The Masterson Method® is an integrated, multi-modality method of equine massage and bodywork that allows the horse to release deep, accumulated pain and tension in muscles and connective tissue. Through the use of light touch and gentle movement in a relaxed state, and observation of a range of the horse’s responses (these visual and palpable responses tell you what the horse’s body is feeling), you will open doors to improved health and performance while enhancing communication and relationship with your horse.
With The Masterson Method you can—
- Improve your relationship and communication with your horse,
- Make your horse more relaxed and comfortable, and
- Enable your horse to overcome limitations and restrictions that stand in the way of reaching his full potential.
How The Masterson Method Works
By following the horse’s responses, you are able to access that part of the horse’s nervous system that allows it to release deep levels of tension in the connective tissues of key junctions of the body. These are the junctions that most affect, and are most affected by work and performance.
When these junctions release tension, the muscles around them release tension. You can palpably feel this release, and the horse tells you through his responses when this has happened. It is truly an interactive process that will improve relationship, enhance communication, and maximize performance with your horse.
The Masterson Method Session as an Equine-Assisted Activity or Therapy
Although The Masterson Method was developed primarily for sport horses, we have found that it has a meaningful and often powerful impact on the people who are practicing it. We recognize how subtle changes in your body impacts the horse’s body, and how sensitive horses are to touch. Those practicing this bodywork on horses can improve their connection with the horse, develop greater self-awareness, and deepen their quiet, mindful presence.
Because the horse actively participates in the process of releasing tension and because the person follows the horse’s response to very light touch, this work is well suited as an equine-assisted activity. In fact, if the horse does not participate, it does not work!
Both the “listening” relationship to the horse and the sensitive, body-based nature of this work are what make The Masterson Method so well suited as an equine-assisted activity.