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EQUINE MASSAGE

Massage is a great way to help horses live and work in ease and comfort, whatever their lifestyle and workload. The techniques Kate uses (combining sports and swedish massage techniques and stress/trigger point therapy) can be used to aid sports performance, support rehabilitation, and improve general wellbeing. Massage is also a wonderful way to achieve relaxation and reduce the risk of injury.

MASSAGE 

£40 per session.

MASSAGE WITH REIKI
£45 per session.

How can massage help horses?
PHYSICAL BENEFITS
  • the whole muscular system is treated from the fascia, through the superficial muscles to the deep muscles

  • it relieves muscle tension, tightness and spasms

  • it promotes good blood flow

  • it promotes drainage of toxins from the muscles

  • it helps to lessen the likelihood of muscular-skeletal injury

  • it helps to strengthen the muscles and maintain the health of the nervous system which controls them

  • it aids recovery and helps maintain muscle tone if the horse cannot be ridden or during box rest

  • it wakes-up 'lazy' horses before they are ridden by warming up the muscles before the rider mounts


All of these benefits help the horse to work and perform to the best of his or her ability, whether in competition performing difficult dressage movements, jumping or galloping long distances, schooling at home or enjoying getting out for a hack in the countryside.


PSYCHOLOGICAL BENEFITS

  • it is relaxing and comforting

  • it calms a nervous horse

  • it helps 'touch-shy' horses become more accepting of handling and having tack and rugs put on

  • it helps the horse communicate where his sore areas are so that they can be resolved, which is a psychological and emotional relief for him

  • being touched in a constructive and healing way can replicate what the horse would experience from other horses in the herd in the wild​

What to expect

As a guide, generally a massage session will consist of an initial consultation (first treatment only), an assessment of the horse's movement (walk and trot up in hand, if possible), an assessment of the horse's conformation, posture and musculature and then a full massage treatment by the end of which the horse's muscular system will be as supple, comfortable and spasm-free as possible. Depending on the horse, his or her workload and type of work, a follow-up massage treatment may be advisable.

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Massage with Reiki

Kate also treats horses with a combined therapy of massage with Reiki. Using Reiki whilst massaging means that she can give healing to an area as well as using massage strokes and deep fibre friction to relieve the muscle spasms. This means that energy blocks can be cleared at the same time and it also helps with communication, so the horse is getting a really deep, thorough and enhanced treatment which is helping his mind, body and spirit.

For further details about any of the above or just to chat about how Kate could help your horse please contact her.

Regular massages are hugely beneficial for competition horses as their muscles are those of an athlete and need to be regularly treated to prevent injury to connective tissue, e.g. tendons, as well as muscle strain in other areas. A muscle in spasm can have a knock-on effect on other areas in the body that may seem unconnected.
A small travel fee may apply, depending on distance.
In accordance with the Veterinary Surgeons Act of 1966 I only carry out appointments when veterinary permission has been obtained by the owner (this is usually via a phone call to your vet).
Please note that massage is a complementary therapy and not intended to replace veterinary treatment or advice.