WHAT IS ANIMAL REIKI?





Animal Reiki works on the same basis as the Reiki that I give my clients.   Reiki, pronounced "ray-key", is a form of healing touch that conducts energy from one  body to another.  The practice of Reiki is an original method of healing, developed in Japan early in the 20th century.  Reiki's natural healing energy works on every level (emotional, mental, physical and spiritual), and has no limitations.   It is excellent for healing of any kind, and gives wonderful results.   It is non-invasive and both gentle and natural.   It can be used without fear of any side-effects or overdose.   It may be used alone or with confidence alongside conventional medication or natural remedies because it acts in a complementary way.

Reiki works off of the understanding that everything has a flow of life force or vibrational energy flowing through it.  When the flow of life force energy in  an animal's  body is disrupted, weakened or blocked, emotional or health problems tend to occur.   During a Reiki session the natural energy around is channelled to the animal, raising the  vibrational energy flowing through it.

I would  channel the energy allowing it to flow where it is needed, soothing pain and supporting the animal's natural ability to heal itself.  The energy is drawn from me  by the need or imbalance in the animal, and the  animal's body will automatically draw in only as much Reiki as is needed, using it in whatever way is most appropriate at the time.   Neither myself or the animal  has to use any effort of will or concentration during this process.

I have experience in working with a variety of animals, and I am an animal lover.   I find that animals are particularly receptive to Reiki, and that cats in particular seem to be Reiki junkies!   I myself have animals, and I find that if they feel they need Reiki they will actively seek it out with me.


Depending on the animal being treated, it can:

Help to restore and strengthen the animal's life-force, bringing  them back to a natural state of harmony, working on the whole animal, not just the symptoms.

Accelerate the healing of physical problems and balances the emotions.

Aid the animal's body to release stress and tension - it promotes deep relaxation and a profound sense of well-being.

Accelerate the body's self-healing abilities.

Aid better sleep and increases vitality.

Be a powerful support to  the animal in times of illness, helping to bring relief from a variety of conditions.

Help to relieve pain.

Remove energy blockages, adjust the energy flow of the endocrine system bringing the body into balance and harmony.

Reduce some of the side effects of drugs and helps the body to recover from drug therapy after surgery and chemotherapy.

Help them  deal with special situations in their life, for example bereavement,  changes at home etc (aids emotional clearing).

Reiki can be an effective form of complementary animal healing, and using it alongside veterinary treatments can accelerate the healing process, may ease pain and could improve or help to continue the animal's quality of life.

An animal does not need to be ill to receive a treatment.  Reiki will help to maintain their state of health, enhancing peace and overall well-being.

For dying animals Reiki is a highly effective yet gentle way to provide comfort, pain relief, alleviate anxiety and fear and to ease the transition from this life.   Reiki can also provide support and help with grief for the animal's owner.

Basically, whatever the animal needs help with, or wherever they need to be healed will be helped by receiving a Reiki treatment.


To make the session as comfortable as possible for the animal, I only ever give Animal Reiki in their own home - this makes them feel more relaxed and secure.   I would get to know the animal first before giving Reiki and on the initial visit I would discuss with you what they need Reiki for.   The animal decides how much Reiki they want, though usually 30 minutes is long enough (depends on the animal).

If it is an animal that I can touch, then I would sit near them, or even place them on my lap, so that I can give Reiki.   If it is an animal that does not like being touched, or I am unable to touch them, then I would give them Reiki using the "hands off" method.   Both methods are very effective.  The main thing is for the recipient to be as comfortable as possible.   I will gently place my hands in a sequence of positions which cover the whole body.  The whole animal is treated rather than specific symptoms, but areas of particular concern can be concentrated on during the treatment.

Animals are more sensitive to energy than people, and quickly understand its healing potential.  During a treatment the animal may move closer to me, or may choose to lie away from me.   It is their choice, and wherever they are they will still receive the benefit of Reiki.

Animals, including wild animals, seem to intuitively recognise and appreciate Reiki's ability to heal.   Animals often respond more quickly to Reiki than people do.

Please note - it is very important that Reiki is given to animals complementary to any treatment/medication that a vet would give, not instead of, especially if there is pain involved.

If you feel that Reiki would benefit your animal, then please do not hesitate to give me a call, so that we can discuss it in more detail.


Allison Reed, Complementary Therapist and Hypnotherapist
Therapy Centre, 78-82 Church Road, Redfield, Bristol, BS5 9JY - Tel. : 07837 222 730

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