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Equine Therapies

Equine Muscle Release Therapy

Remedial & Sports Massage

Equine Muscle Movement Therapy

Therapeutic Touch

Rider Therapies

Bowen Technique

Emotional Freedom Technique

Therapeutic Touch

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EQUINE MUSCLE RELEASE THERAPY

(Bowen Therapy)

Horses are athletes and , like humans are subject to stress and strain. By balancing and realigning the bodies systems the underlying problems which develop from stress and strain and which may be causing your horses symptoms are alleviated. EMRT could prevent these problems happening in the first place and can be used as a method of maintaining and balancing day to day performance. EMRT is a useful tool for aiding healing in the case of acute or chronic injury, metabolic disturbances and mental or emotional problems.

What is EMRT?

EMRT works in conjunction with your vet and does NOT replace veterinary treatment. EMRT is a treatment that acts on the neuromuscular system by application of gentle pressure to the surfaces of the muscles, connective tissue and fascia. As a result, there is a holistic effect on all other systems of the body - improving circulation, lymph drainage, and hormone release excretion of toxins and restoring the metabolic balance of the body. It is a non- invasive technique, consisting of soft tissue manipulations over the "junction boxes" of the nervous system (proprio receptors) to create an overall balancing effect; EMRT can activate the bodies own healing abilities and release muscle spasms, whilst realigning skeletal imbalances. The treatment results in mental and physical relaxation through the release of natural endorphins and serotonin by the body.
EMRT was originally developed by Alison Goward of Australia and is accredited worldwide by the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia (BTAA) and the Bowen Association UK ( Bowtech UK). More information about the BTAA can be found at www.emrt.eques.com.au

What does the treatment involve?

Each treatment starts with a visual assessment and simple palpation tests to assess the musculo skeletal system and nervous state of the horse. The treatment takes approximately one hour . During this time, a series of movements of the hands across different parts of the horses body takes place, manipulating the muscles, nerves, connective tissue and fascia. It is advisable for best results to have two consecutive treatments one week apart. Karen will also check your saddle to ensure that the horse does not have soreness as a result of badly fitting tack. If this is found to be the case she may suggest that the tack be taken to a saddler of the owners choice for adjustment.
Karen will then work with you to formulate a rehabilitation plan that will assist your horses work to recover body balance. and regain fitness for the ridden work that the horse is capable of.

What can EMRT be used for ?

Muscular , tendon and ligament strains and problems
Skeletal / structural problems
Illness and injury recovery
Removal of toxins
Degenerative and growth disorders
Mental and emotional problems caused by fear
Tenseness, confusion and pain
maintenance of body balance particularly for horses in medium to hard competitive work
Prevention of problems or as a treat for your horse

More information can be found on www.bowtech.com

 


 

BOWEN TECHNIQUE

This therapy addresses  the Horse owner / Rider

Bowtech allows the body to reset and heal itself.  A Bowen treatment consists of a series of gentle moves on skin (or through light clothing).  A session usually lasts from half an hour to an hour and frequently results in a deep sense of overall relaxation, allowing the body to recharge and balance itself.

There are many theories as to how Bowtech works, but none completely explain its holistic effect and often outstanding results.  It does not impose a particular approach on the client.  Instead, it encourages a gentle response which empowers the body's own resources to heal itself.  Bowen moves are a study in delicacy, being light, gentle and very precise. The Bowen Technique is not necessarily a 'long-term' treatment programme.  Most clients find that a small number of treatments are adequate even for long-standing complaints.

The Bowen Technique is considered safe to use on anyone, from new- born babies to the elderly. Some of the wide range of conditions that may respond well to Bowen are;

  • Sports injuries
  • Stress & Tension symptoms
  • Back pain and Sciatica
  • RSI & Tennis Elbow
  • Neck & Shoulder problems
  • Knee & Ankle problems
  • Respiratory conditions & Hay fever
  • Menstrual Irregularities
  • Migraines & Headaches
  • Chronic viral fatigue syndrome & M.E.
  • Pregnancy & Childhood disorders

Karen uses this approach of Holistic Therapy to help the Horse owner or rider to put their own body back into balance so that they can have the optimum effect for their horse. It has been consistently noted that frequently the horse will develop stiffness or soreness in his own body  that mirrors that of  his rider or handlers body imbalances. When these are addressed in the handler or rider this alone is sometimes all that is required to improve the horses way of going. For a completely Holistic approach to the horse and owner relationship it is sensible to treat both.

More information can be found on www.bowtech.com

 


THERAPEUTIC TOUCH -  Horse & Rider Therapy

Therapeutic Touch is a practice that  provides a way of channelling energy to promote physical, mental and emotional healing.  It has a balancing effect bringing the body into harmony. TT is a gentle, holistic, non-invasive treatment.  The treatment lasts  approximately 45 minutes.
Therapeutic Touch can be used for all kinds of problems/ailments, however you do not have to be suffering from an ailment to benefit from TT.  It can be a wonderful tonic and is very relaxing.

TT originally foundered by Dr. Dolores Kreiger, Professor of Nursing USA and was brought to this country by Jeannie Sayre- Adams and Stephen Wright. More information about the Therapeutic Touch can be found at www.sacredspace.org.uk.
Karen teaches individuals or small groups of no more than four people to learn Therapeutic for themselves and their Horse by request.

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EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE - Rider Therapy

EFT is a simple and powerful therapeutic tool that uses words to tune into an emotional disturbance that is then balanced and cleared away using simple acupressure tapping. The results are fast and generally lasting. Strong emotions such as fear, anger ,guilt, shame. And sadness dissolve into clear thinking allowing the person to see other perspectives and change feelings and behaviour. EFT is a simple yet powerful technique that Karen uses to empower you for self help to continue working after sessions for as long as the you choose to use the tool. The technique was derived from Thought Field Therapy and is simple to learn and suitable for all

What can EFT be used for ?

  • Fears, Anxieties, Phobias.
  • Obsessions, compulsions, bad habits
  • Performance Blocks
  • Lack of self esteem
  • Traumas and disturbing memories
  • Psych-somatic symptoms.

EFT can assist a Horse Owner / Rider to gain a positive outlook and confidence. They can use it as a tool to gain a trusting relationship with the horse and a calm relaxed approach to horsemanship. By allowing them to release emotions related to accidents and trauma for both the horse and the horse handler it can have a powerful calming and therapeutic effect on the horse as well.
This  work is aimed at individuals who wish to learn to use the technique for them,selves and their horses. It can also be aimed at small groups of a maximum of  four people by request.

 


 

AROMATHERAPY - Horse & Rider Therapy

Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of essential oils, which are obtained from flowers, leaves, roots, wood and resins.  There are several ways to use essential oils such as inhalation, vaporisation, baths, compresses and the way most people know and expect, massage.  The essential oils work on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels, each oil may have several uses and when combined they enhance each other, in other words they work synergistically.

Aromatherapy is particularly effective for insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression, muscular aches and pains but is also helpful in a wide range of conditions, both mental and physical. This is the same for both people and Horses
This is a therapy, which is suitable for all ages.

Regular use of aromatherapy boosts the immune system and acts as a preventative helping to maintain positive health.
Karen can work with a person to teach them how to incorporate the use of essential oils into their daily routine can help them to feel more relaxed and balanced. She can teach the Horse owner / Rider how to use these to help their relationship with their horse.