Most of the people I meet initially stumble trying to say the word "Reiki". It comes out all garbled, in their embarrassment...and frustration, leading many to just give up and sheepishly ask "so, how you say it?" Reiki is pronounced "\ˈrā-ˌkē\". Literally, Rei means "Spirit", and ki means "life force".
Reiki is more than a relaxation technique however, as it is really more of a lifestyle. Reiki energy flows from the hands of an attuned practitioner to the intended recipient. A Reiki Practitioner will have received as many as four of these attunements in the beginning and intermediate levels of training. This spiritual, not religious practice was rediscovered and credited to Dr. Mikao Usui in Japan about the year 1922.
Like people, animals struggle with stress and anxiety. Unfortunately, many also experience pain on a daily basis due to illness or injury. The role of Reiki is to relieve pain and aid in relaxation by bringing the body back into balance energetically. And it's simply done through intentional touch. Isn't that amazing?
Anyone can learn Reiki, and with committed practice, a level of proficiency can be experienced with great fulfillment. Beginning students learn to work on themselves, and learn about the Reiki precepts. Following this introduction, Reiki for animals can be studied. Both classes can be accomplished in one weekend, or about 16 hours, in most cases.
Since Reiki is non-contradictory, it complements Western medicine very well. In addition, you can work on your pet at home, building the human-animal bond like never before. Think of all of the times you comforted your pet during a storm, a bee sting, or a belly ache. Reiki is one more thing, though beautifully natural and holistic, that you can offer your beloved family member.
Novice Reiki practitioners will marvel at the new warmth and tingling coming from their hands after their Reiki attunements. This sensation is what leads many Reiki practitioners to slip their shoes off, in addition to Japanese tradition, as the feet also get hot. This warmth is the sensation that helps your pet relax, melting into a beautiful "Reiki State". Once the energy tapers, or the animal indicates it has had enough, we then end the treatment.
Reiki offers extended relief, with the session's benefits lasting two to three weeks. Most pet owners choose to have Reiki performed on their pet twice a month, though chronic or terminal conditions may require more frequency. Reiki is non-contradictive and does absolutely no harm. If you're interested in learning this holistic Japanese technique, please contact Jen- firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jen Ortman, owner of Holistipet (LLC) is a Professional Animal Communicator, Animal Reiki Master Teacher, author, and speaker.