What is Equine Body Work?
Equine Bodywork utilises a combination of sports massage, stretching, mobilisation, myofascial release and more to restore movement and flexibility to your equine athlete. Body Work focuses on keeping muscles healthy and alleviating tension and soreness. Tight muscles alters the way your horse moves. This, in turn, puts stress on the other structures of your horse's body, which could eventually lead to injury.
Muscles soreness often first shows up as a change in your horses temprament. Your normally happy horse now moves away when you walk into the field, flattens its ears when the girth is done up, hates being groomed, bucks when asked for canter transitions. Often a body work session will cause an emotional as well as a physical release.
Benefits of massage:
Increase range of motion
Provides comfort to muscle injuries
Enhances gait quality and performance
Reduce tactile defense
What happens during a session?
During the first visit I will take a case history of your horse. Don't worry if the horse is new to you, I will work with the information you can give me.
This is followed by a dynamic observation during which I watch your horse move in walk and trot in straight lines and, if possible, on the lunge. During a static observation, I assess conformation, condition, muscle balance, areas of sensitivity etc.
If you have specific concerns under saddle I will be happy to watch you ride your horse as well.
This is then followed by bodywork and stretching.
If, during the initial checks, I find anything that is contra-indicated to massage I will not be able to carry on with the session on that day, but will be happy to return on another day after your horse has been given the all clear by your vet.
How long does a session take?
A first session can take up to two hours. Follow up sessions are generally shorter. During a session I will be guided by what your horse needs as some horses prefer to have shorter sessions.