Equine sports massage provides behavioral, physical, and preventive benefits to your equine athlete or paddock pet. Sports massage uses the hands, fingers and elbows of the therapist to target tight muscles and acupressure points. We manipulate the soft tissue to loosen muscles, joints, tendons; increase blood flow and lymphatic activity; and reduce stress. Sports massage is used in exercise warm-up; cool down; general maintenance; pre- and post-competition; and rehabilitation for working animals and pets.
Benefits of Equine Massage
- Enhance muscle tone
- Increase circulation
- Improve digestion
- Speed wound healing
- Restore mobility to injured muscle tissue
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Improve range of motion
Preparation for Treatment
Prior to the first session please complete the New Client Form so that we may start a chart for your horse. Your horse should be in his/ her stall and relatively clean and dry.
Once you are an established client it is not necessary to be present for the massage. A quiet stall or cross ties are best for treatment to aid in relaxation and healing. Please do not book your treatment during feeding times to prevent distraction.
I will be happy to send you a photo and notes from our session if you are unable to attend.
Continue circulation of blood flow and release of toxins with 10-15 minutes of light exercise. Following massage we recommend hand walking or turnout of your horse in order to further stretch the muscles and relieve tension. Additionally, water is important to aid the release of toxins through the bladder. As a result your animal may appear more thirsty than usual.
While some animals show immediate improvement, regular massage is recommended for best results and prevention of injury. Introductory and rehabilitative massage recommended every 1-2 weeks. Once we have achieved optimum results, general maintenance and prevention is recommended on a monthly basis. Heather will discuss with you the best options for your animal as each horse has different needs.
*Disclaimer: Sports Massage and aromatherapy are complimentary therapies that are meant to assist self- healing. These therapies are not a replacement for veterinary care. Massage professionals are not qualified to treat, diagnose, or give prognosis of any injury or illness. Consult your veterinarian for concerns with your animal's health.