• Sports Massage | Myofascial Release

    *Craniosacral therapy coming January 2018*

     

    "Helping horses achieve performance potential through well-being."

    -Chloe M.Lansing

     

  • Services offered by Supple Equine Sports Massage

    "The best protection against muscle injury is prevention."

    Service: Sports Massage

    Equine sports massage therapy is a maintenance and preventative tool to help keep your horse in prime condition by using therapeutic hands-on techniques. Sports massage encourages muscle relaxation and blood flow and it increases range of motion.

     

    If we do not maintain muscles with massage therapy then soreness may occur which can be detrimental to optimal performance. Muscular problems are cumulative, so if one muscle is tight then the horse's body will compensate; this is especially concerning when you take into consideration that 60% of the horse's body weight is muscle.

     

    Equine sports massage does not replace veterinary care. Please have your horse regularly checked by a licensed veterinarian. Additionally, be aware it isn't within my practice to diagnose or prescribe and there are instances in which massage may be a contraindication.

    Service: Myofascial Release

    Myofascial release (MFR) is a hands-on technique addressing the fascial system through sustained pressure. MFR is used to elongate the fascial tissue with a 90-120 second gentle pressure into the restriction or tissue barrier. After working through barriers, the tissue will become pliable and pressure will be relieved from pain-sensitive areas while restoring motion.

    Myofascial release differs from massage and chiropractic manipulation. Soft tissue restrictions that alter bony alignment are addressed and osseous releases are performed slowly without manipulation.

     

    Myofascial release does not replace veterinary care. Please have your horse regularly checked by a licensed veterinarian. Additionally, be aware it isn't within my practice to diagnose or prescribe and there are instances in which MFR may be a contraindication.

    Service: Craniosacral Therapy

    Coming soon! Check back in December and watch for updates on my social media pages.

  • FAQS

    Supple Equine Sports Massage, LLC

    Bodywork may be the missing puzzle piece in your horse's care routine.

    What horses can benefit from sports massage therapy or myofascial release?

    Whether you own a performance horse or a companion, every horse can benefit. Every. Horse.

     

    Like human athletes, the equine muscular system and fascial tissue accumulate stress. Trauma may arise from repetitive training or an injury, etc.

     

    Here is a brief list of specific situations that can be helped:

    • Assists in a performance horse's recovery.
    • Eases arthritic pain.
    • Can help to prevent impaction colic.
    • Assists in EPM recovery (along with care from your veterinarian).
    • Eases aches from a laminitis flare-up.
    • Helps horses that experience tying-up.
    • Helps prevent compensatory patterns in horses on stall rest.

    Contact me with any questions on how massage or MFR can be a beneficial part of your horse care.

    What are some benefits?

    • Increases range of motion in muscles.
    • Relieves tension.
    • Balances the body by treating the body as a whole rather than by individual parts.
    • Promotes healing through increasing the flow of nutrients to the muscles.
    • Reduces inflammation and swelling in joints.
    • Releases endorphins.

    What are the signs my horse may give to indicate he/she is experiencing discomfort?

    Common behavioral issues related to pain include, but are not limited to:

    • Hypersensitivity to brushing.
    • Excessive bucking or rolling.
    • Head tossing.
    • Constantly rearranges bedding.
    While riding your horse, you may notice:
    • Loss of impulsion.
    • Cold-backed while mounting.
    • Resistance to one rein.
    • Shortened strides.
    • Inability to travel straight.
    • Inability to perform tasks that were previously easy.
    • Inability to round back.
    • Difficulty picking up a lead.

    How should I prepare my horse for his/her session?

    Your horse should be groomed prior to being worked on. It is easier for me to work on a horse that is free of dried mud, manure, etc.

    How long do sessions last?

    Massage sessions are 60-75 minutes. Myofascial release sessions are 90 minutes. Session times do not include the time I may spend watching the horse move on a lunge line prior to the session.

     

    Longer sessions available upon request and will be priced accordingly.

    When can I ride after a session?

    I typically recommend to wait until the day after your session. I encourage owners to walk their horse for 10 minutes following a session and to offer him/her plenty of water.

    How often should a horse be worked on?

    I recommend at least one massage every four weeks. I do not recommend waiting more than 4 weeks between sessions because you may lose some of the benefits from the prior session. For a horse under heavy training (4-6 training sessions a week), I recommend bi-weekly massages. Contact me and we can discuss your horse(s) to determine how often he or she should be massaged.

    When will I see improvement?

    It will vary by horse. Some horses will begin to move better immediately after their session while other horses take a couple sessions before improvement is made.

    How is sports massage different from acupressure or myofascial release?

    Equine sports massage uses kneading and stroking motions on muscles to encourage blood flow and muscle relaxation. Acupressure follows an acupuncture school of thought by focusing on systemic and sequential pressure on the acupoints in the flow of "qi". Under Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, acupressure is a service that should only be performed by licensed veterinarians. Myofascial release uses sustained pressure to relieve fascial adhesions.

    Does my horse still need to see a veterinarian?

    Absolutely. Sports massage therapy or myofascial release should NOT be used in lieu of veterinarian care. Your horse should be regularly checked by a licensed veterinarian. Please note it isn't within my practice to diagnose or prescribe and there are instances in which massage/MFR may be a contraindication.

    What sets you apart from other equine massage therapists/bodyworkers?

    I'm glad you asked! I've completed multiple certifications, yet I am continuously striving to expand my knowledge and stay up-to-date on the best therapies for your horse. My repeat clients can attest to my skills with results they've experienced and I am honored to let you know I'm frequently recommended by local veterinarians. You might be interested in my blog on how to choose a massage therapist/bodyworker, click here.

    What is the price? Are there travel fees?

    A massage session is $60 for 60-75 minutes. A myofascial release session is $80 for 90 minutes. Longer sessions available upon request and will be priced accordingly.

     

    Travel fee update in the works (coming mid to late December 2017).

    "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

  • Supple Equine Sports Massage
    Client Testimonials

    See what clients have to say about their experience.

    Andria Pooley-Ebert

    Trainer & eventer

    "Bodywork is an essential component to our program. Cali tends to get tight through her back, but the day after Chloe Lansing massaged her I noticed a huge improvement in straightness, lateral suppleness and swing through the back! Chloe works on horses in every discipline and achieves great results!"

    Anna Dykstra

    Dressage & jumper

    "I have noticed a HUGE improvement in my horse from the bodywork performed by Chloe!"

    Chelsea McEvoy

    Barrel racer

    "In the rides leading up to Paisley getting worked on by Chloe, our saddling routine was awful. Paisley would paw, swish her tail, bite me, the fence or the lead and step away from me when I threw the saddle up. This morning's routine was much different. She stood quiet for me the entire time. She was more eager to engage her hind during exercise and was less stiff in her ribs. Chloe is awesome! Can't wait to see how Supple Equine Sports Massage helps us become the best team we can be this season."

    Emily Nash

    Eventer

    "Chloe is professional, knowledgable and detail-oriented. She was super responsive to my horse and really made it a great experience for him. She also answered all of my questions and helped me better understand what she was doing. HIGHLY recommend her services."

    Holly Tee

    Ranch horse pleasure

    "Wyatt did great [after his massage session]! He's more responsive, he picked his left lead up a whole lot quicker than what he normally would. He was very relaxed too."

  • Supple Equine Sports Massage

    Transformations

    Before & after videos

    Goody - western pleasure

    Goody had a run-in collision with another horse at a show which caused her back, hips and S.I. area to become stiff. Before: she isn't quite right on the right hind limb, uneven hips and she tends to let her hoof rotate outward. After: hips are even, more spring in her step and improvement in her right hind limb. She experienced improvement after 1 full body massage session.

    Millennium - dressage

    Millennium stepped shorter with his right hind limb and was tighter on his right side in general. He experienced improvement after 1 full body massage session.

    Sadie - dressage

    Sadie had limited range of motion in her right fore limb that improved after 2 full body sport massage sessions. The massages were about 10 days apart.

  • About Me

    The face behind Supple Equine Sports Massage.

    Chloe M. Lansing

    Hello!

    I'm glad you made it this far! I know how important it is to put a face to a name, especially when you are entrusting the care of your horse to someone.

     

    You know the "weird horse girl" that you went to school with? The one who read every horse book in the library, wore horse t-shirts, collected Breyer models and could rattle off almost any breed of horse? That was me and I'm sure you can relate. I was lucky enough to finally get my own pony for Christmas in fifth grade and I've been active in the horse world since (15+ years). While I no longer compete, I believe my background in western and English riding is beneficial because I am familiar with the demands of each discipline.

     

    Aside from working with horses, I enjoy time with my English Bulldog, Bogart, and my significant other, Michael. I am also a competitive powerlifter. As a strength athlete, I am aware of the hindrances that sore or "stuck" muscles can impose on one's performance and I believe this gives me a unique insight!

    Certifications

    CESMT - Certified equine sports massage therapist

    CERT - Certified equine rehabilitation therapist

    MFR - Myofascial release

    In early 2016, I began working under Andria Pooley-Ebert. My time spent working with her sparked my interest in understanding how the equine muscular system works and eventually led me to a career in equine bodywork.

     

    I earned my CESMT and CERT from NE Indiana Sports Massage & Rehab. I earned my MFR certification from Tamara Thomas of Equine Myofascial Release.

     

    I'm on a quest to stay up-to-date with the latest information and continuously gain knowledge on the intricacies of the equine muscular system!

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    563-845-6022
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