I always feel great when I do something really helpful for my horse. Today Skigh had an initial Masterson Method session with practitioner Laurie Gonacha.
For those of you unfamiliar with Masterson, here’s what Jim Masterson’s website says:
“The Masterson Method® – Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork, is a unique, interactive method of equine massage and bodywork in which you learn to recognize and use the responses of the horse to your touch to find and release accumulated tension in key junctions of the body that most affect performance. In contrast to most traditional modalities, it enables the horse to actively participate in the process of releasing tension. It is something you do with the horse, rather than to the horse. This participation and interaction is what makes the method fascinating for those who use it. In fact, if you do not allow the horse to participate, it does not work!”
I know better than anyone where Skigh’s “don’t touch me there!” spots are. With an impossibly light and perceptive touch, Laurie accessed these trouble spots, sometimes without even touching Skigh, using intention and energy. The interaction between Skigh and Laurie was fascinating to watch. At first, Skigh would resist, a couple of times even rearing up, and then slowly allow herself to respond and release her own tension and stress with the help of Laurie’s prompting. There was no bracing from Skigh at any point.
Laurie is going to be back every two weeks initially to move Skigh’s progress forward. I am thrilled to have Laurie as part of our team.