Today’s post comes from Kathleen Prasad, who was our featured practitioner in the very first post in this series (Alternative Healing Modality: Reiki). I went into more detail about what Reiki is and how it works in that post so I won’t repeat it here, but just quickly for those who are unfamiliar with it: Reiki is an energy healing method that can be done hands on or hands off. The practitioner sets the intention and acts as a conduit for the healing energy which flows through the practitioner into the person or animal being treated. You don’t have to know exactly what it is you need to treat, the energy will go where it is needed, and you will know when it is time to stop the session, because you feel the flow subside.
Kathleen, as mentioned in the previous post, is the founder and owner of Animal Reiki Source, and President of the Shelter Animal Reiki Association. She has written several books on Reiki and teaches classes and workshops in the San Francisco area (see the current Events & Workshops post for upcoming beginner’s classes).
This case study talks about something that is easy to forget when you are eager to start treating an animal: the importance of asking animals for permission to treat first, and also to allow them to choose how to receive the Reiki (the “Offering Reiki To Sheep” post is a similar example of this).