Reiki for Animals

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Reiki (pronounced ray-key) means “universal life energy” in Japanese. Reiki is an energy therapy that is applied by simple hands-on or no-touch with the goal of improving the flow of life energy in an animal or pet.

Reiki allows positive energy to flow into the animal’s body, through the hands of the practitioner, either in person or by distance application. This gentle technique is used to improve the symptoms of stress and pain by activating the relaxation response, helping the animal to balance itself, positively affecting the body on all levels.  The process allows energy to move at a pace that is comfortable to each animal.

Animals have an intuitive understanding of energy and in most cases, easily accept and respond to energy treatments. Animals and pets can benefit from the healing and balancing effects of Reiki regardless of the animal’s size, age, emotional or physical condition. Animals who have experienced trauma, illness, or surgery respond positively to Reiki treatments.

Reiki is active in over 800 hospitals across the United States and Hartford Hospital reports that Reiki has been shown to improve human patient sleep by 86%, reduce pain by 78%, reduce nausea by 80%, and reduce anxiety during pregnancy by 94%.

It is important to note that animals will respond to Reiki energy differently. They may even appear to be indifferent at first, playing with a toy or standing across the pasture, but eventually you will see predictable signs that they are accepting the Reiki energy. Many lie down, move closer, yawn, or stare. Some will experience a healing crisis where they may release emotions that no longer serve them and this can be displayed by whining or barking.

Some animals will nuzzle into the practitioner’s hands and may even move their body throughout the treatment guiding the practitioner to areas needing attention. Others will remain on the other side of the room but because energy is not restricted by time or space the energy follows the intention of the practitioner and reaches the animal in need.

When working with Reiki energy intention is the sole factor in the success of a Reiki treatment. Practitioners draw in the highest level of healing for the animal with a clear understanding that the healing is not from the practitioner, but rather through the practitioner

When to use Reiki

  • if an animal is experiencing pain (injury or surgery) Reiki is able to speed physical recovery
  • if an animal is sick Reiki is able to facilitate healing and anxiety
  • if an animal is experiencing trauma (abuse, neglect, fear and mistrust) Reiki is able to facilitate emotional healing
  • if an animal is difficult to settle (high-strung or nervous) Reiki can assist by inducing a state of relaxation, reducing stress
  • Reiki is also very helpful in resolving conflicts, emotional and physical injuries between two animals that don’t seem to be accepting of one another
  • in extreme cases the Reiki practitioner can send healing energy to the animal’s situation rather than to the animal themselves which also can initiate change, causing a shift in the relationship with either the humans or animals
  • if it is an animal’s time to leave this world, Reiki can assist both the family and the animal with compassionate support during this difficult time however it is important that Reiki can only assist with the transition, it cannot prevent the exit
  • animals in shelters or sanctuaries who have experienced abuse, neglect, or abandonment can be difficult to adopt and there are many documented cases of shelter animals responding to the healing powers of Reiki and finding their forever home shortly afterward
  • Reiki has been known to reduce conflict with wild animals on your property

How Reiki can be Administered

  • on site, with the animal present, with the practitioner placing their hands directly on the animal
  • on site, with the animal present, with the practitioner holding or hovering their hands above the animal’s body
  • smaller animals respond well to Reiki while sitting on the lap or the hand of the practitioner
  • on site, but across the room or field, allowing animals to choose the distance from which to receive the energy
  • if there are several animals in the home or on the property Reiki can be successfully delivered to all simultaneously
  • distantly to another property, city, or country

How to Choose a Practitioner

There are many Reiki Practitioners who work with humans but finding a Reiki Practitioner who will work with your animal can be a little more challenging?

Any energy worker is capable of using Reiki energy, however the energy can only be channeled by someone who has received a Reiki attunement. The attunement transfers Reiki energy from the Reiki Master to the student and remains with the student for a lifetime. Without a Reiki attunement healers are using another kind of healing energy, not Reiki.

While not necessary it is an added bonus to have a practitioner who is also an animal communicator. Even the most private of animals will respond and share while receiving a Reiki treatment.

Use the Internet and personal referrals to local a Reiki practitioner and always ask to see the practitioner’s credentials. Also ask for referrals from previous clients.

It is important to confirm that Reiki should never replace conventional veterinary medical care, however it can work harmoniously with veterinary treatments. Experiencing Reiki is the best way to evaluate if this technique is for your animal or pet.


August 28, 2014 134_Tammy Adams

Animal Reiki Practitioner

Animal Communicator

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