Friends Of Baxter

Animal Reiki

Before a treatment is offered, the Animal Reiki Practitioner will gather information relating to the reason for Reiki being sought, the animal’s health/ well-being, both past and present veterinary diagnoses, previous experience of Reiki (if any) and details regarding the animal’s temperament. Reiki will be explained, along with expectations form this therapy.

Reiki is given in a quiet environment to animals where they can feel relaxed and comfortable and we make it clear that they are in charge. They choose whether, and if so, how much Reiki they wish to take, how they wish to receive it and for how long.

 

We typically start from a distance, allowing the animal to come closer and seek a hands-on (vs hands off or distant) therapy session if they wish.

When a Reiki Ppractitioner places her hands on or near a person or animal, the Ppractitioner will normally detect areas of higher energy sensitivity indicating that these are areas that could benefit from this ‘healing’ energy.

When Reiki energy flows, people usually feel warmth from the practitioner’s hands and a sense of calm relaxation typically follows although other feelings or benefits are possible, and it is believed that animals feel the same.

What Happens In An Animal Reiki Treatment?

Before a treatment is offered the Animal Reiki Practitioner will gather request information relating to animal’s history, lifestyle, health and well-being, previous experience of Reiki if any and explain Reiki and what be expected.

Reiki is given in a quiet environment to animals where they can feel relaxed and comfortable and we make it clear that they are in charge. They choose whether and if so, how much Reiki they wish to take, how they wish to receive it and for how long. We would never try to force Reiki upon an animal.

When a Reiki Practitioner places her hands on or near a person or animal, the practitioner will normally detect areas of higher energy sensitivity indicating that these are areas that could benefit from this ‘healing’ energy.

When Reiki energy flows,  people usually feel warmth from the practitioner’s hands and a sense of calm relaxation typically follows although other feelings or benefits are possible, and it is believed that animals feel the same.

Animals appear to have a better natural understanding of this energy than us and will frequently push their sore body area(s) into a practitioner’s hands and then move their body round when that area has received enough and another area requires attention; offering a lick or nuzzle to show their gratitude at the end of the session.

The Benefits Of Reiki

Reiki is relaxing and comforting, improving the feeling of well-being and sense of self. It works on the mind and body and is often offered to animals :

  • to help with stress or other emotions (this may also benefit related issues)
  • to help reduce pain/ discomfort
  • to enhance recovery from illness, injury or surgery 
  • for general well-being
  • for a wide range of other situations and conditions 

Reiki supports conventional veterinary medication and treatment and must not be viewed as a replacement for it. It can comfort animals that are passing and may assist when no other treatment has helped. 

Although veterinary consent is not required, a vet’s diagnosis should be gained prior to Reiki being offered to animals when a medical health issue is known or suspected to exist. A Reiki practitioner is not permitted to make a diagnosis
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Our primary charitable therapy activity is to help animals in rescue centres and similar animal care centres, many of whom are sick, in pain or needing veterinary care, alternatively suffering emotionally due to having been neglected, ill-treated or abandoned. Late 2017 we started to work with Yorkshire Cat Rescue, with wonderful results. Our Reiki treatments are offered to such rescue centres at no charge to the venue, and our service has become a regular weekly event, enjoyed by all and with notable benefit to the cats.

Other rescue centres have subsequently shown interest in the provision of Reiki treatments for a number of animals in their care. We are therefore looking for sponsorship to enable us to offer help to a much greater number of animals in a variety of care centres. This will be a key area of growth for us and extremely rewarding. See our Sponsor Us page for details.

To raise funds for our charitable work, we also offer treatments to animals in their own homes/ familiar environment. Where it is required  for the animal’s optimum improvement, treatments can be provided for the respective animal’s owner/ carer too. A common example would be where an animal’s emotional and behavioural issue may be triggered or exacerbated from the owner’s or carer’s emotions or actions.

For example case studies with rescue and other animals please see our Client Feedback page.

 If you own/ manage a rescue centre and would be interested in learning more about our free service please contact Sue on info@friendsofbaxter.org.uk.

Our Founder, Sue Malcolm, is our Master Animal Reiki Practitioner and teacher. She offers treatments and currently all of our Reiki training courses. She is on the Management Committee of the UK Reiki Federation where she holds the position of Reiki for Animals Co-ordinator and also is responsible for Reiki for Animals within the Reiki Council.

Additional Reiki Practitioners and Reiki students with a good basic understanding of animals are currently developing their Animal Reiki skills and knowledge and before too long we anticipate a number of Animal Reiki practitioners being available to offer treatments for Friends Of Baxter Animal Care.

Costs:

  • £30 per session plus travel

  • Treatments typically last 30 minutes to 1 hour but it depends entirely on how much Reiki the animal wishes to receive 

  • The first treatment includes a consultation and so may be slightly longer

 In-person treatments are currently only available within reasonable travelling distance – approx. 1 hour from Wakefield, although distant Reiki treatments can be offered anywhere. We also offer free distant healing to animals on Sunday evenings during the months of August and February. Please contact us if you own/ care for an animal to whom you would like Reiki sending.  

Some pet insurance companies may cover Reiki treatment – please check your policy

For more information or to book a treatment please contact Sue on  or send a message via the Contact page. 

''As a master Reiki and Animal Reiki practitioner, I am constantly amazed by feedback I receive from clients and owners of animals who have been offered Reiki for various reasons. It is known for creating a sense of relaxation and improving the feeling of wellbeing and sense of self … but Reiki practitioners, clients animals and their owners regularly see results far beyond this''
Susan Malcolm
Master Reiki Practitioner