Intuitive Massage For the Rider
Intuitive Massage incorporates a variety of massage techniques based on client needs. The intuitive masseur varies the massage type, pressure and rhythm as she is guided by the client’s body. The intuitive nature of the massage provides the client with a massage experience that is the most supportive and beneficial in the moment.
Most massage treatments are designed to create the same experience on both sides of the body. Depending on client needs, Intuitive Massage may not follow this pattern. This is because on any given day clients may use their bodies in unique, and not always balanced ways or may experience unevenly placed injuries or soreness causing other areas of the client’s body to compensate. All this may create uneven stress patterns or cause muscle sets to be overtaxed or misused on one side of the body more than the other. The intuitive masseur is sensitive to this, and adjusts her treatment based on how she is guided.
Because horseback riders are athletes, they may use their bodies in ways that can overtax various muscle sets and cause physical stress, tension and discomfort. This can adversely affect the rider’s balance, posture and ability to correctly use natural aids (legs, weight-shift, hands, seat). A lack of balance and compromised posture in the rider can create a lack of balance, gait issues, and discomfort in the horse. Rider stress and tension can also cause behavioral issues, nervousness and insecurity in the horse. All of this combined can negatively impact focus and performance and generally lead to an unenjoyable ride.
Intuitive Massage reduces stress, tension and discomfort, which helps riders attain better balance, posture, flexibility and range of motion. This can help both the rider and the horse perform better and have a more enjoyable experience.