Recovery from Covid-19

Broadlands rda, medstead, Hampshire

Equines clearly demonstrate how to be in the here and now. Being in the presence of a pony that is calm and relaxed can help us disconnect from upsetting thoughts, emotions and other stressors that disrupt our inner peace, hereby opening us up to be in a state of mind and body that enables self-awareness and positive new learning.

At Broadlands we have a safe, peaceful environment, dedicated training room and nine trained and experienced ponies. Our Yard Manager, Jacky Nuth IFEAL Qualified Equine Facilitated Human Development, is assisted by Sarah Mancini, Registered Nurse, Mental Health First Aid, Mindfulness in Healthcare, qualified Meditation teacher, Master NLP Coach and Susan Allshorn MBCT, Accredited Mindfulness Teacher.

To help people recover from the Covid -19 outbreak we have put together three programs working with the ponies to enable you to select one that suits you.  (No previous equine experience necessary).

Therapeutic Grooming

This peaceful time spent with a pony can help us focus our attention away from negative/intrusive thoughts, helping us to be calm, relaxed and peaceful. 

To let go of our worries and anxieties, not thinking of the future, not thinking of the past, just enjoying the present moment. Interaction with the pony can increase self-awareness, the pony will respond to our body language, breathing, heart rate and emotional energy.  This kind of ‘mirroring’ behavior can provide us with a strong visual cue to help us develop awareness of our own emotional energy and body language.

This programme involves 8 one hour long sessions over 8 consecutive weeks. 

Each participant will work individually with a pony.

£200.00 for the full course

Starting Wednesday 16th September 2.00pm.

Group facilitated by Jacky Nuth and Susan Allshorn. 

Mindfulness

Practicing Mindfulness amongst the beauty of nature we can generate harmony, depth and calm. 

Ponies provide us with a role model, by observing equine behaviour and spending time quietly in their company we see an alternative way of being with ourselves and one another. One of the first steps in dealing with emotions is to recognize each emotion as it arises, ponies view emotions as information, that no emotion is good or bad. 

A group session of 10, recurring for an hour each week for 8 weeks.

£200.00 for the full course

Starting on Friday18th September 2020 at 5.30pm

Science of the Heart An Overview of Research Conducted by HeartMath Institute

The ability to adjust and self-regulate is central to resilience, good health and effective decision making. It is a key for success in living life with greater kindness and compassion in all relationships.

If people’s capacity for intelligent, self‑directed regulation is strong enough, then regardless of inclinations, past experiences or personality traits, they usually can do the adaptive or right thing in most situations.

www.heartmath.org

Meditation

Meditation practice has been considered beneficial for every element of our being, for thousands of years.

There are many different approaches, fundamentally scientific-based benefits of meditation are reported to; reduce stress, control anxiety, promote emotional health and enhance self‑awareness, self‑worth and self‑image.

 

One of the central benefits of meditation practice includes attention and concentration improvement but most critically meditation practice brings the brain into an alpha state that promotes healing. During your hour-long meditation practice we will have the opportunity to practice Taoist meditation which has some similarities to Buddhist meditation where mindfulness originated.  Taoist meditation focuses on the flow of energy and comprises of both sitting and moving meditation.  One of the fundamental concepts of Taoism is harmony with the inner and outer worlds.  Where better to do this than in the beautiful surroundings of Broadlands.

£200.00 for the full course

The Journey of Healing

Utilizing a blend of mindfulness, equine therapy and meditation in a peaceful, uplifting setting.  Outdoors in nature, this three-day workshop can provide a positive, enriching environment for emotional learning.  By cultivating a relationship based on trust and respect with a pony, we can develop healthy relationship skills, social skills and increased self‑confidence.  Exercises to increase awareness of ones’ self, others and the surrounding environment, can in turn bring emotional resilience and self-regulation.  The tools learnt over the course of the workshop can be used when faced with difficult life situations and decisions.

£450.00 for the 3 days

Broadlands Environment

The environment in which EFPT is conducted plays an important role in the person developing self–regulation of their automatic nervous system, a well-regulated equine and human facilitator can help to regulate someone during a difficult time, giving them a sense of ‘feeling felt’ (limbic resonance and regulation).

 

The peaceful, uplifting sense of being outdoors in nature can be a positive, compared to what could, for some people, be the claustrophobic, intimidating confines of an office. People can also find it easier to connect and interact with the pony. The HeartMath Institute have conducted research which shows how the heart’s electromagnetic field can affect the thoughts and emotions of those in our environment, the pony’s magnetic field is five times bigger than a human’s, thus, the sense of greater connection (resonance) and regulation with the pony.

Some of the Science

Science of the Heart An Overview of Research Conducted by HeartMath Institute

The ability to adjust and self-regulate is central to resilience, good health and effective decision making. It is a key for success in living life with greater kindness and compassion in all relationships. If people’s capacity for intelligent, self‑directed regulation is strong enough, then regardless of inclinations, past experiences or personality traits, they usually can do the adaptive or right thing in most situations.

www.heartmath.org

Why Ponies

By cultivating a relationship based on mutual respect and trust with the pony (limbic resonance/regulation) the person is learning implicitly, they are experiencing and absorbing how it ‘feels’, this feeling/learning can then be anchored with an embodied outcome statement/nugget (limbic revision). This can lead to change, creating new neural pathways and amend behaviours and beliefs.

 

Developing relationship skills with the pony can help the person reconnect in a positive way with relatives and friends, thus providing a support network. Ponies regard emotions as information, they do not over analyse or hide their emotions, they are congruent and express their emotions through their body language.

 

For clients learning to use emotions as information can increase their affect regulation skills and prevent them becoming entrenched in a negative emotion, which can help improve their mood and relationships with others.  EFPT sessions are essentially, client lead with the facilitator holding space for the client to process their experience/feelings, this can restore a sense of empowerment and self-confidence. This implicit learning is key in phase one Safety and Stabilization, but EFPT can also support the client through phase two Remembrance and Recovery.

 

As support to help the person stay regulated during a difficult phase in their treatment and during phase three Reconnection as the client moves forward and becomes more aware, rediscovering who they are as a person and as support when life becomes challenging.

Media Articles of Interest

 

Elizabeth Dampsey, 2017 The Effects of Equine-assisted Psychotherapy on Emotion Regulation: Self-efficacy and Self-awareness as Potential Mediators. Retrieved on 27/07/19 from https://www.heartmath.org/assets/uploads/2017/10/effect-of-equine-assisted-psychotherapy-on-emotion-regulation.pdf

 

The Guardian News Paper article (UK)

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2012/feb/26/horses-therapists-stress-autism-addiction

 

The Guardian News Paper article (USA)

www.theguardian.com/science/2015/jun/23/equine-therapy-horses-medical-treatment

 

verywellmind (USA)

www.verywellmind.com/equine-therapy-mental-health-treatment-4177932

CONTACT

      Jacky@broadlandsgrouprda.org.uk.

Phone: 01420 375767

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