Body Work

What Is BIT (Balanced Integrative Therapy)?

Balanced Integrative Therapy is a unique blend of therapies that Karen Krueger has defined as her own through years  of knowledge she has gained from working with horses, and from her studies of many types of equine therapies.  The blended therapy program (Balanced Integrative Therapy) is using the best aspects of Equine CranioSacral Therapy, Quantum-Touch™, and various Oriental Energetic Medicine therapies. Karen also brings her knowledge as a certified Usui Reiki Master/Teacher to her work.  This unique blend of modalities assists the body in rebalancing the physical aspects as well as emotional healing too. We all have the ability to heal, and Karen’s program assists the body in finding the perfect balance and realignment.

History of CranioSacral Therapy:

CST (CranioSacral Therapy) was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics.

Definition of CranioSacral Therapy:

A simple definition of Equine CranioSacral Therapy and Human CranioSacral Therapy is that it is a means of tuning into the natural rhythm of the Cerebral Spinal Fluid moving from the brain down the spinal cord (dural tube) to the sacrum and back up to the brain. The practitioner tunes into that rhythm and assists any spinal and joint imbalances to regain their proper balance within this very complex system.

If a horse has had an injury to the distal portion of a limb, it can be felt as an interruption in the CranioSacral Rhythm. Typically the localized site of pain or discomfort is the place for treatment to begin, but it can lead to other areas of restriction or torsions that can also interrupt the CranioSacral Rhythm and can give the therapist a bigger picture of the injury. The way in which the therapist finds this rhythm is to gently apply 5 grams of pressure, the weight of a nickel, using the hands as receivers of information. When the practitioner feels an area of concern and monitors the horse’s CSF rhythm she can feel if there is a restriction or torsion in the area. She can start applying energy therapy to assist in releasing the restriction by resisting the rhythm and allowing the body to reestablish alignment and balance itself. This work is very subtle during the treatment, but the changes can be seen right away. Even two or three days later you will continue to see changes with increased positive attitudes, more settled and less spooky behavior, less grumpiness during saddling or bridling, increased freedom of movement and overall improved health and well being.

Definition of Reiki:

The Japanese word “Reiki” means Universal Life Force Energy. Rei (Ray) is the universal, transcendent spirit and Ki (key) is the vital life force energy. Reiki is not a religion, but is referred to as an ancient, energy-healing or spiritual-healing technique. We all have the ability to learn and practice Reiki on ourselves and on those we love. Anyone has the ability if attuned and taught the techniques.

Glossary of Terms used for Balanced Integrative Therapy (BIT) and CranioSacral Therapy (CST):

Restriction: This term refers to a restriction felt in a particular joint, muscle or tendon that is restricted in following the rhythm of the CranioSacral Flow.

Torsion: The feeling a particular site might have due to injury. A hock joint may feel like it has a torsion that is restricting the CranioSacral rhythm.

Energy Therapy: This is defined very simply as tuning into the Universal Life Energy or Chi, that we all possess that can assist the body in healing itself at it’s own pace and at different levels.

Signs of Release: The practitioner can feel the release of a restriction or torsion, but a horse gives definite physical signs as well. The signs include yawning, licking and chewing, gas and stomach noises. Some horses will stretch as if just waking up and many times during a session a horse looks to be “in the zone” with eyes half or fully closed or a blank expression with ears relaxed.

Cellular Emotional Release: Memories can be held at the cellular level in the body and can be felt as an emotion especially at an injury site that comes from a fearful accident or abusive situation. Sometimes while Karen is working on an area of concern, she will feel an emotion. The horse will start acting as if it’s angry, or it will show insecurity by rubbing the owner with his head, or will chew the lead rope like teething, but as soon as the area releases, the eyes will go back to being soft and relaxed and the emotion is gone. The horse may even strike or kick during cellular emotional releases indicating anger or fear that was being held at a particular site in the body. This behavior is many times out of character for the horse and is only a release. With humans emotional releases can be laughing, yawning, crying, or squirming.

Energy Blocks: This is an energetic “scar” that can manifest from injuries like kicks, falls, being struck or other aggressive or unfortunate circumstances. These sites block the flow of life force energy.

Still Point: This is the moment that the rhythm stops either on its own or through conscious intent of the practitioner to stop the rhythm so the body can reintegrate and assimilate the changes that are being made. This technique is commonly used during Balanced Integrative Therapy.

Did You Know?...
- Most training and behavioral problems are due to pain or discomfort.

- Pain is the leading cause of anxiety, which leads to resistance and ill temper.

-Horses that hold their heads up and hollow their backs are trying to avoid head or back pain.

-Proper saddle fit is necessary to allow freedom of movement through the back.

DISCLAIMER: Equine Body Work or the Balanced Integrative Therapy program should never replace the advice of a veterinarian. Always consult a veterinarian in case of an emergency.