Equine Sports Massage
Born and Raised in Central Wisconsin I have always had a passion and love for horses since I can remember. My own Equine Athletes inspired me to become a Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist. I always strive to make sure my horses are at their best when competing whether its barrel racing, cutting, halter or trail riding! I graduated from the University of Wisconsin RIver Falls with a BS Degree in Animal Science with an Equine Emphasis.
What is Equine Sports Massage Therapy
Equine sports massage is the therapeutic application of professional sports massage techniques applied to the horse. A thorough understanding of anatomy and the interaction of bones, joints and muscles are the basis of the proven physical and mental therapy that is the art of massage. A ESMT looks at the horse as a whole and attempts to consider all possible causes and effects of any tension while interpreting a horses reactions and expressions.
BENEFITS OF EQUINE SPORTS MASSAGE
ALL HORSES can benefit from an equine sports massage treatment. This can range from the treasured family pony, to top quality competition horses, to your favorite trail partner. They all can benefit…
MASSAGE SHOULD BE PART OF THE ROUTINE CARE FOR THE HORSE
Used during training and pre and post competition massage keeps muscles healthy, builds up those that may have atrophied, maintains strength and suppleness even during a period of stall rest or restricted work. After exertion massage minimizes stiffness and speeds repair to tissue damaged as an inevitable result of physical stress and fatigue. Passive stretches help to keep or restore joints and muscles to full working capacity.
In the horse, the various massage and stretching techniques enable the horse to perform to its full potential by:
- Increasing and improving circulation
- Enhance muscle tone
- Relax muscle spasm
- Prevent and relieve adhesions
- Increase the range of movement
Massage can benefit the well being of the animal, release tension and aid mental relaxation. In the event of an Injury, massage is of great benefit to aid recovery and prevent atrophy (wasting) of muscles.
To understand why we need to know more about muscles, is that more than 60% of the horses body weight is muscle. Small muscle injuries can take up to 90 days to become apparent (by a change in attitude, decreased performance and lameness) by which time they may have caused more serious injury. Prompt attention to these ‘minor’ muscle injuries not only enhances a horse’s performance but also may prevent future problems. Muscle tightening is transmitted from one muscle group to another, so for example, shoulder tension may be transmitted to the muscles of the forearm, resulting in extra stress being placed on the tendons. Muscle may also enlarge with tension.
Equine Massage Session
Full Evaluation and Body Massage. Stretches are Incorporated in the massage to help improve flexibility, range of motion and suppleness.Massaging helps with pain relief, reduces stress, prevents and aids in muscle injury and recovery, while also improving the immune system, and blood circulation. High quality essential oils are also used during massage to sooth problem areas.
60-90 mins: $100
Improves muscle tone and increases the elasticity of the muscle fibers, ligaments and joints. Also increases the horses proprioception (body awareness). There are a number of stretching exercises which compliment and facilitate massage. I tailor each session to the horse depending on their needs in order to enhance their ability. Its also a good tool for owners to be able to have that relationship with your horse as you perform stretches at home between sessions.
Varying Time: $40
Pre and Post Event Massage
Pre - Event Massage: Readies the horse for their event by loosening and warming of the muscles
Post - Event Massage: Relieves muscle pain and stiffness, while also preventing lactic acid build up and preventing fatigue and soreness
Light stretching is also incorporated
30 - 45 Mins: $40