About Christina Kupper and Equine Kneads
Christina has always been mesmerized with horses, just watching them move has always been a thrill. Coming from a family of well-known horsemen, she was raised around thoroughbred breeding and was the quintessential “barn rat”. Any chance she had to learn or observe or handle the horses, she jumped right in.
Although not a super competitive rider and more of a back yard, trail, jumping logs and begging for lessons kind of rider, she was usually found on her horse. Competing was not part of the equation for many reasons – not that she ever quit trying. When she wasn’t on horseback, she was either learning horsemanship from her grandfather, Raymond Burr, or riding shotgun with equine vets that handled most of the racing and breeding barns in the Ocala, FL area.
Several years ago, she realized that her gifts were more with laying her hands on horses than on horseback.
Born with a fused disc in her spine, resulting in scoliosis, with a few other injuries incurred along the path of life, she is very familiar with the limitations pain, muscle tightness and connective tissue restrictions can create in the body. Having spent a lifetime receiving “complementary” healthcare such as chiropractic, massage and acupuncture, she knows first-hand the benefits these therapies have on the body.
After training at Armstrong Equine Massage in Becker, MN, Christina went on to continue her education by obtaining certifications in Equine Myofascial Release, Applied Kinesiology, Kinesio-taping, Equine Raindrop and essential oils. She is also trained in the use of PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy) and offers this as part of her therapy.
Her education never ends. She takes many continuing education clinics and consults with veterinarians, chiropractors, equine nutritionists and other equine healthcare providers. She constantly researches and studies new treatment modalities, as well as various new equipment and tools to determine what will provide the most benefit for her clients’ equine partners. Christina is currently studying human massage therapy and expects to complete her Associates Degree in Clinical Therapeutic Massage in 2018. Her goal is to be able to treat both horse and rider, helping her clients be the best team they can be.
Her natural intuition for understanding energy, biomechanics and the body, gives her an added edge as an equine bodyworker. She can attest first hand that not all therapists and therapies are the same.
She believes that optimal health of horses is no different that optimal health of people and is a combination of physical, emotional, spiritual and social elements. She takes a vested interest in her clients’ and their horses health. She takes pride in being a part of these teams.
Clients include trail horses and pasture pets to upper level performance horses competing on a national platform.
She is passionate about equine sports massage therapy, rehabilitation, chronic pain & muscular re-education, myofascial release and energy work.