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 EQUINE MASSAGE/ BODYWORK

Equine Sports Therapy Massage has many benefits to the horse's system as a whole. Massage can help loosen scar tissue from old or new injuries, help keep new scar tissue more pliable than if it were untreated, aid in overall balance and comfort in the body by loosening current tight muscles and slings of muscles so that the horse can function without restrictions. This can help solve issues related to lameness as well as enhance overall performance in the equine athlete of any sport or discipline. Massage helps promote healthy function, and quicker recovery to aid in the overall health and management of any horse, whether healing from an injury, competing in a sport, or overcoming poor posture. We use a combination of Myofascial Release Therapy, Myofascial Blading, Deep Tissue Massage, and Trigger/ Stress Point Therapies in order to aid in Equine Comfort. 

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10yr old OTTB mare day 1 of Massage

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5 days later (2nd massage)

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5 days later (3rd massage- 10 days after 1st massage)

DEEP TISSUE/ STRESS POINT/ TRIGGER POINT THERAPY

These therapy's will use direct, sometimes hard pressure over an effected area in the muscle. This is usually done with our hands! (or elbow). This therapy has many benefits but one of the main ones is that it can release faculation and spasm in the muscle by flooding it with blood (ie. oxygen). They are beneficial therapies at the heart of how we help muscles! 

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Photo by the fuzz archives

Myofascial Blading

Myofascial Blading is a tool- assisted method of Myofascial Release Therapy. These tools can be used to warm up muscles, promote circulation, and relieve inflammation in joints and other small spaces. The tool you'll likely see our practitioners use will look something like the one pictured. 

Myofascial Release Therapy

Fascia is the connective tissue that holds all bodies together. In order to work properly, it must slide across itself completely unrestricted. When it does become restricted, it can cause fascial adhesions as well as other issues. This will lead to muscle and even organ dysfunction, as well as general discomfort, nerve compression, and overall immobility. Myofascial Release Therapy can help to take out the adhesions in the fascia so that your horse can move with complete mobility again!

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Massage durations vary from horse to horse but most generally last from 45 minutes to 1 hour. Some may go as long as 1.5 hours, though rare. 

At the end of each appointment, you will be provided with a synopsis of findings for that day and what was done to aid. If any follow-up is needed, it can be discussed and scheduled at this time. 

Our goal is to target any "problem areas" and resolve them as efficiently as possible. Because of this, we do not time our massages, but rather work until the horse (and it's body) tell us to stop for the day. 

-Sessions are $120/ each + travel

Travel:

$.50/mile charge, round trip, from zip code 28071, will be implemented on all appointments outside of zip code 28071.

Travel charges may include mileage/gas, time, and hotel fees when needed. Trips lasting over 3 hours, one way, will charge an additional fee of $10/hour (after the first 3 hours) 

Travel charges are split equally between all clients in an area. Please contact in advance for an estimated travel charge on your appointment day. (Travel charges can vary depending on date)

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