You know me as a shamanic healer, but I am also a Reiki Master and Masterson Method certified horse massage therapist. Naturally when I massage horses I combine the three. Yesterday I was helping a new client, a pretty 12 year old dressage mare named Cleo. She was extremely reactive in her head and neck, and shuddered under the lightest touch at the withers. The woman said she was very head shy, and she expected we would have to go slowly. Cleo's first reaction to my light hand resting on her upper neck was to pull up and back, even to rear. She was communicating " I can't help it! It hurts!". I replied with a promise that we would make that pain go away. She believed me. She said she would try. I used "air gap" - a move in Masterson Method where we hold our hand above the skin, transmitting our message to "relax" into the horse's nervous system. Without Reiki or Energy Healing, this works. With Reiki it works even better. I passed my hand over her bladder meridian, sending a very soft Cho Ku Rei, and then lifted each leg, moving it in certain ways that encourage the body to release its tension. Then I did a deep infusion of Reiki into the small of her back. As the Reiki was moving through her, I asked my Power Animal to reach in and remove the intrusions, the stuck energy that was causing her the pain. As my Power Animal did this I saw where the intrusions were, and I began to understand how they got there. The core reason was that Cleo had learn that being in tension was what she was "supposed to do". When she assumed her dressage posture, she was safe. That posture has a lot of structural tension in it, and the result was that her head and neck HURT! Our darling Cleo believes this is how it is supposed to be. I ask her if she would that hard to relax. She said, "I'll try".
To heal this horse I had to restore her innocence. I did this through shamanism. I called in her Spirit tribe and asked them to bring her back her soul parts that had left during the hard times in her life. I specifically removed the embedded fear in her bones around an incident at a wash rack,where she pulled back and flipped over. I merged with my Spirit Teacher and he touched her face, head and neck. She allowed it, and she relaxed.
1 hour into the session, Cleo had her head on my shoulder, deeply relaxed, her lips sagging, and her eyes half closed. We didn't have camera - but these picture show the idea. A horse has to be completely trusting and relaxed to do this. It is the same thing a baby horse does resting her head on the back of a friend or her mother.