Equine Muscle Release Therapy: Healing Horses Gently.

What is EMRT™?

EMRT™ (Equine Muscle Release Therapy) is the only Bowen Therapy for horses accredited by the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia. EMRT™ was developed by Alison Goward in 1990 derived from the protocols of the original Bowen technique practiced by the late Tom Bowen.

EMRT is a remedial technique that is non-invasive, gentle and extremely relaxing. It is capable of addressing all levels of your horse - physical, emotional and mental.

EMRT™ works through the body via the central nervous system transmitting messages from the body to the brain leading to postural realignment, regulation of body systems, fascial release and ultimately stimulating the body to return to its natural state of balance and optimal health.

In essence, it works WITH the body, and not on or against it, and the healing process commences from the inside.

Conditions it can help with

  • Stiffness of shoulder, back and hindquarter
  • Lameness
  • Head shyness or shaking
  • Uneven stride or lack in balance
  • General soreness
  • Reluctance to canter
  • Girthing problems
  • Deterioration in performance
  • Cold or sore backs
  • Muscle wastage
  • Colds, cough and flu
  • Bladder or kidney infections
  • Behavioural problems

How can EMRT help your horse?

Horses like people are subject to stresses and strains from performing athletic tasks or through knocking themselves around. If unattended these may lead to a damage in the body somewhere. It may be physical, for example muscle spasm, swelling, tightness, etc. and may cause inhibited movement; it can also lead to emotional problems, for example change in behaviour or attitude to work.

EMRT can assist in following situations:
  • in EMERGENCIES, such as colic, choke or tying up,
  • for REMEDIAL AND THERAPEUTIC PURPOSE to address specific issues and to improve the overall health,
  • for PREVENTION to decrease the likelihood of injuries and illness,
  • for PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT to speed up regeneration times and to prevent build-up of lactic acid in muscles.
EMRT initiates an interaction of the body systems which can improve muscular range of motion and joint mobility, relieve acute and chronic musculo-skeletal pain, improve circulation and lymphatic drainage, eliminate toxins and strengthen the immune system, improve nutrient intake, increase the recovery time from injury, illness and surgery and much more.

It is often found that the presenting problem is not always where the actual cause is. Horses compensate very well for areas of weakness or pain and consequently may get tight and restricted in other areas. EMRT works on the entire body so all is included and improved. Clients discover that their thin horses start gaining weight again, grumpy horses become calmer & happier, they have a bigger range of movement, improved coat colour and shine, just to name a few.

Benefits of EMRT

  • Maintaining peak performance
  • Providing rapid and often long term pain relief
  • Improving circulation
  • Lymphatic drainage (elimination of toxins)
  • Better assimilation of nutrients
  • Improvement of joint mobility and of posture
  • Releasing muscle spasms
  • Recognised by the FEI as a therapy that can be used on the day of an event
  • Re-setting the nervous system back into a state of balance
  • Addressing deep issues within the body often bringing about an improvement in overall structure
  • Behavioural change to happy, content horses.

How does an EMRT treatment work?

  • The process and duration of the treatment depends on the situation and issue - it may be remedial, emergency  or maintenance.
  • A full assessment of the horse including recording its medical history is usually done at the first treatment.
  • A treatment typically last between 45-60 minutes, but may be much shorter or longer - the horse dictates the pace and duration of the treatment.
  • I suggest you reserve about 2 hours for the whole EMRT treatment.
  • Breaks are given between moves to allow the body to process the treatment and for the necessary changes to occur before commencing the next sequence of moves.
  • A variety of responses may be seen in the animal's body during and after the treatment, like skin and coat changes, urination, yawning, licking, body stretches, etc.
  • For each treatment please arrange to be present to assist in providing details and handling the horse. We will require a halter large enough to allow the horse to yawn without restriction and a long rope, as well as some hay for the horse to eat so that it is content during the treatment.
  • A quiet work area (like a small paddock or round yard) away from other horses and other animals (dogs especially) is important.
  • Generally it is recommended to give the horse a break from exercising for 3-4 days after the treatment to obtain the optimum benefit from the treatment and allow the body sufficient time to recover and recuperate. This time frame depends on the injury and type of work.
  • Often a marked improvement is seen after the first treatment, however, the number of treatments depends on the  problem and general constitution of the horse. A minimum of 3 treatments is recommended for long term benefits.
  • Regular EMRT sessions will help to keep your animals in optimal health and wellbeing.
EMRT is complimentary to veterinary medicine, and certainly does not replace veterinary advice. If your horse is under veterinary care at the time you wish to commence a series of EMRT treatments, it is recommended that you advise your veterinary professional.

EMRT & Bowen - for your horse and you

All horses, no matter what breed, how big or small, benefit from EMRT. For example, EMRT has been used successfully to treat arthritis in retired horses, systemic imbalances such as laminitis in Shetland ponies, and helped enhance performance in top sport horses. It has also helped many mares and foals with birthing.

Horses and riders treated together will see the best results, as any imbalance in one or the other will affect movement of the combination.

Discounts are available for this and also for multiple horses treated at the same yard on the same day.
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Bowen Therapy & EMRT
Eva Mueller
Certified BowTech and EMRT practitioner
Member of BAA
  +61 (0)40 312 3782
  New South Wales, Australia
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