A Brief History of Equine Massage Therapy
Massage has been used as a healing modality throughout recorded history. The earliest written reference to massage appears in the "Nei-Ching", the Yellow Emperor's Book of Medicine, (written in China about 2700BC) which describes many massage techniques and there uses.
Massage was also used in India and was developed into their system of Ayurveda (Art of Life) dating from about 1800BC.
From 500BC there are references to massage in medical texts from Egypt, Persia and Japan. In the 5th century BC, Hippocrates, the "Father of Medicine" preached the benefits of massage.
In 1000BC , Homer describes in "The Odyssey" how the "war weary heroes were rested and replenished" by the use of massage. Massage was very well established in Greece and Rome by this time.
The current massage techniques that we use today on our horses have been adapted from these and the more recent Swedish massage techniques of the 20th century, both equally having positive effects on Humans and Equines.
"A horse is worth more than riches"
-A Spanish proverb