Reiki: A Healing Therapy

What is Reiki?


Reiki is a Japanese holistic energy healing system that is gentle and produces powerful results for the mind, body and spirit.  The name comes from the Japanese word “rei” meaning spirit and “ki” meaning energy.  Our pets’ bodies, just like ours, have vital energy centers called “chakras, meridians and bio-fields”.  The balance of these energy centers determines one’s mental state, physical body and emotional wellbeing.  Negative states such as fear, anxiety, illness and trauma create energy blocks.

How does Reiki work?

By unblocking these energy centers the body can create a positive energy flow and return to a balanced, undisturbed state.  This positive energy flow promotes physical health and relaxation.  Reiki can be beneficial to your pet because it is gentle, non-invasive and doesn’t cause stress, discomfort or pain.  Reiki helps set an intention to facilitate the healing process of the pet and allows the healing energy to flow, in whatever amount your pet needs most.   Reiki is used to heal emotional, behavioral and physical illnesses or injuries.

Reiki can:

  • reduce the side effects of medical treatments such as chemotherapy;
  • compliment acupuncture; and
  • enhance the beneficial effects of Chinese herbs.

For healthy pets, Reiki helps maintain health, enhances relaxation and provides and emotional sense of comfort and peace.

How to administer Reiki

A typical Reiki session is 60 minutes and usually takes place in your home where the animal is most comfortable and able to reach a state of relaxation. Dependent on why your pet is being treated with Reiki, 1-4 sessions are often advised.  Again, not all pets will necessarily follow these treatment guidelines and may need more or fewer sessions.

During a Reiki session, the pet often enters deep relaxation and sometimes will even fall asleep.

Hands-off or Distance Reiki

Some animals, especially those with a history of trauma, often prefer not to be touched or are fearful of being touched by strangers.  In these cases, the animal may benefit from hands-off or distance Reiki.  This is achieved by the practitioner position their hands over the pet without actually touching any part of your pet’s body. Different hand positions are used depending on the condition the pet is being treated for.   Practitioners do not “heal” but rather support a pet’s ability to self-heal.  The pet controls the Reiki by accepting it in the ways that are most comfortable, whether it be hands-on, -off or a combination of both.  It’s best to seek out a recommendation for a Reiki practitioner who has experience with animals.  Most importantly, you want to choose a practitioner you like and with whom your pet is comfortable.


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