EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY
Equine massage therapy helps alleviate tension in the body, improve mobility, increase circulation and reduce stress.
While every horse can always benefit from a good massage (as do we!), it can be particularly helpful in certain situations. If your horse has a stiff gait, shows signs of pain when being groomed or saddled, has difficulty doing movements that were not an issue before, is unusually resistant or stubbornness, a massage could help. If you work or compete a lot with your horse, integrating massage therapy in your program can help improve performance. If your horse has chronic body issues, a massage can help improve comfort and avoid compensatory injuries.
Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of essential oils to maintain and promote health and wellbeing.
Horses are extremely sensitive and respond very well to subtle forms of alternative therapies such as aromatherapy. Essential oils have a complex chemistry which determines each oil's many properties - an essential oil can have hundreds of chemical constituents! An aromatherapy treatment can be offered on its own or incorporated into a massage treatment, and can be either generic (i.e. for stress in general) or customized (i.e. for your horse's stress specifically, based on his profile, history, condition, etc.) . Aromatherapy can address a wide range of issues at all levels : emotional, psychological and physical. Common examples are stress, anxiety, hoof and skin problems, hormonal imbalances, digestive problems, trauma (physical or emotional), pain and inflammation.
Light therapy increases the energy within the cells, which helps heal injuries and speed up recovery.
Light therapy, also known as phototherapy, is a treatment that involves applying a piece of equipment that emits specific wavelenghts, to a specific part of the body. Different wavelengths have a different effect on the body, for example, red (visible) is helpful for releasing trigger points and treating wounds and infections, and the infrared (invisible) wavelength is most helpful with soft tissue injuries, joint and muscle pain.
While it is a very gentle form of therapy, it is quite powerful and works deep in the body. Pain relief is often felt immediately after the first treatment. Light therapy can be used on its own or incorporated into a massage treatment.
Coaching is a process that enables individuals to achieve their full potential and reach their goals.
If you want to increase your self-awareness, improve your self-confidence and take concrete steps toward your goals, whether it be with your horse or in life in general, a coach can be invaluable. A coach is objective, non-judgmental and has your best interest at heart - a coach's main objective is to help you achieve your best potential and attain your goals. No one knows what's best for you, but you! And while no one can do the work for you, a coach provides support and guidance to help you become more self-aware, clarify your goals and objectives, identify your blocks and come up with solutions so that you can plan and move forward. If you are finding yourself dissatisfied, disconnected, or facing a transition or big decision, with your horse or in other areas of your life, don't hesitate to seek out help...you don't need to face it alone.