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Pets in Hollywood given holistic hands-on healing as therapy

Reiki for dogs is now trending in Hollywood as a holistic hands-on form of healing for your pets. (Photo: AP) Reiki for dogs is now trending in Hollywood as a holistic hands-on form of healing for your pets. (Photo: AP)

(AP) - Reiki for dogs is now trending in Hollywood as a holistic hands-on form of healing for your pets.

It began in Japan in the 1920's and comes from the Japanese words ''rei'' meaning spirit, and ''ki'' (or qi) meaning energy.

Pronounced ''Ray-key'' it is translated as ''universal life energy" and is based on the idea that all living beings have life energy flowing through their bodies.

When life energy is high then pets and humans are healthy, balanced, more relaxed, and have a sense of peace and are less likely to get sick.

According to Eastern teachings, if life energy is low, the body is less resistant to sickness and if pets are already sick or injured, they are more affected by stress so Reiki can be a compliment to western medicine, Chinese medicine and homeopathy.

Practitioners call it a loving and compassionate form of healing that animals respond to on an intuitive level.

While some may still consider it is a pseudoscience, those who provide the treatment for pets say it helps with physical sickness and injuries and helps emotionally and behaviourally.

Dr. Avenelle Turner, DVM, DACVIM (Diplomat of American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine) is the Head Medical Oncologist at the Veterinary Cancer Group of Los Angeles located in Culver City, California. She treats pets suffering from cancer and says according to eastern teachings, the flow in the body can restore wellbeing.

"The Eastern perspective looks at qi which is the general flow that goes through our bodies. Reiki can affect that qi by aligning that energy and getting that energy to go to a more helpful path. The Chinese medicine from the Eastern perspective basically means if our energy is off it leads to illness, so if we can align that energy then we will effectively treat illness."

Wendy Both is a Certified Reiki Master and Intuitive Guide and Spirit Communicator. She owns 'Healing Hands' in Beverly Hills, California and is a member of the International Association of Reiki Professions (IARP) and the International Center for Reiki Training (ICRT).

Both treats many species of animals, including dogs, cats, horses and lizards and says owners see results that have a powerful effect on the pet's body and mind.

She says Reiki can help reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and support acupuncture. For pets coming our of surgery, it can relieve pain, fear and anxiety.

Reiki sessions with Both last 30 to 60 minutes with a one hour session costing $195.00 USD.

Both says practitioners set an intention to help the healing process, then they channel healing energy though their hands directly on the body or at a distance. They allow the flow of energy to go from their hands to the ailment.

"The energy moves no matter what. It's not really like I have control over it per se. I can put my hand in certain areas of the animal, let's say that there's a bowel issue, I can put my hand there just to give it an energy boost. The energy goes where it's supposed to go so it's not like I have the power to it, I'm just a channel," she says.

Caroline Bray from Los Angeles is the owner of a six year old Terrier mix, named Vivian Leigh. The dog was rescued a day before she was due to be put down.

Vivian Leigh has been getting Reiki for the last five years since a car accident dragged her down the street and injured her leg resulting in an amputated toe.

She underwent skin grafts and water therapy to help her get back on her feet.

After several surgeries due to post-accident complications, today, Vivian Leigh is an extremely relaxed, calm and pleasant dog.

Bray says water therapy along with Reiki were added tools in the recovery to get her well again.

She says Reiki helped her heal and has kept her calm and balanced, so she gets treated to this day on average every two weeks following the accident.

"Vivian was hit by a car and then she had an issue with her oesophagus where it closed from the anaesthesia so she was unable to eat or drink and she was unable to walk. I was unsure if we were going to keep her leg. When Wendy started to work on her, Vivian was calmer, she seemed like the inflammation in her leg was better. After she was worked on, she seemed like she was not as tight. She was able to walk better," says Bray.

Practitioners say Reiki is popular for pets today because it is gentle and non-invasive and said to provide powerful results.

Kasey, a Terrier mix rescue dog from the San Fransisco area, has anxiety issues and trembles in some moving cars.
The two year old is also scared of some places in his house, which causes him to walk backwards away from the perceived threat.

This is the first time Kasey was brought in for a consultation by his owner.

Pam Holt, RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician), CAMT (Certified Animal Massage Therapist), is a Reiki practitioner and massage therapist and owner of Buddha Dog, Los Angeles.

She's been providing Reiki, massage and acupressure to animals in Los Angeles since 2003 and says clients like it because it gets quick results.

Holt's fee is $30 USD for a 30 minute Reiki session.

"Reiki is wonderful with animals. They seem to really respond to the energy and they are pretty sensitive to the energy, but they only take what they want, what they need and it can do no harm. What it does is, it just kind of recharges their natural healing energy that all of our bodies possess and it just kind of channels it - redirects it to where it needs to go," she says.

Sage has been getting Reiki for two years for general overall wellbeing and anxiety.

Her owner, Amy Cucullu, has noticed a huge difference in the dog's demeanour since she was treated.

    
Reiki for dogs is now trending in Hollywood as a holistic hands-on form of healing for your pets.

It began in Japan in the 1920's and comes from the Japanese words ''rei'' meaning spirit, and ''ki'' (or qi) meaning energy.

Pronounced ''Ray-key'' it is translated as ''universal life energy" and is based on the idea that all living beings have life energy flowing through their bodies.

When life energy is high then pets and humans are healthy, balanced, more relaxed, and have a sense of peace and are less likely to get sick.

According to Eastern teachings, if life energy is low, the body is less resistant to sickness and if pets are already sick or injured, they are more affected by stress so Reiki can be a compliment to western medicine, Chinese medicine and homeopathy.

Practitioners call it a loving and compassionate form of healing that animals respond to on an intuitive level.

While some may still consider it is a pseudoscience, those who provide the treatment for pets say it helps with physical sickness and injuries and helps emotionally and behaviourally.

Dr. Avenelle Turner, DVM, DACVIM (Diplomat of American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine) is the Head Medical Oncologist at the Veterinary Cancer Group of Los Angeles located in Culver City, California. She treats pets suffering from cancer and says according to eastern teachings, the flow in the body can restore wellbeing.

"The Eastern perspective looks at qi which is the general flow that goes through our bodies. Reiki can affect that qi by aligning that energy and getting that energy to go to a more helpful path. The Chinese medicine from the Eastern perspective basically means if our energy is off it leads to illness, so if we can align that energy then we will effectively treat illness."

Wendy Both is a Certified Reiki Master and Intuitive Guide and Spirit Communicator. She owns 'Healing Hands' in Beverly Hills, California and is a member of the International Association of Reiki Professions (IARP) and the International Center for Reiki Training (ICRT).

Both treats many species of animals, including dogs, cats, horses and lizards and says owners see results that have a powerful effect on the pet's body and mind.

She says Reiki can help reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and support acupuncture. For pets coming our of surgery, it can relieve pain, fear and anxiety.

Reiki sessions with Both last 30 to 60 minutes with a one hour session costing $195.00 USD.

Both says practitioners set an intention to help the healing process, then they channel healing energy though their hands directly on the body or at a distance. They allow the flow of energy to go from their hands to the ailment.

"The energy moves no matter what. It's not really like I have control over it per se. I can put my hand in certain areas of the animal, let's say that there's a bowel issue, I can put my hand there just to give it an energy boost. The energy goes where it's supposed to go so it's not like I have the power to it, I'm just a channel," she says.

Caroline Bray from Los Angeles is the owner of a six year old Terrier mix, named Vivian Leigh. The dog was rescued a day before she was due to be put down.

Vivian Leigh has been getting Reiki for the last five years since a car accident dragged her down the street and injured her leg resulting in an amputated toe.

She underwent skin grafts and water therapy to help her get back on her feet.

After several surgeries due to post-accident complications, today, Vivian Leigh is an extremely relaxed, calm and pleasant dog.

Bray says water therapy along with Reiki were added tools in the recovery to get her well again.

She says Reiki helped her heal and has kept her calm and balanced, so she gets treated to this day on average every two weeks following the accident.

"Vivian was hit by a car and then she had an issue with her oesophagus where it closed from the anaesthesia so she was unable to eat or drink and she was unable to walk. I was unsure if we were going to keep her leg. When Wendy started to work on her, Vivian was calmer, she seemed like the inflammation in her leg was better. After she was worked on, she seemed like she was not as tight. She was able to walk better," says Bray.

Practitioners say Reiki is popular for pets today because it is gentle and non-invasive and said to provide powerful results.

Kasey, a Terrier mix rescue dog from the San Fransisco area, has anxiety issues and trembles in some moving cars.

The two year old is also scared of some places in his house, which causes him to walk backwards away from the perceived threat.

This is the first time Kasey was brought in for a consultation by his owner.

Pam Holt, RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician), CAMT (Certified Animal Massage Therapist), is a Reiki practitioner and massage therapist and owner of Buddha Dog, Los Angeles.

She's been providing Reiki, massage and acupressure to animals in Los Angeles since 2003 and says clients like it because it gets quick results.

Holt's fee is $30 USD for a 30 minute Reiki session.

"Reiki is wonderful with animals. They seem to really respond to the energy and they are pretty sensitive to the energy, but they only take what they want, what they need and it can do no harm. What it does is, it just kind of recharges their natural healing energy that all of our bodies possess and it just kind of channels it - redirects it to where it needs to go," she says.

Sage has been getting Reiki for two years for general overall wellbeing and anxiety.

Her owner, Amy Cucullu, has noticed a huge difference in the dog's demeanour since she was treated.

"I found out that I had a tumour in my head and I had to have it removed. It happened so suddenly that I didn't get to come home to see my dog until 11 days later. Normally, when she would jump on me, she had a different sense about her, and she kind of transformed into a therapy dog and she hasn't really left my side since, so Pam working on her has been able to restore a lot of the dog's energy, to enable her to help me and it's been tremendous. I owe her so much."

Dr. Richard E. Palmquist, DVM, GDVCHM (Graduate Degree in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine) is President of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation and Chief of Integrative Veterinary Medical Services at Centinela Animal Hospital in Inglewood, California.

"There is benefit in terms of calming patients, perhaps in pain, but certainly calming - we have very clear evidence of that - in fact a very large meta analysis looking at a lot of studies actually concluded that there was sufficient evidence for Reiki that further studies needed to be done to delineate how it works so we do have evidence and we do have reason to believe that it's effective. What we don't have is enough scientific information to make specific medical recommendations."

The hand positions used for Reiki are similar to the ones used on a human, matching on both sides of the dog and working down from the shoulders along the energy points or chakras.

For Vivian Leigh it's certainly not a dog's life.