Once again I find myself studying the hoof, and under the direction of Shannon McCracken, DAEP2, Equine Podiatrist, I've gained a deeper understanding of the hoof structures, their function and what a healthy foot should actually look like. And from a bodyworkers perspective I will never be able to resolve issues in the body caused by a poorly functioning foot if the foot is not rehabilitated. Go to 16 Hands LLC Integrated Equine Bodywork on Facebook for weekly posts on some of the horses being rehabilitated by Shannon.
My Cranial Sacral education began with Upledger (3 levels = 72 hrs) and finished at the Vluggen Institute for Equine Osteopathy (2 classes = 80 hrs) and I'm happy to report that I'm seeing some wonderful results. To continue this work I'm conducting a Study that will target difficult cases of head shakers, cribbers & stall weavers using some of the protocols established by John Upledger for humans. If you'd like your horse to participate or would like more info, contact me.
I recently assisted Jim Masterson at an advanced 5-day clinic in Springville, NY. Along with an incredible group of 10 students and 3 assistants we learned new techniques, worked on horses, ponies and burros, from Freishians to Fells (the breed of horse the Queen of England rides), and then had my picture taken with the great grandson of Secretariat, whose name is North! And now I'll be teaching the advanced 5-day clinics myself beginning in October. We're being hosted by Linda Steinberg of Green Acres Farm in Cape May, NJ.
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I created 16 HANDS LLC Integrated Equine Bodywork with the intention of offering a holistic approach to pain-free performance for the horse. Trained in several unique methods of equine bodywork, they each facilitate the release of accumulated structural and muscular stress in the horse’s body. It is this accumulated stress that affects mobility, comfort, attitude, training and performance.
All of these non-invasive techniques work with the equine body to identify an imbalance or restriction. Your horses’ responses tell me where to work, how long to work and, ultimately, that the restriction is being released. Releasing the restriction enables the return of structural and muscular balance which positively impacts the overall health and performance of your horse.
EQUINE OSTEOPATHY is the specific application of the principles and standards developed in human osteopathy, translated, adapted and modified to the special structural and fascial needs of the equine. It is the art of assessing self-correction on the part of the organism through manual access and stimulation of the whole system, to mount it’s defense and draw from it’s own reserves, calling forth a self-corrective re-harmonizing response to find health and balance within the concept of function and structure, based on the scientific knowledge of the behavior of the anatomic and physiologic systems.
CRANIAL SACRAL THERAPY follows the motion of the cranial bones which are connected to subtle movements that involve the cerebrospinal fluid, the central nervous system, the membranes that surround the central nervous system, and the sacrum.
MASTERSON METHOD™ is an integrated, multi-modality, interactive method in which you learn to recognize and use the responses of the horse to your touch to find and release accumulated tension. In contrast to most modalities, it enables the horse to actively participate in the process of releasing tension.
MYOFASCIAL RELEASE is an effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the connective tissue restrictions which cause pain and restrict motion. This application targets the viscous flow within the fascia enabling it to elongate and return to normal functioning.
EQUI-TAPING increases oxygen supply and circulation, helps reduce fatigue, decrease recovery time, decrease inflammation, swelling and associated pain, decrease toxins by-product build-up, supports joints, tendons and ligaments, and assist joint and muscle movement encouraging full range of motion.
MASSAGE increases blood circulation which delivers oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells, lymph circulation which removes waste products and reduces swelling in soft tissues, and relaxes the superficial layer of soft tissue which releases nerves and deeper connective tissue.
For optimum performance and general wellness in your horse equine bodywork should always accompany regular veterinary care, balanced nutrition, proper training, properly fitted equipment, and regular dental and hoof care visits from a qualified practitioner.