What is Reiki for Animals?

Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) comes from two Japanese words Rei and Ki meaning universal life energy. Reiki was developed in the early 1900’s by Mikao Usui in Japan.

Reiki is ideal for use on animals as it is gentle and non-invasive. It does not cause stress, discomfort or pain but can have powerful results. Animals respond naturally to Reiki’s power to heal emotional, behavioural and physical illnesses and injuries.

An animals anatomy is different to a human so hand positions will vary when giving Reiki to an animal, also the Reiki is given purely by intuition unless of course you can see that an animal has an injury or is told by the owner what the problem is. Having said that Reiki goes to where it is needed anyway whether it be a human or an animal.


The benefits of Reiki for Animals

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For animals that are healthy
Reiki helps to maintain their health, enhances relaxation and provides an emotional sense peace and contentment. For animals that are ill Reiki is a wonderful healing energy as well as a safe complement to Western Medicine, Chinese Medicine, homoeopathy, flower essences, and all other forms of healing. For example, Reiki can reduce the side effects of chemotherapy, support an acupuncture treatment, and enhance the effects of flower essences.

For dying animals
Reiki is a powerful yet gentle way to provide comfort, relief from pain, fear and anxiety, and to ease the transition to death. Please note that Reiki for Animals is NOT a substitute for veterinary care but a complementary method.

For animals that are healthy, Reiki helps to maintain their health, enhances relaxation and provides an emotional sense of peace and contentment.

For animals that are ill, Reiki is a wonderful healing energy as well as a safe complement to Western Medicine, Chinese Medicine, homoeopathy, flower essences, and all other forms of healing. For example, Reiki can reduce the side effects of chemotherapy, support an acupuncture treatment, and enhance the effects of flower essences.

For dying animals, Reiki is a powerful yet gentle way to provide comfort, relief from pain, fear and anxiety, and to ease the transition to death.


What to expect from an animal Reiki treatment

Reiki usually begins a short distance away from the animal rather than with hands on contact. This helps to build up trust and gives the animal the opportunity to feel the energy. The animal decides how much Reiki it wants.

Animals are more sensitive to energy than people and quickly understand its potential and they often require shorter as well as fewer sessions. During a session the animal may move closer to the Reiki Practitioner or may choose to lie away from them. It is their choice and wherever they are they will still receive the benefit from Reiki.

  • Distant Reiki: This type of Reiki is performed from anywhere, so I don’t need to be near the animal to do this. I use this technique to treat any trauma an animal might have suffered in the past or to help the animal with any event in the future.
  • Reiki with hands hovering over the body: Some pets tolerate this type of Reiki for a longer period of time than hands-on Reiki.
  • Hands-on Reiki: This is an adaptation from the standard hand positions which I use on my human clients. Some animals are much smaller, but the basic idea of anatomy is the same.

Please note that you may not see any noticeable improvement in your animal after the first few sessions of Reiki, this is not unusual.

Some animals take Reiki on straight away and benefit dramatically, you may see that your animal has more confidence within certain situations that may usually disturb it, or they may just look and act happier.


Important notes

When I talk about Reiki healing please note this does not mean cure. Reiki healing is for the highest good of that person or animal. It can improve the situation by making them feel more relaxed and help with pain, but it is the body itself that has the ability to heal/cure. I am not claiming that Reiki will cure a condition, such as cancer but it can certainly help through chemotherapy or radiotherapy to alleviate some of the side effects.animal reiki