Learn how horses can play a role in healing, pain management and therapy! Experience the power of the horse to heal and teach as well as facilitating a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy session!
Horses are masters at identifying what we need at any given moment. If we are in doubt or not clear of our intentions, the horse can educate us on how we are in the present moment. Horses excel as teachers, co-therapists and guides. They will expose any incongruence you may have. You may wonder, how does this happen? What is the intrinsic nature of the horse that enables this process?
Horses are prey animals, meaning they are constantly on alert to maintain their physical and emotional safety. Their survival depends on their instincts for self-preservation. They make decisions based on their understanding of the facts before them and what is going on in their environment. They do not ask why, they respond to what is presented before their eyes. Due to their nature, they are experts at mirroring back what humans project through their emotions and behaviors.
Who Is It For?
Equine Facilitated Therapy is ideal for clients dealing with a wide variety of symptoms: abuse low self-esteem victimization aggression self-doubt depression and anxiety neurological disorders For adults, children and families who are willing: to walk side by side with the horse to move through past pain and no longer be burdened by their past
Example #1 A client is diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. He/she tries so hard to succeed, but just cannot focus. Frustration grows and disappointment sets in. Equine Facilitated Therapy offers a client with Asperger's syndrome or any similar symptoms (ADHD, Autism, any neurological disorder) an opportunity to stay on a task for over an hour, with the option to touch the horse and enjoy the horse's soft response back.
In addition to Craniosacral Therapy, deep resources within the nervous system are built, on which the client can draw from during daily life and obstacles.
Results are seen inincreased ability to slow down and evaluate, tolerate frustration, increase self-confidence, increase impulse control and decreased anxiety when confronted with a new and challenging situation
Example #2: Any type of trauma you survived as a child or as an adult, resulting in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Emotions can become overwhelming, especially when triggered. You may feel depressed, anxious, unproductive, and unwanted. Equine Facilitated Counseling will be helpful. The horse does not require anything from you except to be yourself and allow yourself to try something different to help ease your pain in a safe environment.
After a brief period of time with the horse you may experience: decrease in startle response increase in affect increase in physical mobility decrease in fatigue desire to move closer and stay longer ~ move out of comfort zone embrace what is unfamiliar increase a sense of control and accomplishment