EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY
Sports massage takes a holistic approach to hands-on deep tissue massage, myofacial treatment and stretching. It can be used before, during and after competition, during training and for maintenance during the off-season. Massage during time off helps your horse's muscles to relax, heal and prepare for the season ahead.
The benefits of sports massage include...
increased and improved circulation.
relief from muscle spasm.
prevention and relief from adhesions.
increased range of movement.
released tension and mental relaxation.
enhanced muscle tone.
stimulated muscle fibers.
aid in recovery of injury and prevention of atrophy (wasting) of muscles.
Small muscle injuries can take up to 90 days to become apparent (by decrease in performance or lameness). By this time they may have caused the site of injury to become progressively more damaged. The injury may cause compensation in another area of the body. Muscle tightening is transmitted from one muscle group to another, which results in extra stress, too. Quick response to these muscle injuries will not only improve a horses performance but may prevent future problems.
The massage therapist is one part of a therapeutic team used to enhance performance and prevent injury. Thalia will work closely with your veterinarian, farrier, chiropractor, osteopath, trainer, and rider by providing additional information on how the body is responding to the work carried out.
Thalia is happy to discuss what type of massage is best for your horse and how often your horse needs to be treated.
Your first visit will take around 90 minutes and include a complete history taking and static and dynamic assessment of your horse, including assessment of your horse in-hand, on the lunge and/or under saddle on different footing, followed by specific treatment. After your horse has been assessed, treatments usually take around 60 minutes.
Upon arrival, you will be asked to fill out a disclaimer.
Thalia holds a diploma from the International Therapy Examinations Council. She has been trained by Mary Bromiley FCSP, SRP, RPT (USA), a leading physiotherapist for horses, dogs and humans, who was the official physiotherapist for the winning New Zealand 3-day event team and has worked with nearly all equine disciplines being highly respected and well known. Thalia is a member of the Equine Sports Massage Association in the UK which ensures that registered therapists are well educated, professional and that they hold full insurance for their work.
Disclaimer: TE Sports Therapy is not a replacement for veterinary care.
"My horse Ruthie loved it when Thalia came to the barn. After a massage Ruthie would feel much more relaxed and willing to work. I would recommend Thalia to anyone who is interested in having their horses preform and feel their best."
– Meaghan Marinovich
Initial Assessment + Treatment $130
Equine Sports Massage Session $90
Mileage fees may be applicable, depending on your location.