Ron Howland
Equine Sports Massage  & Craniosacral Therapy

Ron Howland

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy is a form of bodywork using gentle non-invasive touch predominantly to (but not restricted to) the client’s head, spine and pelvis.  This light touch encourages the body to release compression to help regulate the nervous systems, release old patterns and restrictions held in the connective tissues and fascia.  This therapy does not overwhelm the system, but makes it increasingly stronger, layer by layer, allowing it to resolve difficult patterns and return to a balanced state of Health.  It is a gentle, subtle whole body approach for both humans and animals.  

How do you know when your horse needs or may benefit from CranioSacral therapy?

Indications that your horse may be a good candidate for CranioSacral treatment include:

  • Bucking
  • Lameness
  • Difficulty in making transitions
  • holding the canter and leads
  • Feels flat in work
  • Difficulty with respiration
  • Headaches
  • Grinding teeth or difficulty chewing food

CranioSacral work can be of benefit to the following equine conditions:

  • Facial nerve paralysis
  • Headshaking
  • Head injuries and traumas
  • Emotional problems
  • Lameness
  • TMJD (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction)
  • Colic
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Blocked tear ducts
  • Castration
  • Cribbing
  • Spinal injuries
  • Hind end injuries
  • and many others.

Any horse can benefit from CranioSacral work because all horses experience regular pressures to the cranium throughout their lives. Clearly, these pressures on the skull affect bone growth and position, and contribute to compensation patterns in muscles of the TMJ, its function, and mastication patterns, which influence the overall biomechanics of the horse. Retaining or reinstating the integrity of skeletal and muscular systems is vital for any horse, especially the equine athlete, for health, longevity, comfort, wellbeing and performance! It is important to work with professionally trained Equine CranioSacral practitioner. Equine CranioSacral does not replace traditional veterinarian medicine or care.

Allow 1 hour to 1 ½ hours for your session.

Student of Maureen Rogers, Equine Craniosacral Workshops - completing ECS 1, ECS 2, ECS 3, ECS 4 & ECD (Equine Cranium Dissection) Workshops