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As the first and only Equine Body Worker in Turkey, I specialize in providing essential maintenance and care to horses to enhance their physical well-being. Utilizing my expertise in equine anatomy, physiology, and massage techniques, I work closely with horse owners and trainers to develop customized plans that address each individual horse's unique needs.
This sport encourages us to form a partnership with our horses, and our ability to excel is largely dependent on our horses' capabilities. With a passion for enhancing equine performance, I am dedicated to helping horses feel their best, so they can perform at their highest level.
Horseback riding has been a big part of my life for the last five years. As an equestrian enthusiast with a deep fascination with show jumping, I have a huge experience on trails up to 1.05 meters. I currently own 4 horses and spend most of my time at the barn tending to my horses’ day-to-day needs.
I have been professionally involved in many sports where the body is always active, such as snowboarding, archery, skiing, and horseback riding. Throughout this time, I have accomplished several national and international achievements within these fields. Massage has always been a helpful element to ensure my body's resistance to these tense and stressful sports. It became evident to me that, akin to how my performance improves when I am in a relaxed state, a similar beneficial correlation also exists for horses. Therefore, while I was researching equine massage and its benefits, I came across an American and British-based Equine Body Work institute; Equinology institute. I was even more intrigued by the Equionology Institute's equine massage approach as it alluded to the equine musculoskeletal scientific structure.
Upon completing my year-long certification program, I earned the unique distinction of being the first and only certified Equine Body Worker in Turkey. My expertise was further enhanced by acquiring additional certifications in pertinent fields to further broaden and bolster my educational background in horse health.
In order to improve myself further, I am continuing my studies at the College of Animal Physiotherapy, and aiming to get a diploma as an equine physiotherapist.
I am deeply committed to continuing education to offer top-notch care for every horse I work with. Whether you’re a competitive rider or simply seeking to improve your horse’s well-being, I am here to support and assist you in your pursuit.
Equine body work consists of static and dynamic observations and palpations to identify abnormalities, a full body massage to relax the muscles but also feel for any areas of tension, checking trigger and stress points along the way.
INTENED @ August 2024
The NeuroKinetic Therapy® corrective movement system addresses the cause of pain – dysfunctional movement patterns stored in the brain.
ACTIVE AFTER SPRING 2024
Equine kinesiology taping is a physiotherapy treatment and has various applications. It can be applied between competitive elements of many international equine events to speed recovery and improve endurance. In recreational riding, it alleviates discomfort from acute and chronic injuries.
Therapeutic ultrasound can effectively treat muscle, tendon, ligament, joint, and bone conditions in horses using longwave/low-frequency technology.
Phototherapy is a non-invasive, drug-free device that uses red, infrared, and blue light to assist in the healing of injuries, wounds, and infections.
Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, (PEMF) also known as low field magnetic stimulation is the use of electromagnetic fields in an attempt to heal non-union fractures
EQ25: Introduction to Clinical Research Methodology and Analysis
(with case studies)
The Fundamentals of Equi-Taping
AOPP General PEMF I Certificate
AOPP Large Animal PEMF Certificate
Animal Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation (ASTR) Certification
Evidence-Based Equine Rehabilitation (EBER)
INSTRUCTORS:Dr. Dietrich Von Schweinitz, BSc, DVM, MRCVS (UK), Dr. Grant Miller, DVM (USA), Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW and Dr. Carrie Schlachter, VMD, DACVSMR (USA), Dr. Rachel Buchholz, DVM (USA), Dr. Nicole Rombach, MSc, PhD (USA), Dr. Dagmar Berner, DrMedVet, Dipl. ECVDI, MRCVS (UK), Dr. Anne Bondi, Phd (UK), Dr. Emanuelle van Erck, MV, PhD, ECEIM (Belgium), Dr. Barbara Crabbe, DVM (USA), Dr. Clair Thunes, PhD (USA), Dr. Sue Dyson, VetMB, PhD, DEO, FRCVS (UK), Ruth Mitchell, PT, CMT, NCTMB, EEBW (USA), Dr. Henry O’Neill, MVB, DVM, MS, Dipl ACVS, MRCVS (UK), Dr. Camie Heleski, MS, PhD (USA)
WHAT IS EQUINE BODY WORK?
This text was taken from Equinology Institute website.
This unique hands-on system addresses the whole body, implementing specific manual palpation methods to assess soft tissue and symmetry of muscle and structure, and utilizing detailed static and dynamic evaluations. Different bodywork techniques — including sports massage, soft-tissue mobilization, stretching, range of motion and activation exercises, as well as “focal” point work (stress and trigger points) — are combined to provide optimal support for horses working in every discipline. Reflecting academic precision in reference to functional equine musculoskeletal anatomy, the Equinology® Approach stands out because it is comprehensively anatomically referenced.
BENEFITS OF EQUINE BODY WORK
The rivalry in equestrian sports is in a constant state of intensification. The moment is upon us to focus our energy on the fundamentals - the paramount essence of meticulous preparation and attentive after-care. Equine Body Work effortlessly embodies this philosophy.
Equine Body Work sessions are capable of enhancing your horse's gait and range of motion, as well as improving its stamina.
When your horse suffers any injury, immediate action must be taken. Postponing treatment can intensify the wound and prolong recovery time. It's essential to include an Equine Body Work practitioner in your horse's healthcare team. Joining forces with your equine vet and horse physical therapist, the Body Work specialist provides massages that can speed up recovery, as well as enhance strength, flexibility, and mobility.
Undeniably, the primary purpose of Equine Body Work is to prevent injuries. A practitioner in this field is capable of identifying initial indicators of potential problems, such as muscle rigidity and spasms. By addressing these symptoms promptly, one can potentially bypass the discomfort and expenses associated with injury treatment and rehabilitation.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD EQUINE BODY WORK SESSIONS BE ARRANGED?
The regularity of Equine Body Work sessions relies greatly upon the complexity of your horse's sporting or occupational activities, as well as their current level of training. It is suggested to schedule these sessions pertinently every 3 to 4 weeks to maintain an optimum level of equine health and performance.
For those who compete earnestly with well-defined objectives, a biweekly Body Work session for their horse(s) is highly recommended.
In the case of extraordinary equines that participate in superior-level competitions or spirited racehorses, it is strongly advised that they should indulge in Body Work sessions on a weekly basis. Embrace this golden opportunity to ensure your horse performs at the zenith of its extraordinary potential.
WHEN IS IT RECOMMENDED TO HAVE BODY WORK SESSIONS?
IT IS ESSENTIAL FOR YOUR HORSE TO ENGAGE IN LIGHT ACTIVITY ON THE DAY OF, AS WELL AS THE DAY AFTER, BODY WORK.
Following the Equine Bodywork session, it is essential that your horse is either hand-walked for a minimum of 10 minutes within a span of 2 hours, or involved in mild activities that include only trotting and cantering. Such measures assist in preventing potential sensitivity the subsequent day while also promoting the parallel alignment of fibers through movement.
PHOTOTHERAPY USAGE DURING SESSIONS
This text was taken from the Optimus Lumina website.
Phototherapy is a non-invasive, drug-free device that uses red, infrared, and blue light to assist in the healing of injuries, wounds, and infections.
Red light therapy is a safe and effective treatment for various conditions, including pain relief, inflammation, wound healing, and skin conditions.
Blue light is particularly effective at killing bacteria on the skin and gums. Its anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties help decontaminate wounds, which can be then treated with red light therapy to improve recovery.
Research on red light therapy dates back over 100 years: in 1903, Danish scientist Niels Ryberg Finsen received a Nobel Prize for treating tuberculosis using ultraviolet light. Light therapy treatment was widely used before antibiotics were introduced.
What are the benefits of the Phototheraphy?
Reduces fatigue and improves muscle function (1)
Reduces inflammation with red and infrared light therapy (2)
Improves circulation and blood flow (3)
Increases tissue oxygenation (3)
Relaxes the nervous system
Releases beneficial chemicals in the body, such as nitric oxide, and stimulate ATP production
Improves energy, metabolism, and cellular functioning
Supports the body in maintaining health and wellness
Stimulates the body’s own innate healing processes (4)
Decreases pain and discomfort (4)
Supports pets living with chronic conditions (5)
 Rigby, J. H., Hagan A. M. (2020), A Novel Blue-Red Photobiomodulation Therapy Patch Effects on a Repetitive Elbow-Flexion Fatigue Task. Journal of Sports Rehabilitation https://doi.org/10.1123/jsr.2018-0339
 Hamblin M. R. (2017), Mechanisms and applications of the anti-inflammatory effects of photobiomodulation.
AIMS Biophysics https://doi.org/10.3934/biophy.2017.3.337
 KGupta A.,Vecchio D., Sadasivam M., Hamblin M. R., Pam N., Avcı P. (2013). Low-Level Laser (Light) Therapy (LLLT) in Skin: Stimulating, Healing, Restoring
 Gruyter W. (2012) Equine wound healing: influence of low level laser therapy on an equine metacarpal wound healing model. Photon Lasers Med 1
 Oshima Y., Coutts R. D., Badlani N. M., Healey R. M., Kubo T., Amiel D. (2011) Effect of light-emitting diode (LED) therapy on the development of osteoarthritis (OA) in a rabbit model. Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy Volume 65, Issue 3
PULSED ELECTRO MAGENETIC
FREQUENCY SESSIONS (PEMF)
* For now, PEMF sessions are executed only by BEMER horse set.
This text was taken from the BEMER website.
PEMF (Pulsed Electro Magnetic Frequency) sessions have been proven[1,2] to have a positive impact on your horse’s body. It strengthens your horse’s health in terms of prevention and promotes regeneration after illness. It improves suppleness during training or when preparing for competitions. It can also provide valuable support during the healing process, including recovery from muscle tension or tendon/ligament/muscle injury.
PEMF sessions are not considered performance-enhancing as it uses the body's own systems to increase performance using their own processes without the addition of any outside substances.
What are the positive effects of the PEMF on horses?
Improves microcirculation 
Supports parasympathetic processes in the organism 
Promotes relaxation and regeneration after exertion 
Increases performance 
Optimizes exercise through increased suppleness 
Helps prevent and increase defense against infection 
Speeds up the recovery process after an injury 
Improves the anesthetic experience and regeneration after surgery 
 King, M., Seabaugh, K., Frisbie, D. (2022). Effects of a Bio-Electromagnetic Energy Regulation Blanket on Thoracolumbar Epaxial Muscle Pain in Horses. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jevs.2022.103867
 Effects of BEMER physical vascular therapy in horses under training. A randomized, controlled double blind study. Francesca Daia, Emanuela Dalla Costaa, Alessia Giordanoa, c, Eugenio U.L. Heinzla,Piermario Giongob, Gracia Pagnozzi, Simona Cannasa, Giulietta Minozzia, Michela Mineroa, Dipartimento di Medicina Veterinaria, Universita di Milano (in publication)
THERAPEUTIC ULTRASOUND USAGE DURING SESSIONS
Therapeutic ultrasound employs low-frequency/longwave ultrasound therapy to facilitate the healing of muscles, joints, tendons, and bones.
Therapeutic ultrasound is useful in treating several muscular, tendon, ligament, joint, and bone conditions in horses. It stimulates the horse's natural auto-repair processes, which leads to a natural resolution of the indicated pathologies.
When used in conjunction with other veterinary treatments, ultrasound can enhance and accelerate the effects of such treatments. For example, ultrasound treatments can follow PRP injections (platelet-rich plasma injections) or stem cell therapy injections to speed up and aid tissue to regenerate and repair.
The International Association of Animal Therapists (IAAT) is the membership organization for animal therapists in practice.
IAAT's objective is to promote excellence in animal therapy. It is an inclusive organization that values cooperation and collaboration.
IATT's Mission Statement:
To provide Vets, Owners, and Insurance Companies with a register of trained professionals
To embrace other professionals so that we can all move forward as a united front
To contribute to ensuring appropriate standards in the animal therapy professions
There are different schools and levels of training in the field of equine bodywork.
IEBWA members hold the highest level of qualification within the profession. In addition to their studies, they complete annual continued education relevant to equine/animal sports therapy. IEBWA members work with fellow professionals, to best support your animal’s care in a team setting.
Owners can be assured that the IEBWA practitioner of their choice has attained a high standard of training and that the practitioner works within the ethical scope of practice, related to equine/animal sports massage.
The Association Of PEMF Professionals is the only professional association for PEMF therapy that unites, educates, and supports PEMF users, practitioners, distributors, and manufacturers. AOPP offers internationally accepted certifications and professional development opportunities. AOPP monitors and advocate for PEMF in legislation and regulation, and provide updated lists of science-based, peer-reviewed PEMF research.
The AOPP is about bringing education, unity, professionalism, and credibility to the PEMF community. AOPP supports and advocates for the safe and educated use of all PEMF therapy.
Achieving success in any endeavor requires sustained effort, discipline, and a commitment to excellence. It’s not about going all out in one go but putting in steady effort that will take you far.
Here are some studies and essays about the benefits of sports massage on horses
The Benefits of Equine Massage Therapy
By Brittany DeVries
Evaluating the Benefits of Equine Massage Therapy: A Review of the Evidence and Current Practices
Article in Journal of Equine Veterinary Science · September 2009
Efficacy of Manual Therapies on Back Pain (AAEP 2011)
By Erica Larson
A Preliminary Study on the Effect of Massage to Reduce Stress in the Horse
By Sebastian Mcbride and
Andrew James Hemmings