What happens in an equine healing session and how does it work?

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  I also try to get a sense of how they’re feeling: for example, are they confident, anxious, excited or withdrawn?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 Ÿ
  • cell repair
  • detoxification Ÿ
  • enzyme function
  • oxygen uptake Ÿ
  • absorption of nutrients
  • wound repair Ÿ
  • pain relief
  • balancing Ÿ
  • 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:

email: robyn@equenergy.com

mobile: 07980 669303

You can also see more on my website: equenergy.com



Christmas Wellbeing Offers

For you:

Having known what it is to feel small, powerless and restricted, I’m passionate about helping people to create a more positive, uplifting and fulfilling life experience. Coming out of that grey, dull world and into one that is alive with colour is amazing and I believe that this can be achievable for every one of us.

I have also suffered from various health issues in the past which have made me passionate about creating a more positive and healthy life by exploring the concept of Wellbeing: what this means for you as an individual and how to achieve it.


  • get 4 hours for the price of 3
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Includes: Initial consultation discussing what you would like to achieve and what approaches would best support this.  The following sessions will then put this plan into action.


For You and your Horse (or other animal)

When I was growing up, my friends all lived some distance away and so our family dog became my best buddy.  She and I spent long hours together and she was always the one I turned to if I was unhappy.  I was also fortunate that my mother loved horses and arranged for me to have riding lessons. When our dog died, these horses became my new source of friendship and comfort.  This started my life-long love of animals, these gentle souls who offer so much for so little: an open ear, a huge heart and a non-judgemental presence and acceptance.

This is why I am passionate about providing the best life possible for the animals in our care. Together we can explore ways to support the health and wellbeing of your horse and deepen the bonds of trust and friendship between you, so that you can enjoy every moment of your time together.


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Includes: initial consultation with you and your animal to assess the issue(s) and discuss a plan of action.  This bespoke package will support your animal’s optimum wellbeing while also exploring ways to deepen the relationship between you both.


Contact me now for further details on either of these offers or to book.
Remember, to take advantage of this offer you need to book before 25 December (however sessions may be scheduled for after this date).