Animal Reiki: Enhancing Healing in all Pets

While Reiki has long been practiced on humans, Animal Reiki is a relatively recent development. In 1995, Diane Stein’s book “Essential Reiki” introduced Reiki to the mainstream Western world, briefly mentioning its potential for animal health.

It was Elizabeth Fulton and Kathleen Prasad’s book “Animal Reiki” published a decade later that truly popularized Reiki as a viable healing modality for animals. Find the book here

What is Animal Reiki?

What is Animal Reiki

In recent years, there has been a paradigm shift in the way we approach the well-being of our beloved pets. Traditional veterinary medicine, while essential, is now being supplemented with alternative modalities to enhance healing and overall wellness. One such modality gaining recognition is animal Reiki.

Although once dismissed as “woo-woo,” Reiki is now being embraced as an effective means of promoting healing and well-being in dogs and cats. This article will delve into the world of animal Reiki, exploring its origins, benefits, and its increasing integration into shelters and veterinary clinics.

Animal Reiki acknowledges that animals have their own innate wisdom and ability to heal. It recognizes their agency and gives them the choice to participate in the healing process. Animal Reiki sessions can be conducted with a light touch directly on or above the body, or even remotely, regardless of the animal’s location.

Benefits of Animal Reiki

The use of Reiki in animals has shown numerous benefits, including:

  • Stress Reduction and Relaxation
    Reiki induces a state of deep relaxation, helping to alleviate stress and anxiety in animals. This is particularly beneficial for animals in shelter environments, where they may experience heightened stress levels.
  • Pain Relief
    Reiki can help alleviate pain and discomfort in animals, promoting their overall well-being. It can complement traditional pain management strategies and support the body’s natural healing response.
  • Strengthening the Immune System
    By promoting relaxation and reducing stress, Reiki can support and strengthen the immune system of animals. This can contribute to their overall health and resilience.
  • Emotional Healing
    Animals, like humans, can experience emotional trauma that manifests as physical ailments. Reiki addresses the non-physical roots of pain and illness, helping animals to heal emotionally and find balance.
  • End-of-Life Care
    Reiki is often used in end-of-life care for animals, providing comfort and easing the dying process for both the animal and their caregivers. It can help create a peaceful and supportive environment during this challenging time.
Shelter Animal Reiki Association

Incorporating Reiki into Shelters

The use of Reiki in shelter settings has gained traction in recent years. Organizations like the Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA) aim to create peaceful healing environments in shelters through the use of Reiki. Practitioners, armed with their Reiki training, provide support and comfort to animals in need.

Carolyn, a Level 2 Reiki practitioner, combines Reiki with flower essences in animal shelters. Her work includes assisting in the rehabilitation of aggressive dogs. Prior to her arrival, Carolyn performs self-healing Reiki and distance healing to set the intention for the session.

The results have been remarkable, with previously aggressive dogs showing improved behavior and receptiveness to the healing energy.

Reiki in Veterinary Clinic Settings

Integrative and holistic veterinarians are recognizing the value of incorporating Reiki into their practices. By embracing complementary modalities like Reiki, veterinarians can provide a more holistic approach to animal care, addressing not just physical ailments, but also mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

The American Veterinary Holistic Medical Association (AVHMA) lists numerous holistic veterinarians who offer Reiki as part of their practice. These practitioners understand the benefits of integrating Reiki into traditional veterinary care to support the overall health and longevity of their patients.

The American Veterinary Holistic Medical Association - AVHMA
The American Veterinary Holistic Medical Association – AVHMA

Animal Energy Healing

Anyone can learn to practice Reiki on animals. Training involves receiving an attunement from a Reiki Master, which opens the energy pathways in the practitioner’s body. There are three levels of Reiki instruction:

  • Level 1:
    Teaches the practitioner how to use Reiki in person for themselves, family, friends, and pets.
  • Level 2:
    Focuses on distance healing, allowing the practitioner to send Reiki energy to animals in any location.
  • Level 3:
    Master’s Training provides advanced knowledge and the ability to teach Reiki to others.

It is important to choose a practitioner who has undergone proper training and has experience working with animals. Certification or membership in a professional Reiki organization can provide reassurance of a practitioner’s qualifications.

Conclusion: Embracing the Healing Power of Animal Reiki

The integration of Reiki into animal care settings is a testament to its effectiveness and growing acceptance. From shelters to veterinary clinics, Reiki is being recognized for its ability to enhance healing, reduce stress, and promote overall well-being in dogs and cats.

By offering a holistic approach to animal health, Reiki complements traditional veterinary medicine and provides a valuable tool for supporting the health and happiness of our beloved pets.

Animal Energy Healing
Animal Energy Healing

With its gentle and non-invasive nature, Reiki offers a safe and stress-free modality for animals. Whether used as a standalone therapy or in conjunction with other treatments, animal Reiki has the potential to positively impact the lives of our furry companions, supporting their journey to optimal health and well-being.

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So, why not explore the power of animal Reiki and discover the transformative benefits it can bring to the lives of your beloved pets?

Lost Yogi