As a pet owner I regularly share Reiki with my family pets; for example i have an anxious pooch who loves Reiki as it calms her her nerves, another of my dogs has been extremely poorly with a life threatening illness and Reiki healing certainly helped her recovery. On occasions, when treating Reiki clients at my home our two pet chickens are 'drawn' to the Reiki energy of the house and come and tap on the windows, the only time they do this is when I am giving Reiki healing, as you can imagine this causes much amusement!
In addition to being a holistic therapist, I am also a pet sitter, and many of my lovely furry friends are in their golden years, so I naturally send Reiki their way to help with health issues. Reiki is not a magical cure and is not an alternative to orthodox veterinary care but it is a natural, calm therapy that promotes the body’s natural process of self-healing and is enjoyed by many animals. On many occasions pet owners will tell me their cats are timid and not friendly, only for their feline family members to come straight over for a stroke and cuddle. Reiki cannot be forced upon an animal - they chose to take it for as long as they like and how they like - think of my hens!
Reiki may be given anywhere at any time – hands-on or hands-off or via distance, both of which work well for nervous animals. One session may be all that is required or a number of sessions may be necessary depending on the animals needs, my poorly pooch received intensive Reiki healing sessions over 3 weeks.
Holistic therapies for animals are gaining in popularity and no doubt soon the Reiki federations and councils will produce guidelines on what to consider when considering Reiki for your pets. In the meantime the first port of call for any animal who you thinks needs help is your vet, and then look for a Reiki therapist who is experienced in handling animals and providing animal Reiki treatments.