What is Equine Bodywork?

Typical equine massage stays on the superficial layer of muscles, whereas equine bodywork isolates and addresses deeper muscles, working with intent on focal points, muscle junctions, muscle origins/insertions, and acupoints. Affinity Equine Bodywork also utilizes sports massage techniques to mobilize soft tissue and then gently guide the horse in stretching the softened muscles.

Horses are incredible athletes: graceful as well as strong. They are also very giving of themselves and can be stoic if uncomfortable or even in pain. It is our duty as their human companions to keep them balanced and comfortable in their lives with us. In addition to a safe environment, quality feed, and routine medical care, equine massage and bodywork can be a beneficial addition to your horse's wellness program.

Horses can develop tension due to conformation, ill fitting tack, unbalanced riding, injury, breed, muscle tone, or training, among many other things. Tension or compensations can lead to injury, behavioral problems, or decreased performance. A skilled bodyworker can detect subtle changes earlier for intervention or care.

Equine massage and bodywork can increase range of motion, decrease muscle fatigue, improve circulation, decrease stiffness, reduce stress, enhance muscle tone, increase stride length, increase suppleness, increase blood and lymph flow, soften adhesions, and improve joint mobility. Receiving bodywork from a skilled practitioner can facilitate the wellbeing of horses of all ages, disciplines, and phases of life.

  • Equine massage and bodywork is not a replacement for veterinary care. Bodyworkers do not diagnosis or treat pain or injury.

  • More information on the Equinology Approach: equinologyinstitute.com/