Can you really heal someone from a distance? Well, radionics practitioners would have us believe that you can. This is a technique that's been around since the 1920s and practitioners use their intuition to balance the health and boost the life of their patients, both human and equine. Apparently the understanding between horse and rider can be drastically improved through this alternative therapy method which opens up previously untapped channels of communication. Sounds like total hogwash? Read on and make up your own mind.
What is radionics?
Radionics is a form of distant energy healing. Every living being has a subtle energy field which the practitioner can tap into. All that's needed to start with is a something unique to the patient; a sample of hair for example, and a written case history. The initial radionics analysis is followed by ongoing treatment which can take a number of months depending upon the nature of the problem. The Radionics Association explains that if the body's energy field becomes weakened due to some form of stress for example, the patient's physical body also becomes damaged and open to illness.
The aim of radionics therapy is to identify any weaknesses in the energy field and re-balance them. This is achieved through a holistic treatment approach, promoting self-healing, aiding recovery from illness, supporting the immune system and boosting performance.
What can it do for horses?
Advocates of radionics claim that it can identify, resolve and support many physical and behavioural problems such as lameness, wounds, sweet itch and stress related behavioural issues. As with many of the more New Age type therapies, practitioners are required to undergo and three year training programme which qualifies them as human practitioners before taking a shorter equine-specific course.
Many vets are happy to use radionics alongside more conventional treatments but stress that proper veterinary and medical care should always be sought before relying on alternative therapies.
What equipment does a radionics practitioner use?
Therapists primarily use their senses and intuition supported by various dowsing techniques to identify sources of weakness in the body's energy field. A practitioner will ask carefully focused questions of the patient whilst using a dowsing pendulum to pick up their vibrations and select a suitable course of treatment. And this is where it becomes even weirder; patients and therapists never actually need to meet. Instead a hair sample or something similar acts as a witness or proxy due to the belief that every person on the planet is linked via a sort of 'universal' mind.
How does it work?
Practitioners each have their own individual instruments which they use to analyse any identified weaknesses in the body, both emotional and physical. Some use computers, others favour more simple kit. Apparently they just use whatever works for them. When the weaknesses have been identified, treatments are conveyed to the patient via whatever instrument the practitioner uses. Regular contact with the practitioner is necessary as an important element of the healing process.
How much ...?
Costs vary from practitioner to practitioner but an initial radionics analysis would set you back around £60 followed by a further £45 per month until the treatment is complete. Most practitioners recommend a three month trial and are confident that patients will feel benefits within that timescale. Ongoing treatments may then be required depending upon the nature of the problem.
Can anyone be a practitioner?
Introductory courses are available via the Radionics Association to give people a feel for the dowsing process and to see if they have what it takes. The courses are held over two weekends and are designed to provide a basic introduction to remote healing together with individual mentoring sessions with qualified practitioners.
There are a great many people who swear by radionics but how much of its effect is merely a placebo and how much of the actual 'healing' takes place in the mind of the patient who simply believes that they are getting better? I suspect there aren't many psychologists who are also radionics practitioners!