Dedicated to providing services as part of a holistic approach to your equine’s health and well being
KS Equine Massage and Bodywork sessions utilize the following adjunctive therapies. I believe ‘adjunctive’ is the key word as they should be considered a part of you horse’s health and maintenance routine which includes nutrition, veterinary and chiropractic care, hoof care, dental care and training.
Massage is a system of structured palpation or movement of the soft tissue of the body. There are numerous massage techniques. Each can be specific to a particular area of the body or tissue and structure. I utilize a combination of Swedish, Sports, Myofascial, Trigger Point, Tui Na, Lymph Drainage and Deep Tissue massage on my Equine Clients. I find that each horse has individual preferences and needs for each session and work within the horse’s comfort level on that given day.
Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses the basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine and theory to determine key points on the surface of the skin that can be stimulated to help the equine’s natural self-curative abilities. I have also found Acupressure to be very complimentary to my massage work and, in almost all cases, utilize specific point work as part of the massage session.
Active Stretching is performing specific moves or activities under saddle or in hand to work particular muscle groups. Passive stretching is when the human moves the equine body or limbs through specific range of motion routines. As with the other modalities, I often use stretching as part of the massage routine to determine range of motion restrictions and areas for additional massage or acupressure attention.
Massage, Acupressure and Active Stretching are all non-invasive techniques that alone, or in combination, can be part of your equine’s overall health routine. As part of the session with your horse I am happy to provide specific massage techniques, acupressure points or stretching guidance for you to do with your horse after my visit.
Massage and Bodywork are not substitutes for Veterinary Care. If your horse is ill or injured, consult a Veterinarian.