• Missy Wallace

Blog number 1! Welcome!!

|I wanted to continue to be a resource of information for everyone in the eqbodyworx community as well as anyone in the equine world.

This will be a place of education, a place for me to share some of my bodywork sessions, a place to keep you all informed of any new skills I am developing. A place for you to ask questions.

\My site explains my modalities and their benefits. I do not need to rehash this. However, I would like to delve a little deeper in to each modality and give you all more tools for you to help your equine partners.

Lets start with Equi-Bow. Equi-Bow was adapted from the human practice of Bowen. Bowen therapy is recognized by the \Osteopathic Association. It is a very gentle modality that assists the nervous systems communication with the brain.

A typical session starts with an assessment.. I will observe the horse's body, standing, walking and sometimes trotting. I will look at muscle movement, tone, consistency. I will look at the hair coat. Is it consistent? I also look at the over all health, weight, brightness of eyes, any sweat patterns, are the feet in good condition? Then I pay attention of body angles and proportions. Once this is documented I physically assess. I feel muscle tone, I feel for heat, raised or lowered tissue, range of motion in limbs, head, neck, eye response, respiratory rate. I also talk with the owner to see what has been going on for me to be called.

Once all of the above has happened I will start the Equi-Bow session. It generally runs for 1-2 hours. I will ask for no interuptions, I will ask the owner to not touch or interact with their horse while I do the bodywork. This is so the horses body (nervous system) has full attention on the points of the body I touch and their chain reactions within the body.

The environment has to be quiet so as not to interrupt the horse being in a para-sympathetic state. Lets talk more about this.....

The para sympathetic state is the healing state that brings the nervous system in to balance. The (ANS) Autonomic nervous system runs all the involuntary mechanisms in the body that are not under conscious control, respiration, cell activity and body temperature.

There are two branches of the ANS. The sympathetic nervous system serves as the "gas" pedal to mobilize the body and brain for "fight" or "flight" response to danger. The parasympathetic nervous system serves as the "brake\" pedal" that initiates a relaxation response to restore reparative function after the threat has passed. Operate with a " push" - " pull" dynamic.

The session will end with me giving instructions, exercises for the days, weeks after my visit. I usually ask for the horse to have 48 hours of rest and relaxation with no training or brushing involved. Just be a horse.

My next topic will be about how to let your horse be a horse.... with you....building a deeper bond and how this helps the horse physically and mentally...

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