All animals can benefit from Reiki as it is non-invasive, has no contraindications and complements veterinary treatment by stimulating the body’s natural healing. It promotes the physical and emotional health of your animal and in my experience horses love it, and some can’t get enough of it!
Below are some of the areas in which Reiki can be of benefit :
- Quicker recovery from physical injury and trauma (tendons, muscles, ligaments)
- Protection against complications from surgery or medication
- Sweet itch
- recurring illness
- Coping with the pain of long term conditions such as arthritis, issues (emotional scars form previous neglect, abuse and poor handling)
- Behavioural issues (anxiety, fear, aggressivity, box walking, wind sucking)
- performance stress
- Owner/horse relationship
- Loading/transportation problems
- Appetite loss
- Separation anxiety
Horses respond to Reiki due to their intuitive and emotional nature. Each horse will experience the treatment in his own way, just like people, depending on his needs at that particular time.
The beauty of Reiki is that you can see it working straight away: the horse will relax, lower his head, chew, lick his lips, sigh and yawn, and most probably pass wind. Some horses might stay still while others might fidget during the treatment. Depending on the circumstances, the horse can be treated tied up, free in the stable or over the stable door.
The treatment might involve gentle contact with the horse, with the therapist laying hands on the horse’s body or might be performed entirely on his energy field or aura, with no physical contact. This is up to the animal and how he likes to receive the energy.
The length of the treatment depends on the type and temperament of the horse; it might be only a few minutes or over an hour. The horse will let the therapist know when he’s had enough through his body language.
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