Developed by Jock and Ivana Ruddock, MVDr., Equine Touch is a type of bodywork in which gentle movements are made across various areas of the body. The practitioner introduces vibrations into the tissue and it responds with its own vibration. This is similar to the concept of Sympathetic Resonance in stringed instruments. If a string is plucked on one instrument, a nearby string in the same key will also begin vibrating. It is thought that setting up vibrations within the animal’s body plays an important role in healing.
Equine Touch also positively affects the nervous system. The sympathetic system helps the body to respond to any situation that is perceived by the animal as being dangerous. When the body is stressed, the brain sends chemicals to the pineal and adrenal glands. They are released into the bloodstream, supporting the animal in springing into action. Once the danger is past, Equine Touch supports this system by interrupting the fight or flight response (sympathetic system) and the animal has been restored to safety.
Cells are the basic building blocks of the body and their health has a direct bearing on the health of the entire organism. When Equine Touch movements are made across tissue, the nervous system is triggered to activate neural pathways in the brain. This increases cellular health by encouraging circulation of blood and lymph. The success of Equine Touch has continued to increase exponentially. Therapists working in a variety of areas find it invaluable in their work.