Animal Reiki provides healing to animals at all levels, mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual.
Reiki is a Japanese healing art founded in the early 20th century by Mikao Usui. In literal translation, it means spiritual energy. The word “Reiki” is a combination of two Japanese words. Rei meaning spirit and Ki meaning energy. The term Reiki Energy refers to the use of Ki, which is the energy that already runs through all of us and all things in the universe.
During the healing this energy is guided and moved throughout the body to heal and revitalize old emotional blocks, traumas, injuries, and illness. The spirit portion of the word refers to our oneness with all things. This deeper connection we all share allows for us to energetically help one another.
Reiki does not require physical touch and therefore beautifully suited for the treatment of animals from the cuddly house pet to the unapproachable, traumatized rescue. The practitioner provides a gentle, non-invasive space for the animal while still providing healing. Allowing an animal a safe zone to heal without the fear of contact is life altering for those animals who have been victims of abused, wild, or are sick beyond trust of physical contact.
Any animal’s body has the innate ability to heal itself if given the chance. Unlike most treatments, which are done to an animal, Reiki is considered a treatment done with the animal. Together through mediation and energy guidance the animal and practitioner open the channels of blocked energy revitalizing the body and allowing it to heal.
Sanctuaries and shelters that open their doors to Reiki volunteers are floored by the positive outcomes of this healing practice. Reiki provides their animals much needed stress relief and in some cases, physical healing which emotional trauma has caused. When an animal enters a shelter, they are in a strange place surrounded by animals they don’t know and people that are strangers. This can be exceptionally stressful for them and in many cases, is displayed by shaking, pacing, and barking. These same animals when visited by a Reiki practitioner will lie down, deeply sigh, and take a very needed nap.
Since the treatment of Reiki is irresistibly peaceful and stress relieving, it is not only a great tool for healing illness and injuries but also for high stress and anxiety cases.