Reiki for Animals
I love animals, and I am always happy to help your furry or feathery friend with Reiki and other deep healing methods.
Just like humans, pets can suffer from energy blockages and lose their self-confidence and happiness when they have experienced trauma or loss. If their beloved owner is sick or stressed, pets sometimes pick this up and reflect it in their own ill health or behavioural problems.
Reiki - the ancient Japanese energy healing system - is beneficial for animals who feel stressed, who show low energy or are always hyper or misbehaving. It can unblock tensions and re-balance the animal, which then can boost their happiness and self-healing capability. This will be of special benefit for rescue dogs and cats, or pets who lost their human or an animal friend, or suffered abuse.
Reiki on Animals is done a bit differently from Reiki on people: Not on a massage table in a treatment room, but in the animal's home where it usually rests. Reiki can be done hands-on, at a short distance, or even remotely. With animals, we often just work in their space, until they may approach us and then hands-on Reiki is sometimes appropriate.
We always approach your animal in a manner that is likely to gain its confidence, building trust and promoting its corporation. The animal will always lead us - for example choosing its preferred distance and signalling to us when it had enough. In many cases, I may just sit on the sofa and send Reiki across the room to your dog or cat who is resting in its basket. Smaller animals - like hamsters or birds - can remain in their cage. Aggressive or fearful equines can receive their Reiki from outside the stable, or they can stay in their field. Touch is not needed to make Reiki work.
Reiki can be beneficial if your animal friend...
Looking for Case Studies
While finishing my training as an Animal Reiki practitioner, I need to do some more case studies.
If you live in West London and have a pet who may benefit from Reiki, please get in touch. These sessions will be at a reduced rate. After the sessions, you would share some feedback and observations on how the session went, and how the Reiki impacted your pet.
Reiki does not replace seeing a vet or a dog trainer
Reiki's impact on stress release has been demonstrated in peer-reviewed studies. However, it is a complementary therapy and does not replace medical check-outs and treatments. Please see a vet before you book a Reiki session.
If your animal has behavioural problems, this may be caused by an underlying medical issue. Make sure to get your pet checked out and then talk to a professional dog trainer or behavioural expert. Reiki can still be given, as it will support vet visits and training session, making your animal calmer and more willing to receive help.
There is an excellent book out that explain how Reiki and conventional medicine can work together: Kathleen Prasad: Vets on Animal Reiki.
Number and format of sessions
Sessions usually last an hour - which includes a conversation and debrief chat with the owner or carer.
The best time for a session is when your pet would rest anyway - not before a walk or when it is expecting food.
Sometimes, just one session can make a difference and relax your pet for the moment. However, we usually recommend four to six sessions to work on deeper issues (such as anxiety, grief, trauma from rescue experience) and create a sustainable, positive transformation.
What happens in a session?
Before my first visit, we will schedule a phone call to introduce each other and discuss the issues of your animal. I will explain how Reiki works and how it might benefit your friend. We will explore together how we can make the session work in a calm environment.
After I arrive, we will have another chat - your animal may choose to come and spend time with us. If it stays away, that is fine as well. After a while, I will start connecting with your animal and sense whether it would like to receive Reiki. If so, we start the session at a distance. Some animals will just stay where they are, some actually seem to like the Reiki closer and then approach me to possibly receive it hands-on.
During the session, most animals feel that they receive positive energy, and after a phase of being alert and watching what is going on, they often go into a relaxed state or even fall asleep. I continually check the animal's well- being and response to the Reiki treatment; if your pet seems to have enough, I will stop and take a little break, then offer it again or finish the session.
For all our work with Animals, we follow the National Occupational Standards for Offering Reiki to Animals (LANACT3). The welfare and happiness of your animal will always drive our work. We apply the appropriate health and safety measures, and we work closely with the owner when planning the sessions.