WHO I AM AND WHAT I DO
I’m Brittney Anning , an Equine Sports Massage Therapist based on the Sunshine Coast. I have an approach of being real, genuine and transparent towards my clients with the ultimate goal of every horse to be as functional and pain free as possible
What issues do I mainly see ?
Back pain is mainly what I see with ridden horses - it is the weakest area on the horse and it’s right where we sit. I find a lot of muscular imbalances and pain associated in all disciplines of riding and you start to see a pattern of these certain areas depending on the horses job.
Every horse has some form of muscular tension and pain , which eventually creates asymmetry in the body. This issue is then seen through the movement of the horse and this is where the owner usually starts to see a problem. In an “ideal” world we would have a perfect horse that would be 100% symmetrical, this would mean faultless posture and movement . In the “real world” , horses like this simply don’t exist.
Ive found horses don’t complain loud enough and it’s my job to find these issues and translate these to the owner. The most rewarding part for me, is being able to fix these muscular imbalances and taking away the horses pain and tension in the body.
What motivated you to start this business?
No one wants to be in pain ! I have had ongoing issues with my back since a kid and had regular visits to physiotherapists and osteopaths to assist with mobility and pain. Without a doubt , I couldn’t have survived without them and I am a huge advocate for them.
Since owning horses at the age of 11 , I regularly had Body workers attend to them a few times a year . One person in particular stood out from the rest but was regularly booked out sometimes 4-6 weeks in advance. I knew I needed someone in between his visits and wasn’t sure who I could use. I then somehow stumbled upon a person who was looking for case studies ,to complete her equine sports massage certificate. I had her out once then I was hooked ! Every fortnight she came and every single time I felt the movements in each ride get easier and my horse was more flexible than ever before...movements that were hard were now easy. Unfortunately , all good things come to an end and this person moved interstate and so I was back to square one! I then had a light bulb moment , what if I could be that person ?
This was the motivation for me ! It was the fact, that there was a lack of therapists in the area that could come out when required and regularly to help with issues . I also really wanted every rider to be able to feel the difference of what their horse could be like after a session. I’ve never looked back :)
What training have you undertaken?
Certificate in Sports Massage with Equestricare.
Certificate In Tissue Mobilization techniques Certificate with Equestricare.
Certificate in Photonic therapy with Equestricare.
Equine Postural Release level 11 Certificate.
Kinesiology Taping Certificate with Raquel Butler.
Myofacial Release Techniques with Equine Miracle.
Eq50 Anatomy with Equinology.
Attended Myofacial Release clinic with Gillian Higgins , Horses inside out workshops with Gillian Higgins, Dissection with Sharon May Davis and shadowed alongside Tony Fookes.
What is your most popularly booked treatment?
I offer all my services in one consultation and will use several of these techniques depending on the horse and the issue presented at the time. Very rarely would I see a horse and just perform Red Light therapy unless we had a very specific issue. If the horse did have a specific injury such as tendon injury or muscle tear - I may apply kinesiology tape and Red light Therapy to the area depending on the stage of the injury and then combine it with sports massage.
The consultation can include some or all of the following (depending on horse and issue )-
-Visual and dynamic evaluation of gait and posture
-Deep tissue full body sports massage
-Application of Red light therapy- red light pad or cap for large area of pain. Red light torch for accupoints
-Soft tissue work, MFR, mobilisation and stretches
-sure foot pads or kinesiology tape if required