When you are first starting out moving from giving Reiki to family and friends animals and looking to expand into helping others as paying (or free) clients there are a number of things to consider.
Introductory text and disclaimer – you will likely require some form of introductory text to send to people explaining what Reiki is, how you run your sessions (eg distantly, in person, length of session etc.) and the legal requirement of a disclaimer to request the animals carer informs their vet of the intention to use Reiki on their animal and that Reiki is not a substitute for veterinary care. You may also wish to collect some pre-session information about the animal here including species/breed, lifestyle (eg where kept, diet, exercise etc.), age, health status and why the person is interested in having a session for their animal at this time. It is up to you, and any legal requirements of your country or insurance, as to how in-depth this information is.
Insurance – again this may or may not be a legal requirements of your country to practice Reiki and you will have to be able to show you have been attuned to Reiki level 2 (practitioner level) to obtain this. You may also wish to consider legally binding terms and conditions to protect you and your clients eg regarding refunds for any monies paid if the animal does not want a session that day.
Feedback – most people will want some form of feedback to know how things went, especially if you were giving the session distantly and they were not present to watch their animals’ reactions at the time. Feedback can be given verbally (in person, via phone/skype etc) or in writing (email and is good if the client wants a record). Remember you cannot diagnose with Reiki but you can say things like ‘we shared a wonderful feeling of peace and relaxation’ or ‘I visualised coloured energy flowing into x during the session’ or ‘I was drawn to ‘x’ part of the body’. For example I recently gave Reiki to a dog and was drawn to their mouth over and over during the session. I asked the human at the end if their dog had recently had any issues with their mouth as I was drawn to it strongly, and it transpired they had been to the vets for a tooth removal a week before! You may also have picked up a message the animal wants you to pass to their human and it is up to you how best you do this especially if the matter could be quite sensitive. For example I was on my third session with a horse and she suddenly exclaimed into my head ‘I think I might be in foal, can you let my mum (human) know as I’m scared’. I felt that the relationship I had with the human was safe and established enough to ask her if her horse could potentially be pregnant; the answer was yes.
Confidence – this takes time and you will find your way over time. You will find a way of giving Reiki (or being Reiki) that suits you and you will learn something new from every client. You will also get to know humans too and be able to spot genuine clients from those who are looking to ‘test’ you, and you will find ways of responding to this for the highest good to all. Just take it slowly, enjoy it, and don’t try to rush things. You will get there, eventually.