Yoga Therapeutics I began adding Yoga Therapeutics to my practice when I realized that even though both Acupuncture and Massage could relieve many of my Patients' complaints, I often found that without adjustments to their alignment, their pains and limitations seemed too often to return.
Several of my Yoga Therapeutics Teachers spoke of "not being fully evolved to be upright"....and the more I worked with these principles, the more sense it made. With an animal on all fours, shoulders and hips sit perfectly within the socket; muscles are arranged to provide ideal application of movement and alignment. As humans, we carry many of the same muscles as our animal ancestors...but we are now upright on 2 legs...our heads tend to thrust forward (especially after hours at a keyboard!) our shoulders curl forward, our chest contracts.
When the head is carried into the room ahead of the body, the neck muscles must hold up the weight of the head- 10 to 15 POUNDS! The muscles of the shoulders roll forward...and tend to pull the neck, shoulders and back out of alignment. Proper alignment is our 'key' to Health, Happiness, and Ease. (Lovely wall is located at Two Dog Yoga in Lake City)
The "LAMP" License stands for "Large Animal Massage Practitioner" I was licensed for Horse Massage after completing a Large Animal Massage Training at Breneke School of Massage.
I rode horses for many years- many of the happiest times of my life! I spent much of my childhood hanging out in the 400 year old barn near my home. I LOVE massaging horses. People often comment that you must be very strong to massage horses- actually that is not true. It is much more like a delicate, delightful dance!
One horse I was working had a constricted hind leg...as I stood at his rump and reached around his thigh..he would lean and sway into me, then I would lean into him...we swayed and danced gently together until the music was over...and when I re-checked the flexibility in his leg, the tension and limitation was gone!
A mare had been on "Stall Rest" due to a bowed tendon. Her leg was wrapped, she was unable to go out and run; she was very stiff. As I began to work with her, I got the message that she wanted me to massage her stifle (her knee). Horses do not usually like you to mess with their stifle, so I was a bit hesitant to comply with the request ...until she splayed her legs wide, arched her head way back, and touched her knee with her nose, as if to say "Right there!!!" The entire hour massage continued in that manner- each time she felt I was "finished" with an area, she would turn and touch her nose to the next area to be massaged. As I was working with her, the horse in the stall across the aisle was watching with increasing excitement..."Me next!! ...Me next!!" Fortunately, he was next on my schedule!
When the Practitioner remains in a meditative state, the horse readily drops deeply into that state, lower lip quivering...eyes heavy and soft, calm and peaceful.