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Equine Massage

equine massage

Sport massage
Sport massage should play an important part in the life of any horse whether he is injured or not. Massage has a number of benefits which can be physical, physiological and psychological. Massage should become an integral part of the horse's training or maintenance program.

Sport massage requires a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology, in particular the muscular and skeletal systems.

Equine massage, applied skillfully, is the most effective therapy for releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to the musculoskeletal system. Received regularly this may help horses prevent injuries, which might otherwise be caused by overuse. A constant build-up of tension in the muscles from regular activity, unapropriate saddle fit, or increase in activity may lead to stresses on joints, ligaments, tendons, as well as the muscles themselves.

These muscle imbalances may develop and often go undiagnosed until they are serious enough to cause the athlete discomfort or impede performance. The skilled massage therapist will be able to detect variations in the soft tissues and by using the correct techniques, help the horse maintain a much healthier physical state.

horse massageIt may therefore be reasonably claimed that one of the greatest benefits of sports massage is in helping prevent injury.

Myofascial Release
Myofascial Release is a form of bodywork which includes manual massage techniques for stretching the fascia and releasing bonds between fascia, integument, muscles, and bones. It's goal is to eliminate pain, increase range of motion and balance the body. The fascia is manipulated, directly or indirectly, allowing the connective tissue fibers to reorganize themselves in a more flexible, functional fashion.

Fascia, a seamless web of connective tissue, is located between the skin and the underlying structure of muscle and bone. Fascia covers and connects the muscles, organs, and skeletal structures in our body. Muscle and fascia are united forming the myofascia system.

Injuries, stress, inflammation, trauma, poor or compensatory posture may cause restriction to fascia. Since fascia is an interconnected web, the restriction or tightness to fascia at a place, with time can spread to other places in the body like a pull in a sweater. The goal of myofascial release is to release fascia restriction and restore its tissue health.

Something as simple as a badly adjusted halter (to tight) can cause fascia change resulting on painfull stress zones on the face and poll. Even if the halter is removed the change to the fascia remains until treated.

horse accupressureAccupressure
is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) technique based on the same ideas as acupuncture. Acupressure involves placing physical pressure by hand, elbow, or with the aid of various devices on different acupuncture points on the surface of the body. Needles are not used. It can help various conditions, like heaves, colics, chronic conditions, healing recent injuries and some emotional conditions.

Shiatsu
(Japanese from shi, meaning finger, and atsu, meaning pressure) is a traditional Japanese massage therapy based on anatomical and physiological theory. In shiatsu we work with the traditional chinese medecine meridians to help restore balance. It is a form of accupressure. It's benefits are similar to those of accupressure.

This type of massage can be very relaxing to the horse to the least and help balance the chi in the body allowing it its maximum healing capacities. It is a non invasive, very pleasant holistic approach.

equine massageMy approach
Depending on the condition I can combine mfr, accupressure, shiatsu and sport massage to help the horse to the best of my ability. They are all tools that can be used to help the horse become painfree and have a better range of motion or accompany and help in chronic conditions.

Having been around horses since 1992, in sports and all kind of ways, I have trained in 2000 in equine sport massage. I have practiced a lot since then, listened to and learned from horses endlessly and I keep learning new techniques. I have practiced accupressure and shiatsu and developped my own meridian work techinque. The study of traditionnal chinese medicine is a lifetime process for me. I also am learning myofascial release techniques with great results. I always try to improve and find new ways to restore flexibility and comfort to the horse. I have realized that just like with humans, sometimes emotions become trapped and build up tension in the muscles or chi pathways. I can be a compasionate and trusted partner for the horse in such cases.

I am also a professional artist and a very intuitive person. My manual ability, deep sensitivity and calm and compasionate approach are greatly appreciated by horses. Over the years horses have tought me how to gain their trust and become welcomed in their special world.