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What is Reiki?

Reiki is a hands-on healing technique that originated in Japan in the early 1900's and is now practiced throughout the world by millions of practitioners. It is now accepted and practiced in professional health care situations such as hospitals and hospices. Reiki is believed to be a revival of ancient Tibetan healing techniques. The Japanese word means universal life energy. The Reiki practitioner transmits this energy to the client during a treatment to enhance health and well being. The ability to transmit this energy is passed on from the Reiki Master teacher to the student during Reiki training.

Why do Reiki on animals?  

Like humans, our pets can have physical, emotional and mental problems. Also, animals that live with us often take on their owner's problems, in an attempt to heal them. If the animal can't discharge the energy, this can make them sick. An animal that has been abused or simply not had the proper environment when young can carry trauma in their body that needs healing. While it is true that animals are our healers (some say that "cats invented Reiki"), sometimes we need to be their healers too.

Providing Reiki treatments for our pets is a loving way to extend healing energy to them. It can help reduce pain and enhance the animal's innate healing ability, leading to accelerated recovery from injuries and illness.

Reiki for both people and pets

People and pets often "mirror" each other's physical and emotional state. This happens because of the deep bond between them and the desire to heal each other. Because of the shared energy in this close relationships, energetic imbalances are shared as well. For optimum healing potential, joint treatments for people and their pets are recommended.

End of Life

Reiki is an excellent way to facilitate the transition to the other side for people or help your pet cross the Rainbow Bridge. It moves the physical energy to wear it is needed in the body the most (e.g., pain relief, stuck energy). The practitioner does not need to know the diagnosis or even the source of the illness. We have used Reiki on all our pets as they passed over the Rainbow Bridge.

What happens during a Reiki treatment?

The Reiki practitioner will place their hands on or near the client's body and transmit healing energy. You remain fully clothed, lying on a comfortable massage table. You may or may not feel the Reiki energy. It can feel like warmth, tingling, buzzing or deep relaxation.

What results can I expect from Reiki?

Most people report feeling more relaxed and energized. Reiki can assist with healing and balancing all levels of the body: physical, emotional and mental. The practitioner does not control the energy or the outcome of the treatment. Rather, the intelligence of Reiki is in charge of the energy and the practitioner is simply a channel. A feeling of well-being, contentment and peace is usually experienced by the recipient and frequently the practitioner too. The recipient sometimes even falls asleep.

Some results reported by people and pets include:

  • Relaxation
  • Less stress
  • Reduced pain
  • Improved mood
  • Accelerated healing
  • Improvement of medical conditions
  • Increased effectiveness of other therapies

Reiki and Bach Flower Essences

To enhance the healing process, we also offer Bach flower essences that you can use after the Reiki treatment to continue treatment on your own. These gentle remedies can be used on both people and pets. For more information, see our page on Bach Flower Essences.


For classes (Reiki Levels I, II, Master, Teacher and Animal Practitioner) in the Denver area, contact our teacher Lorraine May, Executive Director, The Misha May Foundation, 303-239-0382, info@mishamayfoundation.org.

Long-Distance Session

Reiki can be done remotely on both people and pets. We need to know the name of the subject and have their permission to conduct a Reiki session. A photo is helpful but not necessary. E-mail request, information and photos to: info@OptimumChoices.com


  • $45/long-distance session

  • $60/hour at our office in Golden, CO U.S.A.

  • $75/hour at your home within the Denver-metro area

To schedule an appointment

Contact us at (303) 271-1649, toll-free at (866) 305-2306 or info@OptimumChoices.com. For a remote Reiki session, we would like a photo of your pet, a brief description of the issues and, of course, their permission.

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