Neuromuscular Dentistry: Adjustments made to a horse’s teeth affect the whole body, and laying the foundation for balance in a horse’s mouth and TMJ promotes improved health and performance. Gretchen offers full body dental evaluations, incorporating bodywork to evaluate the individual horse’s muscular health and range of motion, posture and general balance. After the initial evaluation the horse’s teeth can be balanced with careful consideration for the individual’s needs.
Specialized hand floats are used because they correctly fit the natural angles of the horse’s teeth, and allow for small, precise and specific adjustments which will affect the balance of the TMJ and corresponding neurological health and biomechanics. During the work the horse stands with freedom of movement in the whole body, and is given frequent breaks to relax, release and reset while adjusting gradually to the changes. Because neuromuscular dentistry brings a horse’s TMJ and teeth into balanced rotation and wear, less work will need to be done over time in order to maintain dental balance.
There are presently many misconceptions surrounding the practice of equine dentistry, veterinary dentistry, floating, and what is best to have done with your horse’s teeth and why, so please ask questions. Your horse will appreciate your understanding.
Equine Performance Bodywork: During bodywork Gretchen focuses on establishing relaxed communication with the horse, identifying and releasing tension, and improving range of motion. She offers sessions per individual horse, which include an initial full body evaluation, followed by about an hour to hour and a half session of bodywork. It is generally easiest to work in a stall or run in, wherever the horse is most comfortable and relaxed.
Gretchen is certified in The Masterson Method®, a mixed modality practice incorporating concepts from chiropractic theory, neurological/energy work, myofascial release, craniosacral principles, acupressure, massage, and more. This method of bodywork strongly emphasizes listening to the horses and following their responses, encouraging relaxation as the foundation then followed by movement to release deep layers of tension. Gretchen also integrates advanced training and attunements in Reiki, and sometimes basic use of essential oils as well.
To learn more about The Masterson Method® visit www.mastersonmethod.com
The John Harvey Gray Center for Reiki Healing is based out of Jaffrey, NH and educates Reiki practitioners in the tradition of Usui Shiki Ryoho. Learn more about the practice of reiki at learnreiki.org
Integrated Sessions and Packages: Because the teeth and TMJ affect and interact with the balance and wellness of the whole body, it is often very beneficial for the horse to have relevant bodywork following dental balance. The horse will naturally come into alignment with improved dental balance, however it is most effective to release the TMJ, hyoid, limbs, and initiate movement through the entire spine following the changes in dentition. The releases offered in Masterson Method® work will initiate the letting go of residual tension patterns through the stomatognathic system and the craniosacral connections. Light bodywork can be integrated into the dental balance, and full sessions are of highest value in the weeks following the dental alignment.
Gretchen has discovered that some horses continue to release lots of tension when ridden through slow and thoughtful movements at the walk, following bodywork.