Merging Energetics and Equine Sports Therapy

Les Rees

I guess that I've always found it easy to recognise the symptoms of disease in animals, especially when around horses. Many years ago we had American barn styled stabling that faced inwards towards with a central alley running down the middle. In the mornings I'd open the door and instinctively know if there was something amiss with one of the horses. All it took was a glance at their faces and I'd know there was something amiss. At that time I didn't question this ability and it wasn't until many years later that I began to understand how I recognised the signs. Just like humans, they show it in their facial expressions, especially around the eyes, and having grown up with horses it stood out to me like a sore thumb.

As an adjunct to herbal medicine, I became interested in searching for ways to combine natural medicine with other natural therapies that could be put together to achieve long term results for healing. Trusting my intuition, I found that my hands were searching for differing energy levels and began to find a connection between fluctuating energy and places under tension in the body. After a while I became more sensitive to the changes to the extent that I found my hands bouncing off areas of the body where there were underlying problems. This helped me with diagnosis and, to support my theories, I compared my findings with the diagnostic opinions of chiropractic and other massage professionals and found that was a definite correlation between our respective findings.

Given that I was working without actually touching the body I began to think that there is actually very little contact needed to trigger the body to release areas of tension, after all a horse can detect a fly the instant it lands on them and shake it off. So if you lightly touch the horse you should be able to detect changes in the horse's responses. I found that if you hover over those areas that seem tight or sore, the horse will release tension. Sometimes you can feel a fluttering under the skin before it relaxes and is usually followed by sighing, lip licking, involuntary twitches, shaking the body or moving around. Having done some research, I believe that it may have some connection with the meridian system in the body.

Meridian pathways join the internal organs and transport energy linking positive and negative polarities that self-regulate balance within the body. These pathways run close to the body surface and contain points commonly used for acupressure and acupuncture. These are used to stimulate an increase or decrease energy to stressed areas caused by injury, trauma and toxins, etc., to restore balance and aid the organs to work efficiently. Neuroscience studies have found that stimulating points within the meridian pathways affect the neurologic and endocrine systems by releasing neurotransmitters, chemical secretions that cause a positive reaction in nerves, muscles and glands. This isn't surprising as these points also lie along major peripheral nerve pathways that correspond to known neural structures.

Combining this "technique" with equine sports therapy seems to be very calming for the horses. I use it before using any conventional massage therapy as it stimulates the process of healing before I even begin. My own horses love it when I run my hands over the meridians, and they all hang around when I'm giving a treatment and often show signs of releasing tension in their bodies as they pick up on the energy as I'm working. It's a great way to share connectedness with them.

If anyone is interested in using this technique, there are plenty of meridian charts online. Try it and enjoy sharing some positive energy with your horses.

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