Massage for the Equestrian
Focused Massage Therapies has developed a therapeutic massage therapy program specially designed for equestrian riders. Many equestrians understand the need to follow a regular exercise program in order to develop the stamina and strength necessary to improve their riding skills, but sometimes overlook the importance of regular massage to keep their muscles flexible, relaxed and balanced. A common issue for equestrians is over-exercised core muscles which leads to an imbalance in the low back. Riders also have unique muscle requirements especially the leg, hip, abdominal, shoulder and back muscles. Many of these important muscle groups may not be addressed in such detail in a typical massage session. I am a state licensed massage therapists and fully trained to identify and relieve conditions that may affect your ride. The result will be better balance, stronger control and a more relaxed seat. Massage increases body awareness which improves the rider’s connection with the horse, the timing of the aids, and results in a more enjoyable ride for both horse and rider. Massage therapy can also help prevent injuries that can be caused by riding with stiff and tight muscles.
Equestrian Rider Massage Advantages
The key to getting the most from your massage program is not to wait until you’re tired or injured. MASSAGE THERAPY SHOULD BE A REGULAR PART OF YOUR SCHEDULE. Here are ten great reasons. Regular massage will:
- Break up scar tissue that may have built up in your muscles.
- Improve blood flow to your muscles to lessen soreness.
- Loosen muscles that have contracted (shortened) with continued use.
- Allow more oxygen to move into your muscles.
- Improve the flow of lymphatic fluid, which aids in healing.
- Reduce the chance of injury, through proper stretching, preparation and deep tissue massage.
- Improve range of motion and muscle flexibility, resulting in improved power and stability.
- Shorten recovery time between workouts.
- Maximize the supply of nutrients and oxygen through increased blood flow.
- Separate and spread the individual muscle fibers to help provide faster return to a relaxed state.