A body is made up of 90% water. Water must flow through our bodies, muscles, and veins for them to work properly. If there is a blockage in our water-flow, it causes a “sticky spot.” The sticky spot can be a variety of things from a bruise, to a broken bone, to scar tissue. Often times a sticky spot in the body is so small we don’t notice it and continue about our usual lives without a second thought. This applies to both humans and horses. I specialize in finding those spots no matter how small or large and releasing them to allow the water to flow freely throughout the body. If a body is working and flowing properly, it creates optimal strength, flexibility, self-awareness, and relaxation. Thus, allowing the body to perform at 100%. Further, it creates faster healing after an injury, prevents scar tissue and will break up old scar tissue from a previous injury.
There are many different scenarios that will create these so called sticky spots. A sore area can arise weeks, even years, after an injury. Things such as aging, heavy training, or climate/location change often aggravate old injuries. However, all bodies can wake up with a stiff neck, a sore foot, or a sore back and not have an exact reason for it. All of those things affect daily activities and performance.
There are many ways to tell if your horse has a sticky spot but the easiest way is to listen. Pay attention to your horse’s “bad” behavior. Is your horse really being stubborn, or is there something else going on? Pay attention to the days that you don’t have a perfect ride and the days you do. My goal is to give you and your horse the perfect ride every time you step in the saddle.
Alyssa Bartush, CEMT