All human athletes that are looking for the next improvement would use massage as a tool in their training toolbox, so you should think of sports massage as another tool in your horse training arsenal.
Poor flexibility is usually caused by muscle fatigue, tightness or inflammation. Massage therapy improves flexibility through stretching techniques, designed to ensure correct alignment and rehydration of muscle fibres following a work-out. Hydrated muscles have more elasticity, and a greater ability to stretch, thus improving flexibility.
Massage therapy will ensure pathways to and from muscle bodies are free of adhesions, allowing the effective expulsion of acids which cause fatigue and cramp, as well as giving access to oxygen rich blood cells to replenish depleted stores, and repair torn fibres.
By eliminating tight muscles, massage therapy removes restrictions which would hinder the recovery. Unrestricted muscles are more easily reached by nutrients, which allows them to more easily grow and adapt to their workload.
Used in between techniques and at the end of a massage, effleurage is the sweeping motion used to guide toxins towards the lymph nodes, where the body can easily expel them as natural waste. Removing toxins prevents cramping and fatigue, and promotes the hydration and suppleness of muscles.
Massage has many beneficial effects. We work our horses hard and they deserve the best. When we give them our best they will return the favour!
*Terms: Your friend must be a new client and mention your recommendation when booking their initial session. Following this session you will then be given a £10 discount on your next massage. You may only receive one discount per visit and this cannot be used with any other discount, unless agreed in advance. This offer applies only once per recommendation but you may receive multiple discounts by recommending additional friends.