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What is EMRT?

What is EMRT™ (Equine Muscle Release Therapy)?

EMRT™ was developed 20 years ago by Australian Horsewoman and breeder Alison Goward from the human treatment ‘The Bowen Technique’. She brought her training courses to the UK in 1997. There is now a world-wide list of registered practitioners

It is accredited worldwide by the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia (BTAA) and the Bowen Association UK (BAUK).

Simplistically EMRT™ is a gentle myofascial release technique.

Muscles are the movers of the body and are sited in groups and pairs. They are attached to bone via tendon insertions.  In a healthy state they move the horse around by contracting and lengthening.  When injury or trauma occur the muscles contract, while the opposing muscles over lengthen and become sore. This puts the body out of balance and the horse starts to compensate.

Fascia is a connective communication network and links the whole body. It extends matrix like from the bottom of the feet to the top of the head, surrounding and protecting tissue, tendon, ligament, muscle, bone and organs. It has 3 layers, superficial, deep and visceral. When healthy, it is supple and fluid and allows the body to perform its tasks comfortably. When damage occurs, the fascial network loses its mobility and hardens, being likened to glue and scar tissue.

Bowen and EMRT™ release the hardened fascia with very subtle pressure applied to specific points throughout the body. Less is often more and this makes the treatment gentle and pleasant. As it is non-invasive and non-manipulative it is often described as the ‘Missing Link’

By the application of gently pressure over surfaces of the muscles, fascia, connective tissues and small nerve receptors, the body physically relaxes and allows a release of endorphins. This produces a balancing effect through-out the body, improving circulation, relaxing muscles, releasing fascia, excreting toxins, effecting lymph drainage and restoring the metabolic equilibrium back to the horse.

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