Animal-Assisted Therapy S-FARMSRX, just what the doctor ordered
There is a strong bond between animals and people. Animals are accepting, non-threatening and non-judgmental, making it easier for people to open up. Interaction with therapy animals can temporarily affect the release of various neurotransmitters in the brain. Animals help humans reduce stress. Studies show that interactions with therapy animals can decrease stress in humans. Playing with or petting an animal can increase levels of the stress–reducing hormone oxytocin (linked with bonding) and decrease production of the stress hormone cortisol (immunosuppressant associated with stress). All of which are very essential to optimum human health. The goal of animal assisted therapy is to improve a patient’s mental, social, emotional, physical and cognitive functioning.
Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India and aim to control and still the mind, recognizing a detached witness-consciousness untouched by the mind and mundane suffering.
Breathing consciously is the essence of connecting with the subtle energy within. It is through the breath that we are able to navigate different levels of consciousness. Moreover, breathing consciously has a biological effect on our mental, emotional and physical state. Proper breathing techniques are taught to help one quiet their mind and relax which is essential being around animals who are very intuitive and who rely on our mental and physical state to communicate with us.
The benefits of meditation are extensive — and backed by science. The mental health benefits of meditation include better focus and concentration, improved self-awareness and self-esteem, lower levels of stress and anxiety, and fostering kindness. Meditation also has benefits for your physical health, as it can improve your tolerance for pain and help fight substance addiction.
Yoga offers physical and mental health benefits for people of all ages. And, if you’re going through an illness, recovering from surgery or living with a chronic condition, yoga can become an integral part of treatment and potentially hasten healing.
Our Yoga instructors and clinical team individualized plans that work together with their medical and surgical therapies. That way, yoga can support the healing process and help the person experience symptoms with more centeredness and less distres
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Clients choosing an equine as part of their healing are required to take this one-hour long session to learn the anatomy, basic care and safety rules with and around an equine. This basic knowledge is the first step to gaining confidence and ensuring one's safety when around these large, beautiful creatures. As clients move through the therapeutic exercises Clients may experience happiness, calmness, focus and an overall sense of well-being.
In this one and a half hour session the Client moves to the next level in working with equines for their healing. This session incorporates reminders of safety and therapeutic exercises from Equine Basics 101 and how to handle a horse including learning how to place a halter, retrieving/returning the equine from a paddock/stall and learning the basic leading of the equine.
Clients advance to this two-hour session that incorporates therapeutic exercises from 101 and 102 where more advanced therapeutic ground exercises are incorporated. Clients learn about tack and tacking a horse and basic equine training on a lead. New therapeutic exercises including leading the horse with structured leading exercises are introduced in the arena.
Enjoy an hour with the cutest miniature goats. They are so friendly and love to be with people. Therapeutic exercises in this program include learning everything about goats, grooming them, help with training, milking the mommas, feeding the babies, etc. Goatherapy is an excellent way to bond with an animal that is no intimidating by size.
If you spent time with animals, you may already have noticed the mental and health benefits. Animals have a tremendous mental and physical effect on us, studies showed. Yoga also offers physical and mental health benefits for individuals of all ages, reported Johns Hopkins University. Goat yoga is a way of perfectly combining animals, yoga, and nature.
We have created therapeutic exercises through farm work. Learn how to maintain the farm and animals including cleaning stalls and paddocks, preparing feed, keeping the barn and surrounding areas tidy, fixing a fence here and there, dragging the arena, milking the goats, etc.
Farm work, although it sounds tedious is very therapeutic and the best thing is... you are breathing fresh air, in nature and around animals!