do not only greatly benefits all the abused and frightened animals in the shelters by not only calming but also healing them, but it also helps benefit the shelter itself through its community service.
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