LOWER EAST SIDE — An “Holistic Wellness Lounge” at an upcoming street fair will have a special treat for the neighborhood’s four-legged furry friends: free Reiki sessions.
Dogs and cats can indulge in an animal-friendly version of the Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation at this year’s "DayLife presents Lower EAT Side" street festival, the “summer kickoff party” hosted annually by the Lower East Side Business Improvement District.
Veterinarian Lorelei Wakefield, who operates a pet concierge service, will perform the technique for two hours at the fair, said Tammy Hallowell, who organized Daylife’s wellness lounge.
“I think all animals can benefit in the same way all people can benefit from Reiki,” she said. Reiki is said to promote healing and can help relieve pets’ aches and pains, Hallowell added.
In addition to the pet pampering, the “holistic wellness” area will also feature tarot card readings, a numerology matchmaking service, crystal wrapping and handmade bath and body products, said Hallowell, who also co-owns FlowLife NYC Holistic Lounge.
The wellness lounge is part of this year’s DayLife event, an afternoon street fair that will include DJ sets and a live music set curated by Cake Shop as well as food from local eateries like Wassail, the Meatball Shop and Black Tree.
DayLife will run from noon to 5 p.m. on June 14 at Orchard Street between East Houston and Delancey streets. Admission and activities are free.
Editors Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the event included a fashion show.