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Reiki Sessions

“When we give ourselves the chance to let go of all our tension, the body’s natural capacity to heal itself can begin to work.”  Thich Nhat Hanh

Reiki for people has been used in hospitals, nursing homes, and hospice for many years. Reiki is especially good for people dealing with any kind of chronic or long-term illness because it helps to relieve stress, anxiety, and pain. However, Reiki is also excellent for animals and, thanks to Kathleen Prasad, Animal Reiki Source and Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA), Reiki for animals is becoming a well-known modality for helping animals (and their human companions) and is being used at animal shelters and sanctuaries around the world. Not only is Reiki a powerful healing system on its own, it is also a great complement to other therapies that may be helping the animal recover. I would love to offer this powerful healing modality to your animal companion or animals that you train or work with professionally. To contact me, click here.

Support your animal’s well-being, happiness, and comfort with Reiki
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Veterinary Visits

Visits to the vet clinic are an unavoidable part of owning a pet. Many animals become fearful, nervous, and skeptical on the way to the vet, during the visit, and it may take a little while to recover from the visit afterward. Receiving Reiki for you and your animal before, during, and after a vet visit can promote relaxation and stress reduction, help decrease pain and anxiety, which can also have a positive impact on the veterinary care team. Reiki can also speed up the healing process after surgery and other procedures.

elsie-e1438459096813I needed to take my cat, Elsie, to the vet and usually she cries quite loudly all the way there, which just breaks my heart. This time she was quiet and calm for the entire trip. She interacted with me by bumping my finger when I held it out to her, but she didn’t cry. She has a heart murmur and when the vet listened to her heart she was surprised at how slow and steady her heartbeat was, which meant that her murmur was noticeably softer than usual to my vet. I am very grateful that Victoria was there to offer her Reiki before her appointment, because it helped tremendously. It made the day so much easier for her, and for me. 

~Justine Johansen, July 2015~

Boarding Kennel Stays

Many of us cringe at the thought of leaving our beloved cat or dog at a kennel: leaving them in an unfamiliar environment to be cared for by strangers. This can also include having someone pet-sit your animals. A change in routine and possibly diet, can cause stress. Many animals suffer from separation anxiety, nervousness and agitation, and as a reaction to stress, may develop intestinal or even skin issues during their kennel stay.

Signs of kennel stress can manifest in dogs and cats in many ways:

Aggression: often due to fear, the animal cannot be handled by anyone other than the owner

Excessive barking & whining: it’s a sign the dog is distressed and it is also very unsettling for the other dogs

Loss of appetite: not eating, due to stress and/or change of diet. Change of diet may also cause vomiting and diarrhea

Constant licking of the lips: dogs do that to try to calm themselves down

Pacing and depression

Providing Reiki for your pet is a wonderful way to support them before, during, and after a kennel stay.

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Honoring End of Life

When the time comes for our beloved and precious animal companions to leave this world, we may experience many different emotions:  sadness, denial, desperation to find a way to stop the inevitable, helplessness, anger, and grief.

The powerful yet gentle essence of Reiki can bring the gift of peace and calm to the animal as the body dies as well as to the humans who are grieving the loss. Reiki can lessen the feeling of helplessness after all other healing methods have been tried and failed. With Reiki we can support the animal’s transition out of the physical body and into spirit. By being in the silence and peacefulness of the Reiki meditative space we can experience the importance and beauty of being in the presence of life and that there is no separation between life and death. This awareness can help heal our understanding of our own death and the death of loved ones. We are able to open our hearts and minds and accept the love, gratitude, and lessons that our animal companions have shared during their time with us.

Physical Illness

Just like with us humans, we never know when our pet may become ill, be it something simple and easily treated, or something more serious. This is a stressful time for you, your family, and your pet. Reiki treatments can help you and your animal relax and while in a more relaxed state of mind, you are better able to make decisions about how to best care for your animal. Regular Reiki sessions at this time can help with stress reduction, anxiety, pain relief, and wound healing. In the case of a long-term illness, I recommend that you learn Reiki so that you can provide healing and relaxation on a regular basis and you also become an integral part of your animals healing process. See my Class Descriptions page for more information about Reiki training.

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Emotional and Behavioral Problems

There are many reasons why our pets can develop emotional and behavioral problems such as anxiety, aggression, neediness, and depression. Often, our animals mirror our emotions that are being repressed instead of expressed in a healthy way.  If you animal’s behavior changes for no easily explainable reason, please ask yourself, “What is going on with me? How am I feeling?” Because we have a close bond with our animals and because they love us unconditionally, it is not unusual for them to take on our pain.

Rescue animals almost always have many emotional and behavioral issues because of how they were treated while in an unhealthy situation where they may have experienced physical and mental neglect and abuse. They learn not to trust humans, which can cause fear and aggression. They learn to get food wherever they can find it and because they were malnourished they can become overly protective of their food bowl, chew toys, and treats, which also leads to aggression. They may have been left alone too much and crave attention and have separation anxiety. Reiki is a powerful tool to use because the animal is given the opportunity to be in control in a loving, peaceful, and compassionate space. They can learn to trust the energetic connection offered by the Reiki practitioner and experience calm, relaxation, and peacefulness. This is often expressed by a deep sign and a restful “Reiki nap.”

Show Animals and Animals in Training

A lot of energy, work, commitment, and time is needed for the people and animals who participate in breed shows, agility training, dressage, endurance, and other competitive venues. The connection and bond between trainer and animal is important and the deeper the connection, trust, understanding, and compassion, the more successful both will be. Reiki can teach you how to spend time with your animal in a space where there are no expectations or agendas. A time and space for you to just be together as companions and connect more deeply. It’s an opportunity for you and your animal to listen to each other so that you can better meet each other’s needs.

Gus-in-Field-e1379820466871Victoria is an amazing person and healer. She carries herself with a calm and genuine  presence that helped my horse, Gus, accept her quickly. After several sessions of Reiki with my  horse, he is performing better than ever and is more stable emotionally and physically. I  know Victoria’s healing energy has played a role in his full recovery. I am so grateful to have  her in my life, and healing my horse.

Katie Jablonsky, Portland, OR, 2014

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What Happens in an Animal Reiki Session?

In-Person Sessions

Sessions are best held at the home of the animal so that the animal and the person feel comfortable and in familiar surroundings. The practitioner comes to offer a session with no preconceived agenda or expectations. The practitioner sits quietly with the animal creating a healing space through meditation and breathing techniques and invites the animal into the healing space and allows the animal to stand, sit, or lie down close or far away, sleep, move around, drink water, or eat. The session may be entirely hands-off if that is what the animal choses or the animal may sit close to the practitioner or in her lap.  The animal is free to receive in whichever way is most comfortable, sometimes coming in and out of the healing space several times.  A session lasts anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. It is important for the animal’s person to be present during the session so that he or she can observe the animal and may also receive the benefit of feeling relaxed and peaceful.

Signs that an animal is accepting the treatment:

Signs of relaxation

yawning

deep relaxed breathing

sighing

sleeping

purring, etc.

The animal may move in and out of the healing space, sometimes sitting close to the practitioner, and sometimes sitting or lying at a distance. This is a sign of the ebb and flow of the energy and may be repeated several times during a session.

Once you contact Victoria, you will be sent a Client Intake Form to be returned to her within 24 hours of the scheduled appointment.

Fees

60-90 minute session includes time for discussion and feedback, $80 (includes travel expense)

30-45 minutes session includes time for discussion and feedback, $50 (includes travel expense).

For in-person and distance sessions, I offer a $5 discount per session if you schedule and pay in advance for a series of four or more sessions. Contact me for details. Or if you would like to learn animal Reiki, click here  for information about classes.

In-Person Sessions

Distance Sessions

Distance sessions are just as effective as in-person sessions and sometimes preferable depending on the animal’s personality and condition. The initial distance session is scheduled for a time when the person can sit with their animal in a quiet place and in silence. We may connect by email or talk on the phone briefly before the session begins and again after the session is finished. On Victoria’s end, the session will be conducted in the same way as an in-person session. She will sit in silence and meditation and connect energetically and intuitively with your animal inviting him or her into the healing space. You will be asked to provide a photo of your animal.

Follow-up sessions may be scheduled when the animal is home alone or when another person familiar to the animal can sit with them.

The same signs of acceptance can be seen.

Generally, an animal will lie down and deeply relax or sleep during a session. However, an animal may move around during the session, or may get up to eat or drink. This is a sign of the ebb and flow of the energy and may be repeated several times during a session

Once you contact Victoria, you will be sent a Client Intake Form to be returned to her within 48 hours of the scheduled appointment.

Fees

60 minute session includes time for discussion and feedback, $55

30 minutes session includes time for discussion and feedback, $40

For in-person and distance sessions, I offer a $5 discount per session if you schedule and pay in advance for a series of four or more sessions. Contact me for details. Or if you would like to learn animal Reiki, click here  for information about classes.

Distance Sessions
Suggested Reiki Treatments

Written by Kathleen Prasad, Animal Reiki Source

Although sometimes healing can be seen in one or two treatments, for continued health and well-being, all animals benefit most from a regularly scheduled program of Reiki. Kathleen encourages her clients’ people to learn Reiki themselves to ensure this continuity of treatment. Below are listed the programs that Kathleen has found most beneficial for her horse, cat, dog, small animal, and bird clients. Note: While Reiki is a powerful healing system on its own, it is also a wonderful complement to other therapies that may be helping the animal recover. It is not meant as a substitute for veterinary care. Always consult your veterinarian about the best course of medical treatment for your animal.

Equine, Canine and Feline Reiki:

  • For horses in full training (endurance, dressage, etc.), working, agility, or show dogs, and show cats: Begin with a series of four treatments on consecutive days, then once a week or every other week for maintenance. Daily treatments suggested on the most demanding of days.
  • For horses in rehab and dogs and cats recovering from injury/illness: Begin with a series of at least four treatments on consecutive days, followed by once or twice a week until recovery.
  • For horses in retirement, and senior dogs and cats: Begin with a series of four treatments on consecutive days, followed by once a week or every other week for maintenance.
  • For horses, dogs, and cats nearing their transition: Begin with a series of treatments on consecutive days, followed by a few times a week or as needed for support in this process.

Small Animal/Avian Reiki:

  • Health Maintenance: Begin with a series of four treatments on consecutive days, followed by once a week or every other week for maintenance.
  • Recovery from illness/injury: Daily treatment or as often as needed until recovery.
  • Senior animals: Begin with a series of four treatments on consecutive days, followed by once a week or as needed for maintenance.
  • Nearing their transition: Daily treatments or as needed for support with this process.

 

Disclaimer: Reiki sessions are given for the purpose of stress reduction and relaxation to promote healing. Reiki is not a substitute for medical diagnosis and treatment. Reiki practitioners do not diagnose, prescribe, perform medical treatment, or interfere with the treatment of a licensed veterinary professional. Reiki practitioners do not manipulate energy or control treatments; animals are the leaders in this process, taking only the amount of energy they wish to receive.