All About Equine Massage
Equine massage therapy is rooted in human sports performance massage. A variety of techniques are utilized in equine massage including Swedish massage, myofascial release massage, and Shiatsu to manipulate the soft tissues. Through these techniques, muscle fiber adhesions and toxins present in stress points along the body are mechanically released to relieve pain and tension.
Equine massage therapy has many incredible benefits for horses of all breeds, ages, and backgrounds including:
Increased blood & lymph circulation
Breaks up muscle adhesions & toxin buildup
Amplified muscle tone & function
Enhanced range of motion, flexibility, & stride length
Improved proprioception & body awareness
Reduced muscle pain, soreness, stress & tension
Increased endorphin release & relaxation
Aids in injury prevention
Improved athletic performance
Does your horse need a massage?
Horses present tension and stress in many ways depending on their discipline, workload, and personality. Here are some common signs your horse may benefit from bodywork:
Difficulty picking up or changing leads
Bucking, rearing, or stopping
Struggling to bend or collect
Drifting to one side
Hollowed back or topline
Lacking engagement in the hind end
Heavy or pulling on the bit
Negative shift in attitude
Knocking rails or poles
Massage therapy is not a replacement for veterinary care. If a serious issue is present, please contact your veterinarian.