Myofacial really is global! Allow me to use TV to help explain one of my techniques, myofacial trigger point release.
We had Catherine Edwards, Equine Iridologist and Zoopharmacologist out to my yard last Friday to look at both my horse and my friends horse. Zue has been seen regularly by Catherine for the past 4 years, Angel (my friends horse) had not been seen before.
I try and feed Zue as much of a natural diet as possible. A horse in the wild will be able to choose the herbs they need for whatever ails them. In our modern world of domesticated animals, they are unable to self-medicate to the level they need. So I get Catherine to help him self-select what he needs and then I add these herbs to his main feed. It is a fascinating process.
After a quick look into his eyes, Catherine compared his notes from previous sessions and advised of any issues that have improved, worsened or new altogether. The iridology before the self- selection gives her an idea of what to offer, cutting down on some of the guess work. Zue, having done this a few times before, is like a kid in a sweet store, very eager for what goodies are brought out for him to sample, and it becomes immediately apparent what is his preference.
Angel who a first timer to Catherine’s self selection process, and a very fussy eater, also has no problem letting it be known what she prefers. Catherine is spot on with Angel’s probable organ issues and describes some of the problems she is having without being told. I look forward to feeling the change in her body as her organs start cleansing.
I can help take away the muscle spasms caused by the soreness in the organs, especially over the liver and kidneys. Thus attacking this soreness from both inside and out, Angel should be better in no time!
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This is a time lapse video taken from a static camera in the corner of the stable when I did my lecture demo at the Holistic Horse and Pony Centre, so I apologise that we got quite a lot of the horses hind quarter! Also when I changed sides you could not see what I was doing, but hey, its a start! We will definately be doing more videos of treatments with a proper camera person in the very near future so that you can see ALL the treatment as it takes place.
Was asked by Wendy Price if I could do a lecture/demo on my treatment of horses and show some basic massage moves to people who where taking part in a course to understand more on keeping animals holistically. I thought this was a great opportunity to get the message out that there is a different way of treating horses. As the majority of my work now at the centre, after 4 years of continued care, is largely maintenance, I requested horses that I had never treated before so that the students would see first hand how I perform assessments, and then treat the areas required. Plus there is the hope there would be more to see and find!
First up was Rosie. A new to the stables, 8 year old ISH mare. I found her to be extremely sore through her chest, pectorals, and out of alignment in both sides of her C7 and poll. She was very tight through both hamstrings, much worse on the left side, and sore through her back with not much upward flexion. I see this type of soreness alot from horses that have been travelled for long periods of time without a rest. I found out that Rosie had indeed had a very long and difficult journey to the UK from Ireland. Rosie was a model subject, exhibiting all the correct behaviours that comes with release.
Next up was little Emmy, an 11 year old pony who had been well loved, but grown out of, and used to having a great time with her previous owner doing all the required pony club activities. She appeared to have been well cared for, so not too much to find on her, and relatively easy to help relax. She had the expected amount of soreness through her back because young jockey's sometimes are not the most balanced, tight down both hamstrings and tight in her shoulder.
The ladies in the group then got to have a go at some massage techniques on Rodney, who was more than happy to stand and oblige.
I thought the demo went well, certainly no nerves were felt anyway! I hope the ladies all came away from it with something. It was fun to meet you all and thanks for a lovely morning. Finally thanks very much Wendy for inviting me.