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Reiki for Animals

Our animal friends make us feel good . . . . and we can do the same for them with Reiki. 


MOST ANIMAL REIKI SESSIONS ARE DONE DISTANTLY.   Please contact Hayley who will talk through the process with you.

IMPORTANT – Reiki does not replace the advice or treatment of a vet.  Medical conditions cannot be diagnosed.  In all cases it is important to seek professional veterinary advice and diagnosis in the first instance.  This important legislation forms part of the 1966 Veterinary Surgery Act.  Reiki is a complementary therapy and can be used alongside other therapies and medication.  Reiki may then be used alongside veterinary care as a complementary therapy.

Reiki means Universal Life Energy and is a Japanese technique for Stress Relief and Relaxation that anyone can learn.  The energy flows through the Practitioner and is drawn by the animal.  It can be learned by anyone and enhances the body’s natural ability to feel well and in balance on all levels.

Animals usually respond very positively to Reiki and may visibly relax or sleep throughout. It seems to be very calming and balancing for their emotions.  Sometimes Reiki can give them an energy boost if they are depleted and stimulate appetite if they have been off their food.

All sentient beings are individuals and therefore benefit in different ways to therapies such as Reiki. It can be useful for emotional matters, as well as for physical issues. Physical problems are often related to or exaggerated by emotions and stress.  Quantum Physics states that everything in the universe is energy and everything in the universe is connected, which is why it is not necessary to be in the presence of the recipient of the Reiki.  The Reiki Practitioner works with a positive intention at all times for the greater good of the animal.

Feedback from people is that their animal friends become very relaxed, calm and serene during Reiki (and in fact if they sit alongside the people can feel deeply relaxed too). Feelings are expressed through actions and when receiving ‘hands on’ Reiki, animals will often lean into the hands of the Practitioner or move themselves to place an area of their body under the Practitioner’s hands which needs energy. They may also sigh, yawn, breathe deeply, break wind and have gurgly tummies. All indicate relaxation and a release of tension. During Reiki animals often snooze, snore and seem to ‘melt’ as they deeply relax.

Reactions of animals and their person’s observations indicate that it may be helpful for our animal friends who have :-

  • stress related conditions
  • recent operation or injury to aid recovery
  • allergies
  • a depleted immune system
  • terminal illness, often calming and helping with energy and appetite
  • emotional issues e.g. bereavement, separation anxiety, moving home, past abuse/mistreatment, trauma

A great maintenance and preventative measure for good health as calms stress and anxiety.

As with humans, Reiki may help the animal’s own natural ability to heal itself, on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. The body draws Reiki energy via the Practitioner as needed for positive effects.

Some of our animal friends enjoy ‘hands-on’ Reiki, whereas others are happier to receive it from a distance. Testimonials give anecdotal evidence that Reiki from a distance can be extremely effective. The animal naturally draws whatever energy is needed and Hayley works intuitively with both people and their animals to ensure they receive the best of care.

Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is a combination of two Japanese words Rei and Ki, meaning Universal Life Energy. The universal energy flows through, not from, the practitioner. It is not a religion or belief system and can be learned by anyone and is a wonderful way of bonding with your animal friends. (see Reiki Training page for more information, if you would like to learn to treat your own animals)

Hayley uses Reiki regularly with the Bransby foster donkeys, four cats and guinea pig animal friends who share her home.

All animals seem to respond well to Reiki and Hayley has worked with a variety including cats, dogs, horses, donkeys, lizards, geese, guinea pigs, rabbits and various wildlife.

Hayley’s massage and Reiki combination for horses is really helpful pre-competition.

Over the time I have known Hayley, I have received a variety of therapies from her. I not only trust and recommend Hayley wholeheartedly for myself and others, but admire Hayley’s approach, which is comforting and supportive, as she dedicates time aside to explain and discuss the techniques and therapies which helps you feel comfortable and safe immediately. Also being an animal behaviourist myself, I have seen Hayley develop an amazingly powerful intuition with animals and along with successfully helping their ailments, she has a natural calming energy animals are instantly attracted to and trust.