Muscular problems are most common to horses which are engaged in some form of competitive work. The moving parts of the body were created and intended to move through a specified range of motion freely, easily and completely. When for any reason they lose the ability to do this there comes a problem, which can range from loss of true performing ability, to a horse being off in a specific movement, and even to a severe strain type injury. The physiological response of muscle to trauma of any type— overuse, overstretch, overload, a blow— is first to tighten, which is a malfunction. Any muscle which is not working for the horse is ACTIVELY working against the horse.
All the techniques I use are concerned with releasing inflammation and nervous tension, relaxing stressed muscles, encouraging increased energy flow through the body, improving organ function, and increasing range of movement and mobility.
MY INITIAL APPROACH TO THE HORSE, MY CLIENT, IS VISUAL. After introducing myself to the horse, I observe them standing, walking, and trotting, paying careful attention to their movement, their regularity of pace, the swing and freedom of their movement. Then I perform muscle diagnostics and do a full body palpation to determine changes in their soft tissue structures, areas of hot and cold skin, differing reactions to my touch, and visual pain-related responses or reactions. My conclusions from this examination inform a session of treatment from the techniques listed below.
ET is defined as a gentle, non invasive, muscle relaxation discipline, and works through the intelligence network of the body, the Fascia. Through gentle pressure applied to individual points, frequently on acupuncture points and along acupuncture meridians, the addressed point is then energised by the body from all directions as a result of information supplied to its innate wisdom via the fascia, clearing energy blocks, addressing the lymphatic system, encouraging detoxification, and relaxing hypertonic and spasmed muscles.
The acupuncture points of the horse are points of movement of life-force and life-blood. Horses respond incredibly well to acupuncture, if they accept the needles. For those who don't, I use a red-light photonic pen on the acupuncture points selected to treat. Acupuncture works for improved healing response, pain relief, sciatica, lumbar and sacroiliac pain, improved organ function, strengthening the horse's constitution, and increases the horse's sense of wellbeing and performance. With our generally damp climate in Ireland, there are some very specific treatments which work positively for ALL horses here, and which can make a huge difference to how the horse maintains and balances his energy flow. Of the many conditions which respond well to acupuncture and moxibustion are mares who find it hard to go infoal. Acupuncture can also be used to clear up, diminish, and in some cases eliminate deep, old scar tissue.
Stress Point Massage
Direct, firm, cross-fibre pressure applied to particular, recognised stress points on the horse's body restores free motion to that point and gives immediate relief to rigid spasm. The horse will show instant increase in motion and reduction in pain symptoms. I find the same points show up regularly when working on performance horses especially racehorses, who respond extremely positively to this form of bodywork.
This is a unique interactive form of gentle bodywork in which the horse is a vital participant in the release of tension. Working with a sensitive touch, I can access a level of the horse's nervous system that enables him to release deep stress in his muscles, connective tissue and structure.
Regular TTouches can change a horse's attitude, behaviour, and performance in a matter of moments. I use these gentle ttouches within my work when I find a horse fearful and/or reluctant to relax and work with me. Of all the techniques I use, I have found that ttouches can break through even the most suspicious horse's reactions allowing them to build trust in me, release stress, and accept the bodywork.
Simple hands-on healing can help the horse on three levels, emotionally, mentally, and physically. To be healthy, a horse needs to be in balance on all of these levels. Healing can help all conditions, and it can also be used preventatively, because the energy field will be out of balance before an illness or disease presents symptomatically.
Energy balancing is a system of realigning and re-attuning the body's electro-magnetic energy field. Similar to electrical energy that flows through the power lines to your home, the body's energy flows through pathways in and around the body. When the body's EM pathways are interrupted, health and wellness can be compromised.
Energy Balancing cleanses energetic impurities, chakra blockages, and re-establishes the harmonics of subtle energy. Horses respond very favourably to this work and can gain huge benefit from this type of treatment.