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Myofascial Release Therapy

June 11, 2015

Equine Myofascial Release Therapy differs from other forms of equine bodywork as it focuses primarily on the body’s fascial restrictions. Trained therapists can listen to the tissue and apply appropriate sustained pressure into the fascial system which will positively affect the elastin, collagen and ground substance. Soft tissue restrictions that alter bony alignments are addressed and releases are performed slowly without manipulation.

What is Fascia?

Fascia is the body’s connective tissue, it surrounds and interconnects all organs, muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels. The body’s fascial matrix is tasked with shaping, supporting, protecting and providing resilience to all structures in the body. Fascia also provides a division between all these structures, it creates space through which delicate nerves, blood vessels, and fluids can pass.


The Fascial Matrix

Fascia is a complex 3 dimensional web comprised of fibres and fluid that permeates the whole body.


    Fascia is comprised of three main components; elastin, collagen and ground substance. Elastin consists of flexible fibres that can both stretch out and recoil in. They provide for the elasticity and mobility of fascia, allowing for the extensive movements that our horses make.

    Collagen fibres develop into a tougher consistency and provide strength, support and stability. The composition of these fibres allows them to cross and link with other neighbouring collagen fibres or with water.The more collagen fibres that attach the stronger and tougher the tissue becomes. Likewise the more water that binds to the collagen, the more flexible the tissue becomes. This helps us appreciate why dehydrated tissue is tough and hard, and hydrated tissue is soft and pliable

    The third component is called ground substance. Ground Substance has a composition that is like a thick lubricating fluid. Ground substance acts as a shock absorber, as well as lubrication to the elastin and collagen fibres. This composition gives strength, flexibility, pliability, and can also absorb impact. A perfect supporting structure for an active organism.


    Appreciating and understanding fascia gives us the ability to make informed decisions regarding both the welfare and training of our horses.

    Imagine underneath the skin a thin membrane of tissue coating the body, then imagine every organ, muscle, tendon, ligament, bone, nerve and blood vessel within its own membrane, yet still within the main membrane, and connected to the central nerves system. Now imagine restrictions developing within that fascial system and a tightness expanding. Think of the size of a horse and imagine the interconnectivity of the structures. Now ask yourself how a fascial restriction in the thoracolumbar area will have an impact on the rest of the body. This area is the bridge between the hind end and the front end. The power house and the directional control. Fascial restrictions undoubtedly affect our horse's flexibility, stability, and of course their performance.

    Restrictions can develop in fascia from trauma, poor posture and repetitive training.

    According to Kerry Ridgeway, DVM, there are two major causes of chronic soft tissue injuries:

    1. Overexertion for the horse’s level of fitness

    2. Fatigue caused by stress accumulated over days or weeks of work

    These restrictions can create or develop into pain, swelling, misalignments, poor muscular biomechanics, decreased range of motion, decreased strength and eventually lameness. Once fascia begins to lose its pliability the collagen becomes dense and fibrous and the ground substance can solidify. Standard tests will not show a fascial restriction.


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Quantum Coherence Therapy

May 8, 2015

Quantum Coherence Therapy (QCT) is an energy based treatment designed to strengthen the body’s natural ability to heal itself. It works by raising the body’s overall energetic vibration, which in turn promotes self-healing.

Drawing on the of experiential truth of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the scientific truth of Quantum Physics, a new form of energy healing has been developed.

QCT is a healing modality which depends entirely on the therapist’s own self-care. As there is no transfer of energy the technique does not diminish the therapist’s own energies, thus minimizing the danger of burnout on the part of the therapist or of the client experiencing a healing crisis.

QCT & Traditional Chinese Medicine

For thousands of years the Chinese have based their medical practice on the foundation of balancing chi (energy) in the body.
Chi has been defined as “the energetic medium existing between matter and spirit” – it is the “life-force” energy of the physical body.

Chi is present within all things, vibrating in constant energetic motion. The frequency of this vibration influences the body’s energetic and physiological functions. Using different terminology, modern physics confirms the existence of chi.

The Chinese knew it and the Physicists proved it!

That healthy cells vibrate at a higher frequency than unhealthy cells.

In Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) it is understood that every system within the body is connected and subsequently dependent upon each another. By this observation the body is viewed holistically and treated as a complete system. Harmony and balance are sought to bring about and maintain health and happiness.

QCT & Quantum Physics

Physics demonstrates that matter and energy are inter-changeable (E=mc2) i.e. matter is just simply another form of energy.

One of the most amazing facts in physics is that everything in the universe, from light to electrons to atoms, behaves like both a particle and a wave at the same time.
Therefore all matter is vibrating in an undefined form until it has been observed and pinned down into an observed state.

Quantum Physics (QP) has shown that the behaviour of the sub-atomic particle is directly affected by the observer. One of the fundamental laws of QP says that an event in the sub-atomic world exists in all possible states, until the act of observing or measuring it, pins it down to a single state (collapse of the wave function). The observer (therapist) has become part of the system and influences the energetic response of the system. Particles induce neighbouring particles to behave in the same way e.g. particles vibrating at a particular frequency cause neighbouring particles to vibrate at the same frequency. This is known as quantum coherence. Quantum coherence can also be effected at a distance – non-locality (Bell’s Theorem).


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The Masterson Method™
Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork™

May 8, 2015

The Masterson Method™ is a unique, interactive form of equine bodywork that draws on the horse’s responses to find and release accumulated tension in the key junctions that most affect the horse’s performance.


With this Method of bodywork, we observe and use the responses of the horse to our touch, enabling the horse to actively participate in the process of releasing tension. This method of equine bodywork is done with the horse, not to the horse and this style permeates everything Niamh does with horses.

This is a really practical, results driven form of equine physical therapy. Results can be witnessed immediately both through visual tension releases and through increased range of movement. Results can then be felt under saddle the very next day in improved suppleness, mobility and comfort, resulting in improved performance. This form of equine therapy has achieved significant results on the world stage with the creator, Jim Masterson, being asked to act as Equine Therapist for the 2006-2014 USEF Endurance Teams among many other top level global equine events.


Niamh with Jim Masterson after being awarded her practitioner certification in June 2014

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Niamh working with an American client in Wisconsin


Niamh with Mark Rashid and Crissi McDonald. Natural horse trainers and MM certified practitioners since 2015

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