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Unlock Your Horse's Optimal Potential with Equine Massage Therapy

At Equine Kneads, we don't just give massages; we provide a holistic pathway to your horse's optimal well-being. We understand that every horse is unique, deserving personalized care tailored to their specific needs. Our Equine Massage Therapy and Bodywork Services are designed to bring unparalleled comfort, mobility, and vitality to your equine. Through expert hands-on therapeutic massage, we focus on your horse's soft tissue to include the musculoskeletal system: muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissues, promoting natural movement, improved performance, and overall well-being. 

Christina Naas, giving an equine massage

Understanding The Benefits of Equine Massage Therapy

Relieving muscle tension and spasms, enhancing blood flow and lymphatic circulation, and reducing stress are just the beginning of our equine massage therapy. Our massages improve range of motion, facilitate toxin removal, bolster the immune system, and expedite post-workout recovery. Not only do our treatments contribute to your horse's physical vitality, but they also enhance their athletic performance, allowing them to excel in their pursuits.

Equine Bodywork Before and After

All-in-One Equine Massage Therapy Solutions

Our approach to equine massage therapy extends beyond the conventional, incorporating innovative methods such as equine cupping therapy, neuromuscular therapy, and myofascial release therapy. By seemlessly combining these cutting-edge modalities with traditional massage techniques, we unlock the full potential of your horse's performance and comfort. Each therapy is tailored to your horse's unique needs, and can include any of the following additional techniques necessary in any given session to address specific concerns and enhancing overall vitality – all with no additional cost to you.

Some of our commonly-used Equine Massage Therapies

Equine Cupping

Cupping Therapy

This time-honored healing practice involves placing cups on the horse's skin, creating a gentle vacuum seal. Using either heat or suction, this technique draws the skin and superficial muscle layers into the cups, which can be stationary or gently moved across the horse's body. Cupping therapy is renowned for its potential to stimulate blood flow, release fascial restrictions, and enhance the overall well-being of horses. Experience the profound benefits of this therapy to support your horse's vitality and comfort.

Neuromuscular Therapy Equine

Neuromuscular Therapy

Our Equine Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is tailored to target the subtle intricacies of the nervous system and muscles, addressing pain, discomfort, and performance concerns effectively. NMT, with its deep understanding of the nervous-muscular interplay, ensures your horse receives precise and personalized care, enhancing their overall well-being. Our experienced practitioner is dedicated to providing this meticulous therapy, ensuring your equine companion receives the individualized attention they deserve.

Equine Myofascial Release Therapy

Myofascial Release Therapy

Equine Myofascial Release Therapy is a specialized manual technique designed to alleviate fascial restrictions in horses. Fascia, the connective tissue enveloping muscles and organs, can sometimes hinder movement due to tension or restrictions. Our therapy targets these issues, providing relief from pain, discomfort, and movement limitations in your equine. Experience the restoration of natural movement and comfort for your horse through our expert Myofascial Release Therapy.

Equine Massage Therapy Can Offer An Amazing Array of Benefits:

  • Relieves Muscle Tension and Spasms

  • By breaking up muscle knots and relieving restrictions, massage promotes more relaxed and efficient muscle function.

  • Increases Blood Flow and Lymphatic Circulation

  • Enhanced circulation expedites the healing process by delivering nutrients and oxygen to muscles and removing toxins and waste from soft tissues.

  • Reduces Stress and Enhances Relaxation

  • Calming effects lower stress hormone levels, contributing to improved mood and behavior.

  • Supports The Immune System

  • Improved circulation can support a more robust immune response by facilitating the movement of immune cells.

  • Improves Range of Motion

  • Addressing muscle and joint stiffness can help maintain and improve the horse’s flexibility and mobility.

  • Enhances Athletic Performance

  • Improved muscle function and reduced tension can lead to better performance.

  • Facilitates Toxin Removal

  • Increased blood and lymph flow help in the quicker removal of toxins from the body.

  • Reduces Post-Workout Recovery Time

  • This specialized form of massage plays a vital role in ensuring that horses recover swiftly after physical exertion, promoting their overall well-being and performance.

Massage & Bodywork Package - $175/session

All of the following healing modalities are included in this package.


Stimulates blood flow, releases fascial restrictions, and enhances the overall well-being of your horse



Tailored to target the subtle intricacies of the nervous system and muscles



Provides relief from pain, discomfort, and movement limitations in your horse



 New Client Assessement

At Equine Kneads, we recognize the significance of providing personalized care for your horse right in the comfort of their barn. That's why we offer a comprehensive New Client Assessment for $250, aimed at establishing a strong foundation for our services. During this in-depth evaluation, our experienced practitioner meticulously assesses your horse's musculoskeletal structure, movement patterns, and overall health. This thorough examination allows us to craft a tailored care plan, addressing your horse's unique needs and ensuring their optimal well-being. Invest in your horse's future vitality with our New Client Assessment – because every horse deserves individualized, expert care.


Frequently Asked Questions

The details you should know

+ Are there any FEI Regulation restrictions for performance using these techniques?

As of the last knowledge update in September 2021, the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) did not have specific regulations regarding equine cupping therapy, neuromuscular therapy, or myofascial release therapy. However, FEI rules and regulations can change over time, and it's essential to verify whether any new rules or guidelines have been introduced since then.

Horse owners and riders should consult with their veterinarians and relevant regulatory bodies to ensure that the use of these therapies comply with current rules and does not violate any anti-doping regulations or competition prohibitions.

In summary, equine cupping therapy, neuromuscular therapy, or myofascial release therapy are traditional practices with potential benefits for horses, including improved circulation, pain relief, and muscle recovery. It's essential to consider contraindications and stay informed about any relevant regulatory restrictions in competitive equestrian events.

+ What are the risks and contraindications of Equine Massage Therapy?

Equine Massage Therapy, while generally safe, may not be suitable for all horses or situations. Contraindications include:

Open Wounds or Skin Infections: Equine massage should be avoided where the skin is broken or infected to prevent bacterial spread or wound exacerbation.

Acute Injury or Inflammation: Equine massage may worsen conditions if the horse has recently suffered a traumatic injury or has acute inflammation.

Certain Circulatory Conditions: In cases of blood clots or other circulatory issues, massage could potentially dislodge a clot, posing a severe risk.

Some Systemic Illnesses or Infections: Massage may worsen conditions if the horse is suffering from certain infections such as cellulitis, for example.

Cardiovascular Issues: Horses with heart conditions should be evaluated by a vet before undergoing equine massage therapy.

+ What are the Contraindications for Equine Cupping Therapy?

Equine Cupping Therapy, while generally safe, may not be suitable for all horses or situations. Contraindications include:

Skin Conditions: Horses with existing skin conditions, open wounds, or sensitive skin in the treatment area should avoid cupping therapy to prevent worsening these issues.

High Sensitivity: Some horses may be highly sensitive or anxious during cupping therapy, leading to stress or adverse reactions.

Thin Skin Areas: Cupping should be avoided on areas with thin skin or bony prominences to prevent discomfort or injury.

Pregnancy: Cupping therapy should be approached cautiously for pregnant mares due to limited documentation on its effects on fetal development.

+ What are the Contraindications for Equine Neuromuscular Therapy and/or Myofascial Release Therapy?

Equine Neuromuscular Therapy and Myofascial Release Therapy are generally safe; however, these therapies may not be suitable for all horses in certain circumstances, including:

Acute Injuries: Horses with recent, acute injuries may require a different approach or a period of rest and healing before undergoing neuromuscular and/or myofascial release therapy.

Sensitivity: Some horses may be highly sensitive to touch or specific techniques used in neuromuscular and/or myofascial release therapy, which may lead to stress or discomfort.

Infections or Skin Conditions: If a horse has infections, skin conditions, or open wounds in the treatment area,neuromuscular and/or myofascial release therapy should be postponed until these issues are resolved.

Underlying Medical Conditions: Horses with underlying medical conditions or chronic illnesses should receive neuromuscular and/or myofascial release therapy under the guidance of a veterinarian familiar with their specific needs.

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