Friday, January 9, 2009

What is Reiki . . . Practicing practicing

What is Reiki?

Reiki is fabulous, interesting, powerful. Its energy work that can be used for healing physical and emotional issues.

Here's a more thorough answer (

The name Reiki, pronounced ''Ray-key'', comes from the Japanese words ''rei'' meaning spirit, and ''ki'' meaning energy. It is usually translated as ''universal life energy.''

Reiki is also a Japanese holistic energy healing system that is gentle and noninvasive and yet yields powerful results for the body, mind and spirit.

When using Reiki to heal, the practitioner simply sets an intention to facilitate the healing process of the client and allows Reiki to flow in whatever amount the client wishes to receive and for whatever he or she needs most.

It is ideal for use with animals because with Reiki, since effectiveness is not dependent upon physical contact, the animal controls the treatment, accepting Reiki in the ways that are most comfortable, either hands-on or from a distance, or a combination of the two.

Easy for anyone to learn and use, Reiki can do no harm, even when used by the most novice practitioner. It always goes to the deepest source of the problem and always supports a path towards balance and harmony.

I've been practicing Reiki ever since I got back from my Reiki and subsequent massage classes. As part of another class, I've been journaling about working with various animals...

Sumba the Pomeranian (back of picture) just lost his sister Dewi (front) last week. I asked Reiki to flow and said to myself that this was for Sumba's health, wellbeing and higher good. I just lay down, with my hands open and felt them warming up. I kept myself into thinking about Sumba, about his ability to let go and wondering whether he was missing Dewi. After about five minutes, he came into the room and walked right up to the side of the bed. So, I picked him up and let him wander around on the bed. I went back to just offering reiki, not really moving. He settled into the pillow just about a foot next to me. After another couple of minutes, he got up, went to the foot of the bed and coughed a few times. (He also has a collapsing trachea and occasionally coughs to get it unstuck.) Then he lay down again and fell asleep. I also told Sumba (in my head) that he could take this Reiki energy as he needed it and use it for what he needed it for. I felt the Reiki in my hands and breathed into giving him Reiki from the other side of the bed for another ten minutes.

There was a spider in our shower yesterday so I just sat on the floor about two feet away and offered it Reiki. He (I called it he, not sure really, didn't check) started out close to me in the shower and was staying very still. After a quick minute (maybe 30-seconds), he started crawling over to the other side of the shower away from me -- I got the sense that it was too intense and he had to get out of my sight. He stopped on the other side of the shower where I couldn't see him because of the shower door. I closed the session after another minute or two, as I felt the energy sort-of close off.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year! What's up with The Rex Center?

Happy new year everyone!

Its been an interesting month or two since I’ve written an update. Lots of major changes and events -

What's happening with the Rex Center facility?
- The application for our city planning request was accepted and we were told that 1/5 was the next available meeting. Next week we get a 10 minute slot to present to the city planning commission and pending that they approve (that is the recommended action) then we start construction! We have to find a plumber, but think we have an electrician and contractor lined up. We have to add drains to the floors and re-arrange how the pool is setup so that we can get ADA approved ramps up to the deck of the pool.

- My dog trainer (Natalie 3RsAgility) that I've been apprenticing with at Sirius puppy training is planning on staying in the bay area so she's going to lease the facility to teach agility fundamentals and we've asked Sirius to consider The Rex Center as a location for Puppy classes too.

- Susan's got a plan for paint and lovely colors thanks to a book from my friend Alessandra! We're going to use a blue that is a couple shades darker than the logo, a light yellow, an orange, and a grassy green! Bright and cheery but still sporty.

Any other business plans?
- The text for our website is done and its off to Mel Barti, our designer, so hopefully our website will be done in a month. She's even included our logo and one of the business card designs in her portfolio (under Brand Identity).

- Veronica at dogTEC has been helping me figure out a marketing strategy and critiquing a packet of related articles that Louisa (The Swimming Dog) and I have put together.

What's happening with Cathy?
1. Took canine massage and Reiki classes at the Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage! I discovered that massage (on land) is interesting and got some great knowledge and techniques, but also found that I didn’t love it as much as being in the water and working with the dogs there. Many of the good things are similar – such as using your intention to inform the dog of what you’re doing and working on noticing reactions from one spectrum to the other. The classes also taught me two very good head-to-toe routines. I’m now working on case studies for those massage certificates. (6 dogs each for 6 weeks, documentation, documentation, etc.)
2. I really loved the Reiki class and have continued practicing on myself and my animals. I am also taking further coursework with Kathleen Prasad of the Animal Reiki Source in San Rafael. She offers an internship that I’d like to do in the future, so hopefully I will get to meet her eventually. (She co-authored a book called Animal Reiki.)
3. Swimming dogs . . . I've now swum with the aformentioned Natalie's agility Bichon Frise! He's a sporty little 9-year old who was having some health problems. After his first swim, he was crazy excited and mom was very happy. :) We've had a little hiatus because his chiropractor was concerned about his neck and swimming. But hopefully we'll get into the 'pool' (a.k.a. the 7x7' spa in my back yard) soon. Natalie's also been lining up her agility students/friends to come swim at The Rex Center -- if only we could open soon!!
4. I've become an aromatherapy fanatic. I took an aromatherapy class in Colorado (along with the Reiki & Massage) by Frances at Frogworks. I have bought a zillion oils and we had an aromatherapy party where we made sugar and salt scrubs, lipgloss, and 'signature scents'. So far, the massage dogs and our dogs have been benefiting from oils too -- Stella likes Frankinsence, Sumba Vetiver, Dewi was getting Eucalyptus, and Vaastu was attracted to Thyme. . . I've been using Spikenard for sleeping better . . .

What else??
- Dewi -- referenced in "The Swimming Pomeranian" -- went to the Rainbow Bridge in early December. She slid downhill pretty quickly with collapsing trachea to the point where she would turn purple multiple times a day.

- We have two new housemates -- two 19 year old college students. They are renting the room downstairs. So we've re-arranged our house so that most of our living space is upstairs now.
I like my new office. Its connected to the main area of the house and I have more cabinet space for mixing oils and a small sewing setup. Hopefully it doesn't explode with stuff soon. :)

- Started a new job in December! Its always a bit brain taxing to learn a whole new industry -- so apologies for the update delay and no holiday cards this year! I've been fairly exhausted with all the changes and things to do plus learning a lot!

Gotta run, Sumba needs to go outside!