A Wigan holistic healer who uses alternative therapies to help pets recover from injury or trauma has started teaching a special new college course.
Amy Lawrenson uses reiki, crystal healing and Dr Bach’s Flower therapies to help animals achieve a stress-free “energy balance”.
Stress isn’t just a problem for us humans - it affects animals tooAnimal holistic healer, Amy Lawrenson
While she prefers to steer clear of the term “animal whisperer”, she says it provides a crucial way of communicating with animals on their own terms.
She said: “Reiki was considered to be something for tree-huggers when I started out, but now it’s available on the NHS. A lot of pet insurance policies will pay out to cover the cost of holistic therapies for animals now too.
“I’m not trying to pretend I’m speaking to the animals – I’m just a normal girl. But a lot of vets are more open to the positive effect of reiki now. It can help animals both with physical ailments and mental scars.
“For example, abused or neglected animals often behave badly because that’s the only way they know to communicate. Prey animals are particularly in tune with it too because they are more sensitive to energy inbalances.
“A horse is always more likely to bolt or play up if it senses that a rider is nervous.”
Reiki master Amy, 34, who is based in Stonehall Farm, Crow Lane, Roby Mill, has already received positive feedback from her new Holistic Therapy for Animals course at St Helens College, which started last week.
As part of the course she aims to give students an introduction to holistic healing to help pet owners create a better understanding with their pets. Students who then want to take their studies further will have the opportunity to progress to practitioner level and even work towards a master and teacher certification.
Amy, who uses reiki to calm down her own horse – an ex-show jumper called Secret – first got into the alternative therapy 15 years ago when it helped a friend’s dad who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
She then set up her business, Silver Daisies, four years ago and has achieved so much in that time that she joked that she is now “no longer employable in the rat race!”
She added: “The most unusual animal I have ever worked on was an epileptic goat which was used for organic milk. Using reiki managed to ensure that the goat’s seizures became less frequent.
“I’m certainly not trying to replace the work of vets. What I provide is a complementary therapy. But the key is that it works on the mind as well as the body. Stress isn’t just a big problem for us humans, it is for animals too.”
To secure a place on one of Amy’s courses, call 0800 996699 or go online at: www.sthelens.ac.uk/holistic