Massage is often used in conjunction with other traditional healing methods of acupuncture, homeopathy, herbalism, chiropractic and osteopathy. The basic premise of these ancient modalities is that life must be lived in balance. The body, mind and spirit must complement and reinforce each other to achieve and maintain balance. This approach to medicine is often called holistic. According to the holistic philosophy, any discomfort in the body is attributed to a prolonged imbalance between mind, body and spirit. Massage therapy is one of the most powerful of the ancient healing arts.
Giving a massage is a personal experience. This in itself can have a profound effect on your horse. He is likely to feel a sense of well-being, trust and relaxation because of this comforting interaction with "their human". Real physical contact when administered with soothing manipulations can help comfort an animal that feels abused, neglected or alone.
Better psychological health in your horse can have a positive impact on his physical health. Many pathological processes and diseases develop due to stress which decreases the ability of the immune system to defend against bacteria and viruses. Massage therapy reduces the physical and mental components of stress, helping the body feel balanced and rejuvenated.
Improving the physiological problems that plague a sick or injured body will also affect the psychological well-being of your horse. As the massage is able to reduce the pain and increase the range and strength of the injured areas, the horse will begin to feel revitalized. The result is a happier horse that looks forward to being able to participate and play with its grazing companions, be mounted and cope with everyday environments.