SPORTS MASSAGE

Sports massage 

-is an in-depth massage where I combine different massage grips and techniques including stress points and stretching. The founder of stress point treatment is Jack Meagher who has treated thousands of horses with a focus on 25 different stress points on the horse's body where the tensions usually start.


What is massage good for

Massage increases blood circulation, which means that the cells get enough nutrition and oxygen. With improved blood circulation, the muscles will feel softer and more flexible. 

The lymphatic system is accelerated and thus slag products and lactic acid are removed more quickly from the body's tissues, which prevents fluid accumulations such as bile. 

Anti-stress hormones are secreted during the massage, including endorphins and oxytocin, which stabilizes the nervous system and has a calming effect.

 

What causes muscle tension and how to recognize it

A muscle tension arises due to lack of oxygen. Muscle tension often manifests itself in a horse that is crooked, a horse that prefers to bend to one side over the other, a horse that prefers a certain lead canter or just changes lead each time.

Horses that show asymmetry and therefore carry one leg slightly higher than the other. Some horses have so much tension in their backs that it is difficult to sit on them or they protest by bucking or rearing. 

After all, too tense and / or too stiff muscles lead to an increased risk of injury. Do not wait too long until your horse is lame. Unfortunately, horses can not talk, but they can tell us a lot through their behavior. 

Possible causes of muscle tension are e.g. 

  • Overtraining
  • Lack of variation in training
  • Improperly fitted saddle, bit, rug etc. 
  • Compensation tensions due to lameness 
  • Stress
  • Hooves: incorrect hoof angle etc.
  • Teeth: inflammation, uneven, etc 
  • Internal pain

A horse protects internal imbalances by tensing its muscles in a defense.