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Reiki For Animals

General Information about Offering Animals Reiki

“A practitioner creates a space where healing possibilities exist.” Kathleen Prasad co-author of ‘Animal Reiki: Using Energy to Heal the Animals in Your Life.’

It is always up to the animal how a Reiki session will unfold. Initially the practitioner will “create the space” for Reiki to flow, which may look a little like a meditative state if she is sitting in a chair or on the floor. Reiki flows through the practitioner’s body or hands to the animal; however, hands will NOT be placed on the animal unless the animal indicates this is what they want. The practitioner’s intention is that the animal takes as little or as much as he/she is willing to accept (or nothing at all.) Because we are not forcing anything on the animal, usually in a short amount of time most animals become really open to accepting Reiki and become very relaxed. Most will in fact fall asleep or become very drowsy at some point. Because the animal is allowed to move freely about the room or paddock, they may come in and out of the Reiki space – hands off and/or hands on – dipping a toe or paw in (so to speak) and walking away; then coming back for more. Every animal is different in how they choose to accept Reiki. It is equally effective from across the room, paddock, and – believe or not – from around the world.

As an animal Reiki practitioner, I follow the ‘Animal Reiki Code of Ethics’ developed by Kathleen Prasad, Founder of Animal Reiki Source.

In-Person Sessions

I always recommend for animals to be in their own home or barn for Reiki sessions where they are more peaceful and comfortable. I also advise that the sessions be scheduled at times when the least amount of activity is taking place in the environment. For example, if it is dinnertime, people are coming and going, or chaotic, it is less likely that your animal will want to participate in a Reiki session. However,  it is possible for an animal to be accepting Reiki while doing something else.

Distant Sessions

A human being is a part of a whole, called by us “universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.”Albert Einstein

A distant session can be equally effective as an in-person session and may be preferable in some cases. Some animals may live too far away. Others may be fearful of strangers, aggressive, old and fragile, or close to death and may be better able to relax and absorb Reiki remotely. For people with busy schedules, alternating distant Reiki sessions with in-person sessions are a great way to be able to give your animal the benefits of Reiki more conveniently; distant sessions are quite cost-effective and can help to stretch available resources for treatments. Distant sessions are also quick to schedule: in emergency situations, I can usually offer a distant session within a day of being contacted. Similarly, if an animal seems to be coming down with something or needs additional support between sessions, distant healing may provide what is needed.

“The world, at its most basic, [exists] as a complex web of interdependent relationships, forever indivisible.” Lynn McTaggart author of ‘The Intention Experiment.’

Suggested Session Program

Created by Kathleen Prasad

Although sometimes healing can be seen in one or two sessions, for continued health and wellbeing, all animals benefit most from a regularly scheduled program of Reiki. We encourage people to learn Reiki themselves to ensure this continuity. Below are listed the programs that has been found to be beneficial for horse, cat, dog, small animal, and bird clients.

***Note: While Reiki is a powerful healing system on its own, it is also a wonderful complement to other therapies that may be helping the animal recover. It is not meant as a substitute for veterinary care. Always consult your veterinarian about the best course of medical treatment for your animal.


  • For horses in full training (endurance, dressage, etc.), working, agility, or show dogs, and show cats: Begin with a series of four sessions on consecutive days, then once a week or every other week for maintenance. Daily sessions suggested on the most demanding of days.
  • For horses in rehab and dogs and cats recovering from injury/illness: Begin with a series of at least four sessions on consecutive days, followed by once or twice a week until recovery.
  • For horses in retirement, and senior dogs and cats: Begin with a series of four sessions on consecutive days, followed by once a week or every other week for maintenance.
  • For horses, dogs, and cats nearing their transition: Begin with a series of sessions on consecutive days, followed by a few times a week or as needed for support in this process.

Small Animal/Avian Reiki

  • Health Maintenance: Begin with a series of four sessions on consecutive days, followed by once a week or every other week for maintenance.
  • Recovery from illness/injury: Daily sessions or as often as needed until recovery.
  • Senior animals: Begin with a series of four sessions on consecutive days, followed by once a week or as needed for maintenance.
  • Nearing their transition: Daily sessions or as needed for support with this process.

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