Reiki is a healing practice that can help promote deep relaxation, speed healing, reduce pain and balance energy. It addresses the whole being, including the body, emotions, mind and spirit. Reiki treatment is delivered through light touch. There are no side effects and it can be practiced safely in conjunction with prescription medications, herbal remedies, acupuncture, and all other medical and therapeutic techniques.
Is it for real?
Just ask some of the most prestigious hospitals in the country.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, John Hopkins and Columbia Presbyterian (just to name a few) have all found reiki treatments to be so beneficial to physical and emotional healing, as well as pain management, that they now offer it to their patients.
And speaking of doctors, on his TV show, Dr. Oz declared reiki “what may be ultimately the most important alternative medicine treatment of all”.
What's it good for?
Since reiki treatments can help the body, mind, emotions and spirit achieve balance, it can be beneficial for every condition. Go ahead name one. Yes, reiki treatment is good for that.
Here are just a few of the many issues you may find reiki helpful for:
overall immune health
aches and pains
digestion (70% of the immune system is located in the digestive tract. Hence helping to keep it balanced can be beneficial to overall immune health.)
comfort for older animals
end of life care*
*Just a side note on end of life care, when my 20 year old cat, Peeves, was dying of kidney failure I was devastated. One of the hardest parts was the feeling of helplessness, that there was nothing I could do to help her. I so wish I had known about reiki practice then. I believe it could have helped ease the pain, fear, anxiety and encouraged a more peaceful transition. Proving a great comfort to us both.
What to expect?
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The treatment will take place in your home, where your animal friend is most comfortable. Reiki treatment can be delivered through either a light touch or from a few feet away, depending on what’s most comfortable for your friend.
The session will last 45 minutes. During this time some animals may go into a state of deep relaxation. They might yawn, stretch, twitch. Some animals shift their body around to show you where they'd like the treatment focused.
Others will walk away. Feeling more comfortable receiving reiki from across the room.
Pedro (pictured above), who was rescued from a kill shelter by Mighty Mutts, sat a few feet away during his first treatment. A few sessions later, he enjoyed it so much, he tried to lay, belly up, in my lap the whole time.
Animals totally "get" the practice of reiki. When I first started giving my cat Leroy reiki treatments, he ran off whenever my hands touched his heart (and he’s healthy, so it wasn’t a physical thing). I, of course, respected his feelings and didn’t push it. (It’s important that animals know that they have complete control over the treatment.) There is an expression "hands-on, Reiki on", meaning whenever a reiki practitioners hands touch another being, a reiki treatment is activated. I decided to start sleeping with my palms turned up (so that my cats could give themselves a reiki treatment while I slept if they wanted). Low and behold, the first night I tried this, I awoke to find Leroy lying with his heart cupped in my upturned palm. He basically started giving himself reiki treatments, night after night and now is no longer sensitive to me touching his heart.
how many treatments are needed?
The short answer, it depends. As a general rule of thumb, once a month is great for maintenance. For more acute or chronic issues, I usually recommend three to four sessions in as close succession as possible, scaling back as the animal feels better.
how much does it cost?
Each 45 minute session is $50. All appointment locations must be easily accessible by NYC public transportation.