Reiki is just reiki isn’t it?  Yes it is.  The energy is of course the same, the personal preparation as a practitioner is pretty much the same.  However, the approach taken for humans is very different to the approach used when animals are involved.  The human client generally stays in place, in a chair or on a reiki table and the practitioner moves around placing hands on the head, the torso for example.  With an animal however, this time the practitioner stays in place and offers the animal the opportunity to approach as closely as it desires.  In this way, the animal’s sensitivity and innate intelligence is respected. Sometimes they absolutely choose to get as close as possible!  But often they prefer no physical contact at all and just being nearby is perfect for them at that time.  There is no need, for example, for tethering the horse in order to be able to place hands on his shoulder – if he wants you to touch him, he will come and stand close enough.  And if he doesn’t, that’s ok too, he will still benefit from the practitioner.

The Let Animals Lead® approach of gentle and respectful practice with animals lends itself very well to working with animals in shelter or sanctuary as many have been abused by the hand of humans and so may need time and patience to feel comfortable enough to be at peace with a human again.  Again, there is still huge benefit to sitting outside a stray dog’s kennel in the shelter to practice reiki, no need to go in if it’s not appropriate at that time.  Any animal should be allowed to choose how much contact is made. It is the most beautiful beginning to any relationship with an animal if choice of proximity is honoured.

Reiki is invaluable at times of great stress, in rescue/rehoming situations and for end of life care, for everyone involved – animal and human.

What it can help with

  • Physical pain
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioural problems

Where can it be practiced

  •  In the home
  • At shelter
  • At clients homes
  • In fields and stables
  • In your own garden