Appointments:

Farnham, Surrey: Monday

Fareham, Hampshire: Tuesday - Friday (including evening appointments)

Contact details:

07754 972486 fionavorley@hotmail.co.uk

EQUINE BOWEN THERAPY

Equine Bowen Therapy is a holistic, gentle, hands-on treatment which promotes healing, pain relief and energy rebalancing. The therapy involves a series of gentle, non-invasive connective tissue manipulations applied to key points on the body. It is a remedial, non-intrusive therapy which encourages the body to re-align itself with no manipulation or adjustment of hard tissue.

The therapist will use their thumbs and fingers on precise points in the body to make rolling type movements. This movement will disturb muscles, soft tissue and energy within the body. Between each set of moves, the therapist will leave the give the horse 'breaks' and allow the horse's body to rest. These breaks gives the body time to make subtle and fine adjustments to relieve tension, reduce pain and initiate the healing process.

The gentle yet powerful Bowen moves send neurological impulses to the brain resulting in immediate responses of muscle relaxation and pain reduction. The moves create energy surges which are concentrated in specific areas of the body. Electrical impulses sent to the nervous system remind the body to regain normal movement in joints, muscles and tendons which helps relieve muscle spasms and tension and assists in recovery from injury.

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The Bowen moves send out signals which:

What can Equine Bowen Therapy treat?


Conditions which have responded to Equine Bowen Therapy are:

Many horses, especially those competing can benefit from Equine Bowen Therapy. During competitions, the horse's body is put under physical and mental stress; Equine Bowen Therapy can be used after competition to allow the horse's body to rebalance energy levels, heal and re-align itself, enabling a quicker recovery period.

As Equine Bowen Therapy is gentle, many elderly horses / ponies will benefit from this therapy. Equine Bowen Therapy can help keep horses more mobile and more comfortable by offering natural pain relief.

Horses do not have to have been diagnosed with a problem to benefit from Bowen Therapy, all horses can benefit from Equine Bowen Therapy. This therapy can help keep the horse's body balanced and performing at an optimum level and as Jack Meagher, Sports Therapists states 'the best protection you can have is prevention—no athlete should have to wait to be hurt before getting help'.

What does an Equine Bowen treatment involve?


Prior to treatment:

Before treating a horse it is important that the permission of the Veterinary Surgeon is gained. I am happy to liase with the Veterinary Surgeon to discuss Equine Bowen Therapy.

On the day of treatment it is important that the owner is present. Before the first treatment a consultation record will be completed and an assessment of the horse will be undertaken. The consultation will gather information on the horse's case history, conformation and relevant information. The horse will then be assessed in hand (looking for any lumps and bumps, any asymmetry and areas of tightness / tension) and in walk and trot.

During a treatment:

The treatment should take place in a quiet area where the horse will be relaxed, ideally in their stable. A series of Bowen moves will be performed and during these moves the horse's body will be given 'breaks' during which the therapist leaves the stable. These breaks allow the messages given to the body during the Bowen moves to the start responding to the treatment. Equine Bowen Therapy stimulates the muscles, circulatory, lymphatic and nervous system. As these systems are activated during a treatment, the horse may become thirsty or need to urinate. Therefore it is important that the horse has access to water and bedding during the treatment. A treatment will last approximately 45 minutes.

Aftercare:

After treatment it is advisable that the horse is allowed to walk / be turned out for at least 15 minutes. Grooming or patting the horse on the day of treatment should be avoided in order not to disturb the body's fine energy balance. Ideally the horse will be left alone as much as possible for 24-48 hours after treatment which allows the body to absorb the responses from the Bowen moves.

It is recommended that the horse:

The above recommendations give the horse's body the best chance of absorbing the benefits of Equine Bowen Therapy.

 

Case Studies

Milly, 5 year old Haflinger

Milly had only been with her owner for two weeks when she first had a Bowen treatment. Milly had patches of hair missing and sores from ringworm. The vet had confirmed that the ringworm was no longer contagious. Milly was given three treatments.

These pictures show the before and after pictures of the ringworm sores. Milly's owner noticed how quickly the wounds healed and the rapid hair growth after the Bowen treatments.

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The pictures below were taken before the first treatment and after the second treatment, only 2 weeks apart. There is a noticeable improvement in Milly's posture, coat condition and muscle tone.

Before treatment

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After treatment

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Hazala, 14 year old Endurance mare

Hazala regularly competes in Endurance. Hazala was uncomfortable to ride in trot on the right rein. When she was ridden on the right rein it felt like Hazala was 'twisting' her right hip. This was making it uncomfortable for her owner to ride her and her owner knew that as Hazala was not balanced, this could over time this could cause problems / injury.

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After three Bowen treatments, Hazala's owner noticed that she was more balanced in trot on the right rein and was much more comfortable to ride. As Hazala was more balanced, there would be less strain on her body when being ridden and competing.

Hazala's owner also noticed a change in her temperament and recovery rate after a ride. Hazala was much quieter to handle at home and at competitions and she seemed more refreshed than previously when she had completed an event.



 

William, 5 year old Dale

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William had an accident in a trailer. After being loaded, he tried to jump over the front bar, he got his front legs over the bar and got stranded with the bar stuck under his stifle. Since then he had been intermittently unlevel behind and had problems bearing weight on his off hind when stretching forward onto the farrier's tripod. After three treatments his owner noticed that his hind legs tracked up well, he walked more evenly behind and the farrier had noticed an improvement with his offhind movement when shoeing him.



 

Katie, 29 year old TB Mare

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Katie was my beloved mare who I owned for nearly 20 years. I am so glad I found Equine Bowen Therapy as I know it made the last few years of her life much more comfortable. In November 2005 Katie had a bad road accident when she was hit by a van. Her withers were crushed, she had a large open wound to her chest, she had a fractured nasal bone and two of her cervical vertebrae had fractures on the spinal processes. She had intensive care treatment for four days and made a remarkable recovery. The Veterinary Surgeon saved her life, but also she was treated with Equine Bowen Therapy. The Vet was amazed how quickly Katie's wounds healed and how soon she became mobile. I have no doubt that the healing process was increased and aided by the Equine Bowen Therapy she received.

Katie continued to have Bowen treatments every six weeks after the accident. The treatments helped relax muscle spasms and tension from her injuries and kept her very mobile and active in the field. I was amazed after what she had been through that with the help of the Bowen treatments, she could move so freely, actively and soundly.