Horses are light..they are air.

Victoria’s Equine Flow & Sports Massage Therapy is owned by Tori Thomas,
and based in Chapel Hill/ Pittsboro, NC. Learn more about Flowtrition and Sports Massage Therapy, and the fundamental benefits it can offer your horse.

Meet Victoria “Tori”

Tori starting riding around 7-8 yrs old and her lifelong journey with horses began. Blessed to spend the majority of her childhood at a 1500 acre horse farm in Hillsborough,  N.C., Tori spent all her time learning about horses, showing, fox-hunting, eventing, and Pony Clubbing. Riding bareback with halters in the open fields, running with horses, or just sitting – spending time with them, swimming in the pond with horses, sleeping in their stalls when allowed, and sharing snacks with them (Cheese Crackers and Mountain Dew).  Horses were just as much a part of her life as breathing air.

“I’ve always had a spiritual connection with horses.”

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Several chapters of life passed, and after close to 40 yrs of not “being with” horses Tori came across a little quarter horse and fell in love – Rose.   Rose had a loving spirit, and the heart of a little girl. God opened doors and they became partners. It was if a surge of oxygen was pumped into her lungs again.

“Rose came to me right before I found out my husband had cancer.”

Tori knows that Rose was God’s gift, to give her strength in a time of sadness. Rose and Tori have learned and grown together and Rose is her sanctuary and heart. Their connection has given them opportunities to try different disciplines and Rose has demonstrated true versatility; trained working western, they have learned to work with cows, in addition to training dressage and hunt seat.

Why Flowtrition?

The path that brought me to Equine Flowtrition started at a Liberty and Dressage clinic I attended with Rose, held by the co-founders of the equine art experience Cavalia – Frederic Pignon and his wife, Magali Delgado. As Frederic was working with Rose, he sensed her sacrum pain and told me that Flowtrition would help. Frederic then referred me to Lance Wright, who had taught Frederic Flowtrition while working on Frederic’s horse, Templado, while performing with Cavalia in Texas. Frederic and Magali practice it with  their horses in France, and inspired by their first-hand experience, I soon found myself on a plane and attending the next class that Lance and his wife, Jeanette,  held in Texas.

Why Massage Therapy?

As a lifelong equestrian, health benefits consultant, and fitness instructor, I have always known the importance of receiving massages for my muscles and well-being, and knew that horses, as the incredible and beautiful athletes they are, could also benefit from massage as well. We put extraordinary demands on the mind, body and spirit of the horse –  massage helps keep the body and mind healthy. I became certified in equine sports massage to benefit Rose and any other horse I felt needed therapy.  It became another connection to the animals I have always loved, and a way to give back to them. What better way to connect to one of God’s most magnificent creatures than through touch? As an equine sports massage therapist, working with horses in this manner is a healing benefit for both the horse and me in many ways.

My goal: Happier, healthier horses make happier, healthier people.  If I can connect and work with a horse and provide a change for the better, then I have accomplished my goal.

What is equine Flowtrition and Sports Massage Therapy?

What is Flowtrition?

Flowtrition is gentle touch connecting to the horse and their nervous system.  As with all of us, we are different.  Flowtrition often has a calming effect thereby resulting in the horses creating their own change and making their own bodily adjustments within as needed.

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage is using different strokes and varying levels of pressure on muscles to obtain release. Massage therapy enhances muscle tone, improves circulation, increases range of motion, reduces recovery time from injuries – promotes healing by increasing the flow of nutrients to the muscles and carrying away excessive fluids and toxins, and creates overall well-being…physically and mentally.

Are Flowtrition and massage therapy the same thing?

No, they are different techniques, but amazingly, the results can be the same.  They can be performed separately, or together. It depends on the horse, how they respond to touch, and the horse’s needs.

KEY BENEFITS OF FLOWTRITION AND MASSAGE THERAPY

Sixty Percent of the horse’s body weight is muscle –  any stress or injury results in tension, thereby limiting performance and overall well-being.  Massage and Flow relieve that tension – both mentally and physically for the horse.  

For performance horses:

  • Missy EOH JumpingCan be used preventatively on performance horses to loosen and warm up the muscles prior to event
  • Post-event massage relieves muscle pain and stiffness by returning the muscles to a normal state much faster than if gone without a massage
  • Enhancing blood flow keeps the body in better physical condition

For injured horses:

  • Increased blood flow accelerates healing
  • Can relieve tension and agitation from horses on stall rest

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  • Releases tension in areas allowing horses to move freely
  • Improves range of motion
  • Tension-free muscles allow for better collection and maintaining proper form resulting in longer-term benefits

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Testimonials

My young (and green) horse kept getting tight and tense due to his growth spurts. Massage really helped him relax and keep the muscles loose.

Grace | Chapel Hill, NC

Massage made a noticeable difference in the recovery time of my horse – it was much faster than the vet expected, and I knew my horse was much more comfortable.

Kevin | Chapel Hill, NC

How it Works

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“Harley” – Torn Flexor Tendon

With Harley on stall rest due to his injury, I massaged him regularly to help relieve tension and stiffness caused by lack of movement and restricted space. Flowtrition assisted in Harley making changes within himself as his body needed, increasing blood flow and reducing tension. As a result, Harley healed much faster than the vet or anyone expected.


The Process

A massage or Flowtrition session starts with meeting the horse and evaluating points of stress. I like to discuss with the owner about the horses background and any medical conditions or any issues encountered when working with the horse. I do a complete body assessment – working from the poll, down the neck, shoulder, back, sacrum, rump, tail and legs. Each horse is different and requires different touch. It is a process of listening to the horse and being aware of their needs.

I’m often asked if horses will need repeat sessions to maintain the positive effects of massage therapy.  The answer is, it depends on the horse and what is the desired outcome. Some older horses benefit from weekly massages. Likewise, horses in recovery or stall rest may also find it beneficial to have additional sessions. Each horse is different and requires different assessments, and responds differently to therapy.   But all horses benefit from flowtrition and massage.

RATES

Massage Therapy & Flowtrition | $75 for a 1 hr session

Warm-up massage before performance (15-20 minutes) $25 (if I’m onsite or at same event)

Multiple Horses | $65/hr for 2 or more horses

Package Treatment | $250 for 4 treatments

My travel radius is about 45 minutes from Chapel Hill/Pittsboro, North Carolina. I can also host sessions at Rolling Hills Stables in Chapel Hill.

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