What is Animal Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese energy work technique for stress reduction and relaxation based on the idea that energy flows through all living things.
Animal Reiki practitioners use their hands to channel this energy into an animal’s body to promote balance and healing.
Reiki is not a substitute for veterinary care but can be a complementary therapy to support a pet’s overall health and well-being.
Animal Reiki practitioners work with various animals, from domestic pets like cats, dogs, and horses, to wild animals in sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers. However, most often, practitioners work on pets.
Using Reiki for animals encompasses the principles of compassion, respect, and mindfulness. It emphasizes the importance of deeply connecting with animals and respecting their boundaries and needs.
Reiki can help your pet to feel more relaxed and at ease, and can also help to improve their physical health and emotional well-being.
What Happens During a Session?
During a session, the first thing I do is establish a connection with your pet. I do this by introducing myself and offering your pet an opportunity to approach or retreat as he/she pleases.
Your pet can be standing, lying down, or sitting, and the session can take place in a quiet room or outside in nature.
After making the initial connection, I use various hand positions and techniques to channel the flow of Reiki energy into your pet’s body.
I use gentle touch or hover my hands above your pet’s body, depending on his/her preference and comfort level. I always give your pet the option of moving in and out of the Reiki energy as he/she pleases.
As I work, I pay close attention to your pet’s body language to better understand their needs and preferences. I may also pick up on some information about what your pet is experiencing mentally, physically, spiritually, or emotionally.
Your pet may respond to the Reiki energy in several different ways. He/she may become more relaxed, fall asleep, or exhibit signs of physical or emotional release.
The session typically lasts around 30-60 minutes, and your pet may require multiple sessions depending on his/her condition and response to the treatment.
How Does Reiki Help Animals?
The benefits of Animal Reiki can vary depending on the individual animal, but benefits include:
- Reducing stress and anxiety: Animals can experience stress and anxiety just like humans, and Reiki can help them to relax and feel more at ease.
- Promoting relaxation and improved sleep: Reiki can help animals enter a more relaxed state, improving their sleep and overall well-being.
- Supporting physical healing: Reiki can be a complementary therapy for physical healing and recovery from illness or injury.
- Strengthening the human-animal bond: Practicing Reiki can deepen the connection and communication between humans and animals, improving their relationship quality.
- Enhancing emotional well-being: Animals can experience a range of emotions, and Reiki can help them to release negative emotions and experience greater joy and contentment.
- Providing comfort during end-of-life care: Reiki can provide comfort and support to animals, helping them feel more peaceful and loved.
It is important to note that Reiki should not be used as a substitute for veterinary care, and any concerns about an animal’s health should be addressed by a licensed veterinarian.