Don’t underestimate the value of massage

I am a client at the Nicky Snazell’s Pain Relief Clinic (, and without Chartered Physiotherapist David Paling, I I’m not sure how I’d keep doing the physical job I do as an ACPAT and RAMP registered Chartered Physiotherapist.


The Pain Relief Clinic sends out a regular newsletter, and I wanted to share with you one of their recent articles, titled “Don’t underestimate the value of massage”.


“In the UK we tend to dismiss massage as nothing other than an indulgent treat, with little therapeutic value. This, however, is completely wrong and there are a lot of studies from all over the world which prove otherwise. The truth is that appropriate massage for your condition can greatly benefit to you.


You might find it interesting, for example, that in Germany, GPs will regularly prescribe a course of massage rather than prescribe drugs. Why would they do that, if not for good reason?


Here are some of the known benefits of massage:


  • It eases muscle pain and improves circulation
  • It reduces stress
  • It counteracts the postural stress resulting from sitting at a desk all day
  • It relieves headaches and migraines
  • It helps prevent future injury
  • It improves sleep
  • It reduces blood pressure
  • It strengthens the immune system
  • It helps anxiety and depression


Given enough space there are plenty more benefits to list. But the evidence is very clear: regular massage has many benefits it’s time to readjust your view on massage and recognise just how much it you could help you.”


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If you’d like to apply these theories to your horse, consider our 5* book and DVD ‘Horse Massage for Horse Owners’  and contact your local Equine Massage Therapist through the Equine Sports Massage Association 

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Why massage is so good?

By Lizzie Hopkinson

We all know that massage is good for us, and for our horses too. We enjoy it, we feel looser, more relaxed, more supple afterwards. In a perfect world many of us would love to have a massage every day. But while we probably can’t manage to achieve that, we can try and give our horses a basic, simple and quick massage everyday. It is possible to build a period of massage into your horse time without too much effort.

In the olden days, grooms used to spend hours strapping their horses. This time they spent was amazingly beneficial for the horses. The grooms would know every inch of their horses and be attuned to any changes long before that change might have translated into a problem. In our fast paced modern life that is simply outside the realms of most peoples’ lives, however using a few simple massage techniques can give us, and our horses, some of the benefits of hours of strapping without the time expenditure.

Regular massage prevents the build-up of tension in the muscles, encouraging the muscles to relax. This means that over time the horse has less chance of becoming tighter on one side than the other, which can lead to asymmetry and in the long term can lead to further problems.

Just as massage has a beneficial effect on our mental state, so to do our horses find massage relaxing. Watch a horse being massaged and you will see in the movement of the muzzle and the ears that horses find massage deeply relaxing. Just like us, horses will find themselves more resilient in the face of stress if they are starting from a point of relaxation not stress.

Massage is surprisingly easy to learn to do, why not take a look at our “Horse Massage for Horse Owners” bundle deal to get you started?

And finally, massage is a lovely way to spend time bonding with your horse.