How massage can benefit you:
There’s no denying the power of bodywork. Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it out (a luxurious treat, stress relief, pain management), massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen.
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress. This translates into:
Enhanced sleep quality
Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. The emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits, such as:
Alleviating pain and improving range of motion
Helping athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts
Increasing joint flexibility
Relaxing and softening injured, tired, and overused muscles
Relieving migraine pain
How massage can benefit your horse:
Muscular pain is often a major cause of equine behavior and performance problems, but most people don’t even realize it when their horse has a muscular problem, and have no idea what to do about it!
To understand why we need to know more about muscles, we must realize 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. Muscles may also enlarge with tension.
Equine massage can help to resolve many muscular problems, and can improve performance, by:
- increasing flexibility
- increasing range of motion
- improving circulation
- enhancing muscle tone
- relaxing muscle spasms
- preventing and relieving adhesions in muscles
- releasing tension
- aiding in mental relaxation