The Reiki that is offered to animals is exactly the same Reiki that is offered to humans, however Reiki for Animals involves more than just applying human Reiki knowledge and skills. Animals do not communicate in the same way humans do, we often may not truly understand them, and equally they may not understand what we try to communicate to them. Animals are naturally more ‘aware of’ and ‘understanding of’ energy. They instinctively sense energies to alert them of danger and foster survival. Therefore, they are very receptive to energy healing.
As with humans, Reiki may benefit animals with physical, mental or emotional issues and behavioural issues which have resulted from emotional distress. It is worth noting that there may also be a need for the owner or carer of the animal to receive Reiki. Animals are very sensitive to energy and without realising it, they can pick up on their owners or carers are stress and anxiety … which in turn manifests as emotional or behavioural problems.
The treatment is non-diagnostic, non-interventionist, non-manipulative and no pressure is applied. 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. A treatment may last 30 to 60 minutes.
A treatment is best carried out where the animal is most relaxed and comfortable, usually its home environment. This may be in open or enclosed spaces e.g. in their bed, a stable, bird cage, field etc.. A hands-off treatment approach is used at first, particularly where the animal is unfamiliar with the Practitioner or has not received Reiki before. In this way, Reiki is ‘beamed’ to the animal.
How do animals react to Reiki energy?
This can be varied, depending on the individual animal and the health or behaviour issues it is experiencing. Reiki may be experienced as a flow of energy, mild tingling, warmth, coolness, other sensations, or nothing at all. Often animals may wish to sniff a Practitioners hands .. some may step away slightly but others are more welcoming to the energies and come closer offering their sore parts to the Practitioner, initiating touch. At this point hands-on Reiki may commence. In general, most animals become rather relaxed .
Do not worry if you don’t notice any obvious or immediate changes in your animal after the treatment. Reiki energy always goes to where it is most needed and just because you cannot see any changes, it does not mean they have not benefited from the session. Sometimes just one session is needed, however more frequently, two or three sessions are needed to get the full benefit.
Benefits of Reiki for animals
- Alleviating anxiety, stress, nervousness and producing a state of calm
- Increasing energy levels and overall well-being
- Supplementing medical treatments
- Helping to heal after surgery, injury or trauma
- Relieving aches, pains, strains and allergies
- Addressing issues with the coat, skin or feathers
- Getting pets through depression or bereavement
Although there is no legal requirement to obtain veterinary consent before an animal receives Reiki, it is recommended that any known or suspected physical health issues are diagnosed by a vet before a Reiki treatment takes place, this also applies to sudden changes in an animal’s behaviour which may be an indication of an underlying health condition.
Pet insurance cover
Some pet insurance companies are starting to include Reiki treatments within their pet insurance policies. However, it is recommended that you check as this may require a vet to refer your pet for their Reiki treatment(s) or to give consent.