Updated: May 24, 2020
The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life” and (Ki) which means “Energy”. Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. Reiki practitioners understand that everyone has the ability to connect with their own healing energy and use it to strengthen energy in themselves and help others. It is believed that a person's or animal's “ki” or energy should be strong and free flowing. When this is true, one's body and mind is in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes weak or blocked it could lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance. Reiki is not a cure for a disease or illness, but it may assist the body to facilitate its own natural healing. Reiki is a great tool to use as a complement to traditional medicine and is now practiced in many hospitals and medical care settings. In the animal world, many veterinarians agree with the Reiki principles and the results it gets. I will also say, however, that some more traditional vets kind of poo-poo it, because they don't understand how it works...and that's okay. I am not here to take the place of a veterinarian, and I do not medically diagnose a condition. Animals like to be in control when they receive reiki. They control how long or how often I can work on them during a session. Some soak it in and don't want me to stop, while others say that's enough after a brief session. That's where my animal communication skills come in, because they can tell me through their body language or telepathically what they want me to do. If an animal does not give me permission to work on them, I won't do it. Sometimes they will want to move around, walk or get restless, and I let them do that. They never want to feel threatened by me. However it happens is how it is meant to be. Not all reiki practitioners who work on animals also do telepathic communication. It doesn't make one of us any better or worse than the other. I believe there's room for all of us. What is Chakra Healing? Not everyone is familiar with that word, but I will try and explain a little for you. Chakra is an old Sanskrit word that literally means "wheel". The wheel turns and spins. The chakras inside your body also move, turn and spin. Everything has energy. If one chakra is out of balance or blocked, it either stops spinning or spins differently than it should...and the corresponding body areas will also be affected. It's also possible for the chakra to be "too open". In a healthy, balanced person or animal, the chakras will give the right amount of energy to every part of your body, mind, and spirit. What to Expect During a Session: I may ask to see the animal move some at the first session, especially with horses, so I can observe them. Then I will get into a quiet space with them so we can get to work. I also do chakra balancing, so I work on that during a session as well. Reiki is about removing blocks from the energy and to assist proper energy flow. When a chakra is blocked, it can affect muscles, bones, organs, and the animal's mental and emotional well-being. A full body session usually lasts about an hour, but it could be longer, or it could be less, depending on what the animal wants to receive. I also add some soft massage when I work on them, just to relax the muscles even more. Small animals generally take less time, depending on what I find. The animal will relax into the session either quickly or after a bit of time, but you will notice they often start to look sleepy, they may lick and chew quietly, release gas, or even fidget some. Depends on the animal and what's going on with them. The animal will respond however it needs to, and will receive the right amount for them at that time. Sometimes an animal may require distant healing if it does not want to be touched. I can do that also, where I send from home to the animal and they will receive as needed. Remember, energy is energy, no matter from where it is sent. It's all about having a loving intention. We are all channels for energy.