Incredible photos of animals loving Reiki you need to see – Kathleen Prasad’s Animal Reiki Blog

Incredible photos of animals loving Reiki you need to see

One of the best things about Reiki is how deeply it relaxes animals, even those that are incredibly anxious, depressed or sick. Witnessing firsthand so many happy, calm and blissed-out animals following my Reiki sessions keeps me motivated every single day.

Below are a few of my favorite photos and videos of animals loving Reiki. Most of these were taken at BrightHaven, a holistic hospice for animals in Santa Rosa, California, where I’ve had the honor to teach monthly Reiki courses for more than 12 years:

Rosie, may she rest in peace, was a sweet senior kitty at BrightHaven that always soaked in sessions with gusto. This photo was taken after a 30-minute treatment in the garden—where she came to lay at my feet for the whole session.

Asia is a large, beautiful rescued horse now living happily at BrightHaven. In this wonderful photo, taken on the very first World Animal Reiki Day, Reiki practitioner Joannie is sharing a peaceful meditation. You can almost see their hearts connecting in the photo!

Those of you who’ve visited BrightHaven will undoubtedly remember Jack, the sanctuary watch dog. He’s definitely got a big attitude in a small body and rarely lets down his guard … except during Reiki. He curls up and sleeps like a baby!

Teaching at BrightHaven

When teaching Reiki at BrightHaven, I’ve often got a cat in my lap, and this class is no exception. Clearly, Thomas wants to help with the lessons. I do believe animals are our most profound Reiki teachers! Photo copyright Judy Baldwin

When not on my lap as I teach class, Thomas loves to sit next to students practicing Reiki—and often by the end of the session, he is curled up and purring.

Children have a wonderful natural healing ability. Lily, a blind rescued dog at BrightHaven, fell into a deep Reiki sleep while spending time with me and my daughter.

Buttercup and Benjamin

Rescued from an uncertain future, mother and son cows will now be able to stay together at BrightHaven for life! They often like to lay down together and doze during Reiki sessions.

Harley, rest in peace dear one, often loved hands-on Reiki sessions, sometimes placing his large snout into my hands. He would make the most adorable snorts of contentment during Reiki. Photo copyright Kendra Luck

My senior rescued dog, Dakota, loved Reiki so much that he would often get a special smile during sessions. Photo copyright Kendra Luck

BrightHaven resident cat Neil, rest in peace, won over this student during a beginner Reiki class. She enjoyed sitting in Reiki meditation with Neil so much that we thought she might move in after the class was done! ?

BrightHaven rescued kitty Peanut loves to sleep. However, during Reiki sessions, she often curls up on her back, exposing her belly, with feet twitching here and there, as if she is truly releasing all her stress as she relaxes.

EJ, the most adorable mini donkey living at BrightHaven, has come such a long way! Once terrified of people, he has learned to trust again and now loves his Reiki sessions. You can feel the love and harmony as he shares Reiki with a visiting practitioner.

This is a typical equine Reiki session: Notice how Joanna, the practitioner, is allowing the horse to lead and not forcing hands-on contact. Mocha, a rescued horse living at BrightHaven, alternates between quiet connection and calm grazing. Reiki creates a beautiful peaceful heart connection!

What may not be obvious in these photos and videos is that BrightHaven sanctuary animals enjoy a holistic lifestyle in a feng shui home environment. Their healing approach is based on classical veterinary homeopathy complemented by a raw food diet, immune and organ support, and a variety of healing arts, including animal Reiki. Conventional medical care is mainly honored in the form of diagnostics, fluid therapy and surgery. BrightHaven is also a leader in animal hospice care. Through this special recipe of care, as well as the love given by staff and volunteers, special-needs BrightHaven animals find a new lease on life and thrive through their senior years.

Do you have any pictures of blissed-out animals loving Reiki? Share them here! (For even more photos, check out my Facebook photo album of my students’ happy animals following Reiki treatments.)

Lead photo copyright Kendra Luck

Kathleen Prasad is an entrepreneur, author, educator, spiritual seeker and animal advocate living in beautiful Marin County, California, with her husband, daughter, dog and two horses. She loves being with animals, listening to hip-hop, eating out at vegan restaurants, riding dressage, hiking in the redwoods and traveling the world to meet animal people.
You can learn more about Kathleen here.

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Animals are highly evolved beings. They know what is good for them. These videos and pictures show this very clearly.


Hello Kathleen!

I enjoyed reading this article about animals who have received reiki treatments. It is beautiful to be able to put an image with the animals that you work with. It also interests me the variation of animals that respond to reiki. You are doing awesome work here by dedicating your life to these precious animals. I hope that as a journalist I can continue to spread the word on animal reiki and the benefits!

Talk soon,
Ashley Coffey


Hi Ashley, glad you enjoyed the article – and thank you for doing your part as a journalist to help spread the wonderful word about Reiki for animals ? Blessings!

Remarkable Healing Power of Reiki as Cancer Treatment

Ask the majority of people what they fear most and the answer will be cancer.

That’s hardly surprising since this prevalent disease is responsible for more deaths around the world than any other cause. Cancer is the leading cause of death in Australia and the second most common cause of death in the U.S., but there is real hope of turning these statistics around.

Thanks to advancement in medical technology, some cancers can be detected in the early stages, optimizing treatment and survival rates. Over the past 20 years, survival rates for many common cancers has risen by 30 percent, and more than half of cancer patients are still surviving five years after diagnosis.

As medical practices and treatment options continue to evolve, so too does the understanding of the human mind and body, and the vital role they play in our survival.

Scientific evidence shows the mind and body are connected, and both must be at peace when fighting cancer. Patients with high expectations of getting better, often do because of the release of biological chemicals altering specific areas of the brain to aid in recovery.

Over the past two decades, the Australian medical profession has acknowledged the connection between the body and mind, and its role in our overall health. Mind-body therapy now plays an integral part of whole-person care.

What Is Mind-Body Therapy?

Mind-body therapy is any practice that helps restore the balance between the mind, body and soul, and it creates in-depth healing on all levels — spiritual, mental and physical.

Ongoing research has shown that mind-body therapy can improve quality of life for those with a life-limited illness, such as mesothelioma, in a number of ways including:

  • Reduction of pain
  • Reduction in chemotherapy side effects
  • Reduction of stress and anxiety

There are many different types of mind-body therapies, including yoga, tai chi, meditation, qigong, creative visualization, pranic healing and art therapy.

One of the most accepted and practiced forms of alternative therapy is Reiki which works in conjunction with regular medical or psychological treatment.

What Is Reiki?

Reiki is a non-invasive therapy that passes subtle energy from one being to another to help promote well-being.

No pressure or tissue manipulation is used.

Those trained in the art of Reiki therapy tap into the infinite supply of healing energy in the universe and transfer it to others by laying their hands on or slightly above different areas of the body. These regions usually include the head, shoulders, stomach and feet which together take in the body’s seven chakras, the energy centers of our body.

Reiki does not require any equipment. It can be performed on those lying down, sitting up or standing, and it’s done through the clothing.

It helps relieve tension, anxiety and fear. Responses to Reiki treatments vary from person to person but most experience a deep feeling of relaxation and peace. Some people fall asleep during treatment and awaken feeling refreshed and more positive about their future.

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Hospitals Provide Reiki for Their Patients

Scientific evidence has shown that Reiki can minimize patients’ symptoms and improve their quality of life.

Research carried out at the Hartford Hospital in Connecticut, revealed that Reiki improved the sleep pattern of patients by 86 percent, reduced levels of pain and nausea by 78 percent and 80 percent, respectively.

Hospitals and clinics across Australia and the U.S. are beginning to acknowledge Reiki as a meaningful way to improve patient care.

California Pacific Medical Center, one of the largest hospitals that state, offers a range of complementary therapies, including acupuncture homeopathy, aromatherapy and Reiki, for acute and chronic illnesses.

The International Association of Reiki Professionals shows that Dr. Michael Cantwell, a pediatrician at California Pacific Medical Center, uses Reiki in the “treatment of acute illnesses such as musculoskeletal injury, pain, headache, acute infections and asthma.”

Cancer Prevention

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of new cancer cases can be reduced if people take advantage of cancer screening technology.

Screening helps identify precancerous lesions and early stages of cancer development, optimizing the chance of successful treatment. Vaccines also are used to help prevent some cancers.

Medical technology aside, the best defense we have against cancer lies within the strength of our body and our mind. Taking good care of them both will reward us with good health and minimize our chance of getting cancer.

Taking good care of the body and mind is equally important for those already diagnosed with cancer because it will give them the physical and emotional strength needed to fight the disease.

Using Reiki to Tap into the Energy of the Universe

“Reiki literally wakes up our Divine essence so we can see our spirit behind the veils.” ~ Colleen Benelli.

Reiki is a holistic healing method that works on the mind, body and soul. It is a Japanese word made up of two syllables – “Rei” meaning universal, abundant, or boundless and “Ki” meaning life force and vital energy. Thus Reiki literally means universal life force.

The whole universe moves with this life force or cosmic energy. Each one of us experiences this energy all the

time, but we are unable to make use of it. With Reiki we learn to tap into the universal energy that dwells within us in the form of our vital force and use it for the benefit of others and ourselves.

How does Reiki work?

It works on the principle that each of us has the power of healing within us. This is why when we are physically or emotionally hurt, the touch of a loved one makes us feel better. Before practicing, one has to be initiated by a Reiki master.

He/she douses the practitioners with a strong beam of energy that dissolves all the blockages in the etheric body, and aligns us with the universal life force. Once this process is done, the practitioner’s vital force reconnects with the source energy and we can accept more energy from the cosmos.

We all know the law of conservation of energy, “energy can neither be created nor be destroyed, but can change form.”

When healing, we tap into this universal energy and transmit it to the intended person with positive thoughts and intentions.

The energy is abundant and can never run out. When we heal someone, the etheric patches start dissolving and the physical illness resolves along with its cause. It can be given either by direct contact at specific hand positions or from a distance.

“Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn’t you- all of the expectations, all of the beliefs- and becoming who you are.” ~ Rachel Naomi Remen.

Why I Practice Reiki

My first experience with Reiki was when I asked a friend who was learning this art to to relieve my strained eyes. She asked me to lie down, said a prayer silently, rubbed her palms together, and gently placed it on my eyes.

Her palms were soothingly warm and tears started seeping through my closed eyelids due to the relief I felt. She kept healing for 10 minutes, and the pressure and strain in my eyes had disappeared. This incident got me interested in this alternative healing method.

After completing the 1st level of Reiki, all students are required to perform a 21 day self-healing which is mandatory. reiki-healing-power-energy-transfer

This process helps a new Reiki healer to fulfill his/her own energy before healing others. At the end of it, I felt like there was a light inside me that sparked positive feelings and made me completely aware of each moment.

Reiki is another form of meditation and the more we practice it, the more we charge our own batteries, and only when we are full up to the brim, can we transmit it to others. Anyone can be given Reiki as long as they are willing to receive it.

The Healing power of Reiki

It can be used for a wide range of conditions – to relieve acute pain, help fasten wound healing, and is effective in emotional and psychological conditions like stress, anxiety, insomnia, depression etc.

On the pathological level, it should not be used as a substitute for medicine, but it has been observed that Reiki healing decreases the duration of treatment and the dose of medicine. It can also help in affirmation and goal manifestation, in healing past traumas and dissolving bad karma.

Reiki promotes positivity and gives a gentle nudge towards fulfilling goals which are in sync with nature’s wisdom and brings us closer to our authentic self.

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Reiki and Hallucination (Visions)

In our life, there are some points when we feel that our life has stopped and become submissive and we are not getting any ways to channelize it towards anything positive. Nothing fruitful is happening and we also fail to get the inner-motivation. Reiki practice is a way that can build up the confidence again in us and help us to find the reasons of such stagnancy and also shows us the light to find new ways.

Reiki meditation is there to help us receive those messages which we always get but don’t understand properly. While doing Reiki meditation or long-distance sessions, we receive these messages which are important to our life. And these messages are known as Visions.

What is Hallucination in Reiki Practice?

While you are practicing Reiki meditation under a Reiki master, you are making a journey where you will be able to have visions from your past which will be used to find out the reasons of misery of your present. Receiving messages during Reiki can happen in two ways-

  1. Visions – You can see, listen or feel things while doing Reiki meditation
  2. Entities – You may see an entity to advice you something or showing you.

Vision and Imagination

To understand these terms you must dig deep. Vision means the things that you want to see and see when you really need those. You may see things at their present form or as they were in the past. You can also visit what they will be. But, imagination is completely different from vision. To understand both of these, you need to realize the difference between vision and imagination.

Imagination is the creation of your mind. It shows you things what you want to see and in which form. Often your imagination shows you things you don’t want to see. Usually, imagination is related to your materialistic mind and what you see revolves around your regular life.

Vision is the creation of your heart. When you have it actually, you feel its effect deep inside your heart. Visions are more profound and often you don’t even get that you have one. This happens because sometimes messages become blurry and becomes quite difficult to be interpreted, usually without any help.

Vision-In Detail

You can get the point if it is discussed with proper example. Suppose, you went for an interview to your dream company and you did well. Now, you can have visions like you have hired or you are doing very well in that company. This time you may also get ‘actual visions’ like having your own company or starting up your own business. Now, you see, ‘actual vision’ gives you the idea of doing something different with your life. But, you are so obsessed with your visions that the ‘actual vision’ don’t get chance to make a footprint in your mind. To state you clearly, ‘visions’ are more material things while ‘imagination’ is about physical world.

Vision can come from the bigger Universe, or from the high-level entities. You can even get vision from your inner-self. And do you know what the most interesting part of this? The problems which seem bigger to you are not that much serious when you are in this ‘realm’. The bigger Universe is not at all concerned of how much money you earn. Rather, trusting the greater entities and the real inner guide of yourself will help you to get over from miseries of your life.

If you are a regular Reiki practitioner, you will definitely get benefits from regular meditation and one day you will surely be able to see what you want.

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Animal reiki: A popular practice in healing has made its way to pet care

Kathleen Prasad remembers being introduced to a rescued pit bull at Berkeley Animal Care Services in Berkeley, California. “He was shaking uncontrollably, kept his belly low to the ground and walked like a lizard.” Staff asked Prasad, a leader in animal reiki, to work with him. “I took him to a private room, sat on a blanket and he crawled into my lap.” She relaxed, breathed and focused on her meditation, an animal reiki practice that she teaches globally.

“After 20 minutes he had a big shake, shook his head, looked at me and sighed.” The shaking stopped, and she sat with him for another 30 minutes. When they exited the room to greet staff, the dog was walking calmly. “Where is the dog we gave you?” staff asked her.

Versions of Kathleen’s story are echoed by animal reiki practitioners in Canada, who apply the complementary approach to provide physical, emotional, mental and spiritual relief for pets. Practitioners use reiki as an adjunct to veterinary work to support animals with everything from arthritis, digestive disorders, post-surgical trauma, chemo-reaction and anxiety to delaying disease progress, life transitions and end-of-life issues.

Mikao Usui rediscovered reiki in 1922 in Japan, and some believed it originated in Tibet 10,000 years ago. Usui reiki incorporates the reiki symbols, distant healing methods, hand positions for working on self and others and an attunement process. Practitioners direct the universal life-force energy that surrounds us to balance the life-force energy (ki) within people, plants and animals. The practice involves channeling energy “heavenly ki” from their crown chakras and “earthly ki” from their feet chakras out through their hands. The goal is for energy to go from the chakra to the associated gland and then to the associated organ to balance excesses and deficiencies.

Dr. Julie Lahey is the practice owner, hospital manager and onsite vet at the integrative Harbourview Animal Hospital in North Vancouver, where reiki is one of the treatments offered. Lahey is an advocate of animal Reiki and a practitioner herself. “It definitely enhances regular modalities,” she says. “I would recommend it to pet owners almost all the time, maybe not with a general exam, but when there’s a disease process with animals and for emotional instability, too.”

Lahey recalls a time when she sent a reiki practitioner to work on a cat with a bladder tumor. “Once they redid the ultrasound, they didn’t find the tumor.”

Not all vets are as enthusiastic about animal reiki. Dr. Kathy Kramer of Vancouver Wellness Hospital includes Traditional Chinese Medicine, veterinary acupuncture and cannabis in her practice. She says that while she has seen studies that indicate that reiki is beneficial for humans, “there is not a lot of hard-core evidence”. Kramer says that a dozen animal massage therapists offer reiki as part of their services. “We don’t offer reiki because there are so many people who are already doing it for their pets.”

“If it does have a positive influence, I think it’s great,” says Kramer, adding that it must be done with, and not instead of, veterinary treatment.

“Reiki is not a substitute for veterinary medicine,” concurs animal reiki practitioner Willow Mainprize. “I love veterinary medicine. It has its purpose. We’re there as a supportive element.” Mainprize has used reiki for animals with tumors, malnutrition and trust issues. She’s helped a rescue dog into a home with a new baby and integrated a new horse into a herd.

She tells the story of a frightened pigeon at the SPCA who would attack and bite her caretaker. Willow used reiki to create a harmonized atmosphere and sense of safety for the bird. “Next thing you know, the pigeon perched on the woman’s shoulder, she was able to feed it, clean the cage – no drama, no aggression.”

Since she started her business 11 years ago, animal reiki and massage practitioner Tazuko Kai says she treats most of her animal clients for cancer and separation anxiety. Owners also approach her when they have seen a vet and are out of options. “I’m always the last resource.”

Kai says she treats many animals in transition who are “ready to go” but whose owners are hanging on, delaying the death process. She says reiki can affect everyone involved and support humans to let go.

She teaches animal reiki to both pet owners and other reiki therapists and is seeing an increase in the number of pet owners in her classes. “People are more open now than they were 10 years ago,” Kai says. “People used to laugh at animal massage.”

Reiki in Hospitals. Integrative Medicine Programs

Do you know that Reiki is used in many hospital around the world? Some hospitals in Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, UK and US offer Reiki as part of their integrative medicine programs. A survey conducted in 2008 reported that over 800 hospitals in the US offered Reiki to their inpatients.

Across hospitals and clinics around the world patients find Reiki to speed-up their recovery. Health care systems start to recognize the benefits of Reiki. Ireland is also starting to introduce Reiki in many health centres. For instance Dr David Fennelly, consultant oncologist at St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin and the Beacon Hospital in Sandyford, has been involved in the establishment of cancer support centres at both hospitals.

“Complementary therapies should be part of any cancer care plan and therapies such as Reiki, massage and aromatherapy provide a non-invasive form of relaxation, great comfort and improved quality of life for people during their treatment,” Dr Fennelly says.

You can click here to see a list of health settings providing Reiki in Ireland.

High quality clinic researches on Reiki effects are quite new. As Reiki is proving to work, mainstream healthcare starts to run in-depth Reiki clinical trials. Here are three sources of Reiki research centres that conduct and compile Reiki investigations:

Western mentality revolves around data and figures, so I highly celebrate any progress made towards scientific and medical acceptance of Reiki. As Nicola Telsa said:

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.”


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New York Parents Are Turning to Reiki Healers for Their Stressed Kids

Frankie Martucci is 13. For the past three years, he has kept a familiar nighttime ritual in his Upper West Side bedroom. Rather than scrolling Instagram or watching TV before bed, the teenager lies on his back, then places his hands on his head, stomach, and torso. Martucci practices reiki, a touch-based healing technique.

“It’s a nice way to relax and calm down for at least a half-hour,” Martucci said. “It gets all the bad stuff out of the way, and you think of nothing. It clears your mind.”

Frankie learned how to practice reiki around three years ago, after his mother, Tamara, brought him and his brother to Pamela Miles, a reiki master since 1986 and author of Reiki: A Comprehensive Guide.

Tamara, who owns a health and wellness consulting company, had been Miles’ client before bringing her sons to a youth class. “I thought it was such a gift to have them practice on myself, and [my kids] would ask if they could practice on me,” she told The Daily Beast. “So why would I not sign them up, too?”

Almost 100 years after Japanese healer Mikao Usui created reiki, children have adopted the practice, too. Although Gwyneth Paltrow reportedly turned to the practice for help after consciously uncoupling with ex-husband Chris Martin, insiders don’t believe reiki has been Goop-ified.

“It’s not just Upper East Side moms, or whoever, who practice,” said Brooklyn-based reiki master Jessica Brodkin. “They’re not coming in for fun. People who really believe in reiki don’t think of it as trendy. It’s people who are hurting and don’t see results from other treatments.”

While Martucci’s children weren’t facing any huge crises, the mother hoped reiki could thwart their Gen Z malaise. “In New York, and the whole tristate area, kids are over-scheduled and overstimulated,” she mused. “Reiki is a really good grounding place to come home to.”

“I put my hands on my neck and I just feel comfortable. I don’t know how to explain it—it’s kind of like a routine I do to prepare for a test.”
— Frankie Martucci

Frankie noted that before he began practicing, he would freak out over every grade—“even if it was just a small quiz”—and feared failing in school. Now, before every test, he takes five minutes to center himself.

“I put my hands on my neck and I just feel comfortable,” he said. “I don’t know how to explain it—it’s kind of like a routine I do to prepare for a test.”

While the definition of reiki is sometimes contested among purists, generally the practice is centered in the belief that all humans possess an energy that can be tapped into for healing purposes.

During sessions, clients sit or lie down and allow reiki masters to lightly touch their head, arms, and torso. Reiki masters say they balance their patients’ internal energy, or “life force.” Everyone has a life force, believers insist, and practitioners use the energy flowing from their hands to treat their clients’ needs.

Some swear that reiki can quell anxiety, depression, and fatigue. The treatment is used in hospitals as an added therapy for some cancers and chronic conditions.

Brodkin said she often works with clients who are addressing past traumas such as recovering from addiction or sexual abuse. “Reiki is for people who are hurting and don’t see results from other treatments,” she said, adding that in New York, “A lot of people look like they have everything they ever wanted and still feel terrible inside.”

Reiki sessions can be short—around 15 minutes—or long, running to about an hour and a half. This healing doesn’t come cheap. Prices range, but it’s not uncommon for masters to charge around $175 a class. Clients can also take a series of classes that teach how to practice self-reiki, which come at a heftier price tag.

Even when practiced by adults, reiki courts controversy. For every millennial who books an appointment via Instagram and says they left riding a natural “high,” there are naysayers who call the practice a pseudoscience that manipulates vulnerable people navigating an unfriendly mental health system.

Most states do not require any license or certification to practice reiki, and there is no professional credentialing.

According to the NIH, the practice isn’t harmful, but “it hasn’t been clearly shown to be useful for any health-related purpose.” As long as reiki supplements, but doesn’t replace, conventional medicine, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service deems it “generally safe.”

“I left feeling kind of relaxed, like something was growing inside of me. It could have been a mental thing.”
— Frankie Martucci

That’s enough of a go-ahead for a new generation of children to extol reiki’s virtues—via an introduction from their believer parents.

“I felt kind of nervous because I was going into someone’s house and meeting someone I never knew,” Frankie admitted of his first session. “But it was a really peaceful setting, with sitting and meditating. I left feeling kind of relaxed, like something was growing inside of me. It could have been a mental thing.”

Miles told The Daily Beast that she will only practice reiki on a child whose parents have tried it first. “You don’t want to make children any more different from their parents than they already are,” she laughed. The reiki master also insisted that she will not work with children who do not want to try for themselves.

“I don’t support parents in militarizing reiki practice, or making it be a time out when the kid gets in trouble,” Miles said.

Dr. Rashiah Elam, a Nyack, New York-based mother whose son, Osiris, also leaned reiki from Miles, does not employ reiki as a punishment. However, she said the practice has helped her child’s behavior.

Dr. Elam called Osiris, now 8, a “normal” child. But as he headed into kindergarten three years ago, she worried about how “it was difficult for him to sit down and pay attention all the time.” So she enrolled him in Miles’ class.

After his first session, the boy told his mother that he “felt like he wasn’t jumping inside.” He also described reiki as “feeling like having God’s hands on him.” The mention of a higher power surprised Dr. Elam, because she describes her family as spiritual but not religious.

Despite her son’s glowing testimonials, the doctor sometimes wonders how much her own enthusiasm for reiki influenced Osiris’ decision to practice so eagerly.

“It’s one of those things where people say, ‘He’s too young, you’re imposing,’” Dr. Elam said. “But he’s benefited from it. I think that the biggest drawback of my son practicing reiki are my own preconceived notions about not wanting to force my beliefs on a child.”

Reiki masters often find new clients through word-of-mouth testimonials. If they practice in a liberal-leaning city like New York, there’s no shortage of parents willing to try alternative medicine.

“Kids in New York grow up really quickly,” said Lisa Levine, founder of the popular Maha Rose Center for Healing in Brooklyn. “They’re hipper from a younger age and have tried a lot of things from the time they’re 12 that other people might not be exposed to until they’re in college.”

Along with New York City, Brodkin noted that reiki is also “really popular” in “hippie enclaves” such as San Francisco, New York’s Hudson Valley, Sedona, Arizona, and Yellow Springs, Ohio.

For patients who live in other areas, it can be hard to find a legitimate healer.

“When somebody says they’re practicing reiki, we have no idea what they’re telling us,” Miles said. “Some people train only by watching recorded videos online, never interacting with a reiki master. Some people take first- and second-degree levels in the same weekend, or become reiki masters in a weekend, or an afternoon.”

While reiki itself is not harmful, entrusting a child with a poorly trained practitioner can be ineffective at best and potentially dangerous at worst.

Reiki practitioners are more than happy to practice on a rapt audience of children, but being left alone to treat unsupervised minors with touch healing can still make them—and their clients’ parents—uncomfortable.

All of the healers The Daily Beast spoke with who treat children were women. According to Brodkin, that fact is not necessarily a coincidence.

Though Brodkin personally enjoys working with male healers, she said, “I often say that I’m lucky that I’m a woman in my practice. I think it’s a lot easier for women healers.”

Aside from just being “a tiny, non-threatening person,” Brodkin believes that her gender makes it easier for clients to “trust” her. The reiki master said most of her child clients are brought in by their mothers as opposed to fathers, but added that the kids usually grow up in nuclear, two parent households.

“Healing is a type of feminine empowerment,” Brodkin said. “Women feel like they can regain some sort of power in a world where they don’t have any.”

As an added protection, Brodkin opts to treat children with their parents in the room. So does Levine, who said, “Not to be crass, but it’s a legally protective thing.”

Brodkin guessed that she touches children “less” during reiki sessions than she would adults, but not for fear of coming off as inappropriate. For her, it’s just not necessary.

“Kids are naturals. There’s no ego to get in the way. Adults always ask, ‘Am I doing it right?’ Kids just do it.”
— Lisa Levine

“They’re more sensitive. I don’t have to push as hard as I would with adults,” she added, noting the receptiveness of youngsters compared to older, more jaded clients.

Levine, who also co-founded Fairy School, a magic class for children, agreed. “Kids are naturals,” she said. “There’s no ego to get in the way. Adults always ask, ‘Am I doing it right?’ Kids just do it.”

Indeed, Frankie describes his initial hesitation about reiki as a passing emotion. “For the first few days it was hard because it was a new habit, but after I did it I noticed how much better I felt,” he said, noting that his reiki ritual now feels “natural.”

“It’s a lifelong thing, so you can’t lose it,” he said. “It never really goes away.”

When asked if there was a network of “reiki moms” à la hockey or soccer parents, Martucci sighed, “No, sadly.”

Maybe there will be soon. As Dr. Elam laughed, “There should be a network!”