Reiki is a hands-on healing method that originated in Japan. Reiki works by balancing and unblocking the body’s own energy centers and pathways. In turn, this supports the body’s ability to heal itself.
Reiki is intelligent energy with a mind of its own. It goes exactly where it’s needed. It can travel over great distances across the world or small bounds across the room.
Reiki is also smart enough to know how much energy is needed. It’s impossible to overdose on energy or otherwise cause harm.
REIKI THERAPY FOR PETS
Think of Reiki for dogs as a natural supplement … kind of like daily vitamins packed with nutrients.
Reiki is steadily gaining popularity in the animal world as a complementary health therapy. In fact the NCBI has even found through studies that, “Reiki is a safe and gentle “complementary” therapy that activates the parasympathetic nervous system to heal body and mind. It has potential for broader use in management of chronic health conditions, and possibly in postoperative recovery.”
When life energy is high, your pets are healthy and balanced, more relaxed, and less likely to get sick. When it is low, they will often be more easily affected by stress and less resistant to illness.
Reiki is also a perfect complement to any other veterinary treatment, thus boosting the effects of said treatment and reducing side effects.
What To Expect in A Typical Reiki Session?
A Reiki session for dogs is a bit different than humans. For starters, dogs aren’t usually apt to hop up on a massage table and lie on their back for an hour. A good way to start is for the practitioner to sit on the floor with the dog in a room and invite him or her to share in the Reiki session if so desires. It’s helpful to let dogs know they can take as much or as little Reiki as they wish. This lets them know they have a choice about how much Reiki they receive. If the dog approaches the practitioner and appears okay with their touch … the practitioner can place her hands in a series of positions that are comforting to the dog. You don’t need a timer to know when the session is over. Dogs aren’t bashful. They will get up and leave when they’ve taken in the amount of energy they need.
Distance Session – Can Reiki work in virtual settings?
Reiki works perfectly at a distance given its based on the transfer and sharing of energy. “We are all made of energy and while perception tells us we are separate, the philosophy of energy is that we are all connected”. In other words, the pet can receive Reiki treatment without being touched, having the same effect as a face-to-face session. It is important to clarify that distance Reiki is as useful as face-to-face Reiki and can contribute to pet owners who have problems transporting their animals, whose behavioral problems make it difficult for them to leave the house, or because multiple Commitments of their owners prevent taking them to a face-to-face session. Therefore, a great help is to offer Reiki at a distance. In fact virtual reiki sessions may even be preferred in some circumstances. For instance, if a pet is fearful of new people or places, a virtual Reiki session may be the way to go. Also, treatment for cats seem to respond better to virtual Reiki.
How Can Reiki Help My Pet?
Benefits from Reiki:
• Reduce stress and promote relaxation (Anxious or Stressed Pets):
The number one primary benefit and response to Reiki with animals is stress relief and deep relaxation. The calm space created by a Reiki practitioner’s meditation invites the animal to join that relaxed environment. This can make Reiki an effective stress reliever for pets in high anxiety environments, be that a shelter setting or even at home with a new baby in the house.
• Decrease healing time after surgery and illness or Coping With Illness and Surgery Recovery:
When we are deeply relaxed, all of our systems relax and our immune system can operate more optimally. “Our bodies can heal themselves when we allow ourselves to relax”. Reiki works by inducing that state or creating the relaxation we need to heal ourselves. Animals who are sick for long periods can get better, quicker, or heal after surgery quickly with the help of Reiki.” Reiki can also be helpful throughout the medical process. If you have a pet who is anxious at the vet, but requires many visits because of their sickness or needs surgery, Reiki can help prepare them. This is how Reiki can help put a pet more at ease prior to walking into those situations.
• Provides relief from acute and chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, and depression.
• Support pets with arthritis, digestive disorders, or post-surgical trauma.
• Shortens the healing time after medical procedures, aiding recovery post-op, or accelerate healing in sick and injured animals.
• Boosts and strengthens the immune system.
• Loosens blocked energy in the body and promotes a sense of deep relaxation.
• Behavioral disorders (fear, anxiety, aggression).
Significantly reduces stress and tension caused by an emotional trauma or physical abuse. Reiki offers a way to connect with a new or rescued pet that has trauma, or significant changes in your pet’s demeanor, but there are no physical signs of illness.
• Support the pet and the family during euthanasia:
Reiki is a gentle way to provide comfort and ease the transition at the end of the pet’s life. Reiki provides emotional support that comforts and gives strength in the face of pain, fear, and anxiety. Animals handle death better than we do. They know they are dying, and may need time to process. Reiki can help provide that time so that a pet is not in severe pain as they cope with this impending change. It can also bring pet owners some peace as well, especially knowing that their pet is at peace — maybe eating more and being more playful in their final days — and ready to say goodbye. “Reiki can create this beautiful peacefulness in the dying process, sometimes it’s not about getting better, but it’s about finding peace” -Prasad. It can be an incredible gift to have in a difficult moment.
• Remove emotional or psychological blocks that are impeding physical health.
• Enhance well-being