Reiki promotes relaxation and stress reduction and also supports the healing process. Reiki was developed in 18th century Japan by a Buddhist monk named Usui Sensei. It is gentle and non-invasive; animals are very receptive to reiki, intuitively understanding and accepting it to help them heal.
Over the past 40 years reiki has become increasingly popular in the Western world as a non invasive and non medicated therapy. Reiki works holistically across mind, body and spirit by channelling energy through your therapist and stimulating your own natural healing abilities. Animal reiki is also on the increase and used by vets as a more holistic approach to healing. Find out more about reiki.
I am convinced that energy medicine (such as reiki) is both the momentum of the future and the core of tradition.
Cheryl Schwartz, Holistic veterinarian & healer
How can it help animals?
Reiki is used for a whole host of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing, some of the areas you may use it for with animals include:
- To promote relaxation and help them de-stress
- To support them to heal emotionally after a traumatic experience
- To help them feel safe when they arrive at shelters or new homes
- To ease aches and pains in the body
- To recover from injury
- To ease symptoms from conditions
- To reenergise energy levels
- To remove nervous tension
- To heal digestive problems
- To support them during pregnancy or through birth
- To address erratic behaviour
How does it work?
It’s important to understand that reiki is non-invasive and safe, for everyone and everything. An animal will only accept reiki if they wish to, it can’t be forced upon them. Most animals are receptive to reiki healing and at times will let you know when they’re done with the session. If they don’t want you to start the session, they’ll either walk away and not come back, or give you a clear indication that they don’t want it at that time. I’ve grown up with animals and have a great affinity with them, intuitively understanding their mood and feelings.
Practitioners of reiki are all attuned to the reiki energy by a Reiki Master. A practitioner of reiki heals through conducting positive energy (either hands-on or hands-off, and at second degree reiki, distance healing can be performed) through a person or animal’s energy field. With animals I usually start hands-off by way of respect and because they can draw on the energy more deeply than humans, giving them a stronger sensation.
The reiki treatment raises the vibration of energy in their body, dispersing negative energy, balancing, and healing. Some believe reiki power is one of the most powerful forms of healing. For minor work; balancing and relaxing, a single session is usually enough, for more complex or long standing issues a course of treatments is recommended. Improvements should start after 1 or 2 sessions.
What will happen at the session?
When I start a reiki session with an animal the first thing I do is greet them and introduce myself. I explain why I’m there and give them time to feel comfortable, exploring me; my smell and energy. It’s always clear to me if an animal doesn’t want reiki, indeed they give lots of clues about how they’re feeling if you tune in to them (a bit of pet psychology if you will). Sometimes they need a bit of time to settle in, I don’t charge extra for my time spent while they are deciding whether or not to accept a treatment, and if they don’t want it then there’s no charge. It is worth trying again through, I’ve learnt that sometimes it’s just that an animal does not want reiki at that point in time, and not that they don’t want it at all. If they don not want a treatment, I’ll thank them and say my goodbyes.
Merlin the Husky
Merlin was sadly diagnosed with diabetes and that lead to blindness and physical ability struggles. His owner reported he would often just lay for hours outside on the decking, seemingly uninterested in life. I have no doubt that at this time he was trying to understand and come to terms with the changes he was experiencing.
After experiencing reiki herself with me, Merlin’s owner decided to let me work with Merlin to see if I could improve things for him – read Merlin’s case study
How does distance healing work?
This is a technique that many reiki practitioners use for people and animals that are not in a convenient geographical location. You can also choose distance reiki to send loving energy to animals (and people).
Distance healing sessions are held for 20 minutes and come in either a single treatment for £15 (also great for a boost of loving energy), or a course of 3 or 6 for healing.
Reiki Practitioner Lineage
All Reiki practitioners can trace their lineage back to Mikao Usui. Below is my lineage.
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