Q & A

Frequently asked questions

What is Reiki?

Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key), is a hands-on healing technique originally from Japan, for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Meaning "universal life force energy", Reiki is also popular amongst humans; it is recognize as a helping modality to ease cancer treatment related issues; anxiety and many other ailments.

Reiki is based on the principle that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us; on the scientific principle we know that our health is directly impacted by our energy flow; if one's "life force energy" is low, we are more likely to feel stress and unwell, and if it is high and balanced, we are to feel healthy and happier.

When your pet's energy level is in disharmony and low, her stress level will raise; her Corticosteroid hormone will increase and, her immune will system weaken; so she will be less resistant to illness, pain and other afflictions.

Reiki is a safe complement to conventional Western medicine, Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, homeopathy and all other forms of healing.

Reiki for animals is given in a quiet environment and is safe for all types of animals. However in the case of animals with health issues, owners should confirm that the animal has been seen by a veterinary surgeon to obtain a diagnosis. Reiki practitioners do not diagnose health problems.

What is Therapeutic Touch?

Therapeutic Touch (TT) is an energy-field modality; a contemporary interpretation of various ancient healing practices, recognized as an evidence-based therapy that uses energy in an intentional and compassionate way to promote balance and well being. Based on the belief that the body can heal itself, the TT practitioner consciously directs universal energy through their hands to alter their client’s energy field, thus helping to mobilize their natural healing abilities to facilitate the healing process.

This complementary energy healing modality was developed in the early 1970s by the pioneer Dr. Dolores Krieger, PhD, RN, a professor at New York University, and Dora Kunz, a natural healer.

The great benefits of TT are well known particularly in nurses’ circles, hospice facilities, hospitals and health center in North America. Over 30 Ph.D. dissertations, and hundreds of clinical studies show that TT induces a very rapid relaxation response, reduces pain, speeds healing of wounds and broken bones, supports the immune system and reduces stress. Research bibliography can be downloaded from the TTNO website at https://www.therapeutictouchontario.org/learn/research-at-a-glance/research-bibliographies.

How could TT be also helping your pet, you may ask. I believe that animals are also energy beings, therefore they will also respond to TT treatments- in the same way my human clients have. My experience of offering TT to dogs and backed by a number of reports describing the positive results of TT in animals have inspired me to integrate TT in my practice.

What is Canine Massage ?

Everyone knows how to pet and scratch a dog. Petting and scratching dogs is one of the great pleasures in life, for both dogs and their attentive people. Everyone who pets and scratches a companion animal sees how much they enjoys it! Petting, scratching and rubbing are aspects of animal massage, but they are not the whole story.

Animal massage is substantially–profoundly–more and different. Consider the difference between the results of a casual shoulder squeeze and the way your body feels after an hour-long therapeutic massage session.

Companion animals are cherished members of our family and their people are becoming increasingly interested in using holistic therapies, such as Canine Massage to complement Veterinary care for treating common injuries and conditions. Massage can be used as part of an overall prevention, wellness and fitness strategy, or to help your dog recover from a particular illness or injury and has its place in all stages of an 'animals’ life.

How do I select a practitioner?

It is highly recommended that practitioners are members of a recognized professional organization with strict Codes of Ethics and hold a practitioner’s insurance.

You can find this information on the practitioner's website. Always ask for the type of insurance and confirm the organization they belong to.

A personal reference is a good idea, and follow your intuition. Most likely you will be able to make up your mind after your frist interview-- before the first session takes place.

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