Mary Gordon Equine Massage and Reiki

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the horse massaged?
How long is a typical massage?
How long is a Reiki session?
What parts of my horse will be massaged?
What happens during a Reiki session?
Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?

Where is the horse massaged?
I will come to your barn or stall area. Typically, the client holds the horse, or the horse can be massaged at cross-ties. The horse can also be massaged in the stall if there is room enough and possible to provide at least one cross-tie. It is best if the environment does not have a lot of loud distractions, for example, dogs barking and chasing each other in the aisle.

How long is a typical massage?
Typically, a full body massage takes about an hour. For pre-event sports massages, the technique is faster-paced, so they take less time.

How long is a Reiki session?
Reiki must be accepted by the horse and the session lasts only as long as the horse wants it. Sometimes, particularly if they are overstressed or injured, they will really draw it in and the session can go 40 minutes to an hour, while other times they are done after 10 minutes or don't want it at all that day. 

What parts of my my horse will be massaged?
Because fascia connects all of your horse's muscle structures and organs, one part affects another and I do a full body massage to make sure that everything is covered.

What happens during a Reiki session?
Reiki is typically hands-on once the horse accepts the treatment. Signs of the horse accepting Reiki are licking and chewing and other signs of relaxation and release. My hands are stationary at different points on the horse's body during treatment. The horse is free to step aside at any point to end the session. If a horse doesn't need the energy, he won't accept it.  


Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, application of pressure to specific points, and more. The horse's response and issues determine which type of technique and pressure is used. 

What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility and range of motion, reduce fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, and improve the postural frame.

Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
Yes. a horse with a temperature, or infectious skin condition should not be massaged. There are certain other conditions, such as acute injuries and open wounds, and certain diseases in which massage is also contraindicated for a specific area. If you have a horse with a disease or injury, you should always check with your veterinarian. Massage can be very therapeutic for horses at a certain point in their recovery, but it should be with the veterinarian's approval. Reiki, on the other hand, can be done at any time that the horse is open to it. It cannot cause any harm and there are no contraindications for it.

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