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What is Reiki?

Reiki (pronounced "Ray-key") is a healing technique developed in Japan by Mikao Usui in the early twentieth century. It is based on the principle that universal life force energy can be channeled into a patient to activate the body's natural healing processes and restore physical and emotional well-being.  


Animals have been found to be particularly receptive to Reiki therapy. In fact, there are thousands of animal lovers and pet owners around the world who have already discovered the healing power of Reiki. Family members happily report positive effects in their pet's general health and disposition and others observe the reduction in their pet's chronic pain and the acceleration in recovery from surgery or illness. 

A Doctor's Opinion

Dr. Avenelle Turner, DVM, DACVIM (Diplomat of American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine) is the Head Medical Oncologist at the Veterinary Cancer Group of Los Angeles. She treats pets suffering from cancer and says according to eastern teachings, the flow in the body can restore well-being. "The Eastern perspective looks at qi which is the general flow that goes through our bodies. Reiki can affect that qi by aligning that energy and getting that energy to go to a more helpful path. The Chinese medicine from the Eastern perspective basically means if our energy is off it leads to illness, so if we can align that energy then we will effectively treat illness."

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How Can Reiki Help?

If your pet is ill, has recently been injured, is in the end stages of life, experiences anxiety, is grieving a loss or suffers from behavioral issues, there is good can help your pet! 

Top 10 Ways Reiki May Help Your Pet 

  • Accelerating healing of post surgical trauma, wounds, breaks and sprains.
  • Delaying onset and progression of certain diseases.
  • Providing relief from the effects of arthritis, rheumatism and other debilitating conditions.
  • Energizing and revitalizing older animals.
  • Soothing highly strung, anxious, stressed or hyperactive animals.
  • Helping alleviate lethargy and depression.
  • Calming transitions such as moving or introduction of another pet or newborn into the home.
  • Helping rescued animals adjust to new surroundings, especially if they have been abused. 
  • Easing the mourning process when a beloved pet friend/mate passes away.
  • Providing comfort during their transition from this world to the next.

Signs Your Animal is Accepting Reiki

Animals often relax when receiving Reiki energy. They may lay down, yawn or even fall asleep. It is important to have water available to them, as they often become very thirsty during and after a treatment. Water helps them to cleanse their system which helps restore balance.

LoveHeals Reiki℠

Our pets are part of our families and we hate to see family members feeling badly, especially when we feel helpless to relieve some of their pain. Enter Certified Reiki practitioner, Bernie Hughes, who owns LoveHeals Reiki℠ in San Diego, California.                                                         Bernie has over ten years of Reiki experience treating people and animals, including dogs, cats, and horses. She founded LoveHeals Reiki after performing Reiki on several of her friend's pets. Having witnessed significant health improvements that bonded her with these unconditionally loving animals, she realized that Reiki was something that should be shared broadly. Today she spends her time committed to upgrading the health of animals using Reiki in conjunction with their routine holistic health and/or veterinary care.

It is important to know that Reiki can be performed in person or from a distance. Because it is not limited by miles, Reiki energy can be received just as effectively on the other side of the world as it can when the practitioner and animal are in the same room. Bernie does both in person and distance healing Reiki sessions, and her clients have reported that each type has had a tremendous impact on their pet's well-being.

Alleviate some of your pet's pain and anxiety by scheduling an in person animal Reiki session or a distance healing Reiki session with Bernie today!  

Reiki & Intuitive Readings for People 

Bernie also provides Reiki sessions and Intuitive Readings to people. If you are interested in those services, all options below are available to you as well. Or, please view our Intuitive Readings page, above. Book an appointment now. She would love to work with you!

Bernie was trained in the Usui Shiki Ryoko Reiki lineage and often and naturally combines Reiki with intuitive readings and crystal therapy. Having been a clairvoyant intuitive and empath since a young age, Bernie automatically combines these healing tools during sessions. 

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Appointment Hours

Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: Closed 


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Your furry family member thanks you!

Fur Family Testimonials

Tucker, Yellow Lab

Tucker ate all of my Sour Patch Kids and other candy from graduation and was really sick. After we called poison control and they said he wouldn't die, we asked Bernie to help our dog. He felt so much better after she helped calm his stomach that he finally slept.                     

-Tyler D., Annapolis, MD

Sasha, Domestic Short Hair Cat

I'm so happy that we found Bernie through a friend. Our 14-year old cat had end stage kidney failure and Bernie provided so much visible comfort and pain relief that Sasha actually got up and ate something! I highly recommend Bernie if your pet is suffering.

-Pat S., San Diego, CA

Butters, Jack Russell Terrier

I seriously injured my paw outrunning another dog and Bernie helped speed up my healing. Before my session, my paw was super sore and hurting badly, and afterwards, I was able to get around easier and with less distress.

-As told to my dad, Kevin S.       

 Chicago, IL 

Big Red, Quarter Horse

Bernie worked with Big Red and he loved her instantly. He was getting older and was starting to creak and she eased some of his obvious pain. We are so grateful for her loving work.

-Angela and Drew H., Fallbrook, CA

Maisey, German Shepherd

Maisey had two benign tumors removed and was in pain from the surgery. In addition to her meds, we had two reiki sessions and even her vet commented on her speedy recovery. She was so much less anxious after her treatments and I know the reiki helped. I would do it again for her.

-Andrew R., San Diego, CA

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