What is Reiki?
Reiki is many things. It is the energy force that flows around and through all living things. It is a meditation-based practice and a way of life that supports holistic health and creating balance in the energetic systems of the mind and body. It is also a system for sharing universal life force energy – a gentle and nourishing healing practice with many therapeutic applications to promote overall health and well-being. As a healing system, Reiki works with the recipient, whether human or animal, to facilitate their own healing response.
Just like the Chinese healing modalities of acupuncture and qi gong, the system of Reiki considers the energetic flow in and through all living things (often described using terms like meridians, chakras, energy centers, bio, magnetic, and auric fields). When this vital life energy is out of balance, in a state of stagnation, or blocked, one is more susceptible to shifting into a sate of 'dis-ease.' As a vibrational, or energy therapy, Reiki re-establishes a balanced flow of energy, which in turn can strengthen and accelerate the body’s innate healing abilities.
Current research shows that Reiki activates the rest and digest part of the nervous system, or the parasympathetic nervous system, which allows the body to relax. In this relaxed state many critical functions of the body are able to naturally take place, like healing, digestion, restorative sleep, or reflection, that are otherwise impeded when one is stressed or in a state of fight, flight, or freeze.
The practice of Reiki creates a profound energetic space that allows for deep peace, relaxation, and self-healing on all levels: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Reiki treatments can be accomplished through a variety of methods including hands on, hands off, and distance treatments. Regardless of the method, Reiki is always gentle, noninvasive, and complimentary to other healing modalities and effective for both humans, and animals (and plants).
What is Reiki Used For?
Reiki is currently emerging as an evidence-based complementary treatment with a broad range of therapeutic applications and benefits to both human and animal patients. It is offered in a growing number of settings which include spas, healing centers, hospitals, hospices, and increasingly in veterinary centers, animal shelters and sanctuaries, and may other types of private practices and businesses that support healing.
Reiki promotes relaxation, anxiety and pain reduction, and symptom relief to improve overall health and well-being. Reiki can support wellness for animals and humans in many ways. Below are some examples:
Calming the nervous system; alleviating anxiety, stress, nervousness
Easing depression & bereavement
Improving the quality of sleep
Increasing energy levels and overall wellbeing
Enabling deep relaxation, invoking the body's natural healing process
Alleviating aches & pains
Fostering tissue and bone healing after injury or surgery
Supporting the efficacy of other types of medical and therapeutic healing
Decreasing compassion fatigue experienced by those working in hospitals, shelters and rescues
Supporting a positive energy exchange between animals and their bonded companions
Reducing animal anxiety during boarding and grooming scenarios
Reducing animal anxiety and pain before and after procedures and surgery
"We each hold the wisdom to our own healing and perfect well-being. Our breath and presence provides a path to our power and authentic self. This is truly the magic that allows us to make friends with our fears, rise up. and step into the very best version of who we already are."
Hi - I'm KB
I provide Reiki services to both humans and animals and I love it! As a meditative and contemplative practice, Reiki shines into every part of my life, into all that I do. As an avid Reiki practitioner, I feel compelled to share that Reiki is so much more than something done during a therapeutic session. It is a framework for living and being that both inspires and enables me to cultivate, embody, and share a space of peace, joy and wellness with others.
I am a certified Animal Reiki Practitioner by the International Center for Reiki Training (ICRT), as well as a certified practitioner in the Let Animals Lead® method of Animal Reiki created by Kathleen Prasad. I also hold multiple certifications in Usui Holy Fire Reiki, meditation coaching and yoga, and have a fine arts degree.
All the "certifying" aside, I love momming, creating, animaling, writing, designing, joying, laughing and being. I deeply enjoy contemplative practices, breathwork, and finding new ways to connect and play with energy and flow states. As a creative and avid Reiki practitioner who has spent years working in the information technology field, it is safe to say I don't always fit neatly into all of the boxes. I'm more of a "color outside the lines and blend the colors of the boxes together" type of person. I am a channel, collaborator, and joyful participant for dis-covering the innate grace, beauty, and light in all that is. My passion is to re-story and re-vision how we experience animals and ourselves, so that we may understand each as the holistic, wise, and spirit-filled beings they already are.
You can learn more about me and find my bio here.