Reiki may not be something that you automatically associate with horses, but practicing it actually has a number of benefits.
Reiki is a holistic energy healing system where you can use your hands to channel a healing energy from you to the horse. It is based on the teachings of Mikao Usui, who was born in Japan in 1865. It was originally taught to provide spiritual development, but today it is often used for both emotional and physical healing.
How Can Reiki Help Horses?
Reiki can be used to help keep your horse healthy, and to help them recover from any injuries or illnesses that they may have. It can even be used to make the transition from life to death more peaceful for the horse when the time comes. It is a non-invasive treatment that is gentle and will not cause any discomfort for the horse. It can be used on its own or as a complement to any other treatment that is being received.
There are courses you can take that will enable you to learn Reiki for yourself. If your horse has a condition which you want to treat as soon as possible, then you can use the services of a practitioner who has already been trained. Anyone that can offer Reiki to people will also be able to practice it on a horse, as there is no difference in the techniques that are used.
How Can Reiki Be Delivered To Horses?
When you are practicing Reiki on a horse, it is important to let them take the lead. Reiki is administered with the hands but it is not always necessary to have physical contact.
Some horses will be happy for you to touch them, whereas others will prefer to receive treatment from a distance. If you hold your hands out to the horse, then they will make contact with you if this is something they are comfortable with.
Reiki works well with horses because they are sensitive to the energies that flow through us and them. They will know that you have good intentions when you approach them with Reiki.
You will know that the horse is ready to receive Reiki when they are showing signs of feeling relaxed. It does not matter too much if your hands are not directed towards the area of the body where the horse has an issue. The nature of Reiki means that the healing energy will always get to where it is needed.
The amount of time that each session lasts will vary depending on the horse. Some horses like short, intense sessions that last about fifteen minutes, while other horses will prefer sessions that can last up to one hour. Your horse will let you know when they are ready for the session to end. Often, they will nuzzle you as a thank you before walking away. It is also not uncommon for them to have a nap after the session has finished as this rest can help with the healing process.