Sarah Mahoney, Equine Sports Massage Therapy

Massage therapy benefits the overall well-being of the equine athlete. It releases tension and aids in mental relaxation.

Massage therapy benefits the overall well-being of the equine athlete. It releases tension and aids in mental relaxation.

The Hyoid Bone & Your Horse's Movement

Do you know the function of your horse's hyoid bone?

Did you know any dysfunction of the hyoid can affect your horse's movement?

I discuss some of the common signs that your horse could benefit from a hyoid release. 💙🐴

#mahoneyequine #happyhorses #equinesportsmassagetherapist #esmt #certifiedesmt Do you know the function of your horse's hyoid bone and how it affects movement? I discuss some of the common signs that your horse could benefit from a hyoid release.

Whether you are continuing training or giving your horse a break during the COVID-19 quarantine, it is important to keep your horse feeling its best.

Massage therapy helps keep your horse's body in top shape during this downtime from competition.

This combination of massage stokes and acupressure keeps muscles active to avoid atrophy, releases tension, helps maintain proper alignment, aids in digestion and much more!

Message or text to schedule.

Happy 🌏 Day!

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Did you know: approximately 55% of a healthy horse's body mass is MUSCLE. 💪🐴

Massage therapies can keep your horse feeling and performing its best!
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One sign of release during a session is yawning. 🥱

This is a switch in the 🐴 from a sympathetic nervous system response ➡️ parasympathetic nervous system response. The sympathetic nervous system triggers a horse's 'flight or fight' response therefore allowing the body to hold stress and tension whereas the parasympathetic response which essentially is a reset and resting state. When a reactive area is released, one way the horse shows the relief from the muscle stress and tension by yawning.
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How much do you listen to your horse?

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[02/06/20]   Hello! 👋 I am looking into becoming a FEI Permitted Equine Therapist but need a FEI veterinarian reference. Do I know any FEI vets?

Massage benefits ALL horses

'Well, what if I just trail ride my horse?'

'We compete on the national or international level [insert discipline here].'

'My horse is retired and all we do is hack out around the property.'

'We're currently rehabbing an injury and my horse is on stall rest.'

ALL horses benefit from massage therapy! I get asked all the time what type of horse benefits from massage therapy - the short answer?

There are many benefits of massage for your equine partner.

Learn more ➡️

Cheers to 2020! 🎉🥳

Keep your horse feeling great & performing their best into the new year. Message me for more info or to schedule a session for your 🦄!

The poll is a key area of tension for many horses.

It can present as:
✔️ high, restricted head carriage
✔️ tension in the jaw
✔️ head shaking while under tack
✔️ resistance to lateral flexion
✔️ heaviness on the inside/bracing against inside aids
✔️ teeth grinding during lateral flexion
✔️ pain & sensitivity in the poll area

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Not sure what to get the equestrian in your life?! Get the gift that gives back to their beloved horse - an equine sports massage therapy session!!

Contact me for details!

📧 [email protected]
📱 850-261-3629

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So much to be thankful for when working with these amazing creatures!

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These are very important stretches to be doing before and after your rides.

Don't push your horse too far before but you want to start warming up their muscles even before you mount.

After the ride, and after a nice cooldown walk, you can push your horse a little further into each stretch

I often ask owners to continue with carrot stretches with their horses after treatment... and occasionally ask dog owners to do the same! :-)
The image below shows some good stretches, these stretches are great to help to horse become supple. Just remember only to ask your horse to stretch after work or after being in the field, this helps to ensure the muscles are warm and elastic..... Noticing a difference between stretches to the left compared to the right? (or vice versa!) Unevenness can be addressed with treatment, book a session to help balance your horse!

Oran got a well-deserved massage after working hard at the Michael Poulin clinic with owner Melissa hosted by Wellington Farm.

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From mental, cardiovascular & respiratory to the endocrine, digestive & lymphatic systems (and more!) there are MANY benefits of massage therapy on the 🐴!
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Happy 2019!! 🎉
Excited to see what this year has in store for me and my clients!

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Here are ALL of the acupressure points of a horse. During sports massage sessions I work from poll to tail to locate and treat reactive points which can release tension, aid in mental relaxation, aid in the recovery of injury, and increase flexibility and range of motion.

If you're interested in scheduling a session in January contact me as dates are quickly filling up!
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Need a last-minute gift or stocking stuffer for your favorite equestrian? An equine sports massage gift certificate is the perfect gift!

Message me for details!

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What is your 🐴 trying to tell you??

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🎅🌲Holiday Deal for local Coastal Virginia clients! 🌲🎅

Book one session, get one 50% OFF!

Offer valid until December 23, 2018. Cannot be combined with other offers.

Contact me for more info or to schedule!
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Help your horse feel its best during training before the winter show circuits begin!

Contact me to schedule a session.

Multi-horse and barn discounts available.

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Whether you use your horse for pleasure or performance, massage benefits their overall well-being.

Contact me to get your horse scheduled for a session.

[email protected]

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During sessions, horses show their appreciation, acceptance and another signs of relaxation such as:
💥 licking
💥 chewing
💥 yawning
💥 sighing
💥 leaning into the pressure
💥 shifting weight
💥 passing gas
💥 droopy lips
💥 lowering of the head & neck

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WOAH! This Cyber monday deal is AHH-MAZING!

Buy 2 sessions get one FREE!

*Local Coastal Virginia clients only. Not valid with any other offers.

Not sure what to get the equestrian in your life?! Get the gift that gives back to their beloved horse - an equine sports massage therapy session!!

Contact me for details!

#mahoneyequine #happyhorses #livewellridewell #equinemassagetherapy #equinesportsmassagetherapy #equinesportsmassagetherapist

Book 2 sessions and get one HALF OFF!

Sessions must be scheduled and pre-paid on Friday, Nov. 23. Coastal Virginia clients only. Not valid on purchases of gift certificates and cannot be combined with any other offer.

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Horses are masters at disguising pain and discomfort. If an area is sore, they move differently to compensate. Often by the time we notice something is wrong they have been masking it and adapting their movement and posture for quite a while.

Scheduling massage sessions for November and December!

Contact me for more info -- discounts start with 3+ horses scheduled at one location on the same day.

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Veterinary Medicine - Videos

An interesting look at muscle movement of a horse in motion.

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Musculoskeletal system of the horse.

Julian Butler built the model and setup the simulation layers for Weta Digital's horse asset. This involved utilizing many different data resources including mocap acquisition, X-ray, CT-Scan and photography to build a working skeletal and muscle model structure with Weta Digital's proprietary FEM solving platform known as Tissue.

Weta Digital, New Zealand

Showing at the VHSA Associate Finals? Massage is an excellent way to support your horse during while away at a show; it relaxes both mind and body to relieve stress and tension.

Contact me to schedule!
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If I've worked with your horse, please kindly take a few minutes to write a review about your experience with me and how your horse benefitted.

Thank you💙

I will be at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington for the VHSA Associate Finals Nov. 7-11.

Let me know if you're interested in a session for your 🐴

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