Karen Reid Reiki

Energy Healing for Humans
and Their Animals 

What is Reiki?

Reiki (ray-key) is an ancient Japanese form of energy healing. The word Reiki means universal life force energy. It refers to the energy that makes up all things in the universe. This energy is what quantum physicists study. Reiki as a healing practice was rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui in the early 1900s. It facilitates healing by directing life force energy to vitalize and balance the body’s energy systems which can become depleted and blocked through life experiences. It is a holistic healing system capable of reaching problems on all levels: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Reiki can do no harm and goes where it is needed most for the greatest healing and the highest intention of the recipient.

A Reiki session is generally deeply relaxing and can have immediate results or initiate gradual improvement of symptoms. Reiki helps heal any illness or dis-ease of the body, mind and spirit. Sometimes one treatment is all that is needed, although more sessions may be necessary when treating acute or chronic conditions. Each animal and person is an individual and as such, heals at a rate that is in accordance with their highest intention.

Benefits for Animals and People

Some of the benefits can include, but are not limited to:

  • Calms anxiety and aggression
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Deeply relaxing and energizing
  • Releases stress, worry and tension
  • Relieves pain
  • Accelerates healing of injuries
  • Helps digestive issues
  • Helps release emotional trauma
  • Balances endocrine function
  • Helps animals adjust to new surroundings
  • Calms patient pre-surgery
  • Speeds healing post-surgery
  • Provides relief from arthritis
  • Eases end-of-life transitions

How it Works

Reiki is a powerful, effective, yet gentle form of energy healing utilizing the energy that is all around us. With Reiki attunements and training, a Reiki practitioner can act as a channel to amplify and direct that energy to a recipient. This can be effective in-person with the energy being directed to areas of the recipient's body through the practioner's hands or it can also be sent through intention over distance to any geographic location.

For in-person human sessions you would lie fully clothed on a massage table or could sit in a chair. You are invited to unwind and open to the energy with pillows, a blanket, and relaxing music. My hands would be placed on or above your body, according to your preference, to guide the healing process. Some people experience warmth, coolness or tingling as they perceive the energy flow, while others may feel nothing. Be assured, energy is flowing regardless, and going exactly where it is needed most.

To treat animals in-person I would sit or stand in their space whether that is your home or a barn. Animals are given the choice to receive the energy or not, usually they are happy to receive such attention. Animals are more aware of energy than we are, and find it relaxing as well. Sometimes they fall deeply asleep or may choose to step in and out of the energetic space I create for them. I allow the animal to decide how close they wish to be to me. They can crawl into my lap or settle across the room. They may position themselves into my hands or hang out on the other side of the paddock. An animal can indicate that they are done by getting up, walking away, giving a look or nudging me.

Reiki energy can be sent over distance with focus and intention to an individual, either human or animal. Distance healing is as effective as in-person, but some people prefer in-person sessions as they seem more structured and personal.

In-Person or Distance Session?

I find that distance treatments are wonderfully suited for our animal companions and their caretakers on several levels. Since energy is not bound by time or space, it can be channeled at anytime to anyone or a group. Many animals do not initially enjoy hands on treatments as they are very sensitive to the energy and can be nervous having someone touch them that they do not know. Distance healing allows them to be comfortable, in their own home, and free to lie down, move around or do whatever they would normally be doing. It is also great for moms and dads as there is no need to change your schedule to accommodate a treatment, no worrying about having to ready the house for an in-home visit or spending time traveling to an appointment, adding stress to you and/or your pet. Distance healing can be sent to people in hospitals and animals at veterinarians or boarding kennels.

In-person or distance Reiki treatments are a wonderful complimentary therapy before or after surgery or other medical procedures, including vaccinations. It helps promote faster healing, can minimize physical and emotional side-effects, release toxins as well as help you or your pet relax. It can promote greater harmony in groups of animals. It can help newly adopted pets adjust to new surroundings and release any past traumas.

Please note that Reiki is not a substitute for veterinary or medical doctor care.