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What is Animal Reiki?

Updated: May 10, 2023

Reiki is an ancient Japanese spiritual healing practice gaining popularity in the Western world. It involves the transfer of energy through the practitioner's hands to the recipient, promoting relaxation, balance, and well-being. Animal Reiki is an extension of this practice, which aims to improve the health and well-being of animals.


Understanding Reiki


Reiki is derived from the Japanese words Rei, meaning "universal life force," and Ki, meaning "energy." It is a practice that has been around for thousands of years, but it was rediscovered by a Japanese man named Mikao Usui in the early 20th century. Usui developed a system of teachings and practices that have been passed down to Reiki practitioners today.


Reiki is based on the idea that everything in the universe is made up of energy, and this energy can be manipulated to promote healing. Practitioners channel energy through their hands to the recipient, promoting relaxation and balance. The energy works on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level and can help relieve pain, stress, anxiety, and other health issues.





The Concept of Animal Reiki


Animal Reiki is an extension of Reiki that focuses on promoting the health and well-being of animals. It is based on the same principles as traditional Reiki, but the approach is tailored to the unique needs of animals. Practitioners of Animal Reiki use the same techniques as traditional Reiki but modify them to suit animals, who may not be able to sit still or communicate in the same way as humans.


Animal Reiki is different from traditional Reiki because it is not hands-on. Many animals are sensitive to touch, and Reiki can be just as effective from a distance. Animal Reiki practitioners will often sit quietly with the animal, allowing the energy to flow naturally. Animals are very receptive to energy and can often feel Reiki's effects very quickly.


Animal Reiki can be used for various purposes, including promoting relaxation, reducing stress, relieving pain, and improving overall health and well-being. It can be particularly helpful for animals who have experienced trauma or who are recovering from an injury or illness.


Benefits of Animal Reiki


Animal Reiki has numerous benefits for animals, both physically and emotionally. Some of the physical benefits of Animal Reiki include:

  • Pain relief: Reiki can help to reduce pain and discomfort in animals, promoting healing and improving their quality of life.

  • Improved circulation: Reiki can improve circulation in animals, promoting the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and organs.

  • Boosted immune system: Reiki can help to boost the immune system in animals, making them more resistant to illness and disease.

Emotionally, Animal Reiki can be very beneficial for animals who have experienced trauma, abuse, or neglect. Reiki can help promote relaxation and calmness, reducing stress and anxiety. It can also help to improve the human-animal bond, allowing animals to feel more connected and supported.


The Process of Animal Reiki


Animal Reiki sessions typically begin with the practitioner meeting with the animal and its owner to discuss its needs and any health issues it may be experiencing. The practitioner will sit quietly with the animal, allowing the energy to flow naturally. The animal may move around or lay down, and the practitioner will often follow their lead, adapting to their needs.


During the session, the practitioner may use Reiki symbols or mantras to help focus the energy. They may also use essential oils or other natural remedies to enhance healing. The length of the session will vary depending on the animal's needs, but they typically last around 30-40 minutes.


After the session, the animal may feel more relaxed and calm, and their owner may notice improvements in their behaviour or physical health. It is important for the animal to have time to rest and relax after the session, and the practitioner may guide how to care for the animal post-session.




Becoming an Animal Reiki Practitioner


Becoming an Animal Reiki practitioner involves completing training and certification in Animal Reiki. Many Reiki practitioners offer Animal Reiki as part of their services, but it is important to find a practitioner who is specifically trained in Animal Reiki.

Training in Animal Reiki typically involves learning the principles and techniques of Reiki, as well as how to adapt them to suit the needs of animals. Practitioners will also learn about animal behaviour and communication, and ethical considerations when working with animals.


Once certified, Animal Reiki practitioners can offer their services to animals in various settings, including veterinary clinics, animal shelters, and private practice. It is important for practitioners to continue their education and stay up-to-date on the latest research and techniques in Animal Reiki.


I am exceptionally proud to have qualified as an Animal Reiki practitioner and to be offering treatments from my base at Synergy Salon in Plymstock, Plymouth.


Please get in touch with me if you would like to find out more about Animal Reiki or to make an appointment.


Conclusion


Animal Reiki is a gentle and effective practice that can improve the health and well-being of animals. It is based on the principles of Reiki, but it is tailored to suit the unique needs of animals. Animal Reiki has numerous physical and emotional benefits for animals and can be particularly helpful for animals who have experienced trauma or illness. Becoming an Animal Reiki practitioner involves completing training and certification, and practitioners must adhere to ethical considerations when working with animals. For those interested in alternative forms of healing for animals, Animal Reiki is a promising option.

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