If you are new to the world of alternative health and wellness, chances are you will eventually run into the term “spiritual healing.”
Spiritual healing has gained widespread popularity in recent years. Unlike traditional medicine, spiritual healing techniques promote wellness of the whole dog: mind, body, and emotion.
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What are spiritual healing techniques?
Spiritual healing is the direct interaction between the healer and the dog to bring about an improvement in the illness.
Dogs have spiritual wisdom beyond our modern-day understanding. They understand and know more than we do. Dogs are so deeply connected to the earth that they see and feel things in ways that we can’t comprehend. They are incredibly perceptive and susceptible to the energies we emit and the energies within their immediate environment.
How do dogs benefit from spiritual healing techniques?
The concepts of resonance and entrainment form the basis for spiritual healing methods such as Reiki, Qigong, Touch therapy, and others. With these techniques, the practitioner’s energy field entrains the dog’s energy field and changes its vibration.
Just like humans, the dog’s body is much like an orchestra. When it is in harmony and playing in perfect pitch, its instinctive healing mechanisms work more efficiently. Whether it is to boost the immune system, alleviate pain, or help a dog regain strength after surgery or an injury, spiritual healing methods can be an effective adjunctive therapy.
5 most effective spiritual healing techniques
What could be better when you’re helping your dog live its best life?
Our furry companions are often in need of spiritual healing just as we are. Spiritual healing techniques can be used successfully on dogs and can help reset the energies of your dog for several ailments.
There are different types of spiritual healing techniques, which work differently to heal a dog. Here are the 5 most important types of spiritual healing techniques for dogs:
Reiki is an ancient Japanese healing practice that is beneficial for healing a traumatized dog. Reiki is based on the concept of a spiritual or “universal” life force energy that exists in and around all things. It is an energy that helps keep things balanced.
Through reiki, you’re working with the aura or energy field to re-balance the body, spirit, emotions, and mind. Reiki works to heal your dog at an energetic level and look for the root of the imbalance and disharmony in its energy field.
Reiki works on dogs by balancing and unblocking the dog’s own energy centers and pathways. This in turn supports the dog body’s ability to heal itself. Reiki involves the channeling of natural healing energy from its divine source into a subject. Reiki practitioners channel this energy to the dog by gently laying hands-on or slightly off the dog’s body.
Reiki is a supportive system that aids the dog body’s natural healing process. Reiki has multiple benefits for dogs. It helps to reduce pain, relieve anxiety, or alleviate fears while giving your dog a sense of relaxation. Reiki can help:
- Ease aches, pains, strains, and allergies
- Boost the immune system, increase energy levels, and enhance overall well-being
- Decrease healing time after surgery, injury, trauma, or illness
- Remove emotional or psychological blocks that are deterring physical health
- Addresses problems with the coat and skin
- Reduce stress, anxiety, nervousness, and promote relaxation
- Supplements other medical treatments
- Strengthen the bond between you and your dog
2. Sound healing
The concept of using sound for healing has been around since the beginning of time. This natural form of healing spans across a multitude of cultures and over thousands of years. Sound therapy has proven to be advantageous in reducing anxiety in dogs, helping with chronic pain, and helping them sleep more comfortably when played prior to bedtime.
Sound therapy uses different aspects of sound and vibration to promote your dog’s spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being. There are several ways this can be done. How it works largely depends on the technique being used and what instruments are used to create the sound.
There are certain types of music that can help reduce anxiety, lower heart rate, and respiration, and alleviate certain behavioral problems in dogs. Also, there are specific qualities in certain musical arrangements that soothe anxious dogs. These are compositions that use longer notes, consistent rhythm, less complexity, and a slower tempo.
Here are a few ways in which sound therapy is being used:
- In veterinary clinic waiting areas
- During surgeries
- In boarding facilities
- At dog shelters and rescues
- While receiving grooming services
- To help dogs cope with a thunderstorm or noise aversion
- While traveling by car
- In coping with household changes
3. Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)
EFT or Tapping is a form of energy healing and often referred to as psychological acupressure. It is based on the concept that blocks or imbalances in a dog’s flow of energy can lead to health issues and even performance issues. This healing technique addresses those energetic imbalances in dogs that have their root in past traumas or emotional stressors.
EFT works by stimulating or tapping on specific parts of the dog’s body otherwise known as “meridian tapping points.” This helps to promote stress reduction and a balance of energy. EFT has numerous benefits for dogs.
- It provides a great sense of relief to the dog’s entire nervous system
- It heals emotional wounds, fears, anxiety, and phobias
- It can alleviate physical pain
- It helps dogs in training or working environments to slow down and focus
- It stimulates your dog’s immune system
With a few exceptions, the location of tapping points for EFT is mostly the same for both humans and dogs. Each of these points is tapped using two fingers. There are three ways we can tap to heal an animal’s behavioral or health challenges:
- Tapping on ourselves on behalf of the dog, acting as a surrogate
- Tapping on the dog in the same general area as we would a human, thus activating or deactivating the meridians and the associated organs
- Tapping on both ourselves and our dogs
EFT Tapping requires no supplies. All you need are your hands. It can be a simple process and has no side effects. The best part is that you can do it anytime, anywhere!
Qigong is the practice of cultivating vital life-force or Qi through various techniques. This ancient practice has been used for thousands of years as a way of reconnecting the body and mind with the universe.
Qigong meditation is believed to treat a variety of health conditions, including high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, chronic fatigue, insomnia, and leg and back pain, among others. A Qigong practitioner directs and moves Qi through the dog’s body. Qigong has numerous benefits for dogs.
- It eliminates or minimizes health problems
- Increases resilience and flexibility
- Reduces the effects of aging
- Improve certain aspects of the immune system
- It may lower the risk of chronic disease
- Improve the functioning of the dog’s body
- It lowers stress and anxiety
Dogs can respond very favorably to energy work. They are less attached to mental blockages and defense mechanisms that can disrupt the flow of Qi.
Qigong helps them to realign their chakras and release any negative energy they may be holding. Clearing those “clogs” will help dogs absorb the positive life energy they need and help their body naturally restore its energy balance.
5. Touch Therapy
Touch Therapy uses touch, movement, and intention to improve behavior and health while establishing a deeper connection and understanding between pet parents and their dogs.
Touch Therapy for dogs is relatively new. So, clinical research is limited but many case studies are showing positive results. Touch therapy is best when used along with more traditional methods of caring for your dog.
Touch therapy is much more than just a massage for your dog. It focuses on a circular fingertip and full hand massage for dogs.
Touch Therapy is primarily done for dogs who have pain issues. The gentle focused massage can help to relieve some pain in areas and promote wellness and muscle relaxation. Dogs who are stressed out or upset are often shifted by this kind of intimate, relaxing touch.
Along with the overall enjoyment of being massaged, dogs experience several benefits with Touch Therapy, including:
- Reduces pain associated with inflammation and stiffness of the joints and muscles
- Promotes blood and lymph circulation
- Increases immunity
- Improves muscle tone and flexibility
- Reduces anxiety and stress
- Promotes faster recovery from illness or surgery
- Greater energy and alertness
- Improves socialization and trust, as well as strengthens the human-animal bond
Which spiritual healing technique is right for your dog?
As you can see, spiritual healing shines in a variety of situations! For those new to spiritual healing techniques, it may be difficult to decide which is best for your fur buddy. The good news is that you can’t go wrong in trying any of them.
One way to decide is to think about your main goal for spiritual healing and what your dog might be most comfortable with. For dogs who are comfortable with touch, you may want to try Reiki. For dogs who enjoy music and vibration, you may try sound therapy. If you suspect that an emotional issue is preventing your dog from reducing a specific physical or emotional pain, perhaps you may try Emotional Freedom Techniques.
If you’re the type of dog parent who strives to care for all components of your dog’s life, spiritual healing techniques serve as a great tool to have. These spiritual healing techniques are all-natural, simple, and have zero negative side effects!
Living with an anxious or traumatized dog
The road to making your dog feel thoroughly comfortable can be a long one. Anxiety, stress, and emotional traumas are often harder to treat than physical ones. You can make this journey successful by giving your dog love and showing patience. However, showering your stressed or traumatized dog with love is not sufficient.
There are a few considerations to keep in mind while living with a stressed or traumatized dog.
- Understand your dog’s triggers
A traumatized dog is more likely to become re-traumatized if it re-encounters any key stressor. So, you need to understand your dog’s triggers in order to prevent future trauma episodes.
- Adopt a strict routine
Dogs need to realize the world is an ordered place. Having a regular routine helps with rebuilding confidence in dogs. Knowing exactly what to expect eliminates the fear of the unknown.
- Practice Desensitization
The exposure to a trigger should be carefully planned. Otherwise, it will make things much worse. The dog will get over the triggers with planned exposures.
- Avoid ultra-protected lifestyle
Don’t make your furry companion over-sensitive by making them live an ultra-protected life. Just be careful to avoid anxiety triggers and foreseeable stresses.
- Check your own energy
Watch your own behavior and emotions around your dog. Any energy you project, your dog will reflect back. Try to stay in a calm assertive state of mind and project yourself as a confident pack leader.
- Never scare your dog
Never use any healing technique that can give your dog a shock or frighten them. This will damage the bond between you and your dog or make your pet aggressive.
Dogs and humans get along well because both are social species and crave companionship. Dogs are highly intelligent and adaptable creatures, and with the right spiritual healing techniques, you can make them a wonderful part of your family. Done correctly, these safe, effective spiritual healing techniques can help to keep dogs healthy and well-balanced.
Remember, when you bring home a four-legged member, you are committing to a long-term relationship. Make sure you follow a strict timetable for playtime, exercise, and petting into your day-to-day routine. Try to never give up on providing your dog with the best quality of life possible.
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Family Dog Expert Author
Hi there! I’m Stuart, a devoted dog lover and family dog expert with over a decade of experience working with our furry companions. My passion for dogs drives me to share my knowledge and expertise, helping families build strong, loving bonds with their four-legged friends. When I’m not writing for SirDoggie, you’ll find me hiking, playing with my beautiful dog, or studying music.