• South Central Wisconsin
  • July 2011
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Reiki: Non-invasive holistic healing not just for humans Featured

Many people have fond memories of an influential or important teacher in their lives. But Amy Pikalek takes it a step further.

"Animals have always been an important part of my life," she says. "I consider the greatest teachers I have ever had in my life to have been animals. We all have an ability to learn from them if we are willing to be quiet, open our hearts and minds, and listen."

"Their profound love and compassion for us (humans) is humbling."

And listen she does. Pikalek is an animal Reiki practitioner and owner of Hikari Natural Healing, located in MaRiLa Veterinary Clinic, Cross Plains.

Reiki is a natural technique for stress reduction, relaxation and healing. It's based on the concept that "life force energy" flows through us and around us. If our life force energy becomes low or out of balance, we are more likely to become sick or feel stress. If it is high, we are more able to remain healthy and feel happy. Because Reiki treats the whole being, including body, emotions, mind and spirit, it offers many beneficial effects, including relaxation and a feeling of security and harmony.

Reiki has become an accepted practice today in many medical settings such as hospitals, cancer centers, hospice facilities and clinics. As understanding and word of Reiki's success in humans catches on, Reiki has begun to receive recognition as a holistic healing system for animals by veterinarians and animal owners nationwide.

Pikalek says Reiki is a beneficial treatment in all phases of an animal's life.

"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," she says. "And, for dying animals, Reiki is a powerful but gentle way to provide comfort, relief from pain, fear and anxiety, and to ease the transition to death."

Reiki is a great complement to traditional forms of medicine or other therapeutic or medical techniques prescribed by a veterinarian.

"One of the most profound cases I've encountered involves Jesse, a 13-year-old cat who was diagnosed with cancer," she says. "His owners used traditional veterinary services for pain medication. But brief, daily Reiki treatments reduced the amount of pain medication he needed. And, maybe even more importantly, it reduced the fear and anxiety (of both Jesse and his caretakers) and strengthened the bond between cat and human during the last month of his life."

Pikalek says that Reiki works on physical, spiritual, emotional and psychological levels to bring about a more balanced energetic state.

"It's ideal for animals because it's non-invasive," she says.

Pikalek meets with clients at her office but also visits clients in their homes (or wherever the animal is located) if they are residents of Dane County.

"The important thing is to find a time and place where the animal will feel comfortable. If I'm working with a cat in a client's home, for example, it's perfectly fine for kitty to remain curled up on Mom or Dad's lap during the whole session," she says.

"I don't need to actually touch the cat for Reiki to work. In fact on many initial face-to-face visits, I don't touch the animal at all. He/she is allowed to move around freely, moving his/her body at will within the flow of Reiki energy to best adjust to what feels best for them."

Distant meetings are also an option. Pikalek says animals are really receptive to distant sessions. In some cases, it can even work better than a face-to-face session — if an animal is afraid of strangers, uneasy about riding in cars, recovering from surgery or near the end of life, for example.

"To schedule a distant session, I get basic information from "Mom" or "Dad" and maybe a photo (although the photo isn't absolutely required). Just like an in-person session, we set up a time for the appointment. Now, here's the neat part: the owner doesn't have to do anything," she says. "All I need is for the animal to be somewhere where he or she can relax. So, don't be riding your horse or playing with your dog at the park at the time of the appointment. Both Fido and I need to be able to concentrate."

"People always ask how a distant session works because it's tough for people to grasp conceptually, and, admittedly, it was for me too until I decided to just try it," she says. "You have to realize first, that all things are really just flowing streams of energy. So, one being's energy flows into that of another's. During a distant session, I am able to "dial into" your animal's unique energy frequency from wherever he or she is. Research has shown that distant treatments are just as effective as in-person ones."

Amy J. Pikalek, Reiki Master

Hikari Natural Healing
41 Glaciers Edge Square (Inside MaRiLa Vet Clinic)
Cross Plains, WI 53528

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