Following this gut feeling I researched ways in which I could develop my treatments further and I came across the FascialEdge tool, intrigued I looked into it more and it really interested me as I realised that actually this could make a huge difference to the treatments that I offer. Again, I followed my gut and purchased a FascialEdge Tool, as always Jess and Douglas became my guinea pigs.
First, I treated Jess, she had her “normal” massage first followed by the use of the FascialEdge Tool. It is very important to me to massage without the tool first so I can feel what is happening underneath the skin and treat to the best of my ability using just my hands. Jess enjoyed her massage and responded well with all her normal release signals. Once I had completed this massage I introduced Jess to the FascialEdge Tool, I did this very slowly and gently as Jess can be a bit nervous of change but, she absolutely loved it. As I treated Jess’s back the releases just kept on coming and the change in the tone of her back was remarkable as it was with her hindquarters too. The FascialEdge Tool can also be used on the neck but as Jess doesn’t have much of a covering on her neck I decided not to cover this area. Once the treatment was complete I turned Jess back out and she trotted off down the field looking really good for a 29-year-old who has numerous muscular and joint issues. It was at this point I began to realise I had done the right thing researching and investing in this tool. I even messaged a good friend and said, “If Jess is the only horse I ever treated with this every penny I’d spent on it was worth it.”
Doug was the next to experience the FascialEdge Tool, my routine was the same and I began with my traditional massage feeling everything with my hands so I knew exactly what was happening under his skin. Now people who know Doug know how much of a chunk he is and he really does like you to go deep with some of the massage techniques, constantly leaning into the pressure being applied to the muscles which can get tiring and begin to give you achy hands and arms. When I introduced Doug to the tool he instantly loved it, leaning into it especially whilst treating his dense hindquarters. He also really responded well to it being used on his neck as he holds tension here from his driving.
After treating my horse’s, a number of times, I decided to begin widening my usage to my client’s horse’s also and I have had such good feedback following their sessions.
I had a feel of Lady’s back and rump, ran my fingers over her with a good amount of pressure. Not a single flinch, dip or any sign of discomfort at all. She has always dipped away of flinched even just a tiny bit but there was no reaction today. She looks and feel great after that massage. I think that tool made a huge difference too.
One of the most important things to ensure during a massage treatment is that the physical contact/connection between the horse and therapist is not broken. Using the FasciaEdge Tool allows me to keep this connection as when it is held in the advised grasp my hands remain in contact with the horse at all times.