March 5, 2017

Equine Touch

The Equine Touch (Canine Touch and Vibromuscular Harmonization Technique) is gentle, body-based modality, non-invasively addressing 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 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.  What is applied to one side is repeated on the other, utilizing the “blue print” effect.  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 reaction to the touch.

By addressing the meridian pathways, together with muscles and fascia,  The Equine Touch crosses the line between physical bodywork and an energy modality.  It 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 horse’s awareness is changed and it is encouraged to rebalance not only physically, but emotionally for deep relaxation also encourages the autonomic nervous system to drop toward repair and renewal.  Energy blockages and unwanted structures appear to dissolve as the flow of body energy is stimulated through the meridians.  This allows the equine to tap into its own innate healing ability and to allow it to work to its maximum potential.

The Equine Touch is a technique that invites changes rather than forcing them to happen.

Link to videos on Equine Touch:
Gentle Moves Along the Saddle by Heather Richardson
Equine Touch on neck tension by Heather Richardson
– Equine Touch demonstration