As I am certified in many modalities and have seen the limits of each, I incorporate all of my training each session in the best interest of the equine. Due to this, I do not charge for each individual modality, but for my time and experience as a therapist.
I prefer to give therapy in a series of sessions in order to remove restrictions, bring balance and provide long lasting effects. After a full series, the athlete can be seen every so often for maintenance or as needed. I will do single sessions, but in order to provide long lasting effects, multiple sessions are necessary.
Half Series (Three sessions spaced max of 2 weeks a part each)
Full Series (Six sessions. First 3 sessions 3 days-2 weeks apart, last 3 sessions 1 week to month apart).
Each session will last 90-120 minutes including any tape and stretching. Clients will receive a summary with stretching instructions & suggested corrective exercises via email within 24 hours of the session.
Equine Fascial Integration Therapy is based on the human therapy structural integration or "Rolfing". It is a manipulative technique that intends to restore balance to the body by releasing restrictions in connective tissues with the ultimate goal of "integrating the structure".
Fascia is everywhere. Biologically, it’s what holds us together.
The body is always adapting to because it has one main goal: to survive. Even if inefficient, the body will always take the path of lease resistance. From how your athlete lays, to moves, stands (injury or naturally) whether efficient or not, is programmed into the nervous system. It does not change unless convinced.
Case dependent, but normally within 6 successional sessions (called a series), EFIT rebalances the body through release of connective tissue bindings and reintegration of these connective tissues as being a working member of functional movement tissue chains. The effects are long-lasting and the athlete should only need to be seen for maintenance once restrictions have been dealt with.
What is the Difference Between Structural Integration & Massage?
Massage works on releasing muscular tension by working on muscle spasms and increasing circulation through a variety of massage techniques. Through the release of muscular spasm and tension, there is pain relief.
Structural integration restores mechanical balance to the whole being by releasing strain-counter-strain patterns that are primarily controlled by connective tissues such as fascia, ligaments and tendons. Bio-mechanical balance is restored and pain is relieved through the release of these strain-counter strain patterns.
Massage is a deliberate, focused manipulation of muscles and skin that promotes healing in the body. Each of a therapist's strokes are specific in pressure, direction and intention. Your therapist’s focus depends on the reason for the massage, the desired outcome and what they feel in each individual horse. We consider these factors and decide which intention is more beneficial to the horse: therapeutic or athletic.
The goal of a therapeutic massage is to enhance & support the overall wellness of the horse, and increase their comfort & quality of life. By using light pressure with long, soothing strokes & kneading techniques, it is great for senior & rescue horses as well as those recovering from injuries or trauma.
During an athletic (or sports) massage, the goal is to keep working horses (training, off-season, pre/post competition & everything in between) in optimum condition by helping to prevent future injuries and finding & relieving muscular issues. This type of massage always involves deeper pressure in well prepared areas allowing for contracted muscles to release.
A massage pre-event will warm up & prepare the muscles for work by the increased circulation, and relieving any tension to promote flexibility & prevent injury. This leads to an enhanced performance and shorter recuperation time.
Post-event massage loosens up muscles & joints, prevents stiffness & soreness, aids in the removal of waste products and facilitates recovery through increased venous flow.
Kinesiology Taping is a rehabilitative technique that facilitates the body’s natural healing process and helps alleviate pain by lifting the skin, decompressing the tissue layers to allow an increase in blood and lymph circulation.
A unique, non-medicated kinesiology tape designed specifically for the horse to decompress tissue, increase circulation, improve athletic performance, help support & stabilize joints, and reduce pain & swelling. It can be used during training & rehab without restricting horse’s motion.
While it can be effective on it's own, it works best in conjunction with bodywork. As of February 2021, taping is included in every session as needed at no additional charge.