100% HEALING: The missing link is Fascia:  

The above photo is from Architecture of Human Living Fascia by Jean-Claude Guimberteau, MD. The fascia image was captured using digital endoscope to record what was happening to his surgical patients’ tissue as he worked through and around it. “The videotaped sequences leave no doubt. Any gesture of manual therapy has an impact at the cellular level. However the nature of this mechanical consequence and its theraputic effect, for now, cannot be demonstrated  and appreciated quantitatively and qualitatively,” Dr. Guimberteau told Karrie Osborn while working on an article for Sept/Oct 2016 issue of Massage and Bodywork. 

Myofascial Release (Fascia is also called myofascia or connective tissue) resolves problems that drugs, surgery, lazer lights and acupuncture can’t change. Fascia holds emotional trauma charge. Fascia is the filmy white tissue that surrounds the body parts and organizes them, along with the blood vessels and lymphatic system. It connects everything. When strained, it becomes tight and compensates in a myriad of self intelligent ways. Fascia compensations from injuries advance to stiff adhesions over time. Movement becomes difficult, or even impossible. The compensations create more compensations. This is why fitness drops exponentially after injuries in horses and humans. Fortunately, stuck areas melt with our hand heat. Heat creates vibration in the stuck fascia which allows it regain ability to move and slide again. Lack of movement brings aging and death to the tissue. So we have the key.

Fascia releases are the shortcut to health & fitness. Look beyond Big Pharma’s denial of Fascia and it’s importance to health and fitness. Osteopaths in the early 1900’s knew of it’s role in health, but this information and therapy was removed by the infamous Flexner Report in 1910. This document produced by an AMA committee outlawed homeopathy and  many herbal treatments. Ida Rolf in Germany pioneered the re-discovery of Fascia with her revolutionary Rolfing. She broke through the modern legal barriers to bring Fascia back into public health practice. Heller Work, an evolution of rolfing went further and developed work for animals. 

Nicola Tesla said that if you wish to understand the Universe, think of Energy, Frequency, and Vibration.

The heat of your hand has resonant frequency that transforms the stuck fascia by melting the stuck adhesions to allow normal, healthy vibration through the area and entire body. Stuck areas cause tissue to hold disease pathogens and circulatory problems. It’s common to use icing to bring down inflammation or strain, yet this intense cooling can create adhesions from mild strains. Warm hands will help strained fascia return to it natural structure and open new compensations. Adhesions are advanced compensations.

Most everyone has “crunches” in some sticky part of their body. These crunches that pop sometimes are actually hardened adhesions. If you want to solve them, melt the area with your hand. Remember to melt the areas around it also, and then pay attention to other spots. If crunchies are in your ankle, check your knee, etc. If you ice fascia, it hardens further. Even the New York Times has articles now on how cooling the inflamed area works better than icing it. Best of all, try fresh aloe very gel to cool inflammation of a strained or injured area. It works very well! 



“Looking to medicine, rehabilitation, exercise and ineffective gimmicks & gadgets for the solution has been ineffective for so many people,” Sue Hitzmann, The Melt Method.

“The fascia system is responsible for misalignment, imbalance, chronic pain and disfomfort.”

“Unlike muscle, Fascia doesn’t receive input from the brain or nervous system to adapt to our movement. Fascia works independently to organize, stabilize and protect the body for its movement. When there’s pain, the Fascia system has to be treated as a whole.”


Old racetrack wisdom: It is not what people do to the horses that is interesting; it is what horses do to the people.
Doing fascia bodywork changes both the horse & the rider.

Reprinted with permission from July/Aug 2019 Horse Around New Mexico

Fitness for Horse & Rider
Riders like riding better. Riders like their horses moving better and happily. Combining rider awareness with improved horse fitness can help accomplish both. Here is an introduction to Centered Riding® and Conformation Balancing which can help riders accomplish these goals.
Centered Riding
Many of us are familiar with Centered Riding, developed by Sally Swift. It focuses on “use of self,” enabling the rider to stay soft to enhance and not impede their horse’s performance.
Centered Riding brings rider awareness back into their own body.


Here are the four basic concepts of Centered Riding:
• Be centered in your body by having
balance, energy and control.
• Focus on and be aware of your breathing to breathe correctly which will bring about relaxation and softness.
• Know and practice basic building blocks which puts your body in a balanced position for best functioning.
• Keep your eyes soft which will improve awareness of self, horse and others.

Conformation Balancing
Conformation Balancing is myofascial bodywork that teaches riders to relieve stuck adhesions, which helps their horses move past athletic and trauma pain.
What is myofascia?
Fascia, myofascia or connective tissue seems like a hidden world. It is the body’s unseen internet, a linked system that connects all the parts. It’s the vital link to the horse’s athletic ability. Horses are master compensators; any strain might not
be apparent due to the horse’s ability to hide the injury in numerous ways. Compensation works until it doesn’t.

The poll is another area that often contains myofascia adhesions.
If the horse has rigid fascia adhesions and compensations from old injuries, he can’t move smoothly nor respond willingly to tasks. This is the source of “resistance” in horses; it’s a can’t, not a won’t.

Four areas to check on your horse:
Conformation Balancing shows very simple, basic ways for riders to melt stuck fascia adhesions in horses, maximizing results for better riding. It addresses
four areas: stance, top line, head and tail.
Riders can look at these areas for vital clues to their horse’s condition. Do this check daily when you visit you horse:
• Stance: Does he stand squarely, easily
and often?
• Top line: Are there dips, dents or lumps?
• Head: Is head posture relaxed and is his poll soft?
• Tail: Does it hang loosely and evenly? Is it flexible?

Riding with these two tools- Centered Riding & Conformation Balancing- is an experiential shift, rather than a goal. We raise our receptivity with our horses, enabling us to work from where we are. The horse feels this shift immediately. This emotional connection with the horse is a big reason why people still ride horses. Horses are not just transportation anymore. The horse-rider partnership is a freedom for both sides.

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Riders who routinely pay attention to their horse’s condition can prevent and eliminate issues instead of waiting for a debilitating problem. Short regular scans of your horse’s body with soft palms help us find changes and tightness quickly. The power of melting fascia helps our horse immediately, before it turns into a stuck limitation.

Fix it before it breaks.
It is exciting to see riders focus less
on what’s “wrong” and become more present for their own riding experience. Quick to fault themselves, riders become unconsciously performance driven. This can pressure the horse past his physical and emotional limits. Our relationship with our horses is far more complex than our relationship with our cars or bicycles and far more rewarding.
By learning more about Centered Riding and Conformation Balancing, we will become more present with ourselves
and our horses, fix problems before they intensify and be better horsemen.


How the combo began
Margret Henkels and Dorothy Crosby have combined their expertise and established Soft Riders/Soft Horses,
a horse healing and human coaching method. The two met as presenters during Equine Affaire 2017 in Massachusetts.
Dorothy presented Centered Riding demonstrations. The two clicked immediately, realizing what their work had in common: consideration for the horse. Centered Riding and Conformation Balancing were good partners for a balanced horse.
In 2018 the duo presented a combo workshop called Soft Riders/Soft
Horses in a horse event in Vermont. They call it, “An empowering marriage of the two, integrating body consciousness, balance, softness, mental poise, holistic fitness level and happiness for both horse and rider.”
Margret Henkels is the author of Is Your Horse 100% and developer of Conformation Balancing. See ConformationBalancing.com.
Dorothy Crosby, a Third Level Centered Riding instructor based in Vermont, manages Southmowing Stables, owned by Lucile Bump,
a legacy Sally Swift protégé. See Crosbyequi-libruim.com.





I am very excited and impressed! My intuition and experience were telling me the results you discovered. However your help work has led me to the best program for my new horse. All equestrian professional s have a hard job to balance the shared experiences of horses and riders. The quiet time and extra care make life the happiest. Thank you Margret for the discovery you have performed as I know it will truly help my OTTB . Karen N