Equine reiki - Real life talking to horses
By Charley Crocker
Thursday 09 August 2012
Horsemart blogger and rider Charley Crocker explores equine reiki.
Reiki is believed to have originated in Japan, and was considered a way of using energy for self healing, self development, and spiritual awareness. During the 1970s it became more widespread throughout Europe and today is widely recognised as a complementary therapy.
The idea that energy can be used for emotional and physical healing, despite being an ancient one, still generates suspicion, and disbelief amongst some people. However there are many excellent practitioners, and the gentle, relaxing therapy is a great non-invasive way to introduce complementary therapies. I admit to some sceptism, and actually completed a stage one reiki course, just to ‘see for myself’. The effect in humans is much the same as in equines. Whilst you are being treated you often feel so relaxed you might drop off! In horses this manifests itself in yawning, gentle chewing, a release of muscle tension.
I have since used reiki for many equine ‘problems’, ranging from physical injury, to emotional trauma, and have found it very effective. Reiki Master Jodi Canti, who also practices Radionics, is a firm believer in the power of energy to heal. She has successfully treated a wide range of ‘ailments’ including lameness, laminitis, and COPD. Jodi also finds the combination of Reiki and Radionics (or ‘black box’) works particularly well for horses. She is able to communicate, actually asking questions of the animal, before deciding on appropriate treatment.
Reiki (and Radionics) are strictly complementary therapies and should never be used in place of professional vet care. Reiki practioners do not diagnose, although they are often ‘led’ to the root of the problem during treatment. The communication process is neither sentimental, nor clinical, but stems from recognition of the horse as an actual being, who suffers loss, trauma, and emotions.
For more information on Jodi’s work please visit her website www.horsehealer.co.uk.
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