Massages Are Good for Pets, Too

2/4/2021

A Mancos man says that energy therapy and massage are as good for your dogs as they are for humans, and his 21-year-old dog is his best case study.

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A Mancos Colorado man

says therapeutic massage

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and healing energy work

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can be as beneficial to your dogs

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as it can be for you.

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And his 21 year old dog Reba is proof.

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Steven Wasely is convinced

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that regular massage and reiki

sessions with his dog Reba

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not only have improved her quality of life

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but it's given her a

much longer life to live.

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The border Collie chow mix is 21 years old

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and still hiking with her human.

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Wasley now wants to share his gift

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with dog companions everywhere.

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Wasley discovered his

knack for healing canines

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about 10 years ago.

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When it looked like Reba was about to die.

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When my dog was 11, she's now 21.

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She, when I came home from work

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I would work long hour days

leave early in the morning

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come home mid afternoon

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and she couldn't turn her head forward.

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And I was like, that's kind of weird.

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And like, let it go for

about an hour or so.

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And then when I noticed that

it wasn't getting any better

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I kind of like kind of

a little bit forced it

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to see if she can turn her head.

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And she just like gave me

this blood curdling scream.

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And I was like, oh my gosh, oh my gosh.

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Okay.

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All right, 11 is a good age for a dog.

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And like, you know

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whatever's happening is

happening for a reason.

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I really didn't know what to do.

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And then my roommate at the time

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he kind of described the anatomy of a dog

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and was telling me how the

shoulders are connected

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to the neck.

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And it might be something in

her neck that was the issue.

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And so for the rest of the evening

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I was massaging her shoulders.

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I was massaging her neck.

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I was massaging in between

her shoulder blades.

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I was getting her chest area.

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And then the next morning

she was totally better.

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Wasely says

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his ability to provide

healing touch to animals

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is an innate gift that all humans possess

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and can develop.

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During self study on

alternative healing practices.

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He discovered reiki and

received certification

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as a level one practitioner.

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According to John Hopkins medicine,

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reiki is a form of energy healing

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that came into practice

in Japan in the 1920s.

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A practitioner seeks to transmit

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universal life energy to another

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through light touch, to

realign the body's energy

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and reduce any blocks to

the free flow of energy

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to speed healing and reduce pain.

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When I am increasing my

vibration, everything around me

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will then start increasing

its vibration to match me.

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And that's kind of the theory

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that I've picked up from reiki.

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Other people have

described it as being able

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to channel higher energy

through the crown chakra

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into our other chakras

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and sending that energy

through our extremities.

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Although research has not been able

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to prove scientifically that

reiki and massage can heal.

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It certainly doesn't hurt.

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Many recipients say that reiki

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like massage makes them feel better.

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During a recent demonstration

Wasley spent about 10 minutes

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massaging, Little Dude

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and 11 year old mutt rescued in Arizona.

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After the session, Little

Dude appeared energized

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and ready to play with his

three-year-old housemate, Cupid.

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Both Little Dude and Cupid

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are the dog companions of news director

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Debra Uroda.

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Wasley offers hour long

sessions in your home

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and prices vary.

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He added that pet owners

can make a difference

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in their dog's lives too.

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Just spending 10 minutes

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undivided attention with them a day

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will drastically change

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your relationship with your dog.

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If you'd like to know more

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you can reach Wasley at

420chanchosteven@gmail.com.

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Thanks for watching this edition

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