The alarm sounds at 6:00 AM, and I am excited to get up and begin my day. As I eat my healthy breakfast, I glance at my client schedule and prepare for the day. I double check my equine practitioner bag to be sure I have everything I need then jump into my Jeep and head out.
I am an Equine Bodyworker, also known as a Massage Therapist for horses.
I enter the stable to the wonderful sounds of munching hay and playful nickers. I am greeted immediately by one of my clients as she leads her horse to me. I gather some information on the horse’s history and recent symptoms, if any.
As I begin, I enter my zone; it’s just me and the horse. A very peaceful connection between us—human and equine. It’s here during the healing process that I feel complete. This is where I am me and in love with what I do.
I listen and watch intently as I am working to idendify signs of tension and release. Anything the horse is feeling is expressed. I massage all the muscles and treat the sore spots. I am also certified in Equine Laser Therapy, Equine Kinesiology Taping, and Craniosacral Therapy. If any of these modalities are needed, I do so at this time.
The treatment usually takes 45 minutes to an hour. Upon completion, the horse is relaxed and happy. It’s definitely a joyful time for the horse, the owner, and the Equine Bodyworker.
Equine Massage provides so many benefits, including improving muscle tone, stretching connective tissue, lessens stiffness and swelling, returning blood back to the heart, and a stimulating or sedative effect on the nervous system.
On my drive home, I realize how fortunate I am to do what I love every day. And how grateful I am to my amazing clients, human and equine.
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