Equine Muscle Release Therapy™ in the horse world, has been derived from the Original Bowen Technique. This is the only Bowen on horses recognised by the Bowen Academy of Australia. Developed by Alison Goward, a Natural Therapist, from Eumundi, Queensland. Among her many credentials, she is an accredited teacher for the Bowen Academy of Australia and Queensland Institute of Natural Science, Alison was also an Equine Nurse with vet Terry McEvoy in the late 1970’s.
Equine Muscle Release Therapy has been developed since 1990.
It has been developed from an understanding that horses, like people are subjected to stress and strain from performing athletic tasks asked of them by their owners, (similar to athletes). If these stresses and strains continue without relief, then there will be a breakdown in the body somewhere.
This breakdown may be physical, as in lactic acid retention, muscles or tendons becoming inflamed, odeaemas, and spasms, resulting in structural problems as the skeleton is pulled out of alignment by the spasming muscles.
The breakdown can also be of nervous system origin, mental origin or emotional. All point to the same thing, that the horse is not in balance.
Alison Goward, a human Bowen teacher & practitioner, who has been involved with horses all her life, developed EMRT™ from the understanding that horses, like people, are subject to physical & mental stress
Ali Goward first adapted the human technique to the physiology & anatomy of the horse in 1990. Alison’s background of school teaching, equine nursing & in the last 12 years of writing, researching & lecturing body therapies for the government accredited Queensland Institute of Natural Sciences in Australia, allowed her the knowledge to develop the work further in the courses that have gained world-wide recognition.
The Horse Owners’ Course is designed for horse owners & as the first step towards undertaking the Practitioner Level course. This was introduced in 1997 & graduates are accredited with the Bowen Academy of Australia.