“By simply relaxing, being quiet, breathing and having a heartfelt intention to help another being, you create a sacred space.
In this space, all things are possible.”
~Animal Reiki Source~
Situations when Reiki can benefit your animal companion (and you).
- Before and after surgery
- Before and during kennel stays
- Emotional and behavioral problems
- Physical illness
- End of Life
Reiki for Animals is a technique of working with animals that helps them relax and reduces stress. Reiki works at a core level and has a ripple effect that helps to calm animals and also support the work of veterinarians, trainers, riders, and anyone who is in relationship with an animal. Reiki is especially helpful for rescue and shelter animals. Reiki can be offered in person or remotely.
Reiki is perfect for animals because it’s not invasive. It’s gentle, yet powerful, doesn’t require physical contact, and it doesn’t cause any harmful effects such as pain, discomfort, or stress. Animals respond intuitively to Reiki and they understand that it supports the healing of emotional, behavioral, and physical injuries and ailments.
Animals love Reiki and have an innate understanding and connection to this Universal Life Force Energy. Most animals will accept an invitation to sit in the Reiki energy with us as long as we don’t force it on them or tell them that they “need” help or healing. Offering Reiki to animals is the perfect opportunity for us to step aside and let an animal know that he or she is in charge. They can decide if they want to accept an offer of Reiki, how much or little energy to accept, and whether or not they want hands on. Sitting in a meditative state with an animal who has said yes to Reiki allows us to connect with the animal on a heart level and as an equal healing partner.
Animals are the leaders in the process taking only the amount of energy they wish to receive. The energy goes to the areas/issues that need it most, even when unknown to the practitioner and owner. It can be given hands-on or from a distance and adapted to any problem an animal may face.
It can do no harm to either recipient or practitioner.
For animals who are healthy, Reiki helps to maintain their health, enhances relaxation and provides an emotional sense of peace and contentment.
For animals who are ill, Reiki is a wonderful healing method as well as a safe complement to Western Medicine, Chinese Medicine, homeopathy, flower essences, and all other forms of healing. For example, Reiki can reduce the side effects of chemotherapy, support an acupuncture treatment, and complement the effects of flower essences.
For animals who are terminally ill, Reiki is a powerful yet gentle way to provide comfort, relief from pain, fear, and anxiety, and to ease the transition to death. Reiki is also a wonderful way to support a dying animal’s family during this difficult time.
What Does a Reiki Practitioner Do?
Reiki practitioners use intention, focus and meditation to build a sort of energetic “healing bridge.” When animals are stressed, sick or injured, energetically, they are “imbalanced”. By offering an energetic connection and bridge of “balance,” the practitioner is offering the animal a support system that the animal can use to relax, self-heal, and “rebalance.”
The practitioner may or may not touch the pet. It depends on the comfort of the pet. Often during the first session, the practitioner may not make contact at all. Pets may move around the room while they get comfortable with receiving energy. It isn’t necessary to stay quiet or still during Reiki and owners can definitely be in the room, if desired. The length of the session will depend entirely on the pet, but will generally be about 30 to 45 minutes. Frequency and quantity of sessions will be determined by the pet’s response. Multiple visits are typically needed, although improvement is often notable after the first session.
What Does a Reiki Practitioner NOT Do?
Reiki sessions are given for the purpose of stress reduction and relaxation to promote healing. Reiki is not a substitute for medical diagnosis and treatment. Reiki practitioners do not diagnose conditions nor do they prescribe, perform medical treatment, nor interfere with the treatment of a licensed medical professional.
To book a Reiki session for your beloved pet, contact me for additional information and cost. Reiki for Animals can be done long-distance.
I also suggest that you consider learning Reiki for yourself. With as little as a Reiki Level One attunement, you too can connect with your beloved pet and allow the flow of uplifting, relaxing Reiki energy between you. See the Reiki Attunements page for additional details.