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Animal Reiki

Posted on March 21, 2012 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (3)

I have practiced Animal Reiki since July 2010. (I also practice on people). My passion is to help neglected and abused animals. I volunteer for a dog rescue and own several rescued dogs and cats. I follow my heart (spirit), my Reiki Master Teacher, and Kathleen Prasad in using Animal Reiki. I have included two informative Reiki website links.

Rei means “spirit,” and Ki means “energy,” so Reiki translates to “spiritual energy.” All things are made of energy. Reiki travels through us from the Divine Source, we are the instument used to channel Reiki into someone or something that needs healing or calming.

Everyone has access to this energy regardless of religious background or education. Reiki is mostly used through the palms, but in reality Reiki flows through all our energy centers and pathways (i.e. chakras and meridians), so is moving throughout our whole body. The more you practice Reiki, the more you will feel the energy flow.

Reiki is also used to describe a Japanese energy healing system, rediscovered by Mikao Usui in the 1920's and used today for “hands-on” healing. The origin of Reiki is still a mystery. Some believe that it is very, very old from the time of Atlantis. There are many forms of Reiki today.

Reiki energy may feel like a wonderful glowing radiance or warmth that flows through and around you. People feel different things with Reiki energy and some may not feel anything at all, but Reiki is always working or flowing.

Reiki is ideal for use with animals because it is gentle and noninvasive. Animals are very receptive to Reiki energy. It doesn’t cause stress, discomfort, or pain. Animals respond intuitively to Reiki’s power to heal emotional, behavioral, and physical illnesses and injuries.

For animals who are healthy, Reiki helps to maintain their health, enhances relaxation and provides an emotional sense of peace and contentment.

For animals who are ill, Reiki is a wonderful healing method as well as a safe complement to Western Medicine, Chinese Medicine, homeopathy, flower essences, and all other forms of healing. For example, Reiki can reduce the side effects of chemotherapy, support an acupuncture treatment, and enhance the effects of flower essences.

For dying animals, Reiki is a powerful yet gentle way to provide comfort, relief from pain, fear, and anxiety, and to ease the transition to death.

SARAH, Shelter Animal Reiki Association, brings animal Reiki to shelters and rescue organizations founded by Kathleen Prasad (Animal Reiki Source), and Leah D’Ambrosio in May 2008.

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How to do TTouch

Posted on March 4, 2012 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I started using TTouch method on my pets. I foster dogs from a rescue who are stressed and ususally have some type of issue, so I am always looking for natural methods to relieve stress and anxiety in dogs. I like TTouch because you don’t need to know the pet’s anatomy to use.

I also practice Reiki (Universal Energy) usedfor healing, It is important to use your intuition as much as possible when using touch healing methods. Try not to over think what you are doing and do what comes naturally for you.

The foundation of the TTouch method is based on circular movements of the fingers and hands all over the body. The intent of the TTouch is to activate the function of the cells and awaken cellular intelligence-a little like“turning on the electric lights of the body.” The TTouch is done on the entire body and each circular TTouch is complete within itself. Therfore it is not necessary to understand anatomy to be successful in speeding up the helaing of injuries or ailments or changing undersirable habits or behavior.

To do the TTouch imagine the face of a clock on your animal’s body, half an inch to one inch in diameter. Place your lightly curved fingers at six o’ clock on your inaginaryclock, and push the skin around the face of the clock for one and a quartercircles.  Place your thumb two to three inches from your forefinger and feel a connection between thumb and forefingers. When possible, support the body gently with your free hand, placingit opposite the hand making the circle. Maintain a steady rhythm and constantpressure around the circle and a quarter, whenter the TTouch is light or firm,pay particular attention to the roundness of the circles.

After each circular TTouch you can either move to another spot at randomor you can run parallel lines on the body by making a circle with a little slide and then another circle. Both types of movements induce relaxation and imporve self-confidence.

Most of the time clockwise circles are the most effective forstrengthening and rehabilitating the body, as well as imporving self-confidenceand performance. However, there are times when counterclockwise circles areappropriate for releasing tension. Practice both directions and trust yourfingers if they are moving in a counterclockwise direction.


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How to Apply TTouch Body Wrap

Posted on March 1, 2012 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Tellington Touch or TTouch is a form of massage, ground exercises and training methods that help animals relax and focus, connecting their physical actions with appropriate emotional responses. TTouch is used to release fear, tension, and improve self-confidence so that learning, activity, or socialization can proceed. The Body Wrap is a TTouch technique that uses moderate pressure to comfort the mind and body during periods of stress, travel, loud noises, hyperactivity, or injury.

Start by putting the wrap on your dog when he or she is in a relaxed state, either from a massage or after a meal, so your dog begins to associate the wrap with relaxation.

Place the middle of an elastic or “Ace” bandage across the dog’s chest. Bring both ends up and cross them over the shoulders, like wrapping arms around someone in a hug. The wrap will “connect” all parts of the body: front, back, right, left, top, and bottom. The wrap needs to be snug, but check it periodically to be sure it doesn’t interfere with movement or circulation. The illustrations here are for a Half-wrap, but some TTouch practitioners may use a Cross-wrap.

Cross the bandage over the top of the shoulder blades; this is a point of balance in 4-legged animals.

Next, cross the loose ends of the bandage under the belly.

Tie the loose ends over the top of the lower back. There should be a uniform pressure around the entire bandage. As the hair compresses you may need to re-tie the wrap to have a good fit. The wrap pictured here is hand-decorated!

When finished, the figure-8 wrap surrounds the dog with comforting pressure. The wrap may only be needed for a few minutes or it can be left on as long as necessary to relieve fear, tension, or anxiety. Dogs with thunderstorm phobia may have a new confidence once the wrap is applied. Try it on more than one occasion if you are not satisfied at first. You may also treat with a Bach Flower Remedy for emotionally challenging situations. There are Flower Remedies for fear, shyness, grief and many other destabilizing emotions or behaviors.The wrap is one part of a holistic approach to mind-body wellness. Special cases will need more input from a TTouch practitioner, behaviorist, trainer, veterinarian and others to find the underlying problem and develop a long term plan for rehabilitation.

Special thanks to Maisie and her caretaker Stephanie Karabaic for showing us this useful TTouch method. Additions were made by our Certified Veterinary Technicians, Kerry Bramwell and Sue Priest.


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