Equine sports massage offers a laundry list of advantages! From improving athletic performance to increasing the flow of nutrients to a muscle, massage can help each and every horse. This noninvasive therapy can be used for maintaining an athlete or for giving your school horse some much needed relaxation. Besides relaxation, your can expect to see:
- Enhance muscle vigor
- Increase range of motion
- Reduce edema (swelling)
- Waste elimination
- Reduce atrophy of inactive muscles
- Release endorphins
- Increase circulation
- Increase flexibility
- Maintain balance
- Enhancement of muscle tone
All in all, sports massage has more benefits than not. After a massage or two, you’ll notice an improvement in your horse and their movement. As an example, my Hanoverian Thoroughbred needed to spend some time on stall rest due to a collateral ligament injury in her left front hoof. This set us back about a year or two in training, but we’re back to work after a speedy recovery! Her monthly massages have resulted in enhanced muscle tone and our vet even commenting that she is not as sore in her body as she usually is!
Want to give it a go? Look at our pricing page for more information. I am also part of the IAAMB, the International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork. This organization is an excellent resource to learn more about massage!
If you’re interested in learning more, but don’t want to try it just yet, I have a Facebook page, where I regularly post about massage and horse education.