Special Yoga Case Study – Horseback Yoga, Reiki & CRPS

EllaCharlotte Murphy, (Ella’s Mum) Langport, Somerset

Ella was ten years old when I was working with her and her mum Charlotte at the request of Conquest in Somerset. Over the course of six or so sessions, working with reiki, meditation and horseback yoga, Ella progressed hugely and I received this message from her mum. Sessions ceased due to lack of funding which was pretty devastating. If you are interested in funding sessions for someone, please do get in touch. To read more about horseback yoga, please click here. To book me for a private or group session, email bluebirdbliss@yahoo.co.uk

“Nicola, Thank you so so much, alongside the RDA Conquest Centre and all the magnificent staff and volunteers you have have helped so so much. Ella suffers from CRPS and about a month ago her pain was so chronic and the fear that came alongside moving her ankle so overwhelming we nearly gave up on horse riding. Ella became very withdrawn and upset by the mention of riding (something she’s enjoyed at RDA for over a year). To be honest we had screaming tantrums with her begging not to go and refusing to get on the horse.

For me as a mother it has been emotionally draining and exhausting as all the Dr’s say use it or lose it – with regard to limb movement. Working through the persistent chronic pain for Ella is overwhelmingly draining and upsetting. Distraction is key for her and I knew we had to somehow get her on the horse! A foam stirrup has been specially handcrafted (Blue Peter styley by Imogen) and alongside much much patience, deep breathing, relaxation classes before lesson and on horse we have overcome her fear and got her back on!

To see Ella relax, enjoy, embrace and love her horse riding whilst getting physio on her leg /ankle without her realising has been beyond words. Nicky, you have been amazing at helping and she has grown in confidence and managed leg positions we thought were not possible whilst horse riding! The relaxation you offer beforehand has meant Ella has coped so much more with the yoga exercises you do with her on horse.

We shall be eternally grateful to everyone – you are all life savers!!! xxx”