About Equine Bodywork
There’s no such thing as a perfect horse.
You’ve probably heard that saying, right?
Just like us, horses have their own physical and psychological restrictions that place limits on what they are able to do when ridden. This can lead to short, choppy strides, resistance in transitions, ears back and chomping teeth when you ask them to move forward, or even the occasional buck!
Let’s face it, that doesn’t make it a fun ride for anyone.
So, what do you do?
I can help to fix these restrictions, and instead of having a horse that is stiff, struggles with canter transitions, is unsound or cranky, and is generally difficult to ride, you could have a supple, straight, balanced, willing riding partner!
Equine bodywork is suitable for horses of all ages & breeds, no matter what discipline and level of work. Equine Muscle Matters sessions are customised for the individual horses needs, meaning that no two sessions are ever identical. After a thorough assessment, and based on your concerns and goals, the massage will incorporate a variety of techniques that create the perfect massage for your horse and will be adapted throughout the session based on how the horse responds.
Bodywork appointments include a combination of equine bodywork/massage, photonic red-light therapy, kinesiology taping, stretching, Sure Foot pads, & post-appointment recommendations to provide optimal support for horses working in every discipline.
Massage techniques including a range of strokes and techniques including relaxation, remedial, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, cross fibre friction can be used to relax the horse, soften muscles, improve circulation, relieve muscle spasms, reduce pain, maintain healthy muscle tone, increase range of motion, reduce risk of injury and enhance gait and performance.
About Kinesiology Tape
Kinesiology tape has become very common in athletes, and more recently has been used in horses and others animals with great results! Kinesiology tape can be applied in a number of ways to provide long lasting results for the horse. Applications can help with supporting soft tissue injuries, reduce swelling, and increase circulation. Tape can help to support the horse’s body while it heals, reduce pain, and improve the symptoms of various injuries such as back pain, swollen legs & more!
About Photonic Therapy
Photonic Red Light Therapy is the use of specific wavelengths of light to promote the healing of the muscles of the horse and improve circulation, reduce pain and inflammation. The red light torch is used on areas of soreness or specific acupoints to stimulate the body’s own healing abilities. This type of therapy is likened to acupuncture without needles
About Sure Foot Pads
Sure Foot Pads tap into the nervous system of the horse, via the hoof. Within minutes positive changes may be seen in movement and behaviour. Even horses that are fit and healthy benefit from standing on Sure Foot Pads. Benefits include increased core strength, stability, balance and improved performance.
Stretching increases muscle flexibility and joint range of motion, as well as building core strength and improving coordination. Stretching is an important part of exercise and rehabilitation programs.