Amy Lawrenson - using Reiki to heal horses and humans

PUBLISHED: 23:40 24 April 2012 | UPDATED: 21:18 20 February 2013

Reiki therapist Amy with 18-year-old cob mare, Rosie, and her owner, Marie Doherty at her Rainford stables

Reiki therapist Amy with 18-year-old cob mare, Rosie, and her owner, Marie Doherty at her Rainford stables

More people are turning to an oriental healing system to treat themselves and their pets. Victoria Heneghan reports

I think people expect me to be some mad hippy lady with flowers in my hair, laughs Amy Lawrenson. But when I turn up, they see Im just a normal girl and they are always very surprised.

You can understand people expecting an oddball. Amy is an exponent of an oriental complimentary healing method called Reiki and she uses it to help humans and animals.

Despite this exotic way of earning a living, Amy is a level-headed lass from St Helens. After leaving Sutton High School she went to work in industry as a manager and gained a masters degree in manufacturing.
Despite her success, she didnt feel it was the life for her. Behind a desk wasnt where I wanted to be, she says. If I can spend my time helping someone, then that is so rewarding for me.

Then, a friends serious illness brought her into contact with Reiki, a healing system developed in the 1920s by a Japanese Buddhist.
Amy, now 30, gave up her career and completed a personal training course at the Pauline Mahoney School of Hypnotherapy in Liverpool. Following this, she took a formal training course in animal healing in 2009.

Reiki works on the basis of energy and the theory that there are seven major energy centres on the body, called Chakras. By using light touch therapy, the healer works on the weakest energy centres and essentially restores the body to its natural setting. Its not hocus-pocus, says Amy.

Its not about God or angels. I really cant stress how passionate I am about it. I wouldnt do it if I didnt believe it works one hundred per cent.
Reiki treatments are now being more widely accepted and they are available for cancer patients on the NHS to help with the effects of their more conventional medical treatments.

Its never a replacement for medical treatment, stresses Amy. It is a complimentary therapy, but people just arent aware of the differences it can make, for humans and animals. Its not magical or witchcraft. It is a bona fide therapy, a real treatment with real benefits.

Amy named her business, Silver Daisy Healing (, after a her horse which died. Animals have no pre-conceived ideas and the treatment is so much quicker with them. Its amazing to see the results.

One case involved a horse, appropriately named Miracle. Her owner, Claire Aviemore, was devastated when she was kicked by another horse and vets told her she probably wouldnt ever ride her gain.

When an equestrian physiotherapist told her the same thing, Claire turned to Amy in a last attempt at helping the troubled bay mare. Amazingly, she began to recover after just one treatment. In just two days after the treatment the change was incredible. She was back to her calm self, Claire says. A week later, with no other treatment in the meantime, Miracle was standing straight on all four legs. It was a massive improvement.

Amy claims Reiki allows animals to relax and let their bodies heal. After Miracles third treatment, the vet has said her improvement was astonishing. Following his advice, Claire was able to saddle her up in just twelve weeks. I can hardly believe it myself, says Amy, I still get emotional when I help an animal, its so fulfilling. If I could do it for free I would.

Amy still lives in St.Helens but also rents a treatment room in Haydock at the Omnitherapy Rooms, for clients of the human kind. She also visits on a mobile basis, and she has been working with Myerscough College near. Preston Id never turn a case down, any animal or person can benefit from Reiki. You just need to open your mind and give it a go.

Mastering illness?

Reiki is a Japanese word meaning universal life force energy. According to the Reiki Association, it is a system of natural healing which was developed in Japan by Dr Mikao Usui. He was inspired to develop this healing system from ancient teachings and today it is taught by Reiki Masters who have trained in the tradition passed down from Master to student. They believe they are transferring and rebalancing energy which flows through the body.

The practitioner gently places their hands non-intrusively in a sequence of positions which cover the whole body. The practitioner is a channel which the energy is drawn through by the need or imbalance in the recipient.

The print version of this article appeared in the May 2012 issue of Lancashire Life
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