Reiki Healing for Horses.
Most responsible owners only want the very best for their horses and to this end many invest in a variety of products and equipment that help improve and enrich their horse’s life.
Many horse owners also seek out complimentary therapies that can help achieve these objectives which can be used either when they have problems or as a preventative method of helping their horse’s wellbeing.
One such complementary therapy is Reiki Healing.
What is Reiki?
Reiki, pronounced “ray-key”, is derived from two Japanese words which loosely translate to “Universal Life-force energy”.
This ‘life force energy’ refers to the natural energy that is invisible but is all around us and is freely available for everyone. This invisible energy also runs throughout our bodies.
At times our energy levels are depleted, and the energy flow in our bodies becomes slow or is ‘trapped’ and ‘blocked’. This can lead to feelings of tiredness and a general lack of energy. In fact, we often say things like “I’ve got no energy today” or “my body feels out of cinque today” don’t we? This can be because our internal energy is trapped or blocked.
Reiki works on the basis that the person who gives the Reiki (sometimes known as a ‘Reiki healer’) taps into this natural energy source and acts as a conduit by transferring some energy through their hands to the person or animal receiving the Reiki.
Reiki is a very gentle and totally natural non-manipulative healing therapy, which anyone can do either on themselves or other people, as well as for animals too. Horses love Reiki!
It simply involves laying hands gently on various parts of the body and holding the position for a few minutes before moving the hands to another position.
Or, you can hover your hands over the body without actually touching.
There is no pulling, pushing or prodding or any form of manipulation. There is no invasion such as with needles and no potions or tablets are involved either. It is purely about gently placing hands on the body or hovering over the body, transferring this energy to the receiver helping to create a healthy energy flow to encourage the receiver’s body to self-heal.
How could Reiki benefit my horse?
Horses share a very similar body structure to humans. Just like us they have a framework of bones covered in skin to protect the comparable range of internal organs and consequently horses can suffer from a similar range of both physical and psychological illnesses and conditions.
Of course as we know it is a legal requirement that a sick or injured horse is treated by a qualified vet but the great thing is that once the illness or condition has been diagnosed and an appropriate treatment prescribed, it is highly possible to use Reiki alongside this treatment to help complement the work of the vet and speed up the healing process.
Reiki is a holistic therapy so simultaneously it can assist your horse on a physical level at the same time as helping with any emotional issues such as stress or anxiety. In fact, both could well be interrelated.
One of the biggest benefits of Reiki is its calming effect, which can really help horses that are a bit ‘jumpy’ or ‘stressy’. Therefore, a ‘dose’ of Reiki could be ideal to help relax your horse if they are a bit unhappy about traveling and also to help relax your horse before the start of a competition or a show.
Some other Benefits of Reiki for YOUR horse:
- Releases stress
- Reduces anxiety
- Increases energy levels
- Helps reduce pain and suffering
- Complements all veterinary treatments
- Helps speed up recovery following illness or surgery
- Totally harmless
- No needles
- No manipulation
- Totally natural
- No pills or potions
- Available whenever you want it – when you are trained to give Reiki yourself – read on to see how you can easily do this
- Improves sense of wellbeing
- Helps calm nervous horses
- Boosts immune system
- Minimizes feelings of fatigue
- Lowers blood pressure
- Aids better sleep
- Accelerates bodies self-healing
- Promotes a natural balance
- Assists in clearing toxins from the body
- Creates an amazing bond between you and your horse
- Could get you riding again if you have been fearful of doing so
- The ultimate in pampering
Phew ….. that’s quite an impressive list isn’t it?
Many horses find a Reiki session so relaxing that they fall asleep either during or after the session has finished. They tend to shuffle about during a session or will even lie down as they ’melt’ into the session.
Because Reiki is so simple to perform there is no need to carry out any preparation prior to giving a session. You can start and finish giving Reiki as and when you want to or when it’s required.
It always has to be the horse’s choice whether they want the Reiki and it should never be forced on any horse, or other animal, if they either don’t want Reiki that day and, any session should stop when your horse decides “I’ve had enough energy for now thanks!”
It’s uncanny how horses can sense the energy that radiates from the person giving the Reiki and will often make an approach and place their nose in the hands of the Reiki giver.
Reiki is very gentle and simple and can do no harm, only potentially good things for your horses.
So how do I get some Reiki for my horse?
There are basically 3 main ways that you can get some Reiki for your horse.
1) Book a Reiki session
You can seek out a Reiki practitioner near to your location and book him or her to come to your stable to give your horse a session. You will obviously need to pay a fee.
Prices vary but you should expect to pay around $60 [£50] for a 45-minute session. Be aware though that you might need several sessions to work on a particular problem. Reiki shouldn’t be considered a ‘one hit wonder’. Also bear in mind that your horse might not be receptive to the Reiki on the day and time you have booked and paid for the session – you should never force your horse to have Reiki!
2) Attend a training course and learn yourself
Anyone and everyone have the ability to give Reiki healing. No special skills are required, and you do not need to be ‘gifted’ in any way, as some Reiki practitioners might lead you to believe!
The key to being able to give Reiki healing is to be ‘attuned’ to Reiki. This is a short harmless process that releases your natural in-built ability to give Reiki. This attunement forms part of a training course where you should receive a manual and guidance on how to give Reiki to people and even yourself. Only a Reiki Master is able to carry out this attunement process. If you choose this route you must check that the course you attend will also show you how to give Reiki to horses, as most courses won’t do and therefore any manual you receive won’t cover it.
Usually on such courses you receive a Reiki Level 1 or Reiki First Degree Qualification
3) Learn Reiki yourself via Home Study
Not everyone likes to attend a live course… all that traveling, taking too much time out even if you can find a Reiki trainer who works with horses.
There is a much quicker and cheaper option to make sure you are shown how to give Reiki to help your horses and that is by enrolling on this [Reiki for Horses Home Study course] from Rob Fellows Reiki, which is ideal for you if you want to give Reiki to your own horses, and to yourself and your family too.
On this course you will be attuned remotely to Reiki, and Rob will send you his comprehensive color manual showing you where to place your hands for maximum healing effect. The manual also covers giving Reiki to people and self-Reiki too. You will also receive a Reiki Level 1 qualification and your certificate to prove it.
In fact, you’ll actually receive not one but TWO certificates. The first is your Reiki Qualification and the second confirms you’ve been guided on how to use Reiki for the health and wellbeing of horses.
The beauty of learning Reiki for yourself is that you will then be able to give Reiki to horses, to yourself, and other people whenever you want to and whenever it’s needed. Quickly and simply.
Learning Reiki on this [course] from Rob Fellows Reiki is very easy as there is no studying, no essays to write and no exams to take. Hooray!
And the cost is only about the same as booking just two sessions from a Reiki practitioner – but instead you’ll be able to give hands-on Reiki to horses, yourself and anyone else forever.
International Reiki Master Rob Fellows will personally attune you remotely to trigger your natural in-built ability to give Reiki and then you will literally be able to give your horse and family Reiki healing straight away … and this new skill will last you a lifetime.
Then, the more you practice the stronger your energy becomes.
It’s as simple as that.
Building the bond between you and your horse
I know that for various reasons many horse owners don’t ride their horses …. perhaps they’ve had a fall or a difficult situation that has led to a level of mistrust; or you just a general fear or reluctance to ride … and that is such a shame. As we know horses are very intuitive and will sense this and are often likely to play up even more!
Giving your horse regular Reiki yourself is a fantastic way to repair that trust and build and develop a wonderful bond with your horse. It is the ultimate way to pamper your horse and might just get you riding again!
Margaret Sawyer from Virginia completed Rob’s Reiki for Horses Home Study course in order to help her horses, as well as her dogs and her family and friends too,.. She describes the first session with Spirit, a 23-year-old, which Margaret describes as having signs of Cushing’s disease, but does not test positive.
Margaret says” I know that Reiki will not cure him. Our goal is his comfort level. Spirit has always been a “teacher” and he has consented to “teach” me on my Reiki journey. The first session was amazing. He let me know immediately where I needed to place my hands. And, he kept repositioning himself if I moved to another area! And, when he had had enough, he simply walked away! I thanked him for the lesson and waved good evening.” Margaret now gives Spirit and the other animals in her life, regular Reiki sessions.
For a great simple Home Study course that covers everything you need so you can give Reiki to your horses take a look at Reiki for Horses Home Study course from Rob Fellows Reiki.
Hopefully this has given you an insight into this simple gentle and totally natural healing therapy and is something that you will now try with your own horses.