Animal Reiki is the offering of Reiki to animals but it involves more than just applying human Reiki knowledge and skills. Animals do not communicate with us in the same way as we converse with one another. They are often not truly understood and similarly they do not always understand our communications or actions. However, animals are inherently more ‘aware of’ and ‘understanding of’ energy. They have used it historically to determine if strangers are friend or foe and many naturally appear to be very accepting of this calm energy. As with humans, Reiki may benefit animals with physical, mental or emotional issues and consequently this holistic complementary therapy may also be of help for animals with behavioral problems that have an emotional basis or influence.
How Does Animal Reiki Healing Work?
Animals suffer from physical illnesses and health conditions. At times, they sustain injuries or may require surgery. Aches and pains frequently emerge as they age. Mental health and emotional issues are common too and the latter often triggers behavioural problems.
Reiki is not a magical cure and is not an alternative to conventional veterinary care however reiki is a natural, calm therapy that promotes the body’s natural process of self-healing and is enjoyed by many animals.
Practical reasons for offering Reiki to pets and animals:
It is non-invasive requiring nothing but a Reiki practitioner and her/ his hands
Reiki healing may be given anywhere at any time – hands-on, hands-off or distantly in a vets practice, hospital, clinic, its ‘home’ environment or elsewhere, or even from distance via distant healing
It requires no equipment or technology
There is no need to move or disrupt an animal. It can be given to them wherever they are
It complements and supports conventional veterinary care
The animal is in control at all times. Reiki cannot be forced upon an animal. They chose to take it for as long as they like and how they like
It is relaxing, so may help pre-treatment /post-op
Reiki always works for an animal’s highest good
How Does Animal Reiki Differ?
The Reiki that is offered to humans is exactly the same Reiki that is offered to animals. The differences when working with animals compared to humans could be simply described as follows:
Unless an Animal Communicator, two-way communication does not exist between the animal and Animal Reiki practitioner as it does between a human and Reiki Practitioner so we must let the animal take charge
Reiki healing is often requested to help animals with behavioral issues that benefit from additional skills and techniques taught in Animal Reiki training
Reiki is often given to animals in their natural surroundings where they feel familiar and safe. They are also likely to settle down more quickly compared to sniffing around a new environment
When working with animals professionally we should understand some basics about the species we are working with, especially when we do not know that particular animal well.
How Do Animals Benefit From Reiki?
Accepted benefits for animals receiving Reiki:
Improved feeling of wellbeing
Promotion of relaxation which sometimes can lead to sleep
Greater sense of self
Peaceful transition for animals’ ready to pass over
In addition to the points above, Reiki practitioners and those who own and care for animals have repeatedly observed benefits beyond these. When the body (human or animal) is relaxed, it is in a state when it is best able to naturally heal itself and recover from illness, injury or other stress to the body.
Reiki encourages and supports positive personal choices and may help animals to better cope with life’s challenges. This energy is gentle and can be given to any animal or bird of any age should they wish to receive it. They do not need to be physically awake to decide. If their body does not wish to receive Reiki, the energy will not flow and when they have had enough again it will stop flowing as they no longer draw it from the practitioner. By simply allowing Reiki to flow to a person, animal or situation, through the power of intent, focus and prayer, I can carry out complete Reiki treatment on a specific person or animal, either in person or at a distance.
What Happens in an Animal Reiki Session?
Book an appointment here on my website, animal reiki healing sessions are only for 30 minutes.
A session is typically carried out in the animal’s familiar surroundings where he/ she is most relaxed and comfortable. Reiki may be offered to animals in open or enclosed spaces e.g. in a stable, bird cage, field etc. as well as on their bed or where they like to relax.External noises and distractions should be minimised and if the animal is unknown to the practitioner or has not received Reiki before a hands-off approach is often how the treatment commences.
I can travel to your home location if you are near to me - I am based in Alresford, Hampshire in the UK
Alternatively Reiki can be shared from a distance. By simply allowing Reiki to flow to a person, animal or situation, through the power of intent, focus and prayer, I can carry out complete Reiki treatment on a specific person or animal, either in person or at a distance.
Although there is no legal requirement to request or obtain veterinary consent before Reiki is offered to animals, it is recommended that any known or suspected physical health issues are diagnosed by a vet before a Reiki treatment takes place. A veterinary check would also be prudent prior to Reiki commencing if sudden changes are noted in an animal’s behavior and this is the reason for Reiki being sought. Such behavioral changes may have arisen as a result of a physical health condition.
Reiki is not a replacement for conventional veterinary medicine/ treatments but supports traditional veterinary care and works well alone or with other complementary therapies.
Where practical and possible, before a session commences, notes will be gathered from the owner or carer. This will include details about the animal, the reason Reiki is sought, the animal’s character, temperament, a brief case history and any diagnoses, whether or not Reiki has been offered before, and if so, further relevant details.
The Animal Reiki treatment is non-diagnostic, non-interventionist, non-manipulative and no pressure is applied.
Reiki may be experienced as a flow of energy, mild tingling, warmth, coolness, other sensations, or nothing at all. Some animals may wish to sniff a practitioners hands or step away slightly. Others may come closer offering their sore parts to the practitioner.
Depending on the situation and the animal, one session may be all that is required or a number of sessions may be necessary. Every animal is a unique individual and so natural variances will apply. We can book a follow up session if required.
Rather than just working on the animal/pet there may also be a need to offer Reiki to the owner or carer. Animals are very sensitive to energy and without realising it, if their owners or carers are stressed or anxious, their animals pick up on this and it can trigger or exacerbate emotional and behavioural issues in them. As a result, there is a need to sometimes work with both the owner and the animal to help resolve an animal’s issue.