WHY EQUINE SPORTS MASSAGE?
Equine sports massage is the therapeutic application of hands-on techniques, long recognised for the purpose of increasing circulation and range of motion as well as for improving the horse’s stamina and overall performance. It also relieves muscle spasm and tension and enhances muscle tone. Overuse, over- stretching and overloading of muscles can cause tissue lesions which can restrict motion and create pain.
The goal of the Equinology Equine Body Worker programme is to teach the student how to locate these restrictions and break them up through the application of various therapeutic methods and soft-tissue release techniques. The programme differs from others in that we emphasise a strong background in anatomy to give students the ability to effectively locate and address soft-tissue restrictions that affect movement and performance. Students are taught how to identify muscles and their functions, evaluate and observe the horse’s movement and development, apply a full equine sports massage session and perform appropriate joint mobilisation and muscle activation exercises.
Once the Equinology Equine Body Worker Foundation course was in place we found that many students asked about additional techniques such as the recognition of saddle fitting issues and dental problems, the identification of gait abnormalities and the subsequent effect on the athletic performance of the horse. This is how the programme came to include more specific modules which address key factors that play an important role in the performance of the horse. Through being taught the appropriate approach and terminology of these contributory factors, students can communicate effectively with other professionals involved in the maintenance and well-being of the horse.
All our courses are presented in modular format, allowing student to move up through the levels of certification at his/her own pace. This is especially interesting to many of our students for whom full-time study might not be a viable option, as they already have a full-time career, either within or outside the profession.