I have been riding, breeding and working with horses for more than 35 years. I completed the Equine Sports Massage Therapy and Soft Tissue Manipulation Certification with EquiTouchSystems in 1994. They taught the Meagher Method pioneered by Jack Meagher in the 1950’s.
I combine massage techniques and pressure point therapy with Cold Laser Technology. Lasers, as a therapeutic tool, have been used for more than 30 years, are non-invasive, non-toxic and approved by the FDA.
Cold Laser Light is focused infrared light, that stimulates tissue, dilates blood vessels and lymph ducts. The biochemical effect of the laser increases the production of cellular energy and thus promotes cellular regeneration, production of collagen for tissue repair, and promotes vascular dilation and synthesis for better circulation. The laser also encourages production of endorphins, the body’s natural pain-relievers.
In addition, I use the Bio-Pulse Sentry Blanket Therapy System by Respond Systems, Inc. Pulsed magnetic therapy has been in use since the 1970’s and is proven to reduce inflammation, increase circulation, manage pain and accelerate the healing process of damaged muscles and injuries.
People know in regard to their own bodies that the smallest muscle soreness can grow into a larger problem. Muscles too tight to perform the requested motion or movement will strain, then spasm, and can, in extreme circumstances, tear.
I also incorporate techniques and methods developed by Jim Masterson of the Masterson Method into my work. His technique is unique in that it employs the horse’s interaction to guide a practitioner in locating and facilitating the release of stress throughout four primary regions of the horse’s anatomy.
Utilizing the Cold Laser and by applying the correct massage style with correct pressure, blood flow is increased, knots are broken down, and muscles regain their ability to flex and release.
The most overlooked factor in diminished performance in a horse is simple muscle tightness. When the muscular system is 60% of the horse’s body weight that can be a big deal.
There is great satisfaction in giving a horse – be it a performance horse, a brood mare or weekend trail horse – its maximum performance range in the muscular system. They do so much for us – it’s the least we can do for them.
Bob Keller C.E.M.T.
Certified by EquiTouch Systems, 1994
FEI Permitted Equine Therapist
Cell – or Text : 916-212-8707
Sacramento, CA and Northern California ~
Equine Massage and Bodywork is not intended to replace veterinary care.