Massage Benefits

Massage has so many physical and psychological benefits for your animal that it should almost be an essential part of healthcare like grooming, feeding or exercising. Massage can be used at every life stage of your horse. There is almost no condition or situation that doesn't benefit from massage.  Here are some specific benefits to the various body systems.

Circulatory System:

  • Encourages development of stronger cardiac muscle
  • Improves oxygen supply to the cells
  • Decreases blood pressure
  • Improves elimination of metabolic waste

Nervous System:

  • Relieve pain
  • Stimulates motor nerves
  • Relieves restlessness & sleep disturbances
  • Improves proprioception

Muscular System:

  • Relaxes or stimulates to relieve soreness, tension, stiffness & weakness
  • Mobilizes soft tissue
  • Improves joint flexibility
  • Improves elimination of metabolic waste

Skeletal System:

  • Improves alignment of skeletal structures without force
  • Support Homeostasis – the balance of all body systems

Digestive System:

  • Relaxes the intestinal muscles
  • Stimulates peristalsis
  • Improves blood flow to digestive tract
  • Stimulates liver & kidney function
  • Improves appetite


  • Improves respiration

Lymphatic System:

  • Drains stagnant lymph nodes
  • Stimulates movement of lymphatic fluids
  • Cleanses the body of metabolic waste

The Skin:

  • Improves tone and elasticity
  • Stimulates follicular oils & sebaceaous glands
  • Improves quality of coat
  • Removes dead skin & loose hair