Over the weekend I worked on a client who is a very easy keeper. When he is ridden daily he can keep his weight under control, but as soon as the summer is over and his rider goes back to school, he plumps up. He has so much padding that it is often hard for me to feel his pelvic crest (otherwise known as hip bones) where many muscles attach. It is important for me to feel where the muscles attach, as that is where stress points form.
He looked quite stiff in his left hind, almost lame, and I found that the illiacus was unusually tight for him. No matter how I worked on it, I was not getting the release I hoped for. It seemed that there were too many layers between my hands and the muscle. So I decided to go higher and work on his gluteal muscles. He started licking his lips and relaxing when I did that, so I continued. Lo and behold, when I went back to the tight illiacus, it had softened. I watched him walk and he was back to his normal walk without the restricted look I had seen just an hour earlier.
For me, this was a wonderful reminder that the body must be looked at as a whole. When I focused on one small problem spot, I got nowhere. As soon as I had a more holistic approach, the problem was easily resolved.