What is Craniosacral Therapy for Horses?
Craniosacral therapy is very effective bodywork for horses. It employs a unique, extremely gentle touch and works around areas of tension and pain to allow the horse to self-release. It is subtle work, and horses respect that approach. Depending on the discipline we belong to and what we require of our horses, they can easily injure themselves. If you are a horse owner, you are very aware that horses can easily hurt their backs, legs, heads, jaws and necks during performance work, when we handle them or tie them, when they are just playing with their herd mates, or in turn-out. During a craniosacral session, when releasing cranial bones, the vertebrae from tail to head, the large bones at the top of the head, the jaw, and the muscles around those areas, horses can achieve release of tension and pain. (scroll down for more...)
I use the same techniques as I use for human clients: "listening" for those stuck areas and trapped forces and allowing them time to reorganize and release.
Horses are herd animals, and in that herd structure, to protect their status, they guard their pain and weakness so they do not jeopardize their place in the herd. A craniosacral session is a wonderful opportunity to give the horse a safe place to allow them to reveal where they are hurting and throughout the session allow me to assist them with relaxation and healing. If you are curious about what craniosacral therapy could do for your horse, please call or email me and I would love to answer any questions you have. I am happy to travel to your property to treat your horse.
Important: Craniosacral therapy for horses should not replace any treatment recommended by your veterinarian.
Tips to prepare your horse for craniosacral treatment:
If possible, the horse should be gently exercised prior to the session.
If time allows, I would like to see the horse in motion (riding, moved in a round pen, etc.).
The horse should be treated after a feeding.
Locate a space on the property for the session where the horse is comfortable, at ease, and away from other horses.