Trauma is defined as difficult or disturbing events that occur in our lives. It can come from a myriad of places, -beginning with our earliest relationships and experiences, and can leave us hurting long after. Without taking the time to examine the sources of the pain, we may grow to doubt ourselves, struggle with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and lose our way on our life’s path. In short, we fall “off balance.” Stable Balance is about using the unique partnership of people and horses, and body-centered practices, to come back into balance with your core self, your values, and your inner wisdom. Our mission is to create a safe space where the deep wounds of the past can be explored, understood, and healed.
Over the last decade, what psychotherapists and neuroscientists know about trauma has grown. Research shows that traumatic events live in the cells of our bodies, a type of memory that connects to our basic needs and instincts for survival. When we experience these events, we have rapid, automatic responses to things that remind us of those events What we know now is that healing has to begin with the body, helping to calm those responses and teach our bodies how to feel safe again. This type of therapy is called “body-centered treatment.” In both my work in equine-facilitated psychotherapy and office-based therapy, body-centered practices are an integral part of helping my clients return to their center.
At Anamchara Stables, our program approach is rooted in this knowledge and the wisdom of natural horsemanship. Our work with horses creates mindfulness, the practice of helping clients live in the present moment and connect with their senses in a safe environment. At Anamchara, our horse home, our horses are our partners, our soul friends (anamchara), and our healers. Horses have a unique connection to humans. They mirror neurologically and emotionally, the processes happening inside of us, letting us see clearly what we are feeling playing out in the arena. In addition, each one has a unique gift and perspective to bring to the healing journey. Because each horse healer is different, their emotional and physical well-being is paramount in the work we do. In this way, we both give and receive nurturing and loving kindness on the healing journey.