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Sportsmassage Designed For Horses - On Show At Equine Fair

Sports-based massage is often associated with top athletes. But visitors to the Scottish Christmas Equine Fair, Royal Highland Showground, Edinburgh on 6 and 7 December, will be able to see how such alternative therapies can be used to the benefits of horses too.

Pauline Kidd from Physical Feng Shui will be on hand to discuss the merits of Sportsmassage™. Sportsmassage™ prior to physical activity means that a horse's muscles are relaxed and free, and more able to cope with the stress of exertion. As a result, horses are less prone to injury and are likely to recover more quickly if they are injured.

Regular sportsmassage™ can be an invaluable tool for competing horses. Any muscular balances are noticed quickly and can be addressed before developing into a serious injury.

Some of the common problems that sportsmassage™ can overcome include refusing or resisting leads; 'hanging a leg' over jumps; head and neck discomfort; shortened strides; hind leg scuffing; improper tracking; hip and shoulder lameness; girthing problems; muscular or 'cold' back; and loss of performing ability.

Pauline was certified in the practice of sportsmassage™ and muscular kinetics in 1998 and 2000 in Boston, USA. She also works in structural integration for the human and equine athlete, and is currently a 'Rolfer-in-training' with the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration, Boulder, Colorado USA. She is certified in massage and sports massage through ITEC and the CMH School of Massage in London, and as a Reiki Master through the International School of Reiki Training.

The Scottish Christmas Equine Fair will take place in the Lowland Hall, the Royal Highland Showground, Ingliston, Edinburgh, on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 December 2003, 9.00am to 5.00pm on the Saturday and 9.00am to 5.00pm on the Sunday. Ticket costs are: Adults, £9.00; Under 16's £6; Under 5's free; OAP's £8.00; Family Ticket (two adults and two children) £25.00. Advance booking discounts are available. Please call 01884 841925 or log on at


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