The Masterson Method - Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork

What does a Masterson Method Bodywork Session Involve

A Masterson Method Bodywork Session will last 1 - 2 hours. The first session probably 2 hours will involve discussing the horse in detail, an evaluation and assessment followed by appropriate bodywork. Subsequent sessions will be 1-1.5 hours.
The bodywork is non invasive and works with the horse not at it, allowing time for the horse to process each technique used. A quiet and calm environment is helpful as it allows the horse’s responses to be read more accurately. It's not unusual for the horse to lie down afterwards or spend time resting or sleeping, their bodies will process the bodywork for up to 72 hours after a treatment. Ideally the horse should be turned out afterwards and have the following day off work with a quiet hack the day after before building back up to their usual routine.
Any pre-event work can be done several days before allowing the horse maximum recovery so as to benefit the horse at a competition.
The beauty of the techniques used is that they work under the horse’s natural brace response which as a prey animal he is programmed to do, it's his first survival response.
Masterson Method techniques work at a level of pressure that “don’t “ trigger this response and therefore allow the horse to release built up tension and restriction.
During a session you will see the horse actively start to release tension by yawning, blinking, sighing, snorting, sneezing, deep breathing, shaking the head, neck or whole body, fidgeting, weight shifting, or even laying down. These are all perfectly normal responses and a great visual clue that the horse is taking part in the process and letting go.
The benefits of letting go of tension and restriction are improved performance, suppleness, mobility and comfort.
If your horse has any of the following it's likely there is an accumulation of tension and restriction in their body which will affect their performance.
Lack of engagement
Ewe necked, hollow backed
Disunited Canter
Lead change problems
Resisting the bit or contact
On the forehand
Not stepping through from behind
Holding head flat or crooked
Not straight
Stiffness on one of both reins
Falling in or out on one or both reins
Dragging Toes
Uneven wear on shoes
Not going forward
Intermittent lameness
Short striding
Change in performance and or behaviour.