Reiki (RAY-key) is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is traditionally administered through gentle touch, although it can work from a distance — anywhere from across the room to across the world. “Rei” means spirit, Source, or higher wisdom; and “ki” is life force energy. As a complementary healing modality, Reiki is used in hospitals, hospice homes, spas, animal shelters, massage clinics, and many other settings.
I began to explore energy healing in 2006 as a way to help my cat, Idgie (1996-2012), a sweet diva of a tabby I had adopted as a tiny kitten. By age 10, she was dealing with inflammatory bowel disease, hyperthyroidism, and anxiety. I knew there was more to all of it … and more I could do.
As is so often the case with our animal companions, Idgie was also a guide in helping me learn how to heal myself. I took Reiki I and II the following year, and Reiki Master training in 2008 and as a refresher in 2014.
I completed the Animal Reiki Core Curriculum with Kathleen Prasad, author and founder of Animal Reiki Source and the Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA). I also trained, at the master level, with Prasad in the Let Animals Lead® method of animal Reiki in 2017. I’ve studied intuitive development, animal communication, and medical intuition in addition to earning a master’s degree in theology (Louisville Seminary, 1996).
How it works
I offer in-person animal Reiki sessions in your home, barn, or clinic in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area. When I arrive, we’ll talk about any concerns you may have. Then I’ll find a comfortable place to sit or stand and just be with your animal friend, creating a peaceful, meditative space in which the energy can flow and do whatever it needs to do. I only touch the animal if I am guided to do so and the animal wants the contact. The animal does not have to sit still in order for the treatment to work; he or she is free to come closer, move away, move around, or even leave the room. Animals are much more tuned in to energy than we are; they know what they need. I allow approximately an hour, although this can vary. Most animals (and people) feel very relaxed and rejuvenated after a Reiki session. (See this blog post for more details on in-person Reiki sessions.)
Because energy is not subject to time or space, we also have the option of distant sessions, in which I connect with the animal and send healing energy remotely. Afterward, you and I can communicate by phone or email. People have told me that their animal friends fell into a deep sleep during distant treatment or seemed particularly relaxed, yet aware. The way animals respond to Reiki — whether they’re in my lap or across the world — never ceases to amaze and humble me.
I also offer animal communication sessions, which are more geared toward gathering information and insight.
I am not a medical or veterinary professional and do not diagnose. Reiki is intended to augment — never to replace — medical care. I follow the Animal Reiki Practitioner Code of Ethics developed by my teacher, Kathleen Prasad, and I’m a member of the Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA). To learn more about Reiki and the wonderful ways it helps animals, check out Animal Reiki Source; for more on “people Reiki,” visit the International Center for Reiki Training.
Contact me about whichever option you choose, make a payment by clicking the appropriate button below, and we’ll set an appointment. If you’re not sure what your animal friend needs, contact me anyway and I’ll help you figure out the next step.
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