What I do as an Equine Massage Therapist
An equine massage therapists' #1 tool is their HANDS!
Nothing replaces the direct contact of my hands on the horse. Horses are extremely sensitive creatures and will respond to the lightest touch. They will also give me loads of information in the most gentle of ways.... a spasm, a ripple, a softening. Only my hands can determine how a muscle is reacting to each treatment and if I need to add or decrease the pressure.
Equine massage uses Effleurage, Pettrisage, Friction, Tapotement, and shaking to manipulate the soft tissue to elicit a response; increasing lymphatic drainage, increase circulation, soothe and calm the horse, stimulate their nervous system, increase their range of motion, and to increase their suppleness and mobility.
EQUINE MYO-MANIPULATIVE FUNCTIONAL THERAPY
Myo-manipulative Functional Therapy means making changes in the muscles to achieve proper function. This is a form of sports massage that rather than just focusing on the massage techniques, it also addresses physical therapies and exercises and can further improve the horse's function and ability to perform at an optimal level.
Myo-fascial massage specifically addresses the myo-fascial system of the body - the muscles influenced by the facial layers. Injuries to the fascia will result in decreased range of motion and pain sensation. Restrictions in the fascia will influence the horse’s ability to move optimally and can lead to a decrease in performance and an increase in the chance of further injury. Techniques used in myo-fascial massage include; Sweeping, Circles, and C strokes, Skin Rolling, Compression and Cross Fiber Friction.
BIO-ELECTRO MAGNETIC ENERGY REGULATION
"The BEMER horse-set has been proven to have a positive impact on your horse's body. It strengthens your horse's health in terms of prevention and promotes regeneration after illness. It improves suppleness during training or when preparing for competitions. It can also provide valuable support during the healing process, including recovery from muscle tension or tendon/ligament/muscle injury."
Improves microcirculation and vasomotion
Promotes relaxation and regeneration after exertion
Supports parasympathetic processes in the organism
Increases physical performance and optimizes suppleness
Speeds up the recovery process after an injury
Improves the anesthetic experience and regeneration after surgery
EQUINE KINESIOLOGY TAPING
Kinesiology taping on human athletes is all the rage: widely used by physical therapists, chiropractors, and personal trainers. We see it on Olympians, runners, basketball players andon amateurs and professionals. The idea behind taping is that it provides incredible support and stabilization of ligaments and tendons while simultaneously stretching and flexing like a “second skin” to allow full range of motion. It can also activate or relax muscles, depending on its application. Our equine athletes can benefit hugely from taping techniques.
Kinesiology taping can be used for:
Muscles • Lymphatic systems • Scar tissue • Fascia • Hematoma • Tendons •
Numerous case studies demonstrate how taping can change your horse's life, keeping them pain-free and performing their best for years to come.
For centuries, the Chinese Gua sha technique has been used to promote healing by scraping muscle tissue to stimulate blood flow, stretch and relax muscles, loosen fascia, increase range of motion and reduce pain.
Gua sha aims to remove toxins from the body, and create of a better flow of blood and energy. This helps the body to detoxify, reduce pain, boost the immune system, eliminate blockages and to stimulate circulation. I use rose quartz stones as my Gua sha tools.
The Masterson Method®
"The Masterson Method® is a unique, interactive method of equine bodywork that anyone can learn, to help build trust with the horse. Years of stress and stiffness can often be resolved in a few sessions, by relieving built-up tension in core muscles and key junctions of the body that affect the horse’s performance.”
“… it works with the horse’s nervous system and the horse actively participates in the process. It is something you do with the horse, rather than to the horse. This participation and interaction are what makes the method fulfilling for those who use it and transformational for the horse.”
I am NOT a certified Masterson Practitioner but do use some of the techniques and I recommend this as something for my clients to look into. It is a great tool for horse owners to work with their own horses!!
Balance Through Movement Method™
Following the teachings of Celeste-Leilani Lazaris. She teaches balance through movement - “… designed to help the horse achieve optimum balance and strength through the specific development of the body and subsequently, the mind.”
“It’s primary focus is developing the body through the thoracic sling while supporting spinal integrity and protecting the body from nerve impingement.”
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