Equine Sports Massage

Michelle Williamson is a qualified Equine Sports Massage Therapist trained by the world renowned Mary Bromiley.

Michelle is based in Wiltshire and is able to travel to you to treat your horse.

As well as giving your horse a sports massage which may address any specific problems and give passive and active stretches, advice will be given on:

  • Massage techniques you can use regularly
  • How often your horse may need a massage
  • Exercises – ridden and in-hand that can be used to improve your horse’s suppleness
  • If your horse needs to be seen by a Vet

Routine Equine Sports Massage and stretching techniques will enable your horse to perform to its full potential. The benefits of massage are:

  • Improved circulation
  • Enhances well being
  • Minimises stiffness after exertion
  • Speeds tissue repair
  • Reduces chances of injury
  • Increases suppleness and range of movement
  • Relaxes muscle spasms
  • Aids mental relaxation
  • Post injury – Aids natural recovery, restores joint and muscle flexibility, stimulates inactive muscles during period of restricted exercise

Before commencing a sports massage permission must be given from the horse’s regular Veterinary Surgeon and you will be asked to sign a disclaimer which states your Vet has consented to your horse receiving a massage. Equine Sports Massage is not a substitute for veterinary attention.

As well as giving a ‘sports massage’ Michelle is able to apply Kinesio Taping which is a lightweight and non restrictive tape that can be used to help a horse with symptons such as:

  • Acute and chronic pain
  • Muscle imbalance
  • Postural insufficiency
  • Circulatory and lymphatic conditions
  • Ligament, tendon and joint injuries
  • Fascial adhesions and scars
  • Pathological movement patterns

On the initial visit you will be asked for your horse’s full detailed history which will include:

  • Temperament
  • Injuries
  • Any schooling problems

Observations will be made of the way your horse moves, its environment, temperament, condition, conformation, posture, foot balance, saddle fit and teeth.

Each horse is treated as an individual and treatment is tailored to the needs of that horse.

Prices

Initial Assessment and Sports Massage: £45
Follow up appointments: £35
Application of Kinesio Tape: £10 + tape
Travelling costs: £0.35 per mile (free in 10 mile radius – subject to circumstances)

Contact Michelle

Please contact Michelle on 07791 335 356 if you wish to discuss your horse or would like any further details.

Testimonials

I have know Michelle for many years and her dedication to horses and their well-being has been evident since she was very young.

Her recent decision to ‘add another string to her bow’ by undertaking an equine massage therapy qualification will not only benefit her and her horses, but also the large circle of contacts she has made over the years in the equine world.

Michelle has been massaging my horses since gaining her qualification and particularly in one case she has made a grumpy (and sore) middle aged gelding very happy. His way of going has improved enormously; he is softer, rounder and more forward. He is beginning to use himself properly again after having had a cruciate ligament injury 14 months ago. He has a massage once every two weeks in combination with chiropractic therapy and this keeps him straight, supple and flexible.

Michelle is methodical in her work, takes notes and compares them before and after each session and is as delighted as the owner when there is obvious improvement in the horse’s muscle tone and way of going. I would thoroughly recommend her.

Lorraine Shutter

Links

Equine Sports Massage Association

  • sports massage association