When I work on an animal, the treatment points to the next step I should take. I may have an idea of the problems when I start, but it is essential that I watch how the animal responds. Sometimes, when muscle fibers release, others may contract. There is no such thing as a muscle in isolation from the rest of the body. My challenge is to be fluid in my thinking, to be able to turn on a dime.
Some of my favorite 4-legged clients will guide me as I work. They become active in their own treatment by leaning into my hands, telling me I am in the right spot, ignoring my hands, or telling me I am clueless!, or flinching away, which signals that that spot is painful.
Fascia gives the body its shape. Healthy fascia is elastic and allows the body to stretch and move free. An injury, the wear and tear of daily life, exercise, stress, and fatigue can all result in restrictions of the fascia. Left untreated, these restrictions build up and result in pain and loss of athletic ability. Many people are surprised to discover an increase in the ability of their equine or canine athlete after myofascial massage.