If you’ve never had a session of Reiki or Energy Healing it can seem a bit ‘out there’ so I thought I’d share a little more about what happens in a typical session and why this is such an effective therapy.
When working with horses I generally start a session by taking some time to just be quiet, using my breath and my body language to help them relax. I also try to get a sense of how they’re feeling: for example, are they confident, anxious, excited or withdrawn? I then follow their lead. Some prefer me not to come to close, while others are happy for me to place my hands on various points of their body. They will sometimes also indicate the areas where they want attention, for example by looking round at their flank or a leg, or by moving and positioning themselves under my hands. I constantly watch their body language to see how they are responding. Licking their lips, chewing and blinking are signs that they are processing. Yawns, sighs and stretches are signs of releasing.
Flicking ears, twitching muscles or a swishing tail can indicate areas of discomfort or tension. I’m also watching the eyes to see if the horse is beginning to relax. This can even progress to the point where the horse begins to doze.
So what’s going on that causes this to happen?
Most people are probably aware that the brain gives off electromagnetic signals, but did you know that the heart also has an electromagnetic field, and that this is much stronger? This is how we can sometimes sense what another person is feeling, and why feelings can be ‘contagious’.
Research by the HeartMath Institute (https://www.heartmath.org) has looked at something called ‘entrainment‘. This is where one person’s electromagnetic field affects another’s, causing it to fall into the same pattern.
This diagram is taken from “Exploring the Role of the Heart in Human Performance: An Overview of Research Conducted by the HeartMath Institute”
This is what is happening in a Healing session. I hold a particular energy – in this case focusing on relaxation and appreciation – and offer this to the horse for them to share.
Relaxation is a vital part of wellbeing. In order to be healthy we need to find a good balance between activity and rest. The same is true for horses. If something disrupts this balance it can lead to dis-ease. The body is an intelligent system and it generally knows how to restore its equilibrium. All cells have an inner ‘blueprint’ of how they are supposed to behave: if the skin is torn or a bone gets broken, the body knows how to repair the damaged cells, returning the injured area to its original state. When the body is stressed , however, it goes into ‘flight or fright’ mode and is unable to give its energy to restoration and repair. This is the Sympathetic Nervous System. It produces hormones such as adrenalin and cortisol preparing it for attack or escape and distracting it from maintaining the healthy blueprint.
In contrast, when the body is relaxed it enters the Parasympathetic Nervous System which allows for improved digestion and repair. Energy healing encourages the body to enter this state and to redirect its energies back to creating a state of wellbeing. This makes it a highly effective and complementary therapy which can be used for a wide range of issues. It also has no negative side effects. For example it can be used to support:
- the immune system
- cell repair
- enzyme function
- oxygen uptake
- absorption of nutrients
- wound repair
- pain relief
- release of endorphins
- a sense of wellbeing and calm
Research has shown that “horses are sentient beings…reflecting various emotional states when stressed or happy” – Ellen Kaye Gehrke, Ph.D.
Gehrke and her team studied Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and discovered that when they put a horse together with a human:
“The horses perceived, in the moment, coherent or incoherent human HRV and began reflecting that human HRV in their own behavior. It became apparent that the horse’s heart rate would synchronize with the human’s”
This has profound implications for the horse-human bond. Horses pick up on what we are feeling and their behaviour mirrors those feelings back to us. For this reason it can be very beneficial for people to share an energy healing session with their horse. Not only will it help them both to feel relaxed and promote wellbeing, it will also enhance the bond of love and trust between them, allowing them to work more effectively as a team.
If this sounds like something that would be of interest to you, please contact me for further information or to book a session:
mobile: 07980 669303
You can also see more on my website: equenergy.com