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What is  Reiki?

Reiki is a spiritual healing art with its roots in Japanese origin. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life” and (Ki) which means “Energy”. Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. It is not massage nor is it based on belief or suggestion. It is a subtle and effective form of energy work using spiritually guided life force energy.


Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. Reiki Practitioners understand that everyone has the ability to connect with their own healing energy and use it to strengthen energy in themselves and help others. It is believed that a person’s “ki” or energy should be strong and free flowing. When this is true a person’s body and mind is in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes weak or blocked it could lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance.

During a Reiki session, animals often experience a deep state of peace as the Reiki clears imbalances, allowing for new and harmonious patterns of health and wellness to emerge. Physical contact is not a requirement for Reiki and traditionally the practitioner offers Reiki to the animal hands off. This way, the animal controls the treatment, either accepting Reiki from a distance or settling themselves against the practitioners hands. Many people have unique experiences in connecting with and learning from the animals themselves.

  • Rei—(lit. Japanese) spiritual or sacred.

  • Ki—(lit. Japanese) energy, the energy of everything, which is usually translated as “universal life energy.”


    Jimmy has been surrounded by animals his entire life and as a child he wanted to save them all.  His world was flipped upside down, but right side up for the animals of the City of Bridgeport. In 2006, he was asked by the Bridgeport Police to take the position of Chief Animal Control officer for the State of Connecticut's largest municipal animal shelter. Playing with puppies and kitties was not at all what the job turned out to be. He witnessed a lot of cruelty and irresponsibility from pet owners but as time went on he figured out that most of the problem was not blatant cruelty but IGNORANCE (Definition of Ignorance: lack of knowledge, educating or awareness)

    He saw the shelter as a revolving door where pets were picked up or dumped and because of the extremely large amount of animals coming in through the front door the task of getting all of them adopted was very difficult. Especially, when you are a part of an antiquated municipality that does not understand that the only way to deal with the problem of an over abundance of animals entering the system is with a proactive approach not a reactive approach. He also took it upon himself to become State Certified as a Wildlife Rehabber & a N.W.C.O. (Nuisance Wildlife Control Officer). He even went on to become a Consultant for the ASPCA of New York and was honored to also become a Humane Educator for the Bridgeport Police Academy.   


     This was still not enough of a loud enough  voice so in 2008, he and Melissa Kuian created A Hand For A Paw.  Together they believed that through education and patience the numbers of animals being dumped in the streets could almost diminish.  They even created their own curriculum and took it to the schools and were able to educate almost 5,000 children. School by school, classroom by classroom and child by child they believed the issue was a simple lack of education that was not being addressed. Caring for pets and dealing with animals in general (domestic and wild) was not a priority. A movement soon began and with the help of an amazing group of volunteers and a Recreational Vehicle they went into the community and offered low cost vaccinations. Teaching pet owners the importance of vaccinating, training, licensing and a well balanced diet became the driving force behind A Hand For A Paw's mission, "Keeping Animals Home".  The organization became known by many that never understood the responsibility of owning a pet.


    Although, the organization closed in 2017, Jimmy continued to have a void in his heart to want to continue to help animals not suffer. So during the beginning of 2019, he decided to look into Animal Reiki as a way to continue to give love, compassion and kindness to pets and now the void is once again being filled with the energy of the dogs he is doing Reiki on. 

    If you are interested in a Reiki session with Jimmy, please schedule a session by either clicking on the house-call or distance healing option below. 


    *Keep in mind, he is also offering sessions for people too!  If you are interested, just email us at  Thank you!



Due to COVID, we do not have any Upcoming Events scheduled.  We are still available to make house calls and/or perform distance healing sessions.  If interested, schedule below.

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I know people are skeptical but holy sh*t Pinky has had some reiki and pranic healing and her lymph node tumor is 95% smaller, her chest growth is about 80% smaller.  I'm scheduling another few sessions.  I highly recommend Skull and Moon.  Guys check them out.

Heather Lyles

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