What is Animal Reiki?
A healing modality that is founded upon traditional Japanese Human Reiki techniques and philosophies that can treat one animal or a group of animals. Animal Reiki is a mindfulness that is practiced "with" animals rather than an energy therapy being done "to" them. Animal Reiki honors each animal as a sentient being and spiritual teacher; practitioners learn to listen to animals and become receptive to their healing gifts and spiritual wisdom. Touch is only used if the animal seeks it out from the practitioner. Reiki balances the physical body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects and provides a sense of nurturing, well-being & security for animals.
How does it work?
Animals have several energy centers which run through their entire body. Every thought, action and emotion will influence these center's either positively or negatively. The health of these energy centers can play an integral role in the well-being of your pet. Reiki can balance these areas and promote many beneficial effects. Keep in mind, an animal Reiki session isn’t about expectations of how the animal should behave, nor it is focused on specific healing outcomes. It’s not necessarily focused on hand positions or traditional practitioner protocol. Rather, an Animal Reiki session is about the practitioners state of heart and mind, and is about making space for and honoring the preferences of the animals whom they are with. It’s about staying present and simply “sharing Reiki space” together and not focusing on what is “wrong” with the animal and to create conditions of compassion and peace, so animals can build trust and connect with them.
How does Reiki support an animal?
The space of compassion and peace that a practitioner holds for an animal has very profound healing effects. Practitioners do not need to know what the animal’s problem is, as they do not direct the healing or manipulate energy towards a specific problem. Sometimes, knowing what the animal’s issue is can actually create an obstacle to the Animal Reiki connection, since it’s important to keep one’s state of mind open and not focused on what is “wrong.” The animal leads the Reiki session, deciding if, when and how to connect with the healing space created and for how long they choose to be in it. Scientific studies show that Reiki activates the parasympathetic response, bringing balance, stress-relief, pain-relief and a sense of wellbeing to the client.
How are remote Animal Reiki sessions performed?
Using a photograph of your animal I am able to connect them and apply the Reiki principles in the same manner as an in-home session. Sharing Reiki space remotely is just as effective as sharing it with an animal that is physically present. The animal leads the way in Reiki and it is up to them to decide how they would like the treatment to proceed and for how long. Most animals relax during a Reiki treatment, some will fall asleep, or show their gratitude by wagging their tail or purring. There are various healing responses that animals convey to know they are in acceptance with the Reiki energy; an Animal Reiki treatment can last up to 60 minutes.
Each session begins with an evaluation of your pet, their history and your concerns with an action plan given on how to support your pet based on the session. Generally 3-5 consecutive sessions are recommended but single sessions are available.
WHAT CAN ANIMAL REIKI HELP WITH?
- Accelerated healing from illness and injuries
- Significant reduction in separation anxiety
- Help anxious and fearful animals become calm and confident
- Tame hostile relationships between animals
- Cease inappropriate elimination
- Relaxation & stress reduction
- Improved mobility & quality of life enhancement
- Heals trauma & abuse
- Helps newly adopted pets adjust
- Pre and Post-Surgery care
- Greif and loss