Equine and canine massage therapy releases physical restrictions in order to return the body to its optimum physical state. It uses a combination of modalities on horses and dogs, to achieve the most effective results.  Examples of techniques used are:

Equine massage.  Deep cranial pectoral release.     Louise Bailey canine massage therapy     Equine acupressure

I have worked with animals, particularly dogs and horses for over 20 years and have found these modalities compliment each other extremely well and are invaluable in making sure all animals stay at peak condition, whatever their level of activity. My method is gentle yet effective, taking the holistic approach to problem solving and subsequent treatment, with knowledge of equine and canine health, training methods and physical and emotional factors.

Equine and canine massage therapy has many, many benefits including:

  • Improving performance, range of movement and flexibility
  • Improving circulation of blood and lymph fluids therefore increased oxygenation and nutrition in tissues and increased elimination of waste products (toxins)
  • Reducing tightness of muscle around joints, allowing for more even pressures inside the joint and decreasing the chance of degenerative changes in the cartilage over time, such as arthritis
  • Increasing the elasticity and suppleness of muscles, ligaments and tendons, thereby preventing strain, sprain or injury and reducing re-occurrence of possible injury
  • Decreasing muscle tension and stiffness
  • Pain relief and remedial care post-injury
  • Reducing muscle strain and ligament sprain
  • Relaxing the body and mind and raising endorphin levels
  • Toning muscles and aiding proprioception
  • Prolonging a comfortable life

Muscles and tissues which are overused and fatigued are at risk of toxin build up, and have a tendency to remain contracted, or ‘tight’, following use. Unless these connective tissues are released and relaxed, they get progressively tighter and more contracted with each use, and so the cycle continues. Muscles are used as levers in the body, in conjunction with bones. The more contracted and less ‘springy’ the connective tissues are, the less effectively they can perform, radiating the pressure out to other areas and leading to tears in muscle fibres and tendon and/or ligament strain. Additionally if the connective tissues are hypercontracted, the bones are pulled too close together and the articulating cartilage starts to wear away, leading to painful bone on bone rubbing. This is termed degredation of a joint and is what has eventually happened when a human requires a knee or hip replacement.

© 2014 by Louise Bailey