I was recently working with a horse and his owner. They ride both for competition for pleasure. The horse was describing all of his ailments and how much he required physical support for his body. His owner commented that even though she is an equine massage therapist she never seems to have time to work on her own horses. Thankfully, he was able to ask for the specific support he needed and she seemed committed to resolving his issues.
When he was done sharing his concerns, he asked if I could explain her condition to her. I asked her if she had a "condition" or if she knew what he was talking about. She said that she has suffered with chronic pain in her neck for years and numerous doctors and chiropractors could not relieve her pain. As she spoke, I was immediately shown what the issue was.
She had previously mentioned that she works as an equine massage therapist. Unfortunately, much more is going on in her massage sessions than she realizes and we discussed this at length.
This conversation is highlighting a HUGE problem in the industry of body work and energy work. Surprisingly, I've rarely found anyone willing to talk about this. Equine massage schools and hands on healing modality courses do not teach the self-responsibility and energetic awareness that traditional massage schools often require students to learn and practice.
In fact, the woman is also empathic and is energetically picking up a lot of dense energy from her clients which is being stored in the area of her lower throat chakra. This part of the throat chakra in the human body is roughly the area of the trapezius muscles. There is a reason these muscles are nicknamed "traps." This part of the throat chakra can trap energies that flow through the trans-mediumship space of this chakra. This is part of our psycho-spiritual apparatus.
In other words, horses are energetically communicating with her about ailments and/or emotions in their bodies as she is unknowingly and intuitively working with them through what she believed was body awareness. Without this conscious awareness and understanding of her own energy, she was unable to clear herself and ensure that she is not taking on the energies of each client.
In her case, there was an inordinate amount of energetic accumulation in this space which was causing her significant pain over a decade or more. Modern medicine and chiropractic could not resolve her issue because it was energetic, not biological, yet it was creating physical pain.
I recently had another practitioner come to my property to work on one of my own horses and I was so aware of her imbalance and ungrounded state that I almost refused to allow her to work with her. When we were complete, I invited her into my house and we had a lengthy conversation where she admitted being very aware that she could not manage her own energy. Nevertheless, she continues to work day after day in a stressed out and imbalanced state. Because she needs to make money, she continues to work even though it is hurting her.
I shared with her that working like this is not sustainable and will only result in causing harm to herself, potential early burnout, illness or worse, an accident preventing her from working. This is very common in the body work/energy work industry, but few people are willing to discuss it publicly as it would be embarrassing.
The upside to this story is that both these women have the potential to tap into their bodies, become more self-aware, and manage their own energy more deliberately. This will have a very positive effect and assist them in becoming much more effective in their individual practices. No doubt, this will require looking into some energetic self-awareness classes. Until then, their bodies will continue to give them messages through pain, stress, or other unwanted experiences.
I truly hope this story impresses on body workers and energy medicine practitioners how important it is to take responsibility for our own energy and become more self-aware. We are energetic beings, both animal and human. We all deserve to be honored as such.
Ginny working at the
Standardbred Retirement Sanctuary