Sports massage and acupressure provide behavioral, physical, and preventive benefits to your equine athlete or paddock pet. Sports massage uses the hands, fingers, and elbows of the therapist to target tight muscles and acupressure points. We manipulate the soft tissue to loosen muscles, joints, tendons; increase blood flow and lymphatic activity; and reduce stress. This therapy may be used in exercise warm-up; cool down; general maintenance; pre- and post-competition; and rehabilitation for working animals and pets.
Animals that we treat:
- Llamas and Alpacas
*Multiple animal discounts are available. Do you have another species you would like us to consider? Contact us! You never know.
Benefits of Massage and Bodywork
- Enhance muscle tone
- Increase circulation
- Improve digestion
- Speed wound healing
- Restore mobility to injured muscle tissue
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Improve range of motion
Preparation for Treatment
Prior to the first session please complete the New Client Form so that I may start a chart for your animal. When I arrive, please make sure the client is in his/ her stall and relatively clean and dry.
Once you are an established client it is not necessary to be present for the massage unless you prefer to be present. A quiet stall or cross ties are best for treatment to aid in relaxation and healing. Please do not book your treatment during feeding times to prevent distraction.
We are happy to send you a photo and notes from the session if you are unable to attend.
Continue circulation of blood flow and release of toxins with 10-15 minutes of light exercise. Following the massage we recommend hand walking, turnout, or light exercise in order to further stretch the muscles and relieve tension. Additionally, water is important to aid the release of toxins through the bladder. As a result, your animal may appear more thirsty than usual. This is completely normal!
While some animals show immediate improvement, regular bodywork sessions are recommended for best results. Introductory and rehabilitative massage is recommended every 1-2 weeks. Once we have achieved optimum results, general maintenance and prevention is recommended on a monthly basis. Heather will discuss with you the best options for your animal as each has different needs.
*Disclaimer: Sports Massage and acupressure are complementary therapies that is meant to assist self- healing. These therapies are not a replacement for veterinary care. Massage professionals are not qualified to treat, diagnose, or give a prognosis of any injury or illness. Please consult your veterinarian for concerns with your animal’s health.