I started my journey to Tellington TTouch® as an equine massage therapist.
Unfortunately, the field felt limited to me, as it left the root cause of discomfort unaddressed. If I had been willing to keep my mouth shut and just do the work, I am sure I could have been of some benefit to the horses I worked on. But I never could! After massaging a horse, a therapist usually has a chat with the owner or trainer to discuss the findings and suggest movements to keep the horse limber and to decrease further stiffness, etc. I found myself suggesting changes in training, and that’s a no-no. Do not go above your station!
That’s why the Tellington TTouch is so appealing. It’s holistic.
But back to massage. It is, after all, a meaningful part of horsemanship, and a therapy I think more people should avail themselves of. I always suggest hiring a professional, after having scoured their credentials carefully. I’m posting some educational videos here so that readers can learn about massage for themselves.
Effleurage is a very basic stroke in human and animal massage. It is completely harmless, and almost anyone can do it. WARNING: do not perform effleurage on any area that is inflamed, has an open cut or sore, or where there is a cancerous growth or proud flesh.
Embedding has been disabled for this video, but it’s worth watching for a basic introduction: Equine Massage Effleurage Techniques