Equine Reiki

First of all, what is Reiki?

The word “Reiki” (pronounced Ray-key) can be broken down into two words: Rei meaning “Universal/Divine” and Ki meaning “energy.” Reiki literally translates into “divine energy” and is an ancient Tibetan method of natural healing. The word “Ki” is equivalent to “Chi” and is the life energy that is found in all living things. Every human, animal and plant is infused with Reiki and flows through all of our energy centers and pathways (i.e. meridians and chakras). Using the flow of Ki, Reiki harmonizes and balances the body, mind and spirit back to its natural state of calmness, health and well-being. The beauty of Reiki as a healing system is that it is simple, non-invasive and stress-free yet highly effective. Reiki is practiced throughout the world, including over 300 major hospitals and medical centers in the U.S. Until recently Reiki was available only to humans, but an increasing number of practitioners are establishing practices devoted exclusively to animals.

Reiki is one of only a few healing modalities that will not cause harm to any living thing in order to bring about healing!

We are called “practitioners” of this system, not healers in that we channel the healing energy of the Universe to interact and work with the energy of the equine in helping to facilitate wellness and balance and to help accelerate the horse’s own healing system. Permission is always asked first of the “client” or horse, as it is their choice whether or not they wish to receive Reiki. Reiki practitioners do not diagnose but use the energy to create and support an energetic balance as a whole for the horse on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

What can Reiki do?

For healthy Horses: Reiki treatments can be beneficial in maintaining a horses’ state of health and enhancing their overall peace and well-being. Giving Reiki treatments to your horse is an excellent way of deepening the bond and understanding between you and the animal. Among many other things Reiki promotes:

   Increased Performance    Improved Flexibility and Suppleness     Improved Digestion    Develop Confidence
   Improved Circulation    Emotional Balance    Increased Energy    Stress Reduction    Relaxation

For Horses that are sick, stressed or debilitated: The healing energy of Reiki assists healing at the deepest levels and is a safe complement to conventional Western medicine and all other forms of healing. Reiki aids, stimulates and balances the body for optimum recovery and wellness. Reiki can aid in:

   Depression or grief    Chronic pain and Arthritis    Recovery from surgery    Psychological trauma or stress    Skin allergies    Lameness issues    Pregnancy, foaling and/or weaning    Transportation or Competition    stress

For Horses that are ready to cross over: Reiki is a highly effective yet gentle way to provide comfort, relieve pain, fear and anxiety, and to ease the transition from this life to the next with greater peace, dignity and illumination. Reiki also provides support and help with grief for the human companion as well.

Reiki at a distance!

Since Reiki is a Universal Energy, it can span any distance and be just as effective as a hands-on treatment. Whether you are working on a horse across a pasture or across the globe, the energy remains the same and offers the same benefits: physical, mental and spiritual healing on all levels. Some horses may live too far away to treat personally. Possibly some horses may be too nervous or aggressive and will benefit from distance treatments rather than risk injury to themselves or their human companions. Other horses may be too old, sick or near death and will be more relaxed and able to receive and absorb Reiki from a distance. Distance treatments are also ideal in emergency situations as I can offer a distance treatment within 24 hours of being contacted.

What are chakras and where are they?

Chakras are energy centers located on the midline of the body and are the openings for life energy to flow in and out. All humans and animals have chakras and the horse, just like the human, has 7 basic chakras which are shown below.
Crown Chakra – on the poll between the ears
Third Eye Chakra – on the forehead just above the eyes
Throat Chakra – behind the jaw
Heart Chakra – just under the rib cage
Solar Plexus Chakra – on the spine behind the withers and on the chest at the apex of the Front legs.
Sacral Chakra – at the top of the hips
Root Chakra - at the top of the tail where it joins the rump