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What a difference a massage can make, and the joy that a non dressage rider can’t understand.

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  • What a difference a massage can make, and the joy that a non dressage rider can’t understand.

    Being a bigger rider I always make sure that my horse gets regular chiro and massage, I always think it benefits him, but I just cancelled next months appointment, why, if it’s so beneficial? Because I just treated me to a massage...and I’m going for a few more..

    I booked the appointment because I still had a large lump on my hip from falling off Chuck in August, and it was suggested massage may help, oh boy did it help. It was without doubt the most painful thing I've done in a while, but she assessed my whole body, and was kind of shocked how locked up my whole right side is, It’s my guessing that a lot of it goes back to the major fall 6 years ago, as well as the August one. It wasn’t until after my treatment that I reflected that maybe Chucks right side issues stem completely from a rider who can’t really soften anything that side properly. Well after an hour of torture, I now have only a small lump on my hip, but have no pain in my hips, every thing moves better, I’m sleeping better, no being woken by pain.

    Riding this weekend, WOW, my mounting issues are reduced, still have the anxiety from the accident while mounting, but turns out it wasn’t age and fat that was the problem in my hips!

    Chuck worked beautifully on both reins, yup, rider issue for sure! My new coach is a fan of warming up long and low, not exaggeratedly, but ears below wither, let him stretch down and work through his back, and we really got it...then during our real work we were practicing lengthening and shortening the trot..he lengthens naturally, beautifully, makes even me look competent! Shortening he struggles with, but for the first time I was able to sit into him, slow and shorten, and just feel and enjoy the power pushing from behind, while he stayed light in front! We were at supper with the family last night, not one of them into horses, and I just wanted to share how beautiful that was, but no one would understand. Sitting into him at last, no tension anywhere, just feeling him light and balanced!

    So more massages for me....then I’m away for a while, so Chuck can have his treatment in January....


    That trot though........smiles and keeps feeling it.

    "He's not even a good pathological liar." Mara

    "You're just a very desperate troll, and not even a good one. You're like middle-school troll at best. Like a goblin, not even a troll." et_fig

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    You're a brave woman. Glad it helped you and Chuck. I'm sure Chuck won't mind letting you get the massages for a bit.

    I've never had a proper massage. Not sure I ever will.
    ~~ How do you catch a loose horse? Make a noise like a carrot! - British Cavalry joke ~~

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      Good for you!! I'm sure Chuck will be okay and even appreciate you taking a few massages

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      • #4
        That's great!

        I have had a few massages. The my spasms don't release. At my last appointment, the masseuse told me to go home and roll them out! Now I use a percussion massager. Love it , love it, love it - and pony loves it too. He gets body work fairly regularly. I use the massager between appointments to help his problem areas. I may get him his own this year, so we don't have to share.

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        • #5
          Yay, but why can only a dressage rider understand? Other disciplines use dressage, as well. Most jumpers and hunters, as collection and suppleness are required.
          Come to the dark side, we have cookies

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          • #6
            This is a good reminder to look after ourselves as well! One that I needed as well. I have a tendency to lock on my right side (hip, etc). When going for regular chiro and massage my riding was so much more effective. Time to book myself again because I'm pretty sure my lower back and right hip are locked again, and as I bring my new boy along I want to make sure I am doing so evenly!

            So often we take such better care of our horses than ourselves, forgetting that our bodies can and do influence the way our horses go for us as well. We have all seen the memes..my horse has an acupuncturist, chiro, and massage therapy team and sees them monthly and me? I take an aspirin. I'm sure a lot of us can relate to that mentality. However, it IS important to take care of ourselves as well!

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            • #7
              This kinda makes me want to go book one now too

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                Originally posted by 4LeafCloverFarm View Post
                You're a brave woman. Glad it helped you and Chuck. I'm sure Chuck won't mind letting you get the massages for a bit.

                I've never had a proper massage. Not sure I ever will.
                I’m pretty sure Chuck won’t mind! I am totally sold on the benefits. The difference I’m feeling is amazing.

                Originally posted by Lunabear1988 View Post
                Good for you!! I'm sure Chuck will be okay and even appreciate you taking a few massages
                I really hope he will appreciate a better me, but I’m guessing that he will be carrying some issues from coping with my imbalance! He will have his turn.

                Originally posted by Incantation View Post
                That's great!

                I have had a few massages. The my spasms don't release. At my last appointment, the masseuse told me to go home and roll them out! Now I use a percussion massager. Love it , love it, love it - and pony loves it too. He gets body work fairly regularly. I use the massager between appointments to help his
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                em areas. I may get him his own this year, so we don't have to share.
                Someone lent me a hand held battery massager, looks like a bug with many legs to try on Chuck...he thought it was a first cousin of the demon clippers...must get back to try that again...
                "He's not even a good pathological liar." Mara

                "You're just a very desperate troll, and not even a good one. You're like middle-school troll at best. Like a goblin, not even a troll." et_fig

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                  Originally posted by Pennywell Bay View Post
                  Yay, but why can only a dressage rider understand? Other disciplines use dressage, as well. Most jumpers and hunters, as collection and suppleness are required.

                  LOL, because others do it as part of the whole, to me this was the whole....yes everyone should be able to shorten and lengthen, but other horsey friends were saying “never got there yet” or similar..

                  Originally posted by WildLittleWren View Post

                  So often we take such better care of our horses than ourselves, forgetting that our bodies can and do influence the way our horses go for us as well. We have all seen the memes..my horse has an acupuncturist, chiro, and massage therapy team and sees them monthly and me? I take an aspirin. I'm sure a lot of us can relate to that mentality. However, it IS important to take care of ourselves as well!

                  Yes, couples massage for me an my horse, should be a thing It would great if they could just tell us how we are getting in the way, even when we are trying out best!


                  Originally posted by RainWeasley View Post
                  This kinda makes me want to go book one now too
                  Do it, find someone with a good reputation and go along, silly things like my right foot is turned out, kind of noticed at after my knee replacement, LOL, laying in bed looking at my feet, nobody else thought it was a of any consequence, but she picked up on it, so we are working to get my feet forward, both turn out, right more than left...how many times do I hear that, toes forward!
                  "He's not even a good pathological liar." Mara

                  "You're just a very desperate troll, and not even a good one. You're like middle-school troll at best. Like a goblin, not even a troll." et_fig

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                    Originally posted by KBC View Post
                    Someone lent me a hand held battery massager, looks like a bug with many legs to try on Chuck...he thought it was a first cousin of the demon clippers...must get back to try that again...
                    Poor Chuck. I have one of those I think! But it reminds me more of a turtle, than a bug. Got it for Christmas from my mom. I've never used it. Totally forgot I had it until you said that.
                    ~~ How do you catch a loose horse? Make a noise like a carrot! - British Cavalry joke ~~

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                    • #11
                      I started getting back spasms in my early 30s. Massage and some yoga to fix my posture absolutely fixed this. Over the years I have had sessions of massage as needed and over the past 15 years with a good extended medical plan I've done monthly massage with the same RMT. Absolutely it has kept me mobile and also helped identify problems before they get serious. I do find that the tight spot moves around a bit, over the years. Absolutely it is indispensable health maintenance IMHO. I'm also lucky to live in a metro area where people were early adopters of complementary and alternative health care so there are many well trained experienced RMTs here who take their calling seriously (and make good money). The training program is crazy intense and 2 years full-time nonstop ( young smart horse friend just did it). I've never had a massage in a "spa" setting only in a therapeutic RMT setting.

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                      • #12
                        How lovely to have that feeling of your horse flying beneath you, those small, wonderful moments of perfection. I find they last for many weeks even months! But really, only another rider can fully understand.
                        "Good young horses are bred, but good advanced horses are trained" Sam Griffiths

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                          Originally posted by 4LeafCloverFarm View Post

                          Poor Chuck. I have one of those I think! But it reminds me more of a turtle, than a bug. Got it for Christmas from my mom. I've never used it. Totally forgot I had it until you said that.
                          Lol, there was a First Aid Clinic being held in the barn when I tried it...the over reaction I got meant I had to quit that time...I didn’t want either of us, or any of the attendees of the clinic needing first aid

                          Best do that next time I’m out,...I think he would like it, if he could get over himself.
                          "He's not even a good pathological liar." Mara

                          "You're just a very desperate troll, and not even a good one. You're like middle-school troll at best. Like a goblin, not even a troll." et_fig

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                            Originally posted by KBC View Post

                            Someone lent me a hand held battery massager, looks like a bug with many legs to try on Chuck...he thought it was a first cousin of the demon clippers...must get back to try that again...
                            Oh, the percussion massager is a whole nother animal. It is essentially a jig saw with a massage head on it. It does a good job of beating muscles into submission.

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                              Oh man, yes! I started with a massage therapist in September and I wish I'd started it long ago. Between the massage therapist and the physical therapist I'm almost even for the first time in my life. (When I break, I break! It's been a wild couple of weeks.)

                              If you need the extra push: consider it therapy for your horse. You'll be a much more comfortable passenger and it will be amazing how becoming more capable of proper equitation will suddenly mean your horse is far more free in his movement. Who knew?!

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Horse Rider View Post
                                Oh man, yes! I started with a massage therapist in September and I wish I'd started it long ago. Between the massage therapist and the physical therapist I'm almost even for the first time in my life. (When I break, I break! It's been a wild couple of weeks.)

                                If you need the extra push: consider it therapy for your horse. You'll be a much more comfortable passenger and it will be amazing how becoming more capable of proper equitation will suddenly mean your horse is far more free in his movement. Who knew?!
                                Yes! Everytime I notice my horse starting to have issues being responsive to the seat and the leg on the right, I get right into the chiro. Sure shooting every.single.time I am locked up or out of place, and being adjusted fixes the issue under saddle.

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                                • #17
                                  Thank you for the reminder that I am due for a massage. Massages have reduced my migraines in half and almost eliminated my shoulder pain entirely!
                                  Boss Mare Eventing Blog

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                                    #18
                                    Originally posted by Scribbler View Post
                                    I've never had a massage in a "spa" setting only in a therapeutic RMT setting.
                                    Lol, I think that a spa type massage, after a RMT massage would feel awesome.

                                    [QUOTE=WildLittleWren;

                                    Yes! Everytime I notice my horse starting to have issues being responsive to the seat and the leg on the right, I get right into the chiro. Sure shooting every.single.time I am locked up or out of place, and being adjusted fixes the issue under saddle.[/QUOTE]

                                    Its been a revelation, definitely going to start with me in the future.
                                    "He's not even a good pathological liar." Mara

                                    "You're just a very desperate troll, and not even a good one. You're like middle-school troll at best. Like a goblin, not even a troll." et_fig

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                                    • #19
                                      I go for a massage every 4 weeks and alternate between 60 minutes and 90 minutes. My massage therapist likes that schedule for me because she can focus on my shoulders, back, and hips during the 60 minute session, then do all that plus some other areas during the 90 minute session.

                                      She was the one who figured out my right hip pain was coming from tightness on the left side of my back. It doesn't make sense initially, but when you really think about it, it does. The left side of my back was so tight that it was pulling up on the left side of my pelvis, and the pain I felt in my right hip was my body saying the right side of my pelvis was lower than the left. Between that and some yoga stretches she suggested, I am pain free in my right hip for the first time in many years. I can now tell when my back is getting tight before it affects my right hip. I'll use my massage stick to work out some of the spots in between appointments.

                                      I'm riding better now than I was prior to starting the regular massages. With the massages and my twice a week core/stability ball exercise class, I'm making sure I can be the most effective rider I can be.
                                      My May boys: Beau, Neon, Criss

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                                      • #20
                                        I'm convinced World Peace can be achieved if everyone had a weekly massage.
                                        Proud member of the Colbert Dressage Nation

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