What is Reiki?
Reiki is a safe, non-invasive complementary therapy that originated in Japan. Gentle and effective, this healing practice is particularly useful as it complements veterinary care, boosts the immune system and support general well-being. Importantly, it also promotes deep relaxation, and assists in reducing pain and anxiety.
Reiki supports your animal’s health by ‘unsticking’ blocked energy in the body and promoting well-being.
Imagine a vacuum. When you have a brand new vacuum and you turn the machine on, the air flows freely, evenly and powerfully. After some time, the hose may get a kink, or it may gather some internal debris. When this happens, the air suction stagnates and flows in spurts.
Think of your animal as that vacuum. When there are few internal kinks or blockages, they feel wonderful. When challenges appear, much like us, their energetic systems have too much debris, and it needs to be cleaned out. Reiki helps them do this. It relieves internal stress and restores balance so that their bodies can work optimally both emotionally and physically.
Reiki for animals is commonly used to assist with stress, pain (i.e., arthritis and joint issues) and their resulting problem behaviours.
It is very gentle and most animals respond with deep relaxation and a noticeable ‘good mood’ afterwards. Occasionally animals feel temporarily worse before they feel better. This is because Reiki helps move stagnant energy out of your animal’s body; sometimes this triggers a purge and you’ll notice your animal will feel the need to eliminate. Make sure they have plenty of water as it will help them with this cleansing and detoxification period.
What Can Reiki Help With?
Reiki can help your animal with:
- anxiety (e.g. separation anxiety, compulsive behaviours)
- the aches and pains that come with old age
- past trauma (e.g. rescued animals who struggle with fear, anxiety and past abuse)
- transition issues (e.g. moving to a new home, the loss of another pet or person)
- chronic pain (e.g. hip dysplasia, arthritis, joint issues, etc.)
- ‘mystery’ illnesses
- illness and disease (e.g. relief from side effects of chemotherapy and cancer)
- pre and post surgical support
- end of life care