Sports Massage Therapy is the application of long recognised professional massage techniques to promote good health and enhance performance. It's one of the oldest and most effective forms of therapy that can be used at any time, reducing the chances of injury and speeding up the healing process.
MASSAGE ALSO BENEFITS THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
- Improve muscle tone
- Improve recovery time from workouts
- Increase flexibility
- Aid in the recovery from injury and reduce the chance for future injury
- Support the immune system
- Stimulate the motor nerves
- Deliver relief from restlessness and sleep disturbance
- Improve proprioception (body awareness)
- Calm nervous horses or horses in unfamiliar surroundings and/or stressful conditions.
- Reduce pain by the release of endorphins (endorphins are also known to elevate the mood)
There are many other benefits of sports massage, as well as those to the respiratory, digestive, urinary, lymphatic and physiological systems. Please contact us for more information.
HOW DO I KNOW MY HORSE NEEDS A MASSAGE?
- Has the attitude of your horse changed?
- Is it more grumpy or temperamental than usual?
- Your horse suddenly dislikes being groomed
- Your horse nips, kicks or puts its ears back when you approach with the saddle
- Does your horse refuse to stand still when being tacked or mounted?
- Your horse stumbles, appears or feels stiff or lacks the ability to bend?
- Does your horse have short, choppy, uneven strides, change lead in canter or struggle to get into canter?
- Prefer one rein?
- Ride or lunge with hollow back or head held high, shake its head or tilt when relaxed or on the bit.
- Cold backed when tacked up?
- Does your horse rush or stop at fences that would have normally happily cleared?
- Does your horse buck or rear uncharacteristically?
- Do you have to constantly push your horse to walk out more?
- Do you have difficulty in getting your horse to engage and work in an outline?
- Is your horses stride length uneven?
- Is your horse holding its tail to one side or clamping it's tail down tight?
- - Has your horse started rolling or stretching a lot more?