What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese system of energy healing in which universal life force energy is channeled through the practitioner and offered to another being for healing. The healing energy is most typically offered through the hands but also through the breath, meditation and intention. Reiki can be offered 'in-person' or from a distance. Because Reiki is energy, distance sessions are just as effective as in-person sessions, although the recipient may further benefit from the more palpable nurturing nature of the in-person session…especially when the recipient is a human. Reiki can be offered by anyone who has received training and attunements to the Reiki energy.
Who can benefit from Reiki?
Any living being can benefit from Reiki. Reiki can provide healing support for any situation, whether it be physical, emotional, spiritual or even assisting with transition. Reiki is offered, not forced, and it is up to the individual being offered the healing to accept it, as, from a spiritual perspective, each being is ultimately responsible for their own healing.
How often should Reiki be offered?
How often Reiki should be offered depends on the individual situation. In crisis situations, it is typically most effective to offer Reiki sessions for at least four days in a row, and then to reassess. To prepare the body for surgery, and recovering from surgery, four to ten days prior and after are recommended, depending on the nature of the surgery and state of the recipient’s vital force.
The sessions can be longer or shorter based on the need. Half hour sessions are the norm, but when offering longer series of sessions (more than four days in a row), the sessions can be shortened, both to become more affordable for the caregiver and because the animal will be receiving regular 'doses' or Reiki. For behavioral situations, weekly may be what is needed most. Monthly may be what is needed to maintain a state balance. Healing is a very individual thing so there are no 'concrete' answers regarding the amount of Reiki needed.
What if my animal does not accept Reiki?
While most animals and beings love Reiki, not all animals accept it. It may be that the individual does not require it at that moment. In this case, a Reiki meditation is offered instead,
How can I support my animal regarding Reiki sessions?
Meditation is a great way to support your animal, both as a means of connecting during a Reiki session and as a general practice. Kathleen Prasad has a number of books available detailing beautiful guided meditations to share with your animal companion.
How can Reiki help my animal during a grooming session?
Reiki is a great and recommended way to support animals during a grooming session, especially if they have a tendency to be nervous, fearful, are elderly or have health challenges. We may recommend Reiki in conjunction with another modality, such as flower essences or essential oil treatments, though it is effective as a stand-alone. For animals with extreme anxiety we may recommend a series of Reiki sessions and brief table or tub training sessions FIRST before actually proceeding to a full grooming session. This will require an investment in time that will be well worth the effort.
What are the costs of a Reiki session?
An initial or stand alone Reiki session is $75, which includes an assessment of the animal’s chakras/field, and a brief report, sent by email or text message, with recommendations regarding further sessions, or perhaps crystals, essential oils or referrals to a holistic veterinarian or animal communicator.
Sessions can be pre-purchased in sets of four for $60. These can be used in any way that you wish, within a four month period of time.
Emergency Reiki: Emergency distance sessions can usually be worked in. The fee for an emergency session is $100. This service is available for established clients.