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Equine Sport Massage Therapy

Equine massage therapy is an important part of the overall well-being of the horse. A horse that is relaxed and loose in his body shows elasticity in his movements, improves his performance and reduces his risk for injuries. In my treatments I use manual massage therapy, deep wave therapy, laser or electrotherapy to reduce tensions in the muscles or the fascia.

I graduated as an EQUIOPAT (Equine Sports Massage Therapist) after two years of very intensive studies in Sweden (UPH Education, www.uph.nu), and I am using Genuine Swedish Massage as the base technique in my manual treatments. The GSM affects even the deeper muscle tissue layers, and although the technique was originally created as a human massage therapy, it later was recreated to serve equine muscles and their needs and tensions. My studies also included, among many other topics, the entire equine anatomy, functions of the muscles, muscle fibers and cells, equine biomechanics and veterinary science.

The effects of equine sport massage:

  1. Relaxed muscles develop better and faster
  2. Muscles stay flexible
  3. Increases elasticity in muscles and joints
  4. Improves performance
  5. Faster recovery from injuries
  6. Quicker post-work or post-performance recovery
  7. Prevents injuries

Equine sport massage also:

  1. Enhances cardiovascular functions and blood circulation, for better supply of oxygen to muscles
  2. Eliminates muscle tension
  3. Decreases skewness and one-sidedness of muscles
  4. Decreases biomechanical disorders
  5. Reduces stress and has a positive effect on the nervous system
  6. Increases overall sense of feel-good
  7. Supports digestive system

The horse should NOT be treated with equine sports massage therapy if:

  1. The horse has fever or any other inflammatory condition
  2. The horse is on prescription drugs, has been vaccinated or received worm treatment
  3. The mare is carrying
  4. Any injury requiring immediate veterinarian care

If you are not sure about the state of your horse’s health or an injury, please always advice with a veterinarian first!