EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY
Equine massage is the therapeutic application of hands-on massage techniques for the purpose of increasing circulation, relaxing muscle spasms, relieving tension, enhancing muscle tone, and increasing range of motion in high performance horses. It can increase performance level, competitiveness and endurance. Massage is also able to assist in prevention of debilitating muscular injuries and in speeding injury recovery time by keeping blood flow in the muscles and increasing healing by increasing lymphatic activity.
It is used before work-outs, in-between training days, and after hard training or competition. It is also very beneficial for muscle related issues including strained or pulled muscle and in stiffness in range of motion.
"I can not believe the difference in my work-outs since getting Thomas on a regular massage schedule. He is moving more freely; bending and flexing better than ever. I used to think he had a little bit of an attitude problem; looks like now it was his was of telling me he hurt. He's a happy travler now!"
"Winston had a cut on the point of his shoulder that just didn't want to seem to heal. After just a couple treatments with the infrared light, it closed up, scabbed over and healed with no scarring at all."
Animal Infrared Light Therapy products can bring pain relief and improve healing for a multitude of different injuries and/or maintain overall health of an animal. It has been successfully used to assist in the healing of fetlocks, spavings, arthritis, sprains, tendons, muscle spasms, knees, etc. It increases blood flow and healing to injuries, cuts, wounds, scrapes, hematomas.
What does it actually do? 1. Increase vascularity (circulation) by increasing the formation of new capillaries, which are additional blood vessels that replace damaged ones. 2. Stimulate the production of collagen. Collagen is the most common protein found in the body. Collagen is the essential protein used to repair damaged tissue and to replace old tissue. 3. Stimulate the release of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is the major carrier of energy to all cells. Increases in ATP allow cells to accept nutrients faster and get rid of waste products faster by increasing the energy level in the cell. 4. Increase lymphatic system activity. Edema, which is the swelling or natural splinting process of the body, has two basic components. The first is a liquid part which can be evacuated by the blood system and the second is comprised of the proteins which have to be evacuated by the lymphatic system. Research has shown that the lymph vessel diameter and the flow of the lymph system can be doubled with the use of light therapy.
"With our horses competing at international levels, we care very much about preparing for high performance and then supporting them with proper recovery after competition. Recognizing and fulfilling these needs is key for superior results. The IR2 Infrared Therapy System is one of my prime treatment and therapy tools. It has been so valuable this year for our thoroughbred 'Out To Sea', who recently received the Fitness award presented by the veterinarians at an international eventing competition. Holistic treatment and conditioning is a solid foundation for our continued success."
Fine International Sport Horses
Copied from the Emerson Light Therapy website.
" I had heard of Reiki before when I was having accupuncture treatments for a spinal injury. But had never thought about using it on animals. I adopted a rescue that had had both physical abuse and mental issues. I contacted Christi about doing massage. After coming out and working with Lucky, she told me about Reiki. I told her I was skeptical, but after explaining what it was, I decided to try it. Lucky immediately started relaxing, chewing, dropping his head. The change in his attitude sold me with the first treatment. Lucky is now a happy, healthy, and fat pasture ornament Thank you, Christi, for your love and support of animals"
Trina C. Asheville NC
Reiki - The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's
Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy." From John Hopkins Medical site - Reiki is a very specific form of energy healing, in which hands are placed just off the body or lightly touching the body, as in “laying on of hands.” Reiki can also be done “long-distance,” as a form of prayer.
In a Reiki session, the practitioner is seeking to transmit Universal Life Energy to the client. The intention is to create deep relaxation, to help speed healing, reduce pain, and decrease other symptoms you may be experiencing.
Masterson Method - I am in classes now learning the Masterson Method.
The Masterson Method - Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork, is a unique, interactive method of equine massage and bodywork in which you learn to recognize and use the responses of the horse to your touch to find and release accumulated tension in key junctions of the body that most affect performance. In contrast to most traditional modalities, it enables the horse to actively participate in the process of releasing tension. It is something you do with the horse, rather than to the horse. (Copied from https://mastersonmethod.com)
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Disclaimer - If you or your pet is sick, injured, on medication, or you have any other concerns, you can check with your vet or medical professional prior to offering the remedy or therapy. Natural remedies and alternative therapies can complement traditional veterinary or medical care. Be aware that your vet or medical professional may advise you to not use the natural/holistic/alternative remedy or therapy. It may be because they believe it could harm you or your pet (such as there could be a negative reaction with a medication you or your pet is on now) or they are not familiar with the remedy or therapy (most vets and medical professionals do not learn about natural remedies and therapies in veterinary or medical school and have to take additional courses to do so). Your vet or medical professional is you and your pet's friend and should have you and their best interest at heart. Do your homework and explore your options. If you or your pet are seriously ill or have a life-threatening condition, please always seek proper veterinary or medical care first.