Everything in the universe is made up of and connected by energy.
The word “Reiki” (pronounced “Ray-Kee”) comes from the Japanese, meaning “universal life energy”. It is a system of holistic healing which means that it treats the whole being, providing healing energy at physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.
The way in which Reiki heals is by the transmission of energetic pathways through an attuned practitioner to the recipient and it always works for the highest good. The practitioner places his/her hands on or a short distance from the recipient and the Reiki energy flows directly to the source of the problem.
Animals are naturally and instinctively drawn to the healing energy of Reiki and will accept as much or as little as is needed, commonly entering into a state of deep relaxation during the treatment. As Reiki enables the release of toxins, there may occasionally be a short-lived reaction, but generally these are outweighed by the long-term health benefits of this gentle, non-invasive treatment. It is important to provide your pet with fresh water after a Reiki treatment as the release of toxins in the system can prove somewhat dehydrating.
As Reiki is a complementary therapy, it can work alongside but NEVER as a substitute for veterinary treatment.
My journey with Reiki began several years ago when I stumbled upon a Reiki practitioner at a Mind, Body and Spirit Fayre and was given a free “taster” treatment. I immediately felt the benefits and went on to receive the Level 1 and 2 attunements in order to practice Reiki, followed by the Master/Teacher certification.
I use Reiki almost exclusively for animals and have always used it on my own pets for a variety of reasons, whether to aid my rescue pets in settling into their new home, dealing with past trauma or to promote post-operative healing, for example. They love it and will often come and “ask” for a short Reiki session to soothe and aid restful sleep.