About Us:

Equiheal is owned by Maryann Titone, a Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist

Maryann began her career in animal massage with her two dogs.  Years ago, she had a black Lab, Shadow and a shepherd mix, Murphy. Shadow was always arthritic, even as a puppy. When he was around six years old Maryann's vet suggested she put Shadow to sleep. Shadow was in a lot of pain and her vet felt there was nothing else he could do.  Not willing to give up on such a young, otherwise healthy dog, Maryann began searching for options to help Shadow and discovered animal massage. She found a women who was teaching TTouch, a massage method based on circular movements over the body and began using that on her dogs and they loved it.  Shadow's pain virtually disappeared, getting up was no longer the ordeal it had been and he was running with Murphy, playing and swimming.  Murphy benefited also from the massages and Maryann is positive it helped keep him fit and injury free.

Maryann attend Rutgers University, where she participated on the Intercollegiate Equestrian team and received her Bachelor's Degree in Business Management. She received her massage certification from Equissage. She also completed, and was certified in, the first phase of Equine rehabilitation at the Animal  Rehabilitation Institute, where she worked along side veterinarians and physical therapists. She is  certified in animal communication and attends seminars, clinics and workshops on equine body work and animal communication to help further educate herself, thereby insuring her clients receive the best possible care with the newest techniques.

Maryann is currently schooling her gelding, Sterling Silver, for lower level eventing and hunt shows. She is available by appointment.


 

What is Equine Massage Therapy?

Equine massage therapy focuses on the prevention of muscular injuries and relieving muscular pain. There are over 150 muscles in the horse which makes up of 60% of their body weight. Regular massage not only helps prevent injuries, it calms the nervous system and improves the horses' disposition.

When to Massage:

Sports massage helps to keep the entire body in better physical condition. Regular massage is best. A pre-event massage will warm up and loosen the muscles getting them ready for the event. A post-event massage will relieve any pain and stiffness and will bring the muscles back to their natural state, much faster.

Signs of Muscle Pain or Stiffness:

Change in disposition (biting, head-tossing, unwilling to cooperate)
Hollowing of the back
Refusing, resisting leads of lead changes
Not tracking up properly
Bunny hopping
Problems girthing
Choppy stride
Unwilling to walk or down hills
Change in eating or sleeping habits

Since the horse is a flight animal it is willing to mask its pain to appear sound. You may not know you have a problem until it is a big problem.  We all have to learn to listen to our horses and realize they may be trying to tell us something.

Contact Us: 973-727-4421

equiheal@optonline.net

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