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July 2011

July 2011

My 4-year-old mini Daschund/beagle, Bailey, is a big part of my life. She is a loving, loyal friend and I would do anything for her. So when she is out of sorts, which is rare, it's troubling. Luckily, we've been fortunate that she is a happy, healthy little girl.

But not everyone can say the same and that's where Amy Pikalek, a Reiki practitioner, can help. Reiki has begun to receive recognition as a holistic healing system for animals by veterinarians and animal owners nationwide and can be a beneficial treatment in all phases of an animal's life.

Pikalek says that, for healthy animals, Reiki boosts energy, enhances relaxation and provides emotional contentment. For animals that are ill, Reiki is a wonderful healing method by itself or in conjunction with Western medicine or other forms of healing. Reiki provides comfort, relief from pain, fear and anxiety, and eases the transition to death, she says.

Not unrelated, Leora Weitzman, of TIBIA, makes the case for really listening to our animals to discover what they're trying to "tell" you. It's an interesting perspective, so be sure to check it out.

Other articles in this issue include two geared toward running. Karen Floeckher with Fleet Feet Madison talks about her journey to become a dedicated runner. Nutritional health consultant Nancy Johnson talks about how proper hydration makes for a more enjoyable run.

Of course, if you're going to hydrate, you're going to sweat. Guy Kitchell with Klima Health Solutions discusses the difference between ordinary sweating and excessive sweating, otherwise known as hyperhidrosis. To find out if this condition applies to you, be sure to check out his informative article.

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