As women in mid-life, we often face unique challenges related to our physical and emotional health. Increasingly, there comes a desire for new ways to experience the world and know oneself at a deeper level. Equine therapy can be an excellent way to support both mental and physical health during this time, and when combined with sound therapy, the benefits can be even more pronounced.
For years I have heard about equine therapy and have wanted the opportunity to experience it, so I am thrilled to be arranging a retreat to do just that. And …not only an equine retreat, but one that combines my skills as a Sound Wellness Practitioner too. However, first I wanted to do some extra research and share the benefits of participating in an equine and sound therapy retreat.
One of the primary benefits of equine therapy is its ability to promote emotional well-being. Horses are naturally empathetic animals and are able to pick-up on subtle changes in a person's emotional state. They can help individuals to feel more grounded, calm, and connected to their emotions. Horses have an uncanny way to let the participant know they are seen and understood. It is said they connect on a soul level.
Equine therapy, also known as horse-assisted therapy or equine-assisted therapy, is a form of therapy that involves working with horses to promote emotional and physical well-being. Unlike horseback riding, which is a separate activity, equine therapy focuses on non-riding activities that could involve interacting with horses on the ground, such as grooming, leading, and other exercises. By working with horses in this way, individuals can learn to develop a deeper understanding of themselves and others, as well as to improve their communication skills, build trust and confidence, and develop a greater sense of self-awareness. Equine therapy has been shown to be effective in treating a range of emotional and mental health conditions, including: grief, anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance abuse, in addition to being an excellent way to support overall well-being and personal growth.
Equine therapy is offered in a variety of different ways including: individual and group programs, with multiple sessions and a specific therapeutic goal, a corporate team building activity or as an exploratory retreat for an inquiring group of friends.
When equine therapy is combined with sound therapy, which involves the use of specific sound frequencies to promote relaxation and healing (such as a sound bath with Himalayan song bowls) the benefits can be further enhanced.
Sound therapy by itself, is also beneficial in promoting emotional well-being, reducing stress, and improving overall mood. When used in conjunction with equine therapy, sound therapy can help people to feel more relaxed, calm, and centered during their sessions, which can lead to a more positive overall experience.
Furthermore, when equine and sound therapy are combined and offered in a retreat fashion for a given cohort group… let’s say women in midlife, such as our Fabulous at 50 sisterhood, participants can feel more comfortable trying a new and unique opportunity to connect with themselves and nature. Horses have a calming presence and can help individuals to feel more grounded and connected to the natural world. By working with horses and participating in sound therapy sessions, we can gain a deeper appreciation for the beauty and complexity of nature, which can have a positive impact on our overall well-being.
Everyone I have ever spoken to, who has participated in equine therapy has declare it an incredible experience.
To summarize, equine therapy combined with sound therapy can be an excellent way for us women in mid-life to promote emotional and physical well-being. By working with horses and participating in sound therapy sessions, we can gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us.
If you are interested in exploring equine therapy or sound therapy, it is important to work with a licensed therapist or practitioner who has experience in their field.
Whether you are seeking to manage stress, improve your overall well-being, or simply to connect with nature and yourself in a deeper way, an introductory equine and sound therapy retreat can be a transformative experience that helps you to achieve your goals and live your best life.
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Equine therapy and Sound Wellness
By Joanne Neweduk