Equine Massage Techniques

Many equine massage sessions are said to resemble Swedish sports massage for human athletes. So what is the purpose of equine sports massage techniques? Well, for a start, it helps them to maintain a good range of motion, improve suppleness and circulation. It is also thought that competition of horses, or competitiveness can be improved with massage. It is just so good for them that it can make them want to push ahead of their rivals. If, as a human being, you’ve ever had a massage, I mean a really professionally administered massage, then you’ll notice that rush of endorphins that follows any kind of exercise, workout or, indeed, massage. Horses feel it too and it certainly helps.

Equine massage techniques themselves may include the following:
Laying on of Hands

  • Nerve Stroking
  • Effleurage
  • Petrissage
  • Compression
  • Vibration
  • Friction
  • Shaking
  • Tapotement

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