Mind Body Connection Energy Healing Reiki Animals Pets

Reiki, which translates to “universal life energy” or “spiritually guided life force energy,” is a technique in which the flow of energy from a practitioner’s hands decreases stress and promotes relaxation and healing. Reiki is generally used as an alternate therapy for physical, mental and emotional ailments.

Reiki treats the entire being (person, animal or plant), including the body, mind, spirit and emotions, to enhance overall wellbeing or life force energy. According to Reiki philosophy, while low life force energy makes a subject more susceptible to illnesses and disease, high life force energy brings joy that is necessary to overcoming illnesses.

How Reiki Works

Practitioners of Reiki use a “laying on of hands” technique to channel healing energy. The energy works to ground the recipient and give him a feeling of peace and security. Anyone can access this energy by receiving an attunement carried out by a Reiki master. He can then use the energy to heal himself or others.

Since the energy is of the universe and not from an individual, the amount of energy that can be received or transmitted is unlimited. By using Reiki symbols to create a temporary connection between the Reiki practitioner and recipient, it can also be given at a distance.

Reiki works well because it is gentle and noninvasive. It can be used for injuries, illnesses or emotional problems. Treatments allow for quicker recovery from physical problems resulting from surgery or accidents. Reiki can help by removing pain, promoting relaxation and relieving stress. It accelerates the healing process and gives a better quality of life. The healing principles are the same whether one is healing a relative, a friend, oneself or an animal.

Reiki and Animals

Animals respond especially well to Reiki sessions. Some animals are comfortable having the Reiki practitioner place hands directly on them in a quiet, undisturbed environment. The animal gives its permission by moving toward the practitioner until the two are touching. The animal will then position its body to show which parts need to be addressed. The practitioner must then be aware of the areas that draw more energy and spend more time on these areas.

Some of the types of animals that respond to Reiki include:

  • cats
  • dogs
  • fish
  • frogs
  • gerbils
  • hamsters
  • horses
  • lizards
  • snakes.

Reiki and Animals: Treatments from a Distance

Other animals may prefer to have a treatment at a distance. The distance could be several feet or thousands of miles. The reason for absentee meetings could be because the practitioner is too far away geographically from the potential recipient or perhaps the animal is too small, fragile or frightened to have a hands-on experience.

Reiki distance treatment is especially helpful for aggressive animals that would not otherwise be able to be treated. Distance treatments can help reduce the risk of injury to the animal, the keeper and the Reiki practitioner.

Duration of Reiki Treatments

The duration of the treatment depends on the size of the animal and the degree of illness. The Reiki sessions could last between 20 to 45 minutes on three or four consecutive days. The healing will build each consecutive day and will not interfere with a veterinarian’s treatment or medications.

Treatments help to revitalize older animals and calm hyperactive or stressed animals. Healthy animals enjoy a treatment to help them relax or just as loving interaction.


Hug Angel LLC (2007). Welcome to Reiki for Animals. Retrieved April 7, 2008, from the Reiki for Animals Web site: http://reikiforanimals.com/.

Rand, William (1991). What is the History of Reiki? Retrieved April 4, 2008, from the Reiki.org Web site: http://www.reiki.org/faq/HistoryOfReiki.html.