Reiki means “Universal Life Force Energy.” It is one of the most ancient healing methods. It has been passed down through the centuries by Reiki Masters. Reiki is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on therapy that transfers healing energy thru the practitioner to the horse. Equine Reiki is becoming increasingly accepted as a valuable therapy within the equestrian community.
Reiki promotes unity and balance between the body, mind, emotions and spirit. It works with the chakras to harmonize the circulation of chi energy. Reiki often enhances other methods of healing. It can assist the body in alleviating pain and has been proven to reduce stress in both humans and animals.
How Reiki Works
Energy flows through the body of a horse in good health much like an electric current. However, a number of factors can interfere with the natural flow of energy. Things like physical injury, trauma, dietary changes, emotional problems, training issues or a combination of these problems can create an energy blockage. A blockage of energy can result in physical, psychological or behavioral problems.
A Reiki practitioner, may restore positive energy flow into the animal’s body, correcting imbalance. Horses are particularly sensitive and may quickly respond to the healing a practitioner offers through hands-on or even hands-off methods. Typically, the horse will approach and become a willing participant.
Reiki is safe and will never harm an animal. If a horse has experienced abuse or neglect, Reiki may help release emotional wounds. Treating horses with Reiki may help relax and calm them, making it easier for owners and trainers to handle them and resolve behavioral issues.
Reiki can be extremely useful in conjunction with traditional veterinary care. It may help horses recover sooner. Veterinarians trained in Reiki have found it useful in treating travel stress and digestive problems, as well as calming mares who are new mothers. Equine Reiki can also be beneficial as a horse approaches the end of its life. Reiki can be applied to horses to help the body in defense for disease andfor general wellness.
Horses, and animals in general, are great clients for Reiki because they don’t have any preconceived emotions that block receptivity. An animal is simply present to the experience, and either likes it or not.
Most horses love Reiki and other forms of energy work. They will often relax into the healing sessions. Reiki is often used in conjunction with other therapies.