Reiki is a Japanese holistic healing technique that can be of great benefit to humans – and to all types of dogs too.
On a healthy dog, Reiki can enhance relaxation, maintain a balance of energy, and promote a sense of well being. However, this technique is more often used to treat sick dogs. Primarily it is used to ease the pain of old age in dogs or to encourage healing from an injury. A Reiki practitioner will place their hands gently on a dog's body in various positions to treat what ails them.
Reiki can also be used on dogs who have been rescued from shelters. Shelters can be stressful for dogs, where they compete for food, space and affection. Reiki can help the healing to begin for those dogs.
How do you tell if Reiki treatment for a dog is working? One of the first signs is that your dog will fall into such a state of relaxation on the practice table that it will fall asleep. For a dog that is in serious pain, falling asleep so peacefully is not to be scoffed at.
Most professional Reiki practitioners will guarantee changes within three sessions. For dogs who have experienced trauma or who have behavioral problems, the signs of a better, healthier dog will begin to show.