Treatment Sportsmassage horses
How does a sports massage on a horse take place?
The first treatment consists of a short interview to obtain all relevant information concerning the horse (age, medical data, what is the horse used for, ….)
It is possible that I ask to see the horse in movement, but this is not indispensable.
Then the massage is started. The whole body of the horse will be palpated. I prefer doing this in box, when the horse is being hold. Given deep pressures on rigid knots is accompanied with pain, which can give heavy reactions from the horse. That’s why I count on the help of the owner of the horse to control the horse. The first treatment is the most painful. The second treatment is mostly less painful because the blood circulation is already better. Normally I do 3 massages in a couple of weeks time. For a horse with heavy muscle problems it is recommended to do another massage after more or less 6 weeks. If requested it can be decide to do regular massages.
What can you expect?
For an experienced rider, result can already be noted after the massage.
Maximum 2 hours after the treatment, the horse must move during at least 30 minutes (walk, trot, gallop). This can be under the saddle or with a longe. When the horse is recuperating from an injury, the movement scheme will of course be adapted accordingly. Massage is an addition to the normal care (veterinary, osteopath,…) and not as replacement of veterinary care.
Jim Masterson method
Because many horses suffer from major tension, I sometimes combine the treatment with techniques from the Masterson Method. This method can be seen as a step between osteopathy and massage. The short definition of this method is, "An integrated method of bodywork in which you learn to read and use the horse's responses to your touch to allow the horse to release tension in key junctions of the body that most affect performance."
The two main aspects of this are:
1) learning to read the horse's responses to touch
2) applying that to key junctions of the body that most affect performance.
One of the working principles of this Method is that when you move a joint or junction through a range of motion (even a small range of motion) in a relaxed state, the horse's body will release tension that has accumulated in that area. Without making an "adjustment" you can get the horse to release tension in connective tissue and muscles around a junction by "asking" it to move through the resistance in a relaxed state.
The key is in learning how to read visual and palpable responses from the horse that will tell you:
1) where the horse has accumulated the tension,
2) how much pressure (or non-pressure) to use to keep the horse from bracing against a release of the tension, and
3) when the horse has released the tension.
There is no use of manipulations and therefore this method can be integrated very well in a sportsmassage treatment.
To keep the muscles of your horse souple, regular massages are adviced. This way you get the best out of your horse!
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