The word Reiki (pronounced Ray- key) is a Japanese word meaning spiritual energy. This is considered to be our life-force energy. In the early 1900s, the system of Reiki was developed in Japan by Mikao Usui (1865-1926), as a spiritual practice. Using meditation, breathing and other techniques a practitioner works to develop and enhance their own energy and the energy of others. Since Usui’s time, the wellness benefits associated with Reiki treatment have become apparent. Today, Reiki is being used in animal shelters, hospitals and clinics around the world.
Subtle, yet powerful, Reiki is used to balance energy and promote healing. Reiki is an excellent stress reducer and can assist healing on all levels including physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Non-invasive, Reiki will not interfere with conventional medicine and is frequently used in conjunction with
Reiki helps to balance the body, reducing stress and providing relaxation. This, in turn, helps the body to stay healthier or to heal more quickly. Reiki can be used on any animal. Other examples of wellness issues that may benefit from Reiki are: pre- and post-surgery, behavioral issues, injuries, stress, end of life care, and as part of a regular wellness program.
A session with an animal is unlike a session with a person. The practitioner sits in a meditative state, expanding the Reiki energy. In this way the animal can move freely about and receive however much they need. They can also decline the session. The animal determines how and when to receive the practitioner’s energy. Some animals prefer to be further away while others like to be touched. A session usually lasts between 20 and 60 minutes.
A practitioner never diagnoses on their own, but works together with the veterinarian to provide optimum wellness for the animal. Please contact River Road Veterinary Clinic today if you are interested in Reiki for your animal. Kelly McDermott-Burns is a Reiki teacher and practitioner who practices Reik1 on animals out of Stockbridge and Rutland, VT.