• Sports Massage | Myofascial Release |

    CranioSacral therapy

     

    "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

    Craniosacral therapy releases restrictions in the musculoskeletal system and fascia through light contact with hands-on techniques. Special attention is given to the cranium, spine and sacrum, but is not limited to these areas. Craniosacral therapy may assist in treating specific issues such as head shaking, head traumas and TMJ imbalances.

     

    Craniosacral work is offered as an add-on service to either sports massage or myofascial release.

    "Any horse can benefit from craniosacral work especially due to the fact that all horses experience regular pressures to the cranium throughout their lives. These pressures on the skull affect bone position and create compensation patterns in the TMJ function and in mastication patterns, which influence the overall biomechanics of the horse. Retaining or reinstating the integrity of skeletal and muscular systems can be vital in the health of an equine athlete's longevity, comfort and wellbeing." -Maureen Rogers

  • 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?

    I prefer to work on horses in their stall if they have one. 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 60-70. minutes. Myofascial release sessions are available in either 90 minute or 120 minute sessions. 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 next day to ride. If needed, horses may be ridden after their session, but may need time to come out of the parasympathetic state that bodywork may induce. Either way, I encourage owners to hand-walk their horse for 5-10 minutes following a session and to offer him/her plenty of water.

    How often should a horse be worked on?

    I recommend a bodywork session 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 sessions. Contact me and we can discuss your horse(s) to determine how often he or she should receive bodywork.

    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.

    What are the main differences between sports massage and myofascial release?

    Equine sports massage uses kneading and stroking motions throughout the muscular system to encourage muscle relaxation. Massage also releases the elastic portion of fascia, but for longer lasting fascial impact, you may want to consider myofascial release. Myofascial release (MFR) engages the entire fascial system and relieves fascial adhesions through sustained pressure. By elongating the fascial system, we restore the efficiency within the neuromuscular elements.

    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?

    Sports massage: $60 for 60-70 minutes.

     

    Myofascial release: $80 for 90 minutes, $105 for 120 minutes.

     

    Longer sessions available upon request and will be priced accordingly.

     

    2018 travel fee: I include 10 miles both ways, but charge $.35/mile after that. This price decreased from $.50/mile in 2017. If a barn books 4+ horses, the rate is $.25/mile. Travel fees can be split amongst clients at each barn.

     

    Payment due upon completion of service. Payment not received will incur late fees.

    "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."

    Summer Smith

    Eventer

    "Chloe is awesome! The work she has done with my mare is quite incredible. Ella used to be really tight on her right side, with consistent bodywork she has loosened up significantly. She now moves evenly through her back and has been able to build muscle evenly and correctly, finally! Chloe is a dream to work with and takes her time to really understand how your horse is feeling and how she can help. I would recommend Supple Equine Sports Massage to anyone!!!"

    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."

    "The body loves balance. It will try to create balance in an imbalanced state via compensation patterns. These compensations cost the body over time and aid in the breakdown of joint function and musculoskeletal health. Many times behavior issues result." -Maureen Rogers

  • About Me

    Get to know your equine bodyworker.

    Certifications

    -Certified equine sports massage therapist

    -Certified myofascial release practitioner

    -Certified equine craniosacral practitioner

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

     

    I earned my CESMT (certified equine sports massage therapist) and CERT (certified equine rehabilitation therapist) from NE Indiana Sports Massage & Rehab. I earned my MFR certification from Tamara Thomas of Equine Myofascial Release. I studied craniosacral therapy under Dr. Angelique Barbara. All of my instructors are NCBTMB approved (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork).

     

    My goal is to offer a variety of bodywork modalities in order to best address different issues. 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!

     

    Scroll to the next page to get in touch with me -- I can't wait to meet you and your horse!

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