604 813 8581 equikneads@shaw.ca

Massage is an alternative therapy beneficial to most horses. It is often used in cases of injury to assist with rehabilitation, speed healing time and decrease compensatory issues. More recently it is also seen as a tool to assist with training, enhance performance in a natural way and help to prevent injuries and detect minor changes before they become more serious problems.

Anna Drygalski is a Registered Equine Massage Therapist with a passion for making horses feel their best. She enjoys being part of a team which includes veterinarians, chiropractors, accupuncturists, saddle fitters, nutritionists, trainers and owners all working together for the well being of the horse.

Since 2004 Anna has been working with horses around the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. These include horses competitive in Dressage, Hunter/Jumper, Eventing, Racing and Reining as well as many pleasure horses. Whether your horse is a backyard pet, a Grand Prix mount, or anything in between, you can be assured that they will receive superior quality massage services from EquiKneads.

Anna is also very enthusiastic about sharing her love for horses and massage with others. She enjoys doing demos and speaking about the benefits of massage at venues ranging from club meetings and lecture nights to horse shows.

 

Ania Drygalski, REMT

Ania Drygalski, REMT

604 813 8581

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The importance of turnout for horses

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Is your horse getting enough sleep?

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So how often do horses get massaged anyways?

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