This month I had the amazing opportunity to study Animal Reiki with Sheryl Schlameuss Berger. I successfully completed the Animal Reiki Basic Curriculum Certification and it was so interesting. Sheryl is an Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master Teacher, who specializes in Animal Reiki on Long Island in New York. I am also a Reiki Master Teacher and was so thankful to enhance my knowledge of Animal Reiki.
Reiki is an ancient energy based healing technique that is being used by increasing numbers of health care professionals. Reiki means universal life force energy: the energy found in and around all living things. It is a natural, gentle, non-invasive yet powerful method of healing that is given through gentle touch. The aim of this healing energy is to enhance the natural power of the body to heal itself.
Reiki can address any problem an animal may face; physical, mental/emotional and works well with traditional veterinary medicine. If you have an animal that suffers from anxiety or a physical condition you should consider 4 sessions of animal Reiki. Four consecutive sessions 30-40 minutes each is best. However, one weekly session for four weeks is realistic considering everyones schedules. A typical animal Reiki session costs about $40.00 here on Long Island in New York and an extra $10.00 may be added if the practitioner must travel more than 10 miles.
The approach to Animal Reiki is different than treating people. If you are a Reiki practitioner forget standard hand positions and scanning. You should treat the animal in their own home environment and make sure you are in a large closed off room. You want the animal to be able to feel comfortable and free, but not be able to walk out.
Before you start a treatment, prepare the room and the talk to the owner. The owner of the animal can be present, however make sure they are relaxed, calm and are aware not to speak until the treatment is over. You can sit on a couch or a chair. If you are not in the animals home, then always be aware of any safety issues. When giving Reiki in a shelter sit by the dog’s run or at its cage to offer a treatment. You can wear earplugs if the sound of the other animals is distracting.
Introduce yourself to the animal, ” Hi (animals name), I’m going to sit right here and offer you some Reiki. You are safe here and I am here to help you.” It is recommended to ask the animal permission by saying, “Would you like Reiki healing energy? It is love and light.” If the animal accepts they will sit or lay down. You might get an intuitive feeling of YES or they may just become calm. If the animal does not want a treatment they will try to get away from you, become agitated or turn away from you. If they want hands on treatment they will approach you or you will know when to touch them. The animal might even lie down , fall asleep, push against your body, yawn, sigh or roll on their backs.
Points to remember when giving a treatment:
- do not look directly into the animals eyes
- do not touch the animals head
- one hand at a time for hands on is enough
- heart, shoulders and chest is best for hands on
- when working with a terminally ill animal help the animal and family during the transition
- do not offer any diagnosis
When ending the treatment let the animal tell you when the treatment is over. If the animal is asleep or if 30 minutes has passed then you can end the treatment. Thank the animal for being part of the healing process. Then do your brushing and sealing as usual. Make sure the animal has water to drink. Explain to the owner that the animal may show physical or mental signs of detoxing and that this is part of the healing process.
In general, be open-minded and flexible. Trust in Reiki, release all expectations of outcome, and always ask for healing for the higher good of each animal.
The Reiki Animal Code of Ethics was developed by Kathleen Prasad and can be read or printed out online here: http://www.reikimembership.com/ArticlesForms/AnimalCodeOfEthics.pdf
It contains the guiding principles for Animal Reiki Professionals. These include a commitment to pursue a healing path for ourselves and the animals, a commitment to supporting the animals family, a commitment to other animal health professionals and needy animals in the community. It also outlines how to educate others about animal Reiki.
Using Young Living Essential Oils with Animals: Purchase the Essential Desk Reference Book for Animals written by my good friend Melissa Shelton DVM. This is her website: http://www.oilyvet.com/
Shelter Animal Reiki Association http://www.shelteranimalreikiassociation.org
Animal Reiki Resource http://animalreikisource.com/
Reiki for Dogs book by Kathleen Prasad: http://animalreikisource.com/animal-reiki-information/reiki-for-dogs
Animal Reiki Article: Reiki and Horses http://www.reikiwebstore.com/ProductPage.cfm?ProductID=478&CategoryID=2
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