Like humans, most horses enjoy massage therapy. Massage has a strong healing influence on horses of all ages, conditions and disciplines. Horses -- from top athletes to retired pasture ponies -- can benefit from bodywork. Bodywork is widely used to prevent or relieve stress and tension, and to help the body recover from injuries. Massage therapy is very safe and affects the whole body by regulating circulatory, muscular and nervous system functioning. Massage flushes toxins and increases oxygenation to the muscles. Benefits include:
-Alleviates pain and tension
- Improves overall muscular health
-Improves muscle tone
-Prevents injury and reduces recovery time
- Improves range of motion and flexibility
- Regulates immune, digestive, circulatory and nervous system functions
-Reduces behavioral issues
- Increases relaxation, thus improving attitude
-Alleviates saddle fit issues temporarily
A Maintenance Massage can be done at anytime to keep the horse’s muscles fit and flexible, and to decrease muscular tension.A maintenance massage keeps a healthy horse stay at a specific level or work. Benefits include decreased recovery time after work by removing toxins and waste products, decreased chance of stress/overuse injuries by lengthening muscle fibers, stimulation of the lymphatic system, and prevention of chronic conditions.
Is your horse a candidate for a maintenance plan?
Maintenance massage programs are designed to meet your needs and budget. Maintenance massage is the most common and most valuable. Maintenance massage program includes 1 massage a month.
Performance horses, like human athletes, train very hard to perform at the next level. Performance massage is ideal for horses being asked to raise their levels of fitness through training or competition. The goal of a Sports Performance Massage is to melt away muscle tension and increase blood flow. Performance Sports Massage is extremely therapeutic as it decreases muscle toxins, increases oxygen levels in the blood, and improves flexibility in the body, thus reducing recovery time, enhancing performance, and preventing injuries. Therapies may include: myofascial release, trigger point therapy, and stress point therapy.
Performance massage optimizes the horses current performance while assisting the horse to reach the next level of training. Primary goals of this type of massage are to improve work efficiency, increase proprioceptive memory, and increase flexibility. Improved longevity and a competitive edge are additional benefits.
Many horses start out in a performance plan and progress to a point where maintenance massage is sufficient.
Is your horse a candidate for a Performance Sports Massage Plan?
Typically, a performance plan includes 2-4 massages per month as dictated by the training or competition schedule.
A horse that is both comfortable and more aware of their body Is likely to perform better.