Heather Wallace, ESMT, CCMT is a certified equine sports massage therapist and certified canine sports massage therapist in Central New Jersey.  I provide customized, holistic bodywork for your horse or dog to prevent injury, speed healing, and reduce inflammation.  

Aromatherapy

Canine Sports Massage

Equine Sports Massage 

Equine Acupuncture

History of Animal Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is a form of alternative wellness. It is an increasingly popular part of your animal’s wellness program. However, animal massage has been used for thousands of years. Ancient Indians used both humans and dogs to document trigger points. Hieroglyphics in Ancient Egypt document animal healers providing massage. Finally, Julius Caesar traveled with a masseuse that would also work on his war dogs.

Modern animal massage started in the 1960’s.  The United States Olympic Equestrian Team training program incorporates equine sports massage. Upper level equestrian athletes and amateurs alike know the benefits of sports massage for their horses. Additionally, K-9 agility and working dogs reap the benefits of massage to increase flexibility, improve range of motion, and prevent injury.

Your animal does not have to be an athlete to receive our expertise. All horses and dog benefit from sports massage.

Some of the benefits may include relaxation, increased oxygenation, relief from pain, improved joint flexibility, enhanced immune system. The power of touch is amazing.


AROMATHERAPY

Aromatherapy uses naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to enhance the self-healing process. In the wild, animals instinctively choose plants that benefit them. Most modern medicines were originally derived from plants and natural healing methods. These essential oils and water-based hydrosols carry a multitude of benefits that help a wide range of issues whether behavioral, physical, or mental.

 

AROMATHERAPY BENEFITS

  • Repel flies, ticks, and other pests
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Strengthen immune system
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Speed wound healing
  • Increase energy
  • Improve digestion
  • Relieve pain
  • Increase circulation

AROMATHERAPY WITH MASSAGE

Aromatherapy and essential oils can be added to the massage session for both horse or dog.

AROMATHERAPY PRODUCTS

Essentials Aromatherapy by Heather Wallace

Please contact me to order from my line of signature aromatherapy products, Essentials by Heather Wallace. You may choose from Healing, Insect Repellent, Anti-Inflammatory, and Stress Relief for you, your horse, or your dog. I also create custom orders.

 


EQUINE BODYWORK

Travel fees and other conditions may apply, please see below.

  • equine acupuncture             

  • single-horse massage            

  • multiple-horse massage     

  • thermal imaging

  • aromatherapy                   

 

BENEFITS OF EQUINE MASSAGE

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.

  • Enhance muscle tone
  • Increase circulation
  • Improve digestion
  • Speed wound healing
  • Restore mobility to injured muscle tissue
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Improve range of motion

EQUINE MASSAGE WITH THERMAL IMAGING

Thermal imaging is a non-invasive imaging technique used to measure the difference in the surface temperature of your horse.  These images  are not for medical diagnosis but can show areas of heat, infection, inflammation, and reduced blood flow in the muscular, vascular, skeletal, and nervous systems of your horse.
 
Equine Thermal Imaging
White and red are areas of heat and inflammation. After sports massage the areas are significantly reduced.
This allows me to pinpoint certain areas of a horse’s body that needs extra attention during the massage session. Owners can see for themselves the benefits of my services with before and after photos sent to them by email after the session.
 
When requesting an appointment, please request thermal imaging in addition to equine sports massage. 

BENEFITS OF EQUINE ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture is the ancient Chinese modality of inserting small needles into specific body points to remove blockages and aid healing. Licensed veterinarians that are certified in acupuncture are able to provide this therapy.

Regular acupuncture in combination with sports massage has shown to be highly beneficial to keep muscles and tendons resistant to injury and treat minor injuries when they do occur. Acupuncture can help your animals in all levels of fitness in training.

  • Stimulate nerves
  • Increase blood circulation
  • Relieve muscle spasms
  • Release of hormones (i.e. endorphins and cortisol)

 

ACUPUNCTURE CAN HELP

  • Musculoskeletal problems: sore back, arthritis, disk disease.
  • Respiratory problems: asthma, heaves.
  • Skin problems: allergic dermatitis, lick granulomas.
  • Gastrointestinal problems: diarrhea, non-surgical colic.
  • General pain relief.

 

CANINE BODYWORK

Office is located at 252 Broad Street, Suite 3 Red Bank, New Jersey 07701.

  • toy                                   

  • medium                          

  • large/ giant                   

  • aromatherapy       

Canine sports massage provides a multitude of natural and holistic health benefits for your dog, both behavioral and physical. Sports massage uses the hands and fingers of the therapist to target tight muscles and acupressure points in your dog. 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- agility competition; and post-injury or rehabilitation of both working animals and pets.

Canine massage can alleviate behavioral, emotional, and physical symptoms of pain or distress. More, it provides positive touch and desensitization as well as early detection of physical changes.

BENEFITS OF SPORTS MASSAGE

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Increase circulation
  • Improve digestion
  • Speed wound healing
  • Restore mobility to injured muscle tissue
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Early detection of skin and health problems
  • Positive desensitization to touch

TRAVEL POLICY & CONDITIONS

I am based in Monmouth County, New Jersey.  All dogs are seen at my Red Bank office unless special dispensation has been arranged by your veterinarian.

Equine Sessions scheduled within a 30-mile drive from Red Bank (i.e., “local” sessions) are not subject to travel fee.  Please note the following conditions for non-local appointments:

BARN FEE

Sessions scheduled beyond a 30-mile drive from Red Bank incur a one-way travel fee of 50¢ per mile, in addition to the session rate above.  This travel fee may be split between clients at the barn.  Should a travel fee apply, I will let you know in advance of your horse’s session—no surprises!

I also consider out of state travel for competitions, demonstrations, and clinics. Please inquire for details.

MINIMUMS

Three-horse minimum at barns located 30-50 miles from Red Bank; four-horse minimum at barns located 50+ miles from Red Bank.  

SCHEDULING

At this time, I am generally able to schedule local sessions within 2 weeks of first contact.  Barn sites at a greater distance require advanced planning.  While I strive to be available for last minute appointments, I am unable to service first-time clients on an emergency basis.