karlistarman@shaw.ca
780.905.0066

         
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   My sessions are tailored to each horse’s specific needs and in
   each session I utilize a number of techniques. From basic
   massage, soft tissue work, stretching, aromatherapy, flower
   essences, to Reiki & more! Not every technique works for
   every horse or for every situation; therefore it is my goal
   to continually expand my knowledge and tool base!

   All bodies have asymmetries or other issues that can
   impose artificial limitations. These limitations become
   increasingly important within competitive situations
   and can include:

      Muscular tightness, areas of spasm/sensitivity
      Areas of muscle with diff. temperature or tone
     
Differences in muscle size or tone (L to R)
      Horses that are better in one direction
      Horses that are slow to warm up
      Won't stand square or stop shifting
      Flinchy areas while grooming
      Cinchy or discomfort while tacking
      Dry or sweaty patches after work
     Changes in attitude or behavior

   Remember, the best prevention is always
   listening to the signs your horse gives you!

         
       

Although massage is only one of the tools I use in my sessions, it is a very powerful physical technique that has effects on the underlying tissues. These effects are far reaching and include changes in the nervous, hormone and chemical systems. Within the nervous system alone it reduces the pain response, muscle spasming and tension. The effects of massage manifest themselves throughout the entire body and include much more than physical changes alone!

       




 
                 
     


DOWNLOADS  |   Client Intake Set & Waiver   |    Saddle Fitting Owner Assessment

         
       

For your first session you will need to sign an IEBWA Waiver and fill out an Intake form.
 (Click above to Download before your session)

If you won't be present for your horses’ session please arrange for someone to bring the horse in/prepare it for  body work. If you have any questions about your saddle or tack please be present and have the tack available.

NOTE: A first time massage should be no closer than 7 days before any competition, and regular clients no  closer than 1-3 days. Please provide notification if your horse will be showing within 3 days.

         
                 
        New to my sessions: FLIR Thermal Camera          
       


A thermal camera senses heat, which in the context of a living body is a signal for vascular activity or metabolic reactions. Abnormal or elevated heat patterns show areas that are more stressed than the surrounding areas. These regions of heat are correlated with tissue damage and inflammation. A thermal camera gives a picture of the 'heat spectrum' present.

Although thermal cameras may appear to have the potential to be used for diagnosis, there are never to be used for such outside of the high powered systems that veterinarians or other professional thermographers use. This particular camera is simply another way to observing the horse and as such, the images are never to be used for diagnosis or referral for diagnosis.

         
 
This is a wonderful evaluative tool, showing hot or cold spots, and symmetry. It is an ideal tool, when used in the context of prevention or observation, helping to show areas of 'interest' as a guide for further observation.
       




     

 


Areas of Use:

It is of great value in showing the patterns of muscle use pre and post workout. For example areas of the body that are being over/under worked can be highlighted.
Another area of value is showing the pressure patterns of saddles. Saddle fit is a huge issue in horse sport and any tools for support in this area are greatly needed.
In addition, the differences between pre and post therapy session can be seen in the thermal patterns, as well as any other therapy tools, such as magnetic or Back on Track products that are used. This allows you to see past the surface and evaluate how effective these tools are for your horse.

I currently include these images as part of my regular bodywork session intake along with my other video and photography evaluation. I do not book Thermography as a separate session, as they are primarily for my own (and your) information, and are not to be used in any way as a diagnostic.

         
 
         
                       
                   
                               
                       
              photography credit © ryan kane