To increase my range of treatments I have taken a number of other “therapy” courses including training with Jim Masterson,creator of the Masterson method, who treats the US endurance team.
What is the Masterson Method?
The Masterson Method of Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork releases accumulated stress in the connective tissues of key junctions of the horse’s body that most affect his ability to move freely, such as the poll, neck and shoulders, lower back and sacro-iliac. These are junctions most commonly pulled out of alignment or balance in working horses. Using the Masterson Method of Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork, the horse talks to us. He tells us where tension is stored, how much is being released, and best of all, he participates in the release!
Once this interaction of neuro-muscular touch and response (communication) is established, it is possible to get deep releases in the connective tissues of key joints and junctions in the body that it would otherwise be difficult for your horse to allow. His body lets go of its mechanism for protecting itself and releases stress that he would not otherwise release on his own. These key points are areas that are commonly pulled out of alignment in work and performance. The mental effects, once this tension is gone, especially in the most common and important area, the poll area, can be astounding!”
Masterson Method Aftercare:
Typically I would ask for an animal to have a day off work followed by a steady return to normal exercise levels within a few days to a week depending on my findings.
I also provide excellent pre and post-exercise stretches/exercises and recommendations tailored specifically to help keep your horse/dog working and living in their optimum condition.
For more information on the Masterson method you can visit the site at http://www.mastersonmethod.com/