Just like humans, dogs can experience stress, depression, pain and even post-traumatic stress disorder. That's where Victoria Priest comes in.
As the owner of Furever Fit Dog Walking and Pet Sitting, Priest offers the traditional services the name suggests, as well as Reiki pet therapy. Reiki, a Japanese healing method, can be enormously therapeutic to animals, she said.
"It's a light touch or hands-off approach," she said. " I give all of my [personal pets] Reiki. In Reiki you feel a lot of love and relaxation."
The Reiki method is based on the concept that the person performing the Reiki channels energy and becomes a conductor to channel that power into the other person or animal to activate the natural healing process of the body, she explained.
"I'm channeling a source of God or love," said Priest. "The intention is love. It travels through me and onto the client."
For example, if Priest's personal pet Shih Tzu Bella Booski is having stomach problems, Priest will hover her hands over Bella or put her hands on top of her for as long as needed.
"I rub around their shoulders. You can rub around their temples, neck, their shoulder blades, their hips and paws. I rub wherever I think is necessary and will feel good and is appropriate," she said. "It's a light intuitive method of healing and can be powerful and effective. All beings can respond well to Reiki. Animals really resonate with Reiki."
Bella Booski is known as a healer in her own right, because of her calm disposition, added Priest.
"She's a really calm force for other dogs to mirror and to feel safe around," Priest said.
Those interested in Priest's dog walking, pet sitting or Reiki theraputic services can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 637-1062.
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