Equine massage therapy uses a variety of massage techniques and movements to stimulate blood flow to different areas of the body. This promotes blood circulation and provides oxygen and other nutrients, while eliminating lactic acid buildup and eliminating other metabolic waste from the body.
Massage deliberately involves the manual manipulation of muscles, tendons and joints of the body to improve elasticity, range of motion and circulation. The massage acts to relieve the pain and relax the general physical tension. Massage is a living experience where there is communication between the body of the animal and the hands of the equine massage therapist, leading to the detection of pain, tension and restriction. The hands then provide relaxation and relief to improve the horse's health emotionally and physically.