Are you an athlete? If you ride horses you sure are! Horses benefit from massage therapy and bodywork just like their human counterparts. Its also important for us to stay in optimum fitness and balance to not affect the performance of horse. If we are imbalanced they will be imbalanced. You can stretch, do range of movement exercises, get massages and eat right. We can do these same things for our horse as a health and wellness program for them. They are sensitive athletic beings that need care both for chronic and acute injuries and also means to prevent injuries. The diagram below points out some of the benefits of bodywork. More benefits than listed below include a better disposition and a means of communication from human to horse. I have seen a behavior completely change in a horse because they just feel better!!
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MASSAGE THERAPY AND BODYWORK?
Bodywork includes massage but often works through range of motion exercises and some components of chiropractic and myofascial release. Myofascial release is a softening or loosening of tight fascial tissue that holds the musculature. If the fascia is tight then you cannot loosen and work the muscles.