Equine Massage Therapy
EquusEQ specializes in healing physical and emotional traumas through equine massage therapy and bodywork.
It is my passion to carry the essence of Joseph Medicine Crow’s poetic words through my hands and heart to our equine partners.
Horses carry physical and emotional traumas (both theirs and ours) that can be released through bodywork. This is done effectively, without the residual effects of drugs.
All bodies store trauma until it is released. The body keeps the score, but we often overlook this simple truth.
Horses are prey animals constantly on the lookout for both perceived and real threats. When they exceed their threshold of tolerable stress, performance degrades and “acting out” can ensue.
There are two types of stressors; acute and chronic. Examples of acute stressors are breaking a bone, or getting caught in a fence. Chronic stressors are low-grade, building over time while slowly depleting valuable resources and reserves. Examples of chronic stressors are general anxiety, relationship difficulties or boredom. If chronic stressors are managed, a horse’s “resilience baseline” is strengthened and there is more capacity to handle an acute stressor.
The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) acts as a survival system for the body, and functions automatically, but it becomes dysregulated by prolonged exposure to chronic stress. The well known “fight or flight” response mobilizes massive amounts of energy for defense or flight to safety. When the threat has passed, the ANS helps to release the energy from the stress.
An example of this would be a dazed gazelle in convulsive tremors after an unsuccessful lion attack. Shuddering, freezing or being in a temporary stupor are all examples of the ANS working its powerful magic in a matter of pivotal minutes. A wild animal will pick up and return to their lives with ease after such an incident because the healthy ANS has facilitated the body to “shake it all off”.
Our equine partners have lost some of their innate body intelligence through domestication. We need only support them, and they will re-set their body and mind to equilibrium. The beauty is that each time this re-set happens, it causes increased resilience and enhanced performance. In addition, your horse’s trust and confidence deepens and this becomes the new “norm”.