Reiki for Dogs
Due to the overwhelming positive reactions to our article on psychic readings, I’ve decided to discuss Reiki for dogs. 🙂 Reiki is considered an alternative therapy, but it’s a hot research topic lately. Regardless of a pet owner’s beliefs, it’s important to note Reiki certainly has benefits for both dogs and pet owners. Chances are pet owners are probably performing a version of Reiki now.
What is Reiki?
During a Reiki session, one person passes healing, calm and positive energy to another. Energy can be sent remotely or in-person between individuals and animals, and it’s pretty cool to watch the process. When someone is sick, saying a prayer or sending positive thoughts to that person is considered a type of Reiki. Just sitting quietly next to someone for support is another form of Reiki too. Dogs are famous for sitting next to an upset person to comfort him. 🙂
Reiki is more flexible than prayer, as an individual is more focused on sending positive energy than remembering prayer wording. However, there are Reiki practitioners who find peace reciting mantras and positive intentions. Honestly, it depends on an individual’s belief system and what he finds most comforting.
Does Reiki Work for Dogs?
Everyone has a different belief system, which can cloud perspectives. Many pet owners with strict religious beliefs may deny the power of Reiki despite alternative belief systems describing its effectiveness. In short, there’s no wrong or right answer, depending on your belief system.
With that said, there’s a sense of peace when a person quiets his mind while praying or focusing on positive thoughts. Simply sitting in a room with a quiet, calm and positive person can bring immediate relief to a worrying individual sitting close by. Research has proven sitting still and taking deep breaths while petting a dog can improve one’s well-being.
Reiki Sessions for Dogs
Sitting still and sending quiet therapeutic energy to your dog is calming. Not only will Reiki calm an anxious dog, but it will quiet an anxious pet owner too. Find 10 minutes in your evening schedule and sit in a quiet part of your home. Turn on soft music, sit on the floor (if able) and slowly pet your dog.
Similar to massaging your dog, moving slowly and taking slow deep breaths are key. Close your eyes and visualize healing energy emanating from the palm of your hands. Now lay your hands on your dog, and envision this healing light and energy radiating into your dog. Continue to take deep breaths and focus. If your dog has trouble spots, such as arthritic hips, lightly hover over or lay your hands on both of your dog’s hips.
Continue to send positive energy to certain areas for 2-5 minutes, and then move to another troublesome area for a couple of minutes. Reiki sessions can last 10-90 minutes. It depends on the individuals giving and receiving Reiki. Most dogs fall fast asleep during the process, and pet owners are usually relaxed and a bit tired afterwards too. Honestly, there’s no wrong or right answer to how long or often you do Reiki. It depends on both individuals.
Regardless if you believe in Reiki or not, quieting the mind is greatly beneficial. Take a moment and include your dog in the process too. It can heal you both. 🙂