| Horses are such characters. If you have never seen laughter on a horse's face, just plow into the dirt and look back.|
Flora, Iíve had that Ďlooking backí experience more than I care to think about. I have to say though, Iíve seen what looked like sincere apologies from a choice few.
| Think of the broad spectrum that horses participate in. From physical therapy for the handicap to grueling cross country races.|
Your right, we use horses for a wide range of activities. The down side is that most of them are high-paced and high-pressure. Even the 4-H show pony can suffer from training backlash and be in need of some down-time and a head to hoof massage. Itís the other side of the coin that I find most heart-wrenchingÖ. the horse that suffers neglect, physical and psychological deterioration. A one-hour work up doesnít buy much for those horses, but they love the attention. I have a couple of long-winded stories about some exceptional come-backs.
| Ross, how did you come to be a Reiki Master? |
Iíve found that Reiki can help me as well as the horse. Horses are very perceptive animals. They have a kind of radar that picks up on the emotional and psychological projections of people and animals around them. Iíve learned that I can better relate my intent to the horse, evaluate its state and reduce its anxiety if Reiki is part of my approach. Iím also better able to manage my own energy level throughout the massage session.
| What's a typical thing you'd see that needs massage therapy? |
While massage can be a valuable therapy contributing to physical recuperation from an injury, itís used more for relieving the aches, pains and anxiety from exercise fatigue or (the other side of the coin) inactivity.
So, the typical thing that needs massage is the whole horse. There may be areas that reveal more pain or stiffness than others, but muscle groups seldom work in isolation. There are techniques for locating and assessing local pain and thatís important for gauging the intensity of the massage (not wanting to induce more discomfort while working an area), but in the end, the best results come from working all areas thoroughly.
Horses are stoic and tend to hide pain, but once you learn how to ask and interpret the answer, the conversation can become very interesting.