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Rachel posted this in answer to my post that I took Marcus in for Reiki massages occasionally.

"I Googled Reiki massage and came up a definition of "Reiki is a form of massage therapy. It is a healing technique that originated in Tibet and has been practiced for over 2,500 years.

Strictly speaking, it means Universal Life Force Energy. It is one of the more widely known forms of healing through direct application of Chi, or a force very similar to Chi.

Chi?

Chi is the term used by the Chinese mystics and martial artists for the underlying force the Universe is made of."

Chi for your chi? Maybe I can find someone in the Boston area who does Reiki and then learn how to do it myself. I'd love to see Lily "melt into a happy little puddle." "

There are Reiki practitioners all over the country now and more and more are working on dogs. Rachel, you shouldn't have any trouble finding a teacher. The lady that works on Marcus is teaching me and it isn't hard. There was a lady that did a demonstration at some dog convention in Boston a few weeks ago. I don't know whether she lives there or not, the only reason I know anything about it is because she used a Dobe that belongs to a friend of mine as her demonstration dog. You can tell that the dogs enjoy it tremendously and I swear you see a blissful smile on their faces.
 

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I'm thinking it would be a good way to relax her in general, but especially when she's all stressed out by scary noises.

Boston and especially Cambridge are the places I would expect to find a Reiki therapist (or whatever you call them). Cambridge is just full of stuff like that and it's only about half an hour away. I will look into it. :)
 

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I do therapeutic massage on both my dogs and they love it.......I usually do it in the evenings and they just lay so still and let my fingers massage them. I basically use the same technique we would use on a human but modified down to their size.
I think Lily would both love and benefit from whatever therapy you finally choose for her.
 
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