A REIKI healer is taking her knowledge of performing the therapeutic practice on humans to helping animals on their path to recovery.
Coalfalls resident Vivien Konwerski started her journey towards the age-old Tibetan practice after seeking treatment for a condition which leaves her with hypersensitivity in their nerve endings.
She became intrigued by the therapy after it relived her symptoms, and sought to train under a reiki master to learn the healing technique.
Reiki healing allows everyone to tap into the vibrational energy behind maintaining health, healing, stress and relaxation known as an unlimited supply of life force energy.
It is believed to support and improve the body's ability to heal itself, improving health and enhancing quality of life.
After seeing the effect the therapy has on humans, she decided to apply the technique to pets.
She became a qualified Reiki pet healer after completing a four- day course.
Ms Konwerski has seen the benefits first hand, helping heal an injured cat she adopted from the Animal Welfare League using her reiki knowledge.
After a few weeks of treating the cat's hip injury in combination with treatment from a vet, the feline began to show signs of recovering.
She placed her healing hands on the cat's injury and let the life force energy flow into the cat.
The practice is performed in much the same way as it is for humans, Ms Konwerski said.
"It's basically the same but with pets you only get to do what they want to do because they may only want five minutes of treatment," she said.
She said the treatment can be more positive on pets.
"It can be more effective than on humans because pets are more sensitive. A lot of humans are skeptical."
To learn more about Ms Konwerski's Reiki practice go to her Facebook page, called Krystal gypsy.