Animal Reiki

Reiki is a non-invasive complementary therapy. A Reiki treatment involves the practitioner channelling universal life force energy into the pet to activate the natural healing process of the animal and restore physical and emotional wellbeing. 

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What are the benefits of Animal Reiki?

Alleviates stress, anxiety and nervousness.

Increases energy levels and overall wellbeing.

Promotes healing after surgery, injury or trauma.

Relieves aches, pains and strains.

Helps pets through depression or bereavement.

Strengthens the bond between pet and owner.

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When is it useful for a pet to receive Reiki treatments?

Recovering from illness or surgery. 


Before and after moving house. 


Before and after visiting the kennels.


Any change in routine that unsettles a pet. 

When a pet has developed an unwanted habit or behavioural issue.


When the pet is grieving for a lost loved one.


Any celebrations that may cause the pet upset, for example bonfire night or Christmas festivities. 

When a new pet or child comes into the family. 

When the pet is nearing the end of its life. 

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What happens during an Animal Reiki treatment?

Reiki for animals can be done "hands-on" or as a distance healing from anywhere in the world. This means it is available to both friendly, accepting pets and those who are fearful, skittish or hard to reach animals. 

The average sessions lasts an hour. I will make sure your pet is comfortable and relaxed in my presence before proceeding to channel Reiki energy which is delivered into the pets body through soft touch or from a slight distance away if that is their preference. 


The Reiki energy will go to where it is most needed, and support whatever is for the pet's greatest and highest good.  Animals are so intuitive and in tune with energy, so during the treatment, your pet may move around to let me know where they want the Reiki.

Your pet will experience energetic release throughout and following the session as part of the healing process. The most common post-treatment reaction is sleeping, as they will be in a state of deep relaxation. Reiki is never harmful and never painful. 

I will contact you a few days after each treatment to check in on how your pet is doing. 

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Guiding Principles:

  • I believe the animals are equal partners in the healing process.

  • I honour the animals as being not only my clients, but also my teachers in the journey of healing.

  • I understand that all animals have physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects, to which Reiki can bring profound healing responses.

  • I believe that bringing Reiki to the human/animal relationship is transformational to the human view of the animal kingdom.

  • I dedicate myself to the virtues of humility, integrity, compassion and gratitude in my Reiki practice.

In working on myself, I follow these practices:

  • I incorporate the Five Reiki Precepts into my daily life and Reiki practice.

  • I commit myself to a daily practice of self-healing and spiritual development so that I can be a clear and strong channel for healing energy.

  • I nurture a belief in the sacred nature of all beings, and in the value and depth of animal-kind as our partners on this planet.

  • I listen to the wisdom of my heart, remembering that we are all One.

In working in the community, I hold the following goals:

  • I model the values of partnership, compassion, humility, gentleness and gratitude in my life and with the animals, teaching by example.

  • I work to create professional alliances and cooperative relationships with other Reiki practitioners/teachers, animal health-care providers and animal welfare organisations in my community.

  • I strive to educate my community in its understanding of the benefits of Reiki for animals.

  • I continually educate myself to maintain and enhance my professional competence so that I uphold the integrity of the profession.

  • I consider myself an ally to the veterinary and animal health community. I work to support their efforts in achieving animal wellness and balance. I honour other disciplines and their practitioners.

In working with the human companions of the animals, I will:

  • Share information before the treatment about my healing philosophy, the Reiki healing system and what to expect in a typical treatment, as well as possible outcomes, including the possibility of healing reactions.

  • Provide a clear policy ahead of time regarding fees, length of treatment and cancellation policy, as well as “postponement” policy, should the animal not want the treatment that day.

  • Never diagnose. I will always refer clients to a licensed veterinarian when appropriate.

  • Honour the privacy of the animals and their human companions.

  • Share intuition received during Reiki treatments, with compassion and humility, for the purpose of supporting their understanding of the healing process.

  • Respect the human companion’s right to choose the animal’s healing journey, selecting the methods, both holistic and/or conventional that he or she deems most appropriate, with the support and advice of a trusted veterinarian.

In working with the animals, I follow these guidelines:

  • I work in partnership with the animal.

  • I always ask permission of the animal before beginning, and respect his or her decision to accept or refuse any treatment. I listen intuitively and observe the animal’s body language in determining the response.

  • I allow each animal to choose how to receive his or her treatment; thus each treatment could be a combination of hands-on, short distance and/or distant healing, depending on the animal’s preference.

  • I let go of my expectations about how the treatment should progress and/or how the animal should behave during the treatment, and simply trust Reiki.

  • I accept the results of the treatment without judgement and with gratitude toward Reiki and the animal’s openness and participation in the process.

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