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Holistic Equine Massage Therapy

& Myofascial Release

Regular massage therapy can help prevent the negative effects of muscular stress. The concept of holistic massage aims to ensure the horse is considered in all his entirety i.e. his physical traits, characteristics, nutrition, tack, working discipline, exercise/training schedule and even his rider. 

There may be several contributing factors to the development of muscular stress. Examples include:

  • badly-fitting tack

  • trauma or injury e.g. sustained kick in the field, slip or trip, being cast in the stable

  • conformation defects or faults

  • asymmetrical (unbalanced) rider

  • irregular exercise/training

  • general stiffness associated with old age

  • repetitive strain - commonly seen in competition/sporting horses

  • orthopaedic conditions e.g. arthritis, ligament/tendon injuries, kissing spines

  • emotional trauma e.g. neglect or abuse

 

As owners we know our horses best. We are best placed to notice signs that something isn't right and seek appropriate treatment.

In some cases your horse may display certain compensatory changes in behaviour, posture and/or locomotion e.g.

  • shortened strides and restricted movement

  • stiffness through the back/lack of flexion

  • incorrect canter lead

  • leaning on one rein

  • poor engagement in working discipline e.g. refusing to jump

  • reluctance to change transitions

  • low energy, loss of power and quicker to fatigue

  • stumbling, slipping, tripping

  • bucking, rearing, napping

  • adopting undesirable habits and vices

  • aversion to being tacked up

  • anxiety, despondence, withdrawal

Holistic massage therapy can be delivered through Swedish, remedial or healing techniques. Different strokes of a varying rhythm and pressure are applied to the soft tissues in a specialist way to effectively relieve muscular stress and tension and assist with injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Myofascial release may be used in addition or as an alternative approach to soft tissue manipulation and massage. Fascia is a strong connective tissue that surrounds all structures of the body and can easily become restricted, leading to the development of deep-rooted tension, pain, even postural contortion and misalignment of joints. it is an incredibly effective technique to use where there are stubborn areas of tightness and certainly follows the rule 'less is more.'  Gentle superficial bodywork assists in the release of tight fascia, helping the body to realign or 'unwind' itself. It is a very relaxing and effective therapy, working through the entire cranio-sacral system.

With every session your horse will also be prescribed facilitated stretches (active and/or passive) to ensure the soft tissues are able to re-lengthen, restore function and benefit fully from the therapy given.

 

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