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Why choose Alexis Jackson and Whole Healing?
Whole Healing was born from a passion to help you achieve your very best. I am experienced, knowledgeable and have a working understanding of what it takes to maintain the equine, canine and human body. I have pursued a career in equestrianism for over 15 years, in the UK and abroad and am dedicated to the highest standards of care and strive towards a thorough understanding of anatomy and the interaction of bones, joints and muscles, in both the equine, canine and human. I am always aiming to further my knowledge and techniques and wish to work closely with the bodies own instincts to encourage the natural healing response.
Hang on a sec, I was looking for a Therapeutic Sports Massage Therapist, I don’t even like horses or dogs!
Don’t panic, you are on the right site! I am a fully qualified and insured ITEC Dip Level 3 Therapeutic Sports Massage Therapist and am able to treat you in a friendly, professional, clinic environment. Therapeutic Sports Massage treatments address the whole body and not only for sports people, but to anybody wishing guard against or recover from a soft tissue injury, poor posture and related issues. My equestrian knowledge only helps me understand the importance of achieving and maintaining flexibility, range of motion and muscular function in ALL people not only riders.
I already have regular Chiropractic / Osteopathic or Hydrotherapy treatment; do I, my horse or dog need to see you?
Therapeutic Sports Massage / Equine Sports Massage & Canine Myotherapy are stand-alone therapies but also complement any other manual therapy. I can work with your existing therapist to tailor a treatment for you, your horse or dog that encourages faster, more effective and long lasting results.
How often do I , my horse or dog need to see you?
Treatments can be a one off but ideally repeated on a maintenance basis, two weekly, monthly or bi-monthly. Remedial treatments should be carried out once a week for up to four visits. I will work closely with you to create a treatment plan most beneficial to you and your requirements.
What is the Equine Sports Massage Association?
The Equine Sports Massage Association Ltd was set up by the first students to qualify in this country in order to maintain a register of practitioners and the encourage Continued Professional Development by discussions and further training courses. All members of the Equine Sports Massage Association are fully aware of the implications of the Veterinary Act, are fully trained, qualified and insured to work in conjunction with the veterinary surgeon. All members are required to be experienced horsemen and women.
Why does my dog need massage?
Even if your dog is healthy and in the prime of life, maintenance massages can be an ideal tool to support well-being. Maintenance massage is great for helping your pet stay at their peak level of health for as long as possible. It’s also a great tool for monitoring and early detection. Increasing circulation, both blood circulation and lymphatic circulation, is another tremendous benefit.
Manual lymphatic drainage massage is a great immune booster and benefits pets of all breeds and ages. Indeed, this is one reason why massage is so important for post operative pets, as the movement of lymphatic fluids strengthens the immune system, which can also shorten recovery time. Further, after surgery massage helps decrease inflammation and pain while lowering blood pressure, restoring normal breathing patterns and helping the digestive tract get moving again.
Meanwhile, massage serves as a tool for stress relief and relaxation and can bring about significant improvements in pain. For dogs with arthritis, for instance, massage works to increase the natural fluids within the dog's body while also improving lymph and blood circulation, and hormone and energy flow through all the meridians in the body.
If your dog takes part in sporting events, massage can be used both prior to and after the event to increase blood flow to muscles beforehand and reduce muscle soreness afterward. Massage is as great conditioning for sporting dogs, helping them prepare mentally, physically and energetically for competition.
Also, if your dog is nearing the end of life, either receiving treatment for a terminal illness or receiving palliative care (comfort care), massage can be invaluable during this time.
Why 'Galen' Canine Myotherapy?
All Galen Myotherapists are qualified to an exceptional standard, and this anatomy and physiology learning is directed at functional application. They understand the dog's anatomy in terms of movement, how the dog's body works and how stress can be reflected through behaviour. This knowledge is then directed into a 'dog centric' application of choice-led treatment.
Why do I need to let my vet know before you treat my horse or dog?
Equine Sports Massage and Canine Myotherapy are NOT substitutes for veterinary attention. All work carried out is in accordance with the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966, which states that veterinary aknowledgement must be sought before working on any animal. This ensures a professional working relationship between therapist and veterinary surgeon to tailor only the best treatment for your horse or dog. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence and with your permission I am happy to contact your veterinary surgeon.
My horse is treated regularly; why is it important for me to receive treatment?
Thinking of booking your horse in, don’t neglect yourself! Horses are often a mirror of ourselves, did you know that your posture may affect your horse’s way of going and likewise your horse’s way of going may be affecting your posture? Do you find yourself aching during or after riding or are you lacking flexibility or the ability, physically to perform? I am a qualified ITEC Dip Level 3 Therapeutic Sports Massage Therapist. Let me and Whole Healing help you achieve your very best.
My horse doesn’t compete; do I need to see you?
A lot of my work is maintenance. Your horse is in tip-top condition? Great! Let me help you keep them that way. With regular treatments and my knowledge and experienced touch I may be able to foresee or prevent a future issue.
All riding is sport so all horses and riders are athletes. No matter what your favoured discipline and no matter what level, I can help you and your horse.
I will individually tailor my massage treatments to best suit your requirements and will strive to achieve and maintain performance, comfort and ability be it happy hacking to 4* eventing. Likewise if your faithful equine friend is retired, let me ensure your faithful equine friend is comfortable and maintaing flexibility, making their quiet years even more restful.
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