I use several modalities to assist a body to feel better, and my goal is to work with horses, canines, and humans be more relaxed and happy, so that they can live and move and work as comfortably and smoothly as possible.
My experience has shown bodies, respond to different modalities of healing at different times. It is beneficial to have the ability to facilitate the healing of an issue in multiple ways, often during the same session.
I am a facilitator with the horse, dog and human to be able to heal its own self. While the results can be very powerful and exciting and rewarding, it is the one with whom I am working, who is doing the work. I am the assistant.
When movements are used, they are fairly easy with very complex results, the finishing of each movement is done at a very slow pace allowing the brain and neuromuscular system to reprogram and release the stuck muscle contractions. The amount of time taken is always dictated by the body, not by me.
Canine and Equine Hanna Somatics Education®
“Somatic movement is a series of gentle movement patterns that shift the central nervous system to create new muscular habits. These new habits can alleviate chronic muscle spasms and pain caused by overuse patterns.”
These movements are very simple and basic movements performed at a slow pace and repeated three times before moving to the next location. The purpose is to improve posture of the animal – canine, equine or human. We educate the body to create new patterns of movement that have been altered due to life.
With these movements, the body can readjust and re-set immediately. Educating the horse with EHS, many of the difficulty you have with behavior, uneven movement, inability to pick up canter leads, spooking, and much more can be greatly reduced and potentially eliminated in the first session.
We can add comfortable and healthy years of mobility with Hanna Somatics® as part of our lives.
Cranial Sacral Energy Work
“The skull is made up of 26 individual plates of bone – These are joined together by sutures, which act like joints between the cranial bones, and are designed to help disperse the energy from an impact to the skull. CranioSacral work focuses on restoring balance throughout this structure and the rest of the body.”
When the bones in the head are out of balance the eyes and nostrils often will appear as one is higher and/or shaped differently than the other. This process is used to connect the corrections made to the cranial bones to the rest of the body. Beginning with a Bladder Meridian Flow then move to working with my hands on various places of the skull, finishing by pulling the energy from the head to the shoulders, then to the sacral region of the body.
I am demonstrating on Merlin below, though I work with dogs and people using this technique as well.
I use several yoga exercises designed with the horse to increase flexibility and flexion through out the equine body. One of my favorites is the Drunken Horse for it releases tightness through the base of the neck, the withers and the muscles over and under the shoulder.
Through an unknown mechanism, when a Reiki practitioner places their hands- mindfully and with detachment – it evokes the healing response from deep within the body.
“Energy medicine employs diverse methods to modify and manipulate the flow of energy within the body. The intent is to realign, replenish or stabilize the amount and the quality of energy within the human body.”
Reiki promotes a general relaxation in the body increasing a sense of well being.
The practice has no known negative side effects, and has been shown by various studies, that pass evidentiary muster, to help patients in a variety of ways when used as a comlementary practice.
Tuning Forks and Tibetan Singing Bowl
When one thinks about the body, it is made up of energetic responses creating vibrations. The forks and bowl help align and balance the vibrations within a body.
Sound and Vibrational Healing has been shown effective in not only relaxing and balancing the body as a whole, but in increasing and speeding the healing of many injuries, diseases and illnesses.
The forks I use work deep in the physical body assisting the removal of inflammation from joints and muscles, using vibration, opening blockages in the body.
Essential Oil Therapy
In addition to the spectrum of therapeutic touching techniques, I can also utilize and tailor a regimen of Essential Oils for your horse. Essential oils are very successfully used with my own five horses for situations such as: anxiety when the schedule or routine changes, tight muscles, injuries, building confidence and many more.
100% natural does not mean 100% safe! It’s a common misconception that all natural ingredients are always safe, always gentle and never cause reactions. This is not true. Many natural substances are highly toxic and irritating. Certain plants are deadly if ingested, some irritating to the skin and some have psychotropic properties unsafe for animals. Some plants are safe only in very small doses. I use Kristen Leigh Bell’s book Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals as my go to reference book.
While many commercial products have coopted the term “aromatherapy” to mean any scented product, true therapy using carefully selected and blended Essential Oils to address specific physical and behavioral issues in horses is something completely different.
Depending on your horse’s needs, I will be happy to determine whether Essential Oils can be a useful part of his path to a freer, healthier, happier life.
The Process with a horse or dog:
If you are in my service area, I will visit your barn/home, or you can bring your horse to me. I have an office in St. Michaels where I work with humans and canines.
I strongly encourage the horse’s rider, trainer or owner (whoever has asked for the session) to be present for at the session. I want you to share in learning what is being experienced an be part of the bonding experience that occurs. You will have homework to perform to assist you and your animal to achieve the goals desired.
Work with the body affects the nervous system. Although there is no strong pressure or manipulation of the horse going on, some horses may not be able to tolerate more than 10-15 minutes initially.
We have to respect this sensitivity and be sure we are not creating a negative experience, lessening the chances of the therapy being effective within a reasonable period of time.
Most horses can be ridden imediately after the session.
Timing and frequency of sessions will vary according to each horse’s issues and progress.