Keeping Up With Maija

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TMJ & Poll Releases on Derek

Melanie Delduco ’s FEI partner, Derek, practically melted through his releases in his poll and jaw yesterday!

I’ve found that nervous, sensitive horses often benefit from mouth, TMJ (temporomandibular joint), and poll releases. Many horses, like humans, carry emotional tension in these areas which manifest in actions such as teeth clenching or grinding, opening and bracing the mouth against the bit, and bracing in the poll against the bridle or curling behind it. By releasing myofascial adhesions and muscle tension, these previously restricted areas physically relax, leading the horse to emotionally relax.

Top 10 Reminders for all Equestrians

  1. You are enough for your horse!

  2. Trust the process. Good things take time.

  3. Have saddle fit checked every 6 months.

  4. Everyone was a beginner once.

  5. Teeth need to be floated at least once a year.

  6. Be quick to support other riders and slow to critique.

  7. Form a strong team with your vet.

  8. Grooming time = Bonding time

  9. Walk. A lot.

  10. Look your horse over every day.

Meet Dixie

Dixie is an 18 year old Hanoverian who competes at third level dressage. Here, she is getting MagnaWave treatment on her back while I work on releasing the fascia under her scapula. I love being able to help horses feel their best so that they can perform at their best, too!

Go Hug Your Horse

Go hug your horse. Someone probably loved a mare, and carefully chose a sire. Someone devoted their life to a stallion they believed in. Someone chose to help mares make babies for a living. Someone sat up all night for who knows how long to help your horse into the world, and someone kissed that wet nose. Someone put on the first halter, picked up the first hoof, gave the first bath, and tightened the first girth. It took a lot of hearts to carry your horse to you. They gave many moments of their lives, many breaths, many stomped toes and broken boards. Hug your horse for them... They did it believing in your horse's future, so make it a good one.

Dear Maija... Love, Sage's Human

"dear maija

sage's booty hurts because SOMEONE has been making her do too much dressage work again

pls add her to ur bodywork schedule ASAP

she will be needing all of the massages and MagnaWaves

feel free to tell me if u think sage can only be a bareback walk horse, I will be ok with that


sage's human"

Less is More

I think humans often have the mindset that they need to get their money's worth out of massage so they almost expect discomfort from bodywork.

Horses just want to feel good. They are much more present in their bodies than we are. A little pressure goes a long way.

Meet Luna 

Luna is a 6 year old unrated TB whose owner is taking their time getting her strong and getting her comfortable in preparation for an eventing and dressage career.

Luna had many feelings about her myofascial release and MagnaWave session.

Living The Dream

That feeling when you return to a fluffy clean stall after your massage. Perfect, Perfect, Perfect!

We love our pampered ponies!

Leave Your Baggage at the Barn Door

May this serve as a reminder to all of us; Horses can read emotions. This has been supported by science. Leave your baggage at the barn door. Let the rest fall away. Breathe. Be present.

Releasing and Deciding They do Enjoy Myofascial Release After all

Gotta love the moment when a skeptical horse releases and officially decides that they do enjoy myofascial release and they actually don't want Maija to stop.

You Help Horses Find Relief From Pain/Tension Everyday

Just a few examples to demonstrate why being an equine bodyworker is the best job in the world.

I Fully Believe that Horses can Sense our Intent

We must reframe our interactions with them and build trust between us.