I am an experienced, fully qualified and insured Holistic Equine Bodyworker.
I completed my foundation training with Equinology to obtain my
Equinology Equine BodyWorker Cert and continued to study Advanced BodyWork with them.
I then went on to study with Equine Holistic Training & Therapies and completed their advanced course, gaining more amazing knowledge of the horse and Myofascial Release, Cranial Sacral Therapy and Meridian Line Therapy.
I continued with Equine Holistic Training as a Tutor for their courses.
I cover a fairly large area - up to around 1 hour from SP2 - easy rule of thumb is to say that I cover Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Berkshire and surrounding areas.
I'm more than happy to travel further afield, but will need a minimum of 4 horses booked in to make it viable.
I also offer assistance with rehabilitating horses following surgery or injury on a freelance basis - so if you're finding it hard to fit the in hand walking or long lining into your schedule, do contact me to see if there's something that we can put in place.
Every session is completely guided by the horse. As well as the hands on work with the horse, I discuss the findings with the owner / caregiver as part of the session - and at the end of the session, I write an evaluation sheet, this not only provides suggested exercises moving forwards, but it helps track your horses progress.
My aim when working with horses is to optimise the use of their body and support them forwards in their recovery and training.
The brilliant thing about the techniques that I use, is that they completely support the body to re-train and build up healthy and functional movement.
Emily Spry - Integrated Bodyworks
Equine Myofascial Release Therapy
This really is my "go to" choice when working with horses. It's so non-confrontational and so our horses just accept and enjoy the work, The feedback through the releases they give is incredible and the increase in length of time inbetween sessions for me speaks volumes. This is because I am working on the all encompassing myofascia and if we can release the bodies holding patterns within this, we can start to take out compensatory movement and re-train straight, more correct movement into the horses way of going. It literally gives you the opportunity of a "clean sheet" with your horse.
Ideal for all horses in any discipline, horses on box rest or returning to work, horses who have had a long term or short term injury, young horses that need to trust human hands and connect to their ever changing body and for the veteran horse needing to maintain suppleness.
Equine Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger points are present in every muscle and are easily accessible once the muscles have been warmed up with massage. This is a very direct therapy and gets very good results, especially when combined with myofascial release in a session.
Horses are prey animals, and as such, they continue to create webs of compensation across their body, using muscles for movements that maybe they shouldn't be choosing to use - as long as they can still move, that's all they need! We want our horses in our care to have longevity and to move in an effective bio-mechanical way to maintain suppleness into old age. So by releasing the adhesed muscle fibres and therefore removing restrictions in the muscles, we enable them to use their body as intended once again.
Again, this therapy is suitable for horses in any discipline - great benefit can be felt.
Equine Sports Massage
Sports massage is a great modality and has its place in my practice. It can be a really useful way to warm up your horse ahead of competition.
I also will use sports massage as part of a rehabilitation programme when first bringing a horse back into work so as to prevent muscle fibre tears.
Equine sports massage can be used safely on most horses, however due to the nature of the strokes, it is designed to stimulate the body's systems - so we should therefore use with caution on horses with long term conditions such as cushings or laminitis.
Cranial Sacral Therapy
Cranial sacral therapy is so under rated. I use it within almost every session that I do.
The cranial sacral system has its own rhythm or beat as the cranial sacral fluid flows around the system lubricating all of the joints.
Cranial Sacral = Head to Tail.
Cranial Sacral Therapy works to remove any blocks that may have appeared within the flow of the fluid.
I believe that this greatly contributes to the success of my clients, by taking out the underlyng tensions caused by these blocks in flow, we are able to start from a good foundation.
Meridian Line Therapy
I love this subtle therapy! It works on the flow of energy through the body's meridians - if there are blockages in the flow of energy, then by releasing them, we can restore the intended flow and balance of energy.
Horses really enjoy this therapy, especially if they hold a lot of surface anxiety or have been through a traumatic past.
Please be aware that under the Veterinary Surgeons Act, it is illegal for any therapist to work on your horse without their vets consent.
Ahead of therapy sessions taking place we need to be sure that your vet is happy for me to work with your horse.
£50 per session plus travel over 15 miles from SP2
I also offer discounted session rates for "area days"
All you need is a minimum of 4 horses on the same yard / in the same area and this qualifies a session fee of £40 per horse.