One of our volunteers, Helen Collins is currently a student of Equine Touch and has recently completed her Intermediate course. Helen was keen to learn Equine Touch to have something additional to bring to the working horses and donkeys when she volunteers in Luxor.
Helen was in Luxor again during June and she got to work on some of the in-patients and out-patients and Kim, our co-founder and centre manager, was interested to see the reaction of the horses and donkeys.
The Equine Touch is a non-diagnostic, non-invasive Equine Bodywork system which addresses the connective tissue such as fascia, muscles, tendons and ligaments.
The tissue is mobilized and “stimulated” by using a specific move, or series of moves, over precise points of the Equines body. These could be acupuncture points, trigger points or sites of common injuries.
Firstly a very specific body balancing foundation address is applied to the whole body. Additional, specific Area of Concern addresses can be later applied; to have a greater chance of success in encouraging longer lasting changes when applied to this balanced and relaxed body. These areas are chosen according to tissue response and the horse’s reaction to the “touch”.
Equine Touch can have the effect of inducing deep relaxation, releasing hypertonic and traumatized muscles, improving muscle tone, encouraging recovery from injury and muscle atrophy, reducing the pain spiral and assisting in detoxification and lymphatic drainage by increasing circulation.
The photos show Helen at work and we particularly like the look on the expression on the donkey owners face in the final photo as he observes his donkey’s reaction to Equine Touch!
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