My name is Petra Reiterer and I am a Usui Reiki Master Teacher (Animal & Human), Reiki Drum Practitioner and an accredited Practitioner in Zoopharmacognosy (Botanical Self Healing in animals). Offering a combination of modalities and treatments to suit each individual client.
I have always had a deep love and understanding of animals, having grown up in rural Austria, surrounded by dogs, cats and farm animals.
My path towards my formal Reiki and Zoopharmacognosy qualifications started during my career within the animal rescue sector. I have worked as a Behaviour and Temperament Assessor and Rehomer at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Wood Green Animal Shelter, Akita Rescue and Love Underdogs. During my career I have gained a great deal of knowledge and insight into dog and cat behaviour, both academically and through an enormous amount of hands on experience.
Having been so fortunate to work at such prestigious rescue organisations, and having worked with so many amazing animals, some with challenging behavioural issues, I started to learn that when I really observed and listened to the animals, I could see that they needed much more than conventional training and behavior modification methods.
I looked for a more holistic approach and started to incorporate essential oils and aromatic waters in to my sessions with some really shut down and unapproachable ex-street dogs. Although I didn’t completely understand the principles of Zoopharmacognosy at that time, the results were amazing. The dogs body language would change, eyes would soften, and even in the challenging environment of noisy rescue kennels, dogs would be able to lie and relax while inhaling an oil. I could clearly see that there was healing on some deeper level going on.
Following the results of this initial work, I wanted to be able to give animals a voice and the choice to help themselves rebalance their physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. This led me to the path of Reiki. When I embarked on my training in Reiki and completed a wide range of case studies, I experienced first hand the incredible positive impact this energy work has on my clients - both human and animal alike. I went on to qualify as an Advanced Animal Reiki Practitioner.
My desire to learn and gain a much deeper understanding of how plant medicine works, has led me to my current studies of Zoopharmacognosy, and I will be a qualified therapist in due course. I will be undertaking canine case studies for botanical self healing, please contact me if you are interested in taking part in one of these.
At home we have two rescue dogs called Cooper & Holly, feline Daisy and a flock of ex-battery hens! All of whom benefit from regular energy work and the opportunity to self select botanical remedies.
If you would like to read through my qualifcations and attended seminars/workshops click here