Association of Merishia Massage Therapists
Often riders will have to deal with various behavioural issues, such as leaning on one rein, incorrect canter lead, stiffness turning one way, bucking, refusing to jump or general reluctance to work.
Where disease and lameness have been ruled out as the cause, there is commonly muscle spasm and tightness leading to restricted movement and lack of performance or the symptoms listed above. Massage can release this tightness, enabling your horse to move freely again and the symptoms will resolve.
The Merishia techniques used by our therapists not only include deep tissue massage procedures, but also a number of effective detailed mobilisation techniques, enhanced stretches, gentle release techniques, plus unique quick fire release techniques for very restricted tissue.
The Merishia Massage Course was produced by experienced animal musculoskeletal therapists/ lecturers, originally with focus on Swedish and sports massage elements. It has developed to incorporate a number of gentle, yet very effective combinations of the techniques, influenced through biomechanics and other soft tissue approaches.
Our therapists only use long recognised and non-invasive massage techniques designed to work naturally with the horse's own body to encourage healing and to promote good health and enhance performance.
A massage can be beneficial before or after competition or hard work, because it can help to reduce the chances of injury beforehand and can help to speed up the healing process if injury has occurred by increasing muscle tone, strength and circulation.