Reiki Healing for Birds (and other Pets!)

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese technique for relaxation and the reduction of stress, which also promotes healing. Reiki is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. Physical contact is not necessary during the process of “laying on of hands,” so Reiki healing is possible even for animals who prefer not to be touched.

If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. This is true of all living creatures, in fact, we find animals to be particularly receptive to Reiki healing, even though they may not understand the healing process

How is Reiki Helpful to Birds and other Animals?

Because Reiki is healing energy, it will never harm you or your pet, so it can be administered to any type of animal. If a bird has emotional problems due to a traumatic situation such as abuse or neglect, Reiki can help release and heal those emotions. Reiki can also help a bird to relax and reduce their stress and anxiety. Treatments can help a bird who is sick or injured to heal more quickly. If a bird is facing a serious illness, Reiki treatments can help bring comfort, and be a great compliment to conventional treatment. While Reiki may not be a cure for the most serious of illnesses, treatments can help to ease your bird’s pain and suffering, as well as reduce stress, as they undergo conventional treatments. When a bird is dying, Reiki energy can help bring peace and comfort to both birds and their humans during this difficult time.

Who Can Administer Reiki Treatments?

There is healing energy inside of all of us, and Reiki Practitioners have studied how to bring that energy forward. Once a Reiki Practitioner has found their healing energy, they are able to bring the energy forth for the rest of their lives.

Reiki is taught by passing on attunements that have been passed down over the years and there are three levels of Reiki training, which practitioners may master. Reiki 1 is about self-healing – you may be healed physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. Reiki 1 allows you to do reiki on yourself, others people, and animals. Reiki 2 increases your ability and allows the practitioner to do reiki at a distance. This Level also teaches how to call on angels and check and balance chakras. Reiki 3 or Reiki Master level, furthers the practitioner’s ability and allows them to teach others.

Local Resources

Interested in Reiki for your bird, other pet, or even yourself? Here are some of the resources we’ve used to learn about Reiki!

White Wing Healing

Suzanne Zilembo is a Reiki Level 1 and 2 attuned practitioner, who is about to embark on her journey to become a Reiki Master. Suzanne is a volunteer at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, and regularly administers Reiki Treatments to the shelter’s resident birds, as well as birds who are in foster situations. Suzanne practices Reiki for all creatures, even humans, but has a particular affinity for clients of the feathered variety. She is owned and loved by several birds, dogs, and a very elderly cat, all of whom benefit from her Reiki healing. Visit Suzanne’s website at

Circles of Wisdom

Circles of Wisdom is a Metaphysical book store and resource center located in Andover, MA. For those interested in learning more about Reiki and other alternative healing practices, locally, visit their shop on Main Street in Andover. Check out their website at, to learn about the courses, workshops and services offered.

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