Reiki is the Japanese practice of healing through energy. Practitioners use a technique referred to as “palm healing” to transfer the energy between healer and patient. This method of healing was believed to be a useful only for humans until more recently when animal healing through meditation was first introduced. Through this type of guided meditation, the healer spiritually heals animals letting go of judgement, worries, and the need to control.
Reiki meditation practice offers therapeutic applications. Through multiple meditation sessions, the goal of this type of practice is to live a happier, healthier life. Sharing this practice with others promotes relaxation and stress-relief. This allows self-healing of the body.
What Animals Benefit from Reiki?
The beauty of animal Reiki is that all animals can benefit from the practice. During the session, animal behaviors will change. Dogs may be more calm than usual. Horses may fall asleep peacefully for a time. Hummingbirds may stop for a moment or two. Even traumatized animals can benefit from this practice. Humans and animals are much more closely linked than once believed before.
Empathic individuals that care for animals may suffer from “compassion fatigue” (a term coined by historian Carla Joinson in 1992 and further studied by psychologist Charles Figley). This can be caused from some sort of trauma or years of accumulated “emotional residue” and self-neglect. Some symptoms of “compassion fatigue” include but are not limited to:
- Disrupted Sleep
- Stomach Upset
- A Decreased Sense of Purpose
- Emotional Disconnect
This is not to be confused with burnout. All of the above symptoms of “compassion fatigue” can be eradicated through animal healing. Animals themselves can be affected by their people’s health issues. By healing the body we can help improve their lives as well. It is not a cure, per se, but a method of “becoming whole” making health conditions more manageable.
Is Animal Healing Real?
Through physiological studies, Reiki has been revealed to be effective in activating the parasympathetic nervous system. Scientific research with rats showed a clear reduction in stress levels. In human patients, Reiki showed has been found to be more effective than a placebo for treating pain relief, anxiety, depression, and improving self-esteem.
Animals Heal Too
A lot of individuals believe that humans are the only ones that intiate animal Reiki. The truth is, animals offer healing on their own and they do it in various ways. Examples of pets or animals healing include: when a pet wants to cuddle, begins to knead, or pads on an area of the body that hurts (sometimes this is an area that the person may not even be aware is hurting until it is identified). This is an animal’s way of healing their human friend.
There proven health benefits to Reiki for humans and animals are numerous and now scientifically proven. More specifically, animal Reiki can be practiced in either person or from a distance. It is a wonderful way to help heal through life’s many obstacles.