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Winning Hand Equine Performance Bodywork, Valissa Willwerth

 

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WHY BODYWORK?

"I would use Valissa before a chiro.  In a heartbeat."

Jennifer P.

RELEASE OLD ISSUES
IMPROVE PERFORMANCE
RESTORE WELL-BEING
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RESOLVING COMPENSATORY PATTERNS

 

When there is discomfort or reduced range of motion in one part of the body, another part of the body must step in to compensate.  These compensatory muscles and other tissues are forced to work in ways they were not designed.  Further tension results, forming a sequence of restriction that directly affects performance.  Valissa works to release tension along these chains of compensatory patterns and can address them even if they have been there for a very long time.

CONNECTING WITH THE NEUROLOGICAL SYSTEM

 

Many of the techniques used by Winning Hand Equine and The Masterson Method® mirror the same motions asked of horses in performance activities.  During the bodywork however, these "simulations" are performed in a relaxed state where the muscles, connective tissue and central nervous system can experience them without effort.  This improves range of motion, flexibility, and suppleness when the horse is performing these motions "for real".  Because the central nervous system was involved in the process, the relaxation and muscle memory remains when returning to work.

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RESTORING RANGE OF MOTION

 

Muscles can only contract in one direction, they cannot push and pull in both directions.  Hence they act in pairs:  while one is contracting, the opposing member of the pair must relax and vice versa.  Each time a muscle contracts, it must relax fully to return to its original position.  However, when a muscle contracts repeatedly, the relaxation phase typically becomes shorter and shorter, resulting in a loss of range of motion.  Using Masterson Method techniques, Valissa can help restore the range of motion, flexibility and suppleness your horse may have lost through repetitive activities and work.

WORKING DEEP WITHIN THE BODY

 

By accessing the horse's parasympathetic nervous system we are able to connect with layers of tissue deep under the surface.  Horses are very communicative in acknowledging when a connection is made, but often their language is very subtle.  As a skilled bodyworker, Valissa can read even the tiniest hint of indication that she's found the "right spot", even if it's actually 12 inches or more below the skin.   

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