A few years ago a friend recommended Reiki Healing to us for our horses and since then we are true believers in the therapy. Now I’m sure most people will be conjuring up thoughts that this is a hippy/Glastonbury style therapy. Well, if you meet my mum and me, we’re far from that. We’re open minded and at the end of the day want the best for our horses.
So, what is Reiki Healing?
Below is an extract from the International Centre for Reiki Training:
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It’s administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “The Higher Power” and Ki which is “energy or force”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”
Treatment with Reiki energy is said to re-balance the whole person in mind, body and spirit and is a non-invasive holistic therapy. Benefits can include:
·Deep relaxation, relieving symptoms of stress and tension.
·Positive impact on mood and performance
·General sense of good health and well-being
Reiki for horses
Yes, Reiki is not just for humans, it has huge benefits for animals too.
Our Reiki healer Tessa Eames spends about 45 minutes with the horses, we leave her alone while she does her ‘healing hands’.
With horses Reiki can help speed the healing of illness and injuries. It’s ideal for horses as its gentle and non-invasive.
My horse Barley has recently suffered from some ligament damage and it got to a stage where the healing had plateaued and we felt he needed some extra help. The nature of Reiki is to create and support energetic balance, so it can do no harm.
Barley and I competing at Aldon 2013. Photo courtesy of James Burns
Both are horses have Reiki and love it. When Barley is having a session he will lower his head and at the end licks a lot to say ‘thank you’ and he’s not an affectionate horse. Whilst this is going on Jonty will rub up against the stable partition so he can get in on the Reiki act! We’ve found that the swelling in Barley’s leg has now subsided and his overall attitude to life is now a lot brighter and happier and we look forward to competing again shortly.
In summary Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and always creates a beneficial effect. I myself have Reiki combined with a massage a couple times a year when life gets just a bit too much and it helps me to re-balance, re-energise and attack life with a positive slant again.
If anyone would like Tessa’s contact details, please drop me your email address and I will forward it on. You can also find a qualified Reiki therapist via www.findmytherapist.org
All the best