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Reiki for Animals

May 11, 2010

Reiki is a form of mind body healing that is an alternate therapy for physical, mental and emotional diseases. It can be translated as “universal life energy” or “spiritually guided life force energy”. It is a technique in which the flow of energy from a practitioner’s hands decreases stress and promotes relaxation and healing. If one has low life force energy, one can easily succumb to sickness. Conversely, if one has high life force energy, joy and health may overcome the negative forces. Reiki treats the entire being including the body, mind, spirit and emotions to enhance a person’s wellbeing.

How Reiki Works

Practitioners of Reiki use the “laying on of hands” to channel healing energy. The energy works to give the recipient a glowing radiant feeling of peace and security.  Anyone can access this energy by receiving an attunement carried out by a Reiki Master. They can then use the energy to heal themselves or others. Since the energy is of the Universe and not from an individual, it is said to be unlimited in amount. By using Reiki symbols to create a temporary connection between the practitioner and recipient, it can also be given at a distance.

Reiki works well because it is gentle and noninvasive. It can be used for injuries, illnesses or emotional problems. Treatments allow for quicker recovery from physical problems resulting from surgery or accidents. It does this by removing pain, promoting relaxation and relieving stress. It helps the healing process and gives a better quality of life. The healing principles are the same whether one is healing a relative, a friend, oneself or an animal.

Animal Reiki

Animals respond especially well to Reiki sessions. Some animals are comfortable having the Reiki practitioner place hands directly on them in a quiet, undisturbed environment. The animal gives its permission by moving toward the practitioner until the two are touching. The animal will then position its body to show which parts need to be addressed. The practitioner must then be aware of the areas which draw more energy and spend more time on these areas.

Other animals may prefer to have a treatment at a distance. The distance could be several feet or thousands of miles. The reason for absentee meetings could be because the practitioner is too far away geographically from the potential recipient or perhaps the animal is too small, fragile or frightened to have a hands-on experience. It is especially helpful for aggressive animals which would not otherwise be able to be treated. This reduces the risk of injury to the animal, the keeper and the Reiki practitioner.

The duration of the treatment depends on the size of the animal and the degree of illness. The Reiki sessions could last between 20 to 45 minutes on three or four consecutive days. The healing will build each consecutive day. It will not interfere with a veterinarian’s treatment or medications. It helps to revitalize older animals and calm hyperactive or stressed animals. Healthy animals enjoy a treatment to help them relax or just as loving interaction. It works on cats, dogs, horses, hamsters, lizards, frogs, snakes, gerbils, fish and other pet species.