Reflexology and Reiki for Dogs Healing Through Touch

As alternative medicine for dogs, healing through touch as with both reflexology and Reiki for dogs should be helpful. Why?

Terrible picture of an old dog belly up after a massage

I can see how both these methodologies would work well for our canines because as a non verbal species, they can more easily accept and understand the healing energy coming from the practitioner.

Unlike us, dogs react more to energy than words or gestures. (Something that should be obvious to us when we're in a bad mood or upset over something. They'll misbehave making us crazy and not realizing it's a direct reflection of our crummy energy.)


So What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is the practice of applying pressure to the foot and hand - or all four feet in Canine reflexology. Specific thumb, finger and hand techniques are used without oil, cream or lotion.

I know it sounds silly that I mentioned no oils, cream or lotion but so many hands-on healing techniques use them, that I threw it in.

Like iridodiagnosis sees areas of the eyes with direct connections to specific organs, reflexology uses specific spots on the feet to correspond to specific organs with the left feet representing the left half of the body and right feet representing the right side.

Using this touch healing technique relaxes the body. It also:

  • reduces stress
  • reduces pain
  • improves blood flow
  • reduces aggression

and can help with many conditions such as:

  • injuries
  • muscle soreness
  • stress-related conditions
  • constipation
  • Digestive disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Hormonal imbalances

I've also seen where some canine practitioners include these finger and thumb techniques on dogs ears, which should give us an appreciation for dogs without cropped ears.

I'm not laying any guilt for cropping ears. I think it can look beautiful but I won't have it done again.


Reiki for Dogs

Reiki for dogs involves the practitioner putting his or her hand lightly on or near the dog's body. The dog may enter a state of deep relaxation or sleep.

(I would be a better dog person if someone would do this for me on a regular basis.)

The best way to understand what reiki means is to translate it from the Japanese. "Rei" can be interpreted to mean "universal" and "ki" is the life force which runs through us all. Different hand positions are used, depending on the condition being treated. Reiki practitioners say dogs seem to intuitively understand its power to heal.


How Did Reiki Start?

Dr. Mikao Usui originated the system of healing in 1922 based first on his mystical experience on Mt. Kurama and then later by making use of his studies in many different areas of knowledge.

A practitioner connects with the universal life force and then channels it through her hands to the dog she is working with. He or she works on various points on the body that correspond to its seven chakras.

Reiki reduces stress, increases relaxation and clears the chakras of blockages caused by negative thoughts and energy. It can also speed physical healing.


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