What is the Masterson Method?
The Masterson Method, or Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork, is a unique, interactive method of equine bodywork in which I am trained to recognize and use the responses of the horse to my touch to find and release accumulated tension in key junctions of the body that most affect performance.
This is a results-oriented method of bodywork
The results are both visual and palpable
You get results real-time in the visual responses of the horse as he releases tension
You get results in improvement in performance, suppleness, mobility and comfort after the work is done
Another important result is the immediate bond of trust that develops, as a result, of this cooperation
The Masterson Method spans every part of the horse's anatomy.
Parasympathetic nervous system
Why would your horse need bodywork?
Repetitive work, pain, lameness, or compensation for any discomfort can cause tension patterns to develop in muscles and connective tissues that can restrict movement in joints and major junctions of the body. This accumulated tension and restricted movement can negatively affect performance, comfort and can often result in a loss of willingness and perceived behavior problems. These tension patterns can themselves eventually contribute to lameness.
Even after the primary cause of lameness is removed, the tension patterns and restriction often remain. A point has been reached where the horse cannot completely release this tension without help.