Just completed Animal Reiki Workshop with Kathleen Prasad

I’m so excited to share, that I just received my Certificate of Completion for the Animal Reiki Workshop, with Kathleen Prasad, Reiki Master/Teacher. Kathleen has practiced Animal Reiki for over 15 years, Co-founded SARA (Shelter Animal Reiki Association), authored several books on animal Reiki, and travels the globe teaching and speaking about all things Reiki. Even though I have a Reiki Master Level certification, in all my studies, animal Reiki was never touched on with the depth, that it was, in this course. Her unique way of sharing Reiki with animals, through meditative practice which allows the animals to lead the way in their own healing, was truly an amazing experience and game changer for me in the way I share Reiki with animals now. It has given me a better understanding of different animal behaviors when receiving Reiki and also in the responses I have experienced from them in return. Some of the “heart to heart” connections I have felt with my animal clients, has been life changing for me. I can't thank Kathleen enough for putting this course together and for sharing herself, her experiences, and insights with me on her calls. Thank you again, for all you do. I am forever grateful!

More exciting news….Now besides my own personal website and Facebook, you will be able to find me, along with my business, contact information, and practitioner services, in the directory, on Kathleen’s, Animal Reiki Source website, at www.animalreikisource.com.

Even more exciting news…Also upon completing her course, I am now a new member/ practitioner, of SARA (Shelter Animal Reiki Association). A little bit about SARA. “SARA is a non-profit organization that teaches and promotes Animal Reiki through meditation practices. Our goal is to ensure better healing practices for shelter and sanctuary animals. We work closely with caregivers, veterinarians, and volunteers to help create a positive healing space for all animals. With the use of Animal Reiki, practitioners are able to provide a support system for animals. Providing a positive space where they can relax, self-heal and re-balance.” From the SARA website

All of this, because I offered to volunteer, to share Reiki with the animals, a couple of hours every week, several months ago, at the Catskill Animal Sanctuary. Even before discovering, Kathleen Prasad, through several of her published Animal Reiki books and then taking her class, I observed with my own eyes, the difference a little Reiki can make in the lives of so many animals who suffered abuse and neglect, at the Sanctuary. Those beautiful souls have been some of my greatest teachers so far. And of course, I have to give special kudos to my beautiful Reiki Dog, Jasmine Rose, who was my first animal Reiki teacher, and has taught me, and still teaches me, so much about energy, patience, and listening to our inner voice, by allowing her to lead our sessions and just “Be Reiki” together.#hearttoheartconnectionsarealwaysthebest” Namaste!

Animal Reiki

First, let me just say,  I have always loved animals.  All types of animals.  I have always felt a special connection with them.  I have always had a dog or two, in my life since I was a baby. As a young girl, I also had a rabbit, ducks, fish, seahorses, and a couple of little turtles.  Oh yeah, and I am one of those people who stop for squirrels, groundhogs, opossums, turtles,  and other wild-life to cross the street. After all, it's not their fault we  invade their space, now.   In March, I decided to volunteer a couple of hours a week at the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, to help heal the emotional and physical wounds of the animals with Reiki!  I chose a sanctuary, because I felt, those beautiful, trusting and loving animals had already been betrayed by humans they trusted,  and  I wanted to show  them by example, along with the Sanctuary caretakers and visitors,  that all humans are not hurtful!  I also knew that Reiki could help them heal  too! What an awesome  learning experience it has been for me, to work with different types of animals and Reiki.   I have had such amazing visits every week when I go, and I am learning so much from the animals.  The animals have been great teachers, to me, and healers, as well.  Who would have thought this? I was going there to help them, but instead we've  helped each other.   I have so much to share, with you, about our visits.  

On May 2nd, I enrolled in a five week Animal Reiki Workshop/Certification class , taught by Kathleen Prasad, to further my education with animal Reiki.  I truly love working with the animals as they have taught me so much.  I highly recommend this class. Kathleen has been an amazing teacher.  It's been really great and I have learned so much from it.  She has been teaching animal Reiki since 2004, founded Animal Reiki Source, and SARA (Shelter Animal Reiki Association),and has written several books of which I own three of them.  This is my last week of class! I can't thank Kathleen enough for everything that I have learned from this class. Truly, eye opening!  more to come:  

"Listen to the animals, they will be your teachers!" Kathleen Prasad

Healing with Reiki in Hospitals

This is such a great article. Worth the read! I have been interested in Reiki and a more holistic approach to health and wellness for years, so this was so exciting for me to see that more and more hospitals, and professionals in the medical community are recognizing the benefits of Reiki for their patientsand staff.

The following is a great article by Tess Ghilaga,  from Spirituality and Health Magazine.

Healing with Reiki in Hospitals

The healing art of Reiki is finding a surprising new home—high-tech Western hospitals.

In today’s hospitals, we see a brilliant show of hands—from the dexterity of a finely trained surgeon to the strong and efficient handiwork of a nurse. Soon, more hospitals might be adding the balancing touch of a reiki practitioner to their ranks.

Pamela Miles, a reiki master with 27 years of experience, advises Western health care professionals on how they can use this Japanese practice of “laying-on hands” to help ease pain, relieve stress, and speed recovery.

"When the human system is balanced, its self-healing mechanisms function optimally,” she says, noting studies have found that in addition to reducing pain and anxiety, reiki can improve blood pressure, respiration, heart rate, and heart-rate variability.

Miles participated in a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, in which reiki-trained nurses gave patients a 20-minute treatment within three days after a heart attack. The patients showed enhanced mood, and the improvement in heart-rate variability was comparable to beta blockers—an important indicator, since poor HRV is the most reliable predictor of death from another heart attack.

A growing number of physicians are recognizing the benefits of this healing practice, including cardiologist Suzanne Steinbaum, the director of Women and Heart Disease at Lenox Hill Hospital, Heart and Vascular Institute, in New York City, and author of Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum’s Heart Book. Steinbaum took Miles’ first-degree reiki training course, and approaches her work with the conviction that patients will heal best if their care is in line with their lifestyle and beliefs.

As an example, she recalls a female patient with irregular heartbeats caused by hyperthyroidism who had been advised to get a cardiac ablation (a corrective heart-rhythm procedure) or surgery on her thyroid. But the woman was reluctant to undergo surgery and sought to alleviate her condition with reiki, acupuncture and herbal medicine. So Steinbaum made a deal with the patient—she could try a holistic approach, but under her doctor’s supervision. 

“After five to six months, we started to see improvements, and by eight months, her thyroid normalized,” says Steinbaum. “I knew that if I didn’t help her, she was going to do it anyway, so I decided it was a better option for her to at least be monitored.”     

The results didn’t surprise Miles, who says, “Although people usually feel better quickly—no small thing when you are suffering—the balancing effects of Reiki practice often build slowly when there is a chronic condition. When there is trauma such as an injury or surgery, however, the effects of balancing the system can be quite dramatic.”

Reiki practitioner Nancy Arnott witnessed such improvement frequently during Miles’ 100-hour Reiki internship program on the general surgery floor of Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan. There, Arnott treated a wide range of patients, from 19-year-olds with appendectomies to 85-year-olds recovering from cancer surgery, all in varying degrees of pain. Pre- and post-scores showed reduction in pain and anxiety with reiki treatment.

“Some people who are religious told me they saw Jesus Christ” during sessions, Arnott says. “They went deep within and connected to the spiritual part of them.”

Keely Garfield learned to practice reiki with Miles, and took her Medical Reiki Intensive. Garfield is now the clinical coordinator of the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy program at the Farber Center for Radiation Oncology.

Garfield saw reiki come to the rescue during the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, when she offered treatments to abandoned babies, orphans, doctors, nurses, and staff at the NPH St. Damien’s Pediatric Hospital and Orphanage. Reiki’s calming effects were evident, including with an autistic toddler who was blind, partially deaf, and self-stimulating by rocking back and forth in her crib.  Garfield recalls placing her hands on the girl’s chest and belly and feeling the girl became still, her frenetic breathing softening. When she sang to her, the girl turned her face in her direction, and Garfield felt a gentle connection.

In addition to her private classes, Miles also trains doctors and nurses to practice reiki, including staff at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, and Yale Medical School. “In the home or in health care, the care of others begins with the care of the caregiver,” Miles says. “Empowering professionals with a daily self-care practice naturally makes them better caregivers, and practicing reiki for just a few moments can help settle distressed patients.”