What Is Holistic Grooming?
As I am sure you've noticed the word Holistic... What is this? The actual WORD holistic means if something isn't healthy and balanced both physically and mentally/emotionally, and even spiritually, then it is losing some of the life quality that it could have. So to me, it's very Important for the dog's in my care to be treated holistically. Meaning they leave my care feeling as good as they look, and they are happy and healthy. They may be a little tired and want to rest their eyes from the relaxing day at the spa though, this is totally normal. Holistic grooming wasn't created to make grooming look more "alluring" to the pet parent. It was created out of necessity in our industry to help provide the dogs and the owners with what they deserve. Dogs deserve a better level of care that I feel that I, as a pet professional, have a duty to provide. One could also call holistic grooming, integrative grooming. Much like there are integrative health professionals or doctors, I am providing a service that your pet really deserves. No more loud and toxic salons. No more kennels or car rides. I want so much more for your doggo, I want more for you, and I want more for myself. This industry means the absolute world to me, and I aim to change how our industry is seen and want to be the voice for the dogs and for the groomers such as myself who care and want better. Grooming with kindness is what I do!
Dogs speak in energy, they cannot speak as we can. I (Erin, owner of Wuf) am an empath and I can feel the energy of others, especially animals. This means that I connect to each and every dog that I groom on an energetic level and speak to them and keep them calm and they know that they are safe with me. This may sound "Woo Woo" or strange to you, but I promise once your dog gets to know me I will be their new best friend. All this means is that I wholeheartedly care about each and every dog that I groom and want to do better for the grooming industry. I know that the grooming experience can be a little stressful for some dogs, so I am able to tap into them and make it a more enjoyable experience for all.
I am also a certified Reiki 1 Practitioner. Reiki is an ancient form of energy healing. Often referred to as healing hands, in which a universal energy is said to be transferred through the palms of me, the practitioner, to the dog that I am working on in order to encourage emotional or physical healing. This energy work is beneficial to dogs with anxiety, high stress levels, senior dogs with ailments, or really any dog. All dogs can benefit from this healing energy. When I got attuned and certified to be a Reiki practitioner, I literally did it just for the dogs in my care. That is how passionate I am about dogs and their well being. The best part about me being attuned to Reiki is that I can put Reiki energy into objects. This means that all of my products, such as my shampoos, conditioners, tools, everything that will touch your dog is vibrating with Reiki. Because of this, most of the dogs that leave my care will knock out after their spa day with me. Their owners will usually text me and let me know how relaxed their dogs are. This is very normal and one of my most favorite things about what I do. I love being able to give your dogs peace.