What Exactly is Animal Reiki?
Reiki, which originated with a lay monk in Japan, is based on spiritual energy. All things, its advocates believe, are made of energy.
The practice of Reiki involves energy traveling through the hands of a practitioner through a subject’s energy pathways and centers, then through the whole body.Reiki is ideal for pets because it is gentle and noninvasive. The practice never harms an animal.
Animal Reiki doesn’t require physical contact. It corrects energy imbalances in an animal’s body and can even occur from a distance. A cat or dog session usually lasts 15 to 30 minutes.
What’s in it for Animals?
Reiki for cats and dogs offers benefits to both sick and well animals. It can:
- Strengthen an animal’s immune system before cancer treatment
- Speed healing after sickness or surgery
- Promote relaxation and reduce stress to solve behavioral problems
- Relieve pain
- Provide comfort for terminally ill pets, as well as owners
- Enhance a pet’s overall well-being
- Increase the pet-owner bond
Veterinarians intrigued by the possibilities of pet Reiki are adding it as an adjunct therapy. Used in conjunction with conventional medicine, it can result in a speedier recovery and saves owners considerable cost and anxiety.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A SESSION?
Before a treatment starts, notes will be gathered from the owner or carer. This will include details about the animal, the reason Reiki is sought, the animal’s lifestyle, a brief case history and any diagnoses. Whether or not Reiki has been offered before, and if so, further relevant details.
The above information will determine how Reiki is best offered for the best results and to ensure safety for all. Any treatment plan will always be subject to your own preferences, and can be changed at any time in line with progress.
The Animal Reiki treatment is non-diagnostic, non-interventionist, non-manipulative and no pressure is applied.
A session is typically carried out in the animal’s familiar surroundings where he/ she is most relaxed and comfortable. 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.
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.
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.
The length of Reiki sessions may vary, but are usually half to one hour in duration.
HOW OFTEN ARE SESSIONS REQUIRED?
Even one single Reiki session can make a difference, however a course of regular treatments may be more effective. These may be weekly, fortnightly or less often depending on the needs of the animal.
Any treatment plan will be discussed, agreed and reviewed as necessary and always subject to the preferences of the animal’s owner or carer, with the option to change it at any time according to progress.