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The Benefits of Massage

Massages feels amazing, especially after a grueling workout—and their benefits aren’t just skin deep. Soft tissue massage is exceptionally good for bone-weary athletes and people with inflammation-related chronic conditions like arthritis and muscular dystrophy, according to research from McMaster University. Vigorous exercise causes small tears in your muscle fibers, and your body’s natural repair process naturally leads to inflammation and soreness.

To see if massage truly aids recovery, the researchers biopsied volunteers’ legs over the course of three sessions—once while at rest, a second time after they’d vigorously exercised on a stationary bike and received a 10-minute massage on one thigh, and a third biopsy two and a half hours after the second to track the repair processes between the massaged and un-massaged legs.

Unsurprisingly, massage reduced the production of cytokines, which play a critical role in inflammation, and stimulated mitochondria—the tiny powerhouses inside your cells that convert glucose into energy for cell function and repair. So make sure to schedule regular massages; your muscles will adapt better to the demands of increased exercise.

What Kind of Massage Does Your Horse Need?

Here are the types of massage I offer:

– Swedish Massage: Used for relaxation, calming, and improving circulation.

– Sports Massage: To prevent injury, maintain flexibility, and rehabilitate from injury.

-Stimulation Massage: This is mostly used prior to competition to energize and warm up the muscles and increase circulation.

– Performance Enhancement Massage: loosens muscles, frees joints, increases suppleness.

-Structural Integration: balances muscles so joints can move properly. Releases stress points.

– Injury Prevention Massage: probably the most important! Massage on a regular basis can detect and resolve muscle imbalances before a problem develops. This can also help a stall bound horse improve circulation.

– Myofascial Release/ Trigger Point Massage: Releases tightness in connective tissue and the belly of the muscle (instead of the attachments to the bone as in Stress Point therapy)

Feel free to ask questions for clarification. I could talk about this all day, but am trying to keep these posts short so you don’t feel like you’re reading an entire book!

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