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Reiki is a natural, hands-on healing technique that sends relaxing and rejuvenating energy to the body, triggering it's natural healing ability.

Reiki (Ray-Key) is a Japanese word meaning "Universal Life Force Energy." It is one of many forms of healing that uses natural forces to benefit all. It is not associated with any religious belief system, so you don't have to believe in Reiki to receive the healing - you just have to be open to it.

​Originating in Japan, it is a subtle and effective form of energy work used to balance the body and mind. Reiki helps bring about inner peace and harmony and helps resolve many physical issues including pain, anxiety, insomnia, preparation for surgery, and recovery from surgery or long-term illnesses. Reiki assists the body in cleansing itself from toxins and supports the immune system by creating deep relaxation, which helps release stress and tension. Reiki healing can benefit everyone, including babies, children, adults, animals and even plants too.

During a Reiki treatment, a client remains fully clothed and rests peacefully in a chair or on a massage table. The Reiki practitioner places their hands lightly on, or over, the persons body. They extend an unlimited supply of Reiki energy into the client's energetic centers to remove blocks or congestion, and to restore balance. The Reiki practitioner is not giving away their own energy. The Reiki energy flows through them directly to the client and into their complex energetics circuitry, which sends the energy into all of the muscles, nerves, organs, bones, and systems. Reiki works extremely well with conventional medicine and with guided imagery.

What makes a Reiki Practitioner?

Reiki energy is everywhere all the time and can be channeled by anybody at any time. Although, a Usui Reiki (System of Natural Healing) Practitioner is one who has received an attunement to Reiki energy. Attunements, which are generally only given in a Reiki class, are ceremonies through which a Reiki Master Teacher gives their student the ability to access Reiki. This access is as simple as having the intention to heal and letting the energies flow through them. Once the energy starts flowing, it will go exactly where it needs to in order to heal for the highest and best good of the willing recipient. Reiki practitioners also use distance healing tools to send the energy across space and time, meaning that they do not have to be with a client in-person in order for them to send Reiki, or for it to be received.

Is Reiki right for my pet?

Reiki benefits animals just as it does humans on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. Both pets and wildlife enjoy Reiki healing energy. It is very effective on animals that are ill or had surgery, and helps with anxiety, depression or trauma by inducing a relaxing state. Animals are more sensitive to the energy than humans, with some being immediately open to receive it, while others (like some humans) are more nervous and untrusting. They will take longer to adjust to the energy, but the key is to have patience and understanding, so that trust can be built and the healing can take place.


The ideal environment to do this is in a small space where the animal can move freely, and not be constrained, so as to respect their personal space. I always ask the animal to take only what they are willing to receive at this time for their highest good. I then introduce myself and start to send Reiki energy from a distance, sometimes speaking softly to reassure them. I may then wait for them to come to me, or gradually approach them, before using a hands-on healing technique. It is important to ensure that the animal has access to fresh water, as drinking following the treatment will help to detox them from any built-up energy.

Information © 2021, Joleen King, Take Time to Heal