In December I graduated from the Equine Muscle Release Therapy (EMRT) course run by Ali Goward in Tiaro, Qld. EMRT is one method of applying Bowen to horses, and it is an honour and pleasure to be able to work on these noble animals.
Amazingly, using only about a third of the pressure I would on people, horses respond in the most incredible ways. Whilst they cannot talk and tell me what's wrong, Ali's training has honed my observation skills. Sometimes there are no obvious responses, or the horses just go to sleep which is not very exciting, and sometimes the horses get themselves into some very strange positions to stretch muscles or release tension. Sometimes there are no obvious changes in how the horses look, and sometimes muscles bulge or quiver or even disappear for a while. Sometimes the result great, and sometimes it isn't what the owner is looking for, but generally people report back that the horse is much calmer, friendlier, more willing, or has a much nicer attitude. Like working with Bowen on humans, it often takes a bit of time, and a few treatments may be necessary to get the desired result.
Ali says that EMRT is known to normalise temperature, normalise respiratory rate and reduce pain. Whilst we can measure the response in temperature and respiratory rate, but how can she know that pain has been reduced? I recently treated a horse with an abcess that had come out at the top of the hoof. The poor neddie was restless and anxious, very lame and sore and wouldn't let us touch the leg, let alone the wound to clean it up. During the treatment she did lots of yawning, and towards the end of the treatment she finally calmed down and whilst she didn't go to sleep like some horses do, she was much more relaxed. About 15 minutes after the treatment finished we were able to clean and dress the wound without her flinching at all, indicating a marked reduction in pain - interesting. We also noticed that the swelling above the wound decreased significantly over the 30 minutes after the treatment. Whilst I still suggested that the owners contact the vet, or at least show him some photos, they decided they would wait and see what she was like the next day, by which time she was sound and well on the mend.
Since graduating in December I have treated about 30 horses, and whilst I don't consider I have much, I am gaining confidence and getting some good results. Click here to find out what EMRT can do for horses. If you think that EMRT might benefit your horse, please give me a call on 0427143743 to discuss the situation and make an appointment.
Cheers for now,
Hi, I'm Prue Duffy, a Bowen Therapist and Equine Muscle Release Therapist in regional NSW, Australia. I've been doing Bowen since 2007, and opened a practice in Dubbo in 2012. The results some of my clients get through Bowen is truly amazing.