Majestic Horse Equine Massage and Bodywork was founded by Angela Lemanis – a qualified and fully insured Equine Myofunctional Therapist and member of the Equine Therapies Association of Australia (ETAA). Angela is currently continuing her study with Animal Osteopathy International (based in the UK), to become an Equine Osteopath.
Through a thorough understanding not only of equine anatomy and physiology, but also of the particular demands placed on the horse’s body and its workload or chosen discipline, Majestic Horse Equine Massage and Bodywork delivers safe, gentle and effective sports, remedial and maintenance massage therapy techniques; along with myotherapy and myofascial release; Photonic Red Light Therapy; Deep Tissue, Trigger Point and Nerve Manipulation therapies; gait analysis; rehabilitation programs; passive and dynamic stretching; and energy assessment and chakra rebalancing therapy to benefit the physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing of each horse.
Angela is dedicated to maintaining ‘whole of horse’ health and balance by thoroughly assessing the physical condition of the horse and identifying trouble spots and problem areas. From the paddock companion horse through to the highly-tuned equine athlete, Angela believes that all horses should feel ‘majestic’, and all deserve massage for different reasons.
A horse lover for as long as she can remember, Angela has worked for an equine not-for-profit charity in the ACT, and has volunteered with several Horse Rescues over the years (including Save A Horse Australia and Amanda Vella's Bella Vita Equine Welfare and Horse Sanctuary) where she treated horses who have been abused or neglected, or were slaughter-bound before being rescued. Seeing horses in their worst physical condition and in their most vulnerable and fearful state has made Angela’s resolve even greater – to help all horses enjoy health and wellbeing, and to feel, look and perform at their best. Angela regularly visits rescue horses each fortnight to provide massage and bodywork, myofascial release, red light therapy and energy work pro bono, and sees it as her small way of being able to give back to these beautiful animals.
Equine Myofunctional Therapy acquired its name from ‘Myo’ (meaning muscle) and ‘Functional’ (referring to the overall function of the horse’s musculotendinous system – the system responsible for moving the horse’s skeleton). When this system is not working efficiently or effectively, the horse’s ability to move and function at its optimal state is also impaired.
Equine Myofunctional Therapy (EMT) concentrates on the musculotendinous system of the horse. It is a hands-on holistic therapy using different remedial, maintenance and sports massage techniques, and passive stretching, to decrease tension and pain; release tight dysfunctional muscles; maintain elasticity of soft and connective tissue; repair and maintain movement and flexibility; and prevent potential injuries; by stimulating all the body’s systems to work efficiently, effectively and interdependently. Massage techniques employed by the EMT practitioner are incredibly healing and safe for most horses, regardless of their age, conformational attributes, breed or chosen discipline – once contraindications have been eliminated.
Regular massage treatments play a vital role in retaining balance in the body, developing muscles, preserving full joint functionality, loosening the fascia, preventing potential injuries, and affording the horse every opportunity to reach its full athletic capacity. Massage does this by releasing adhesions and knots, relaxing the muscles, improving circulation and lymphatic circulation; assisting in the efficient elimination of wastes and toxins; stimulating internal organs to operate effectively; preventing lactic acid build-up after exercise; and reducing inflammation and swelling in joints.
EMT can help if your horse is experiencing any of the following: