Equine Sports Massage improves performance, increases flexibility, increases range of motion and helps resolve behavior problems.
Myofascial Release is a manual therapy technique addressing the fascial system.
Fascia is a three dimensional web that surrounds every bone, muscle, nerve, organ, and vessel down to the cellular level from head to foot or, head to hoof. Restrictions can develop in fascia from trauma, poor posture and repetitive training. These restrictions can create pain, swelling, misalignments, poor muscular biomechanics, decreased range of motion, decreased strength and lameness.
A gentle hands-on bodywork that restores balance to the horse’s natural body rhythms. The practitioner tunes into the craniosacral rhythm to determine where restrictions are located. Once identified, the practitioner places their hands on the body and palpates the energetic flow (like waves of the ocean) to release the injury/trauma and restore motion, rhythm and balance.
Distinguished from other types of massage in that a quasi-static pressure is applied to the skin with the aim of stimulating specific areas of skeletal muscle. Often these areas of muscle are myofascial trigger points.
TRIGGER POINT THERAPY
Trigger points cause muscle shortening, weakness and decreased range of motion. They can be felt by palpating the muscles; trigger points will consist of tender, hard (or ropy) knots or nodules surrounded by what feels like normal muscle tissue. Through deep tissue massage we are able to release these trigger points and not only improve our horses performance but his quality of life.
Animal acupressure is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This ancient
healing art is composed of a series of theories that guide the practitioner toward assessing
and specifically selecting the acupoints that will most effectively resolve the pattern of
disharmony that a particular animal is experiencing.
ASSISTED STRETCHING/ JOINT MOBILIZATION
Regular performance of dynamic mobilization exercises will result in improvements in the horse’s posture and ability to carry the rider in a rounded outline.The exercises are a form of cross training, which emphasizes the use of a variety of different types of exercise to improve the horse’s overall fitness and soundness. By incorporating a variety of types of exercises in the training program, the horse develops a wider range of athletic skills with less risk of developing repetitive use injuries as a consequence of repeatedly performing the same type of exercise or movement.
REIKI/ ENERGY WORK
Equine Reiki, just like Reiki on human beings, works in conjunction with the meridian lines and chakras via the use of hand-positions. The horse has 7 chakras, also called energy centers and the treatment proceeds with the practitioner placing hands on the horse in various chakra locations.
COLD LASER/ RED LIGHT THERAPY
Light therapy has been shown in over 40 years of independent research worldwide to deliver powerful therapeutic benefits to living tissues and organisms. Both visible red and infrared light have been shown to effect at least 24 different positive changes at a cellular level. Visible red light, at a wavelength of 660 nanometers (nm – 1 nanometer is equal to one billionth of a meter), penetrates tissue to a depth of about 8-10 mm. It is very beneficial in treating problems close to the surface such as wounds, cuts, scars, trigger and acupuncture points and is particularly effective in treating infections. Infrared light (904nm) penetrates to a depth of about 30-40 mm which makes it more effective for bones, joints, deep muscle, etc.