Benefits of Reiki
As with humans, Reiki may benefit animals with physical, mental or emotional issues and consequently this holistic complementary therapy can help with behavioural problems that have an emotional basis or influence.
When the body is relaxed, it is in a state when it is best able to naturally heal itself and recover from illness, injury or other stresses.
Reiki promotes natural healing and may help animals to better cope with life’s challenges. This energy is gentle and can be given to any animal or bird of any age should they wish to receive it.
Here are some areas in which Reiki can help:
After an initial gathering of information from the pet owner/carer, the best way on how to offer Reiki to your pet will be established.
The treatment is non-diagnostic, non-interventionist, non-manipulative and no pressure is applied. The animal will lead the session and is in control of how much energy is needed. If their body does not wish to receive Reiki, the energy will not flow or when they have had enough it will stop flowing as they no longer draw it from the practitioner.
The length of Reiki sessions may vary, but are usually thirty minutes to one hour in duration.
Depending on the situation and the animal, one session may be all that is required or a number of sessions may be necessary. Every animal is unique and therefore it will be assessed on an individual basis.
How might your animal react?
The great thing about using Reiki on animals is that you can ‘see’ it working. Your animal will most likely relax, he may sit or lie down. Some animals will lie down and go into a deep sleep next to the practitioner. Different types of animals can react in different ways, for example, some may not show as many signs of relaxation during their first treatment, however, they will often lie down to sleep after the treatment when they are alone.
No matter what the reaction, Reiki is giving your pet what he/she needs.
Reiki is not a replacement for veterinary medicine/ treatments but supports traditional veterinary care and works well alone or with other complementary therapies. If your animal has any symptoms of illness you should call your vet. The law currently states that before your pet receives a Reiki treatment you must gain veterinary consent.