Horses have evolved over thousands of years from moving continuously, out in the open, living in family bands and traveling great distances in search of food and water. Their bodies are designed for this lifestyle.
It is difficult for most horse owners to duplicate these living conditions. In addition, most horses today are being asked to perform tasks they would typically not perform in their natural surroundings. We ask them to be athletes and accept physical, emotional and mental stimuli such as repeated lateral movement, carrying tack and a rider, living in stalls, accepting crowds, trailers, bits and training equipment. All of these situations can create tension in a horse’s body, resulting in stiffness, soft tissue adhesions, soreness and pain.
Equine Bodywork facilitates in relieving this tension and restoring well-being and performance by promoting blood flow to tissue and assisting the self-healing mechanisms of the body.
Equine Bodywork can incorporate several different approaches – massage, cranio-sacral therapy, energy work, myofascial release, acupressure are just examples. Every horse is different. At Healing Hands, we take the approach that working in partnership with the horse and his needs is the best way to promote well-being.
Daniela LeBlanc • 630.913.0218
Masterson Method Certified Practitioner • MMCP