Judith Falk is a Certified Equine Massage Therapist, equine energy worker and intuitive specializing in sport horses and equine geriatric issues, and the owner of Second Wind Equine Sports Massage.
Judith first became interested in Equine Massage in 2002 when she observed a massage practitioner work on her daughter's arthritic Appaloosa mare, Smokey. She was amazed at Smokey's ability to deeply relax and enjoy the touch of the therapist and was pleased with the ongoing benefits to Smokey. She quickly realized that massage is a beneficial and enjoyable gift for horses. Soon after, Judith decided to study equine body work.
Judith’s business keeps her active throughout the northeast giving clinics and workshops, and her favorite--working with horses of all kinds! She brings joy and a feeling of peace to her work with her clients. Judith has been quoted in “Practical Horseman” magazine, and interviewed by Vermont Public Radio. To listen to the interview, click HERE.
Judith is an avid foxhunter and event rider with more than 30 years experience with horses. She has owned, cared for and worked with a wide variety of horses, from Minis to Warmbloods. When not working on other people's horses, she can be found riding or massaging one of her own horses on her farm in Lincoln, VT.
For details on what happens when Judith arrives to work on your horse, click HERE.
We all know how good a massage feels. And we know massage can loosen and strengthen muscles and help dissipate toxins from the system. When Judith Falk works on your horse, there are all those benefits and so much more! Judith works on the physical level to relieve soreness and tension, find problem areas, and allow for greater comfort and ease of movement. What's even better is that her intuitive energy allows her to receive messages about difficulties your horse is having in his regular work and to sense potential problem areas before they become issues!
When your horse goes back to work after Judith sees him, he will be happier, freer, and a much more willing partner!
If your horse has a sore area up here, what I like to refer to as complimentary sore areas, you are going to see, you'll feel a knot here, let's say for instance and then you're going to find another knot over here. If your horse has sore feet, if they've just had their shoes done for instance, and they're favoring their feet a little bit or if they have a strain or a pull down here, you're going to find something, you might find a sore area up here but you will also find a sore area on the other side of your horse as well. If your horse has tight hamstrings, which is the area right back here, you're going to see that reflected, I will often find it reflected on this side of the horse. So if they're sore here, you're going to find perhaps a knot on the right side of their hip as well.
When you're working on your horse's hindquarters, again, keep one hand steady on the horse. Begin by doing some fist percussion, light, moderate and heavy, throughout the entire area, up and down. And paying special attention to any sore areas that you might find. Areas where the horse might flinch away from what you're doing. Back off on the amount of pressure that you're using. Back down to light pressure and then use the crisscross technique to draw four or five lines down either side of the spinal column, beginning about two inches away from the spinal column. Stopping, if you need to, to probe and treat specific sore areas. And finishing with more light fist percussion to close the area.
The next step is to check the area just in front of your horse's shoulder blade and to check his neck. It's best when you're doing this, I actually like to stand facing the horse and holding his halter in my left hand and then I will use either my fingers, this part of my fingers right here, or you can use your elbow but I don't find that to be very effective if I've got a lot of layers on. So you press in like this just looking to see if there are areas of soreness and again I'm not using a whole lot of pressure but if you notice when I got to about here on Ice-Man he flinched and moved away a little bit. Check the neck by using your thumb in this groove on the side of the horse's neck. Up, do that a couple of times and again just use your thumb. You don't want to be pushing in with your fingers that's going to be too much pressure that way. Use your thumb, go up and down a couple of times, watch the horse's head and ears and see if he's flinching away from what you're doing.